Life changes when you live with a serious or life limiting illness.
This is true for the person living with the illness and for those who love and care for them.
We are often faced with uncertainty, a loss of possibilities once taken for granted, a feeling of aloneness, and fears of an anticipated but unknown future.
Some of the challenges present new and uncharted territory, others resurface old patterns and difficulties within ourselves and our relationships.
It can be difficult to engage in and act on hope in circumstances beyond our control.
Though it may not be possible to control the outcomes of an illness, it is possible to make choices and find meaningful ways to actively participate in how they unfold.
You deserve a compassionate and skilled therapist to help and accompany you in this process.
As a health psychologist, I offer an extra layer of specialized support to reduce stress and distress related to your illness, and develop capacities to connect meaningfully yourself, others, and what truly matters to you.
My name is Nicole Sucre, and I’m here to help.
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I approach the pain of living with the impact of an illness, with its overlapping physical, emotional, and relationship layers, as experiences that must be attended to, eased wherever possible, and not borne alone.
Alongside the pain, which can be formidable, I trust and want to support you to expand the ways you are uniquely resilient. Even in great difficulty, there are places in each of us that are reaching for wholeness, working to adapt, and wishing to connect. They are the parts of ourselves that want to create deeper connections with what is most authentic and meaningful in ourselves and our lives.
Therapy offers protected space and specialized support to help you live, adapt, and grow in response to an illness.
I find it useful to think of how therapy helps to accomplish this in five overlapping ways:
- EASING symptoms, stress, and distress
- Increasing CONNECTION and support
- HEALING the neglected places in yourself and your life
- DEEPENING meaning and growth
- NAVIGATING the goals, decisions, and transitions of an illness
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The experiences, needs, and challenges of living with an illness are often changing.
Within the fluctuations of an illness, each person is unique. Whether you are a patient, partner, or a family member, you have your own individual experiences, situations, and needs. These may also shift over time.
I tailor my approach to meet you where you are. Together we consider the best care plan that will meet your needs and goals, and work to adapt to those needs as they unfold.
It is the interaction of our unique lives with the specific challenges of a disease that creates our experience of an illness.
Every illness brings its own symptoms, treatments, uncertainties, decisions, and changes in daily life. As a health psychologist, I am familiar with the course and practical challenges of many illnesses, as they are lived both within medical systems and in the moments of daily life.
I help people live with the impact of:
- Parkinson’s disease
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Non-epileptic seizures
- Lung, Heart and Kidney Disease
- Organ transplant recipients
- Lyme disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
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Being a clinician trusted to care for patients and families through a serious or life limiting illness is a profound privilege. It is rich and deeply meaningful work that can nourish and deepen us, as well as challenge and require much of us, both personally and professionally.
My practice supports clinicians to navigate the emotional and relationship demands they experience, at the interface of their personal-professional lives or in their patient care, in four ways:
- Personal Therapy
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
Hi. I’m Dr. Nicole Sucre
You can call me Nicole, Dr. Sucre, or Dr. Nicole, whatever is most comfortable for you.
As a health psychologist, I provide specialized psychological care for patients and loved ones through the complicated changes and challenges of an illness.
My practice draws on the practical knowledge of the impact of navigating serious illnesses gained through years of experience in medical settings, with the time and space to attend to the deeper emotional needs that typically cannot be addressed in busy, fast-paced medical settings.
I work with adults, and also have specialty training in helping people with issues specific to aging and older adults.