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What Can Coaching Do For Cancer Patients and Family Members?

Living with cancer is a day to day struggle. It affects all parts of the lives of the patient and their families:   parenting, financial needs, work, time with loved ones, recreation, attitude, capacity, spirituality, and more. Families who are living with cancer are often depressed, confused, angry, and feeling powerless. Dealing with cancer is difficult, isolating, unnerving, emotionally exhausting, seemingly endless, and frightening.

Another piece of the support system for those affected by cancer, the patient as well as the family, is to engage in the services of a Life CoachLife coaching is a powerful way to look at all areas of life in a supportive and non-judgmental way. Coaching fits into an array of wellness services that integrates the social, spiritual, emotional and physical needs of families dealing with cancer.

A Life Coach works with people to help them gain a complete understanding of their current life situation, the strengths, resources, capacities, and assets that can be utilized by the participant in response to their circumstances. Coaching can be done via telephone, or in person. (See this page for a list of local cities for coaching in person.) The coaching process provides insight and guidance that helps the participant/family achieve greater focus and awareness of what is vital. Coaching helps participants choose the focus, as the coach listens and provides supportive feedback. The goal of the coaching interaction is to help the participant/family realize their own strengths and knowledge that will allow them to face the cancer struggle with dignity and balance. The most important role of the coach is to provide an objective perspective and ongoing support. Coaching helps the participant(s) thrive and be empowered in all areas of their life.                             

Why Whole Life Coaching?

Whole Life Coaching is not a psychotherapeutic process, analytic, or past oriented. It is focused on the present and how to get to the future that the participant would prefer to live. Coaching does not dwell on past experiences, traumas, or issues, but is dedicated to helping participants discover their own skills, strengths, and abilities to achieve their own desires. 

A life coach works in partnership with people. It is not a client/patient relationship. In the context of dealing with cancer, participants work with the Coach to achieve the best quality of life possible for themselves and/or their families.

Description of Service:

Coaching can be on the telephone or in person. The participant decides their focus each session and the coach uses powerful questions and contributes observations. Coaching sessions last for 60 minutes and the frequency is determined by the participant. Weekly or bi-weekly sessions are recommended. Ongoing telephone support and email are included. .

Areas to Explore With a Coach :

- transitions
- relationships
-how to cope
-balancing life with children
-dreams
-personal growth and changes
-legacy exploration
-work changes
-how I want to spend my time with my children
-time with spouse

Benefits of Coaching:

-Take time to focus on yourself
-Focus on parenting needs
-Ongoing support
-Identifying direction and balance
-Look at things important to you
-Focus on parenting needs
-Determine what you need and want
-Someone to listen and ask questions

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Contact Liza:

lizagps@comcast.net or
(425) 290-3642