Thats great what you are doing with DBT! I've never heard of that before s will have a read up on it from the link you gave, many thanks for that. I hope as well that you are enjoying doing that. Good luck with this and your Masters as well, I know you will be a success with them!
That is great that you want to work with cancer patients and their families as well and I so know that you will be good at that! I love what you say too, done having it and nbo going to help with it! Superb!!
Ha! Mature student, I was one as well. Got fed up with my job when I hit 30 and went to Uni to do economcs! Good luck with everything.
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I am currently doing my internship for my masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get it in the location I wanted, which was a hospital or cancer center. I am doing my internship at a Chemical Dependency agency. The good part of this is that I am working with a therapist who does DBT therapy (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). This involves a lot of mindfulness training. Mindfulness is being aware of the moment, the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing without judgment. Sort of a way of teaching people to stop and smell the roses...let go of regrets of the past and quell anxiety for the future.
While this is being done by me at a Chemical Dependency clinic, it really does apply to those suffering anxiety or depression after a devastating diagnosis such as cancer, both for the patient and caretakers.
Here is a link to a short article that talks about how mindfulness can be used in this way.
http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/06/12 … 40029.html
There is a lot of information out there about DBT and mindfulness and I highly recommend anyone considering therapy to get through the challenges that life has presented, to look for a DBT therapist.