CBT for Cancer Therapist
I trained in CBT back in 2008 after a decade in the corporate world In HR. I saw the benefits of using CBT to manage stress and anxiety on an HR training day and never looked back. I spent 9 years in my own practice, specialising in anxiety and self-esteem CBT, helping clients all over the world. I helped clients with cancer beat their mental nightmare and helped them enter rigorous treatment plans and overcome so many hurdles throughout it all. But it wasn't until 2017 that I turned my attention to really specialising in this part of my popular practice.
2017 was my 'annus horribilis', I had never had a health scare and had rarely been to a Doctor or taken a prescription until then. When I noticed a pain in my right breast I put it down to PMT and as I was 42, possible peri-menopausal changes, but the pain didn't go away. My first ever scan was negative but the radiologist asked me to come back in 6 months. l did and that's when my world stopped. There was a mysterious lump. From then on it was full speed ahead through all the rigorous steps of cancer diagnosis. Cancer treatment included partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which was all they could give me with the rare triple negative breast cancer I had. Google didn't help my concerns with scary stats on this and I couldn't find anyone to talk to that had it either. All my contacts that I knew had got breast cancer had the more common estrogen or HER2 types. I knew it would be down to me to step up and defeat this with every tool at my disposal. CBT was my saviour.
I worked diligently using techniques on myself that I knew like the back of my hand but had rarely had to use on myself over the last decade running my CBT practice. I changed my lifestyle dramatically and sought out medical literature for information, steering clear of support boards which my Doctors pointed me to. Information is power, but the wrong information can destroy your day.
Throughout this I kept working. I didn't need to take sick days, bar the chemo day and my clients didn't have a clue what had happened to me, thanks to great wigs! But I knew this is what I had trained and built my solid reputation up for in CBT over the last decade, this is why I want to dedicate my CBT therapy career to helping people navigate their way through Cancer. Helping you dispel anxiety and protect your self-esteem and dignity. CBT will save your sanity and keep your body on your side. Let me be your Cancer coach on this journey and get the support you need right now.