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THERAPY FOR LIVING WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Oakville, London, and the surrounding areas, Anchoridge Counselling focuses on helping you gain stability and fulfilment in your day-to-day while living with medical conditions.

Health issues affect almost everyone at some point in their lives. Whether these health issues impact us directly or someone we know and love it can have a tremendous impact on us. There can often come a point where it can be quite unnerving to learn that you or someone you know have a new medical condition, chronic illness or terminal illness. Nothing can prepare you for the words of your doctor when they tell you, "Your tests have come back and indicate you have cancer" "There is no cure for your disease".
 

On top of experiencing a wide range of emotions and questioning how this is happening, you have to go home and share this with your family and friends. It now becomes how your life revolves around managing it and living with it. You can sometimes feel a shift in how you see yourself and how others see you as well. You may now feel as though your medical condition defines who you are as a person. This can sometimes put you into autopilot, where you feel as though you are just existing, living, and managing with your condition. But are you really living when all you are doing is managing it and living with it?
 

Hearing a new and frightening diagnosis, or coping with an on-going health concern can prompt a variety of emotional responses, including sadness, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, and a sense of grief or loss and/or anger. It can also make you feel isolated or alone. All of these feelings are normal. Yet, if unaddressed, these feelings can negatively impact our daily lives and relationships and overcome our thoughts until they are all we think about. An individual's capacity and resiliency in overcoming health challenges are connected to the state of their mental health.

How do I cope with my diagnosis?

Living with a medical condition or diagnosis can take a toll on many parts of your life. At Anchoridge Counselling, we understand how your whole world can be taken over with a medical focus. But it does not have to be this way. Our dedicated team of therapists will evaluate each person individually to determine what type of treatment is best. Treatment is customized to fit the specific needs of each person. We want to be able to help you come to terms with your condition so you can relearn how to live a life full of happiness, and you do deserve to live a life of happiness. We use a number psychotherapy methods such as:
 

Narrative Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Supportive Talk Therapy

 

These psychotherapy methods can help you change the way you perceive your limitations, introduce new stability and fulfillment to your day-to-day life, and help you gain a better quality of life. We can also help you bring an alternative story to the forefront of your experience. We are here to help you in any way, shape or form we can and to remind you that you are strong and brave and we will always be there for you.

AVAILABLE COUNSELLORS 

Here are links to a few of our clinicians who specialize in counselling around Medical Conditions.

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MARY-KATHERINE LOWES

MSW, RSW

OAKVILLE & WATERLOO

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PAUL RIVEST

MSW, RSW

LONDON

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