Short Term Counselling with Chronically Ill Clients

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 8:45-11am

Presentation: Chronic illness affects clients in many ways, both medically and psychologically. Support structure thus plays an important role on a person’s ability to cope. Sadness, grief and depression are common emotions when they consider the possibility of lost goals, hopes and dreams. Losing independence is a real fear, which becomes inevitable if an illness progresses, and that brings on anger, resentment and even shame. Counselling can help a person to deal with the emotions relating to chronic illness, and to cope with the stress and anxieties of accepting and coping with life changes. It can help to regain personal control over life. Myriame delves into different short-term approaches that counsellors could use when working with a client who has a chronic illness.

Myriame Lépine Lyons, MA, CCC completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Psychology and Sociology at Queen’s University and her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology at the Adler University, where she researched Educational Assistants’ experiences and perceptions of relating with students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, she uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach with a focus on building therapeutic rapport. By cultivating a sense of togetherness, Myriame works with clients faced with anxiety & depression, trauma, life transitions, chronic disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. Myriame has a passion for helping individuals lead a healthier lifestyle through mindfulness, resiliency building, and evidence-based practices. Follow her @LLMyriame.

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