The links between our thoughts-feelings-physiology and the significant impact they have to health and healing are now widely accepted in the medical community thanks to a growing body of research. Smith Integrative Oncology recognizes the value of engaging and aligning these aspects of ourselves as part of a comprehensive healing plan. Integrative psychotherapy with guided imagery is particularly beneficial in addressing the kinds of stresses that come with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Guided imagery in particular is a powerful therapy for reducing side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Because everyone is unique, my therapeutic approach is shaped according to your needs and goals. Together we foster your inner strengths and resiliency, accessing your own innate healing response, with a safe environment to explore vulnerabilities and concerns. In our initial session, we review a range of ways to optimize your body, mind, emotions and spirit’s impact on health, personal fulfillment and relationships. Approaches may include mindfulness, insight-oriented inquiry, engaged lifestyle changes, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), couples/family therapy and guided imagery. Guided imagery in particular is a powerful therapy for reducing side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, preparing for and recovering from surgery, reducing stress, managing pain, and enhancing immune response. Feelings of well-being and tranquility are the foundation for this body-mind-spirit approach. Our work together can amplify the benefits and ease the experience of your cancer treatment. With your consent, I work closely with the integrative team to ensure effective coordination of care.