Palliative care is medical care that is provided to an individual in order to relieve symptoms due to chronic illness and provide comfort and improve quality of life. It is not a curative approach to medicine. Often people receiving palliative care have a chronic or terminal illness.

If you are someone who is receiving palliative care or you are a caregiver and/or loved one of someone receiving palliative care you may be facing one of the most intensely emotional times in your life. It can be a deeply painful time for all involved, especially when the medical approach transitions towards comfort measures and away from curative solutions.

 

For the Person receiving Palliative Care

In my area of practice, I work with individuals who are coping with the emotional challenges of life-limiting illness. When medical care switches to a palliative focus you may find yourself wanting help in navigating various areas of your life. I can help you in the following areas:

  • relationships
  • stress, anxiety and depression
  • chronic pain
  • change/impermanence
  • grief when illness is prolonged
  • existential questions
  • spirituality

 

For Caregivers and Loved-Ones

If you are a caregiver and/or loved one who is experiencing the roller-coaster of emotions due to witnessing and/or giving care to someone who is sick or dying, I can help you in the following areas:

  • self-care
  • time-management
  • stress, anxiety and depression
  • family dynamics and relationships
  • Managing expectations
  • anticipatory grief
  • multiple losses and bereavement

 

How I help

My approach in working with palliative care issues is compassionate and informative.

I offer:

  • Research, information, and strategies for managing your emotional well-being while living with an illness or being a caregiver.
  • Space to explore questions, fears or areas of concern that are difficult to talk with others at this time.
  • Extra emotional support in managing the many difficult feelings that you may find surprising, confusing or distressing.
  • Help with managing the discomfort of the many “unknowns” of this unpredictable time.
  • An opportunity to gain perspective on what this experience means within the context of your life.    
  • A chance to explore your relationships and move towards emotional healing.