Therapy for Fatigue and Stress from Cancer Treatment and other Illnesses
Getting a diagnosis of cancer or other serious illness can be devastating. Dayna Stein uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnosis for Fatigue (CBTH) and Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy and to help cancer patients better manage their anxiety, distress, depression, and fatigue.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnosis for Fatigue (CBTH)? Research has shown that a vast majority of patients who undergo chemotherapy or radiation will experience some increase in fatigue. CBTH teaches you how to help yourself feel less tired, more comfortable, and more energetic during your treatment. It also can be effective for chronic pain patients.
CBTH is a combinationof three different types of psychological techniques (cognitive, behavioral, and hypnosis) that you can use to help yourself feel better physically and emotionally during cancer treatment. Cognitive techniques - help you identify unhelpful thoughts about an event, and change them to more effective, helpful ones. Behavioral techniques - help you behave in ways that make you feel less distressed and overwhelmed during cancer treatment, including learning how to plan and manage your daily schedule, and learning how to distract yourself from unhelpful thoughts or uncomfortable sensations. Hypnosis - an agreement between the therapist and the client for the therapist to provide suggestions for how to use your mind to control any fatigue or emotional distress you might experience. Hypnosis is like focused attention or concentration. Most people describe it as a pleasant, relaxing experience, sort of like being so lost in a book, music, or a movie that you lose track of what's going on around you. A common misconception about hypnosis is that the person being " hypnotized" will be under the control of the "hypnotist" (therapist). This is not true. Actually, hypnosis involves learning how to use your own mind to help yourself feel better. The hypnotist (therapist) simply serves as a guide in teaching you this skill.
CBTH takes advantage of the mind-body connection and explores how changing one's thoughts can control fatigue and distress. Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy comes in to help transform a health crisis into health healing using attitude, creativity, and experiences.
Call today for a free 15 minute consultation to see how Dayna can help minimize fatigue and distress as you face treatment for cancer or other pain. Dayna Stein 908-907-3636