Being treated for a life threatening condition, like cancer, is often very demanding of our time and energy. We recognize that while there is a need to emotionally heal, you might feel overwhelmed by how to begin. Carving out the time for regular psychotherapy might not be in the cards, or perhaps that one hour a week might not feel like enough.
With this in mind, I wanted to design a program that would meet you where you are at, something that could reach beyond my office’s physical location. We can meet in person or via Skype.
I wanted to design a program that you could replicate and access on your time, when you needed it- whether it was at a moment of intense feeling or in the middle of the night.
I wanted to create a tool that I could teach you to help heal your body, mind, spirit and self. So that you could break down your healing into manageable doses, and eventually come out at the other end, feeling healed from the experiences of facing a life threatening illness, to feel whole again.
And I wanted to write a blog, to support this process of tapping into the experience. The blog is meant to feel like a conversation we might have if we were working together in a traditional psychotherapy relationship.
Curious? Let’s talk! Contact us and let’s set up a time to connect to find out if this is the right option for you!
So here it is:
- 4 individual sessions, focussing on the 4 areas of healing: body, mind, spirit, self
- each session is 50 minutes
- you will receive a pre-session preparation guide and release of liability form, so that you are prepared and able to get the most out of our time together
Sessions are $150 each or $500 for all four when purchased as a package. Payment is expected at the time of scheduling. If you are a Maine resident who would like to use your health insurance, please contact me via my psychotherapy private practice to explore the possibility of working together, www.mcleodestevez.com.
Here is a quick write up about the intention behind each session:
The Body Session: We have the ability to experience life and trauma from our most primitive components to our highest evolution. As infants, our awareness begins through the sensations that we have in our physical body; therefore, in many ways our body retains the deepest essence of our life story. The body does not compartmentalize like the mind; thus, it holds a very raw rendition of our experience. When we have suppressed something, our body often holds the initial cues as to what that material is, and depending upon the intensity of the suppression, we might recall the memories through flashbacks and dreams. For many of us, our body is the source of targeting our negative beliefs, personal narratives and thoughts. Therefore, our relationship with our body holds the key to developing genuine self-compassion and love. Developing genuine self-compassion and love are key components to healing from a traumatic illness or injury. And thus, we start with the body.
The Mind Session: Our mind has the ability to deeply influence how we perceive others, our life circumstances, and ourselves. It can be an asset, but for many who have faced a life threatening illness or injury, it can become a major liability. If there is a chance that the illness can re-occur, it is easy to ruminate about any cues that indicate it has returned. When we are confronted with the prospect of dying, we face one of humankind’s deepest existential dilemmas, thrusting us into the heart of vulnerability. Using arts as a meditative practice, we can begin to address those thoughts that take us out of the present and bring them back into the moment, allowing us to release the reigns of perceived control and access our innate resilience to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Spirit Session: Being diagnosed or having a significant injury can unsettle our deepest beliefs about our sense of safety and security in this life, whether one has a specific faith in God or a more spiritual outlook. The dark night of the soul cries out for our attention, we yearn to know why this has happened. Feelings of loneliness can grip our psyche, even with those who have loving and attentive support. When you are ill or injured, there comes a point where we must confront the reality of being alone, because our experience is deeply personal. Yet, there is also opportunity to develop a much stronger connection to our spiritual selves when we allow ourselves to grieve. Art, nature, and quiet contemplation can guide us to this awakening.
The Self Session:
Being impacted by cancer can alter our sense of ourselves and create an identity crisis. We may experience disconnection with how we always perceived ourselves to be and the person who shows up. Relationships can change significantly; those whom we thought would be there no matter what might disappear/fade whereas others surprise us by coming forward. We may fear that we will never be the same again, because cancer does deeply impact our psyche, our physical self, and our spirit. Every significant life experience brings with it fundamental changes. Feeling vulnerable sheds light onto the shadow aspects of self, those parts that we may have rejected or pushed aside. What is in our shadow is unique to every individual, yet if we can gently interact with these parts through art, we can begin to form a more cohesive sense of self, rather than fragmenting ourselves into parts. The crisis presents us an opportunity to re-examine old wounds, beliefs, making room for transformation and growth.