Life changes when you live with a serious or life limiting illness.
When living with the impact of an illness, we are often faced with uncertainty, a feeling of aloneness, a loss of possibilities once taken for granted, and fears of an anticipated but unknown future.
This is true for the person living with the illness and for those who love and care for them.
The sources of pain are not only physical symptoms and the demands of treatments. They are also the overlapping losses, fears, and uncertainties.
If the pain of living with the impact of an illness is difficult to bear, you are not alone.
As a health psychologist, I provide specialized help and support for people living with the many changes and difficulties of a serious illness.
It is my goal to be present and engaged with you in ways that support you to feel seen, understood, and helped.
I am here to help you build your confidence to cope with what you are facing and navigate challenges along the way.
You deserve to live with less pain and more emotional freedom, more connection, and greater peace and contentment amidst the stresses, uncertainties, and changes of an illness.
Therapy with the right therapist at the right time can be a sanctuary to help you live with more wholeness not only through the impact of an illness, but also into the larger picture of who you are as a person and your unique life.
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.