Starting in undergraduate school, I noted the link between mental, physical, and spiritual health.This led me to pursue interests in health psychology during graduate training. Since earning my Ph.D. and becoming licensed, I’ve integrated spiritual health into work with clients who wish to grow in this area too. Overall, I believe the mind and body are deeply connected, along with our spirituality, viewing health in a holistic manner.
I’ve trained to work with the following mental-behavioral health-related issues:
Stress, anxiety, and anger management
Living with HIV and other immune disorders
Managing gastro-enterology problems and diabetes
Adjusting to cardiovascular conditions and cancer
Dealing with chronic illness
Coping with a loved one’s alcohol or drug problems
In two decades of practice, I’ve found that many of these and other issues are affected by attitudes, support systems (e.g, friends, family, and other communities), and our behavioral choices.
I encourage clients to choose from the following tools as they need to:
Evaluate if their priorities and choices match their health needs and true values
Manage time, work, family and other demands
Set limits on their commitments so they have time for self-care
Assess their family and social relationships to see if they get enough support
Learn how to choose and use support systems which can truly be helpful and caring
Meditate, pray, have quiet or relaxing time
Pursue activities/hobbies which feed their spirits and rejuvenate their energies
Increase fun and play in their lives
Find enjoyable ways to exercise (as approved by their physicians)
Since I “walk the walk” of mindfully maintaining a healthy work-life balance for myself, I have first-hand knowledge of the value of self-care. This experience makes it very rewarding to work with clients to find balance in their lives to maximize their health and happiness.