Palliative Care Psychology

Receiving a diagnosis of a serious or advanced illness impacts our sense of well-being. Our world as we know it changes with having to figure out what the next steps are in regard to treatment as well as its impact on ourselves and our family.

Palliative Care is often confused with End of Life Care (EOL). Although EOL care is one component, the main focus of palliative care is to “palliate” symptoms such as pain, nausea, insomnia, constipation, and other physical symptoms from early diagnosis. The other goal is to help support the patient and family as they deal with the emotional challenge of a chronic or advanced illness. The sooner this symptom and emotional support is provided to the patient the more relief they feel and they can focus on their quality of life. So Palliative Care can occur through out the spectrum of health.

What I provide:

  • In collaboration with your physician, I do an emotional assessment and identify specific areas that can be strengthened or supported.
  • You and I work together through the practice of cognitive behavioral therapy to help you better manage your symptoms that may include: depression, anxiety, fear, sadness, guilt, along with other emotional issues.
  • You and I work together through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness therapies to help you manage symptoms such as pain and nausea as well as insomnia, anxiety and depression.
  • In collaboration with your physician, I make myself available to speak with you regarding advance care planning.

As a Clinical psychologist with over 11 years of experience on the inpatient and outpatient Palliative care teams, I am able to work with both patient and family to help them with coping skills, understanding of advance care planning and to work with their physicians to help them be treated as a whole person.

Palliative Care