Coping with cancernew diagnosis, active treatment, survivorship
You are not your cancer
Living with cancer should be just that. living.
Therapy with Tailwinds Counseling can help you cope.
Living uith Cancer
Cancer. Once you hear that word your life is never the same. Whether you’ve navigated the diagnosis yourself, or you’re a survivor or caregiver of someone who has been diagnosed, coping with the changes from an experience as big as cancer is no small task. But regardless of where you are in your cancer experience, there’s hope for a life full of meaning, hope, love, and joy.
Coping with Cancer through convenient, online counseling
After a cancer diagnosis, you might not notice what’s changing within you; not just physically, but emotionally. You get the diagnosis and its test after test, and treatment planning, and rushing to the next step. It may take some time before you stop and notice that new perspective that’s crept in. And as much as you’d love to say how you’ve learned to stop and smell the roses and let things roll off your back, you find yourself missing that zen that other cancer battlers seem to have. You find yourself irritable, angry, confused, and afraid.
Returning to your pre-cancer life is difficult. It seems as though the people around you don’t share the knowledge you do. It’s hard to relate to the seemingly small things others worry about, while you’re wondering if this cancer will kill you or if it’ll come back. It’s difficult to connect with others again. Everything feels so foreign and strange and you feel like you don’t belong.
How do you fit these pieces into the new you? How do you become more than a cancer patient or cancer survivor? How do you incorporate that new perspective into your life so that you can feel like yourself again?
You don’t have to continue feeling like a stranger in your own body. Therapy at Tailwinds Counseling can help you sort out the complicated feelings surrounding your experience so that you can better cope with the anxiety, cultivate hope, and live a full, rich life that integrates all the dimensions of yourself.
HOW This WORKs
LET'S START A CONVERSATION
Schedule a free 15-minute phone call so we can get acquainted. When you schedule your consultation call, you'll receive an email linking you to a brief consultation screening form that will help us make the best use of our time. On the call, I'll ask what you're looking for help with, explain how I work and what you can expect from me, you can ask your questions and we can get you scheduled for an appointment when we agree it's a good fit. And if it's not, I'll try my best to point you in the right direction.
THE FIRST SESSION
After we schedule your first session, you'll receive access to the client portal where you can read about my practice policies and complete the intake paperwork that will help us get started. During our first session, we'll get to know each other, build a therapeutic alliance, and get on the same page about your goals and how best to achieve them. Not sure what to talk about? No worries. During that first 80-minute session, I'll be asking a lot of questions.
WE MAKE A PLAN
You are the expert on your life and experience. Together, we'll collaborate using your expertise and mine to create a plan that suits your treatment and journey.
WE DO THE WORK
Ongoing sessions are 45 - 50 minutes and typically occur weekly to start. We'll get in there and do the work to get you where you want to be. You can always expect homework. Sometimes written, sometimes not, but either way, it's important you do the work outside of session to get to where you want to be.
WE ADJUST AND ADAPT
Sometimes things don't go according to plan. Or maybe things go so well and there's a new path the take. Flexibility is a key part of the process.
My goal is always to work myself out of a job. I don't want my clients to need me forever; I want you to develop the skills and tools you need to confront whatever challenges lie ahead. As we see progress, we'll discuss a graduation plan. Sometimes that looks like reducing the frequency for a few sessions before stopping therapy. Sometimes it's one graduation session one month after the last weekly PTSD therapy session to summarize and troubleshoot. In any case, we'll collaborate to determine the best graduation strategy for you.
CONSIDER ME, YOUR OWN CHEERING SQUAD
I'm rooting for you every step of the way. And even after graduation, I'm still here if you need me.
WE WILL WORK WELL TOGETHER IF
You’re committed to making a change.
You’re able to meet weekly to build momentum.
You believe change is possible.
You can have a sense of humor while getting shit done.
If this sounds like you, click below to get scheduled.
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