When you have cancer, it often feels like there’s no part of life that cancer doesn’t touch
"You have cancer." When you hear these words, we all intuitively understand that life as we know it, has changed. In addition to the physical changes, it now includes a heightened awareness of time that you never experienced before. The ripple effects mean changes in your roles or abilities, uncertainty about the future, and navigating a complex, fragmented healthcare system. The people you love (and who love you) live with cancer too and also experience its profound effects on their lives.
Whether you are just beginning your cancer journey, in survivorship, or walking alongside someone you love, having professional support can help. It's a safe place to experience and express emotions, reflect on important decisions, and learn skills to help you adapt (and adapt again). I am here to help make it more bearable, and hopefully, more meaningful too.
Cancer and parenting
Parenting is hard. Parenting with cancer makes it harder. If your kid is struggling, it can be hard to know when it's about your illness and when it's because they're being a kid. There's no guaranteed way to know for sure. What we do know is that high quality communication with parents reduces the stress experienced by their children and teens.
I have special expertise to help parents better understand and cope with illness while raising their families.
How I can help
Practical guidance and resources for navigating cancer, survivorship, caregiving, and treatment
Counseling to help you cope with changes in a way that is important and valued to you
Expert psychiatric medication management based on your physical and psychological symptoms, minimization of drug-drug interactions, and awareness of cancer treatment side effects
Careful diagnostic assessment of both medical and emotional contributors to psychological symptoms. When mood or cognitive changes are due to changes in your cancer or delayed effects of radiation, the best treatment usually includes coordination with your oncology team and other healthcare providers
On your toughest days, a safe place to fall apart and compassionate support when you are ready to move forward