Most physicians frequently face the difficult task of providing emotional support for patients living with chronic illnesses as part of their professional responsibility. Not only do you have to provide medical information and treatment for these illnesses, but you must deal with the patient’s inevitable emotional reactions and frustrations.
That’s where we can be of help.
For more than 35 years, one of our well-known specialties has been helping people cope with medical problems. We’ve helped many individuals with medical problems, ranging from those who were recently diagnosed, to those who have been living with their illness for a long period of time.
Our director, Dr. Robert H. Phillips, has presented over 500 papers, workshops, and addresses at organizations all over the world, and has written many books on the topic of coping with medical problems. (Further information about these presentations can be found at www.coping.com/presentations, and his books at www.coping.com/books)
Of course, there are times that it can be difficult to suggest that someone “seek help”. It can sound as though you think their symptoms are in their heads, or that they’re weak. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It takes strength to do whatever one can to help oneself live more successfully with a chronic medical problem.
Our approach: We use a strategic approach, helping our patients implement relaxation techniques, cognitive strategies (to help their thinking), and behavior modifications (to help their self-care as well as live more efficiently). In addition, when necessary, we’ll include communication techniques, and other practical strategies designed to help our patients feel more in control of their lives, despite their chronic illness.
Here’s a suggestion: Perhaps you could mention that a free consultation with us should be a normal, acceptable part of living with a chronic illness. Let them know that in many cases when you’re treating someone with a chronic illness, you recommend that they work with The Coping Counselors at the Center for Coping to discuss how we can help them cope more effectively with their life with their illness.
At this free appointment, we’ll discuss some of the issues people face when they’re living with a chronic illness, and discuss a plan for how we can help, using constructive, effective coping strategies. They’re under no obligation to continue to use our services.
We look forward to helping those individuals you refer to us for our quality psychological services.