Do Concerns About Your Health Consume Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions?
- Do you feel isolated and alone?
- Do you feel like no one can understand what it is like to be you?
- Are you angry, frustrated, sad, or numb from living with an illness?
- Are you feeling overwhelmed pre or post surgery, thinking about the ways in which your life will be changed?
Sometimes it is hard to see the world go by and feel distraught with the difficult news of a new diagnosis. Sometimes it is frustrating to see people take their good health for granted. Sometimes it may seem as though it would be better to stay in bed than to expend the energy to face another day when you do not feel well. Some of the most challenging days are those when you feel well upon awakening, but you rapidly feel worse over the course of the day. Or days that you know are going to be difficult before you even open your eyes. Understanding your reality can be hard for some people. This is your life, and learning how to take it one day at a time is part of the journey.
You Are Not Alone
When illness is a part of your life, it can be all consuming and overwhelming. Maybe the people in your life do not understand the difficulties of managing your health and keeping up with life’s every day activities. Maybe you are tired of everyone asking how you are, and you just want to return to your life before your diagnosis. Feeling this way is completely understandable. Maybe it is hard to seek therapy because you don’t know if you are going to feel like traveling to the appointment that day. That is why I offer Telehealth services where we can meet in the convenience of your home over video sessions.
I Offer Video Sessions
Deciding to see a clinical psychologist is a big step. But for many, it is an important one. Both my medical experience and background as well as my specialization in Clinical Health Psychology give me extensive experience working with people with health concerns. I also have extensive experience working with people who are facing challenges pre and post surgery. As a psychologist and nurse, I have many years working with people with both acute (abrupt, sudden, and brief) as well as chronic (persisting a long time) illnesses. I understand from both a medical and psychological perspective how to work with you to manage life’s uncertainties.
Some Concerns You May Have About Therapy
What happens if I wake up and I don’t feel well enough to drive to your office? I offer Telehealth appointments so we can meet in the convenience of your home, no need for driving. I have a secure, HIPAA compliant platform that I use and we will be able to meet via video.
How will therapy make me feel better? Sometimes dealing with the stress of your health concerns can feel overwhelming. I can develop health care strategies that will assist in fostering emotional and physical well-being by helping you manage your illness, help with compliancy issues, or assist you in changing poor health habits. With your consent, I will provide coordinated care with your medical team practicing integrated behavioral health care. Using this approach, it is important to recognize that both medical and behavioral factors are important parts of your overall well-being.
Do you work with people with sleep issues, weight management issues, or smoking cessation? Yes, I work with people with various health issues. My goal is to assist you in achieving a healthier, more active lifestyle. I will work in collaboration with your primary care provider to help you achieve realistic goals.
I Am Here to Help
You do not need to go through this alone. Therapy is a worthwhile investment for your overall well-being so that you can be better supported in all of your life demands. If you would like an initial consultation, please call me today.
At DKK Psychological Services, I offer telehealth therapy for individuals, couples, and families. After our work together, you will have found a sense of relief and reconnection allowing you to live your best lifestyle yet. I embrace differences in age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, and physical abilities.
Dianne K. Kraaijvanger, Psy.D., LMHC, LMFT, RN
MA Psychologist License #11302
Phone: (781) 705-2797