Topic: Mindfulness Therapy

Hi all,

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.

-Randi-

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

Re: Mindfulness Therapy

WOW! I am so proud of you, Randi. Good for you. I knew you are one smart cookie, that is NOT going to crumble! You go girl! I am sure a lot of our members will be looking to you for some sage advice. When do you receive your Masters?

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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This is a year-long internship, so at the end of the year I will be an official graduate.  I really want to work with people after cancer diagnosis, to help them and their families and caretakers get the most out of the time they have (which I hope is a long time!!).

I went back to school after 25 years as a software engineer.  I am a very mature student smile

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

Re: Mindfulness Therapy

To me you still look like you are about 40!  I think it is terriffic and I am sure your family is also vey proud of you.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

5 (edited by randigb Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:24:28)

Re: Mindfulness Therapy

It is kind of funny...the woman who is supervising me at my internship told me she is 64 and thinking of retiring at the end of the year.  And here I am 57 and thinking about starting a new career!!  I know she thinks I am much younger then her and I am not about to break her bubble (or my ego) by telling her I am just 7 years younger then her! smile

...oh it's a small picture, perhaps you aren't getting a full appreciation of my 57 years smile

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

Re: Mindfulness Therapy

Thanks, Randi.  This information is really useful information for us all. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Marion

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Re: Mindfulness Therapy

Wow, Randi!! I am so proud of you. I think you will be absolutely fabulous working with cancer patients and their families. Lord knows you have had more cancer than anyone can imagine. I think it is very admirable of you to get your Masters, but we all know you are such a great gal.

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Well thank you.  Cancer's my thing apparently.  But I am done having it, I am now going to help with it smile

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

Re: Mindfulness Therapy

Hi Randi,

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!! smile

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.

Hugs,

Gavin

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