Coping with Medical Illness
Integrated Care Improves Outcomes
I work with individuals, couples and families who may be struggling to cope when one person is living with a chronic or newly diagnosed medical condition. Studies have shown that families receiving mental health and emotional support have better physical health outcomes, improved quality of life and decreased perceptions of stress. My background as a nurse as well as my post graduate training in Medical Family Therapy equip me to respond to these life challenges.
Integrating Mental and Medical Health
Our healthcare system has historically maintained a split between mind and body, biology and psychology. With the advent of Medical Family Therapy in the 1990s, research has slowly been accumulating and trickling out to the community on the value of “biopsychosocial” or, collaborative family healthcare. My approach to therapy is holistic and integrative of all aspects of one’s being.
Integrative Care Assessment
As a therapist, I have more time with my clients than doctors do with patients. As a former nurse, I am uniquely prepared to spot breakdowns in the healthcare system and advocate on my client’s behalf. I am often able to help clients better understand their care/treatment.
Some of the integrative care issues I work with include:
- New or chronic medical conditions
- Depression/anxiety or overwhelm trying to navigate the healthcare system to get what you need
- Feeling misunderstood, not heard or labeled negatively by medical providers;
- Those who lack support to follow through or do not understand medical treatment recommendations;
- Embarrassed or fearful of disclosing to your doctor how badly you feel.