Care Partner Coaching & ConsultingCompassionate, effective tools for every member of the care partner team
I provide a warm, supportive space to step away from life’s busy-ness to reflect on what works well for you and what you’d like to change in your family caregiving, your own life as you cope with normal aging, or in your work as a helping professional or volunteer. Together we will explore practical strategies for reclaiming balance, whatever your current challenges.
Who I work with…
I work with adults and Elders who are coping with aging and Elder care, including caregivers seeking to balance work and family life, as well as Elders living with cognitive changes.
I work with adults and Elders living with health concerns, cognitive changes, advance health care planning, and end of life choices.
I work with nurses, aides, social workers, physicians, clergy, massage therapists, yoga instructors, administrators, chiropractors, energy workers, teachers, physical therapists, first responders, and any other member of the care partner team who wants to maintain their well-being so they can stay in service to others.
The people I see are often feeling unsure about next steps or available options in Elder care, seek better care for their own well-being, or may wonder about their spiritual beliefs and how to cope with the future.
What I believe…
I believe people naturally strive for connection and meaning, and that aging and caregiving are normal passages in our life that may become complicated by cultural ageism. I believe that people who work in the helping and healing professions need more support than they are often offered to sustain “compassion satisfaction” and avoid burn-out and compassion fatigue. And I believe that growth happens in every stage of life, including in Elderhood!
I subscribe to the philosophy of The Eden Alternative™:
- I believe in eliminating Loneliness, Helplessness, and Boredom for everyone on the care partner team
- I support choice, dignity, respect, self-determination, and purposeful living for everyone I serve
- I believe that “care” means helping another to grow
- I promote a person-directed approach to care that puts the person first
To learn more about person-directed care, go to www.edenalt.org
How I Work
I work from a person-directed perspective, meaning that while I may offer a framework for our work together, I understand that you are the expert in your own life, and we are partners in a journey of exploration. You are always in control of your goals.
I work from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual/cultural perspective, which means we will always consider the interaction of what is happening in your physical body, your thinking-and-feeling self, the dynamics of your social networks, and your unique spiritual and/or cultural context. Yes, this means people are very complicated, but it makes no sense to address one area and neglect the others!
I am interested in dreams, fairy tales, cultural myths and legends, films and TV, and how these stories speak to your experience. Most of all, I am interested in YOUR story, and how you see it unfolding.
Together we will review a number of practical strategies, including mindful awareness, to manage and decrease stress. The emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology is revolutionizing how we understand the healing power of relationship and connection, and is giving us many tools for personal and professional growth. As a certified SoulCollage(R) facilitator, we might also use this creative and intuitive expressive arts form to explore what is most meaningful to you, what is active in your life. (More information about this is coming to this website soon!)
Most importantly, I work with you to identify your strengths and what is working well, and together we will build on that to make things better.
Coaching and Consulting Services are not therapy and not covered by health insurance.
Do you care for an older loved one or work in the healing or helping professions?
There is plenty of evidence that you are at a higher-than-average risk for stress-related illness, including depression, anxiety, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic and life-threatening illness.
Perhaps you’ve felt the impact of caring for others as burnout, compassion fatigue, or as a general decline in your own health and well-being.
I am now offering, on a limited basis to select clients, Care Partner Coaching. This is a year-long opportunity to work one-on-one in a focused and meaningful way on the goals that are most important to you.
- Regain your balance, reclaim your peace, and move forward with mutually satisfying care partner relationships.
- Learn to nurture yourself, manage anxiety, and improve relationships with loved ones and co-workers.
- Cultivate your dormant creativity, connect with your Spirituality, and have the best possible physical and emotional health.
If you are ready to live fully and give to others from a full heart, please contact me for information on how to apply to work with me in this exciting new program.