Having your medical care reflect who you are and what matters most to you is essential in living well through an illness.
These important pieces of clinical care involve not only events and forms, but processes that benefit from active support, care, and attention early in an illness and over time.
Busy medical settings are often not equipped to give the unhurried attention and care that these processes require over time. Many medical clinicians are not trained in actively providing clinical care for the complex emotions and relationships they involve.
All too often, the full weight of their complexity is felt during a crisis, without the support needed to process what is happening. When this happens, it can create suffering for both patients and loved ones in ways that are potentially preventable.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to attend to these needs early in the course of an illness, without the time pressures of busy medical settings, and without the pressure of a crisis.
© Nicole Sucre, PsyD
As your therapist, I value providing the protected space and active support to help you navigate these important processes with the time and care they deserve, in the way that makes sense for you.
Together we can get to the heart of not just your fears and but also your hopes.
As a health psychologist who specializes in palliative care, I am trained and experienced in these health care conversations:
- Treatment Decisions
- Advance Care Planning Conversations
- Care Transitions
- Talking About Dying and Death
- Considering the End of Life Options Act
I can help you to learn more about these processes, and support you with the emotions and relationships they involve. I will help you identify the medical questions you may have for your physicians, and support conversations and communication with your medical teams and loved ones.
I can help you clarify what matters most to you, and connect them with the processes of navigating the goals, decisions and transitions of an illness.