As a “Certified Medical Family Therapist”, I work with people diagnosed with a medical illness and their family members, because the illness impacts a person’s emotions and relationships. Many people with an illness often keep their emotions bottled-up, which can influence the healing process. People often experience a sense of loss, thinking that their life has changed, and learning how to manage the illness also includes learning how to manage the emotional stress. I also provide Grief and Loss counseling to people experiencing many type of losses, including break-ups, separations, divorce, job-loss, life-transitions, empty-nesters, and death of a loved-one or a pet.
The fast-paced world we live in increases our stress-level as we work diligently to accomplish as much as we can on a daily basis. This stresses our bodies, minds, emotions, and relationships. We feel depleted of our sense of self and our place in the world. This often creates lowered sense of self-worth. I work with many individuals who have experienced many circumstances that depleted their sense of self. Many of us come from life-situations where we felt that there was something lacking, yet couldn’t figure-out what that was. So we live with what we know until we talk with someone, like me – a coach – who can enlighten you as to what is keeping you from growing into who you want to become. Here’s a quote of mine that I said to a client recently, which helped her realize her growth-potential:
“What we grow up in is what we know, and until we notice something different, that’s all we know”.
In other words – it’s not until you do something different that you realize the limitations set upon you by others. So, don’t be ruled by what others say, be ruled by your inner-self – that is who you are – a strong and caring person ready to live a full life.