Free Support For Therapists
Life-changing, chronic illnesses and cancer are not niche but are increasingly main stream. Even if you do not specialise in the field, your client can become ill, and that can change everything – including the support you offer.
Who am I? I am Karin Sieger, an integrative psychotherapist based in Richmond, West London. I have been personally affected by cancer as a relative, friend and patient. I specialise in supporting people affected by life-changing and life-shortening illness (esp cancer), transitions, grief, anxiety, loss of identity and purpose.
Why free support for therapists? Physical illness affects our mental health – and some like to argue vice-versa. I am passionate about the valuable contribution counselling and therapy can offer to people affected by physical illnesses. Sadly this topic does not seem to get much attention in training courses, and depending on where you practice, resource shortages mean that adequate public funding is non-existent.
This is why I have decided to offer free support for therapists who work with clients affected by life-changing, chronic illnesses, cancer and such, or who want to work in this field. You are welcome to make a donation towards my time (see below).
How does it work? These are demand-based free video calls via Zoom, which I will schedule once I have received sufficient interest. If you are interested, then drop me a line KarinSieger (at) KarinSieger.com and I will keep you posted. NB. If you have a Hotmail or Yahoo email address, then please also check your spam folder for correspondence.
Next free Zoom video call
Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 1500 – 1630 UK Time
Contact me if you are interested KarinSieger (at) KarinSieger.com.
I will email you the link
NB. If you have a Hotmail or Yahoo email address, then please also check your spam folder for correspondence.
1. Why should you consider attending my support sessions?
Cancer and chronic illness affect our mental health.
Supporting people with life-changing and life-shortening illnesses is rarely part of a general counselling, therapy, health care training curriculum. Yet the such illnesses are on the increase – rapidly:
- According to Cancer Research UK the incidence of cancer alone is increasing, with the likelihood of any one of us being diagnosed in our lifetime standing at 1 in 2.
- ME Research UK reports that 17 million people in the world have ME.
- The World Health Organisation states that the number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
These are just some chronic and life-changing illnesses. And there are many more like IBS, stroke … you name it.
2. What does that mean for us practitioners?
✳️ The likelihood of any of us developing a chronic illness, meeting a client or patient who is affected, or indeed one of our existing clients developing such an illness is on the increase.
✳️ The emotional impact of such an illness on people affected by it (incl relatives and friends) is wide-ranging, specific and complex.
✳️ Offering meaningful support requires awareness of the practical and emotional needs, which come with life-changing illnesses.
✳️ As the diagnosis, treatment and life with chronic illnesses can be traumatic, so can be working with this client group. Practitioner self-care is particularly important.
3. What will you learn from my support calls?
My free support for therapists is designed to provide you with information and a safe space to explore working with clients affected by such illnesses.
✅ The emotional impact of chronic illnesses and cancer through different phases (diagnosis, treatment, remission, return, advanced, terminal)
✅ The emotional impact on those close to people diagnosed with chronic illness (family, friends)
✅ Important in-sensitive vocabulary
✅ Appropriate therapeutic / counselling support (what to expect, suitability of interventions, practical considerations)
✅ Self care for practitioners
✅ The implication of working with tis client group if you are also affected by a life-changing illness.
You are also welcome to email me in confidence specific questions you would like me to cover.
Please note, this free support for therapists is not intended to be or a substitute for supervision.
4. Practical points
Fee: Free, though you are welcome to send voluntary contribution via PayPal or post or use the button below. My email address is KarinSieger (at) KarinSieger.com
Location: Online via Zoom. I will provide you with a secure link. It is simple and requires you to download the App. You need to have a webcam or build-in camera on your device. Read more information about using Zoom here.
5. About me
I am an integrative BACP registered and accredited psychotherapist and writer with a private practice in Richmond. I specialise in supporting people with life changing and life shortening illnesses like cancer, and have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice. I am the cancer counsellor for the cancer community of LiveBetterWith.com and host the podcast “Cancer and You”. Find out more here.
6. Any Questions
Feel free to drop me a line using the contact form here.
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