Would you like to achieve any of the following goals as a PHYSICIAN or PHYSICIAN-IN-TRAINING:
- Address anxiety about patient outcomes and career choices
- Cope with stress regarding self-confidence and feeling competent
- Let go of worry about judgment from peers and patients
- Stop overthinking and second-guessing your decision-making between shifts
- Cope with feeling isolated and out-of-balance due to long, unpredictable work hours
- Overcome communication difficulties with patients, physicians, nurses, and family members
As a physician, your risks and responsibilities can feel overwhelming at times. To make it more challenging, long, unpredictable work hours may make it hard to find time to rejuvenate. In balancing multiple work and family responsibilities, you may find your own needs are not being met. Also, you might not have a support system in place to help you process adverse outcomes with patients and their families. Finally, work stress may spillover into your personal relationships and create dysfunctional patterns in communication. You take care of others, but who is taking care of you?
“Physician, heal thyself.” – Aeschylus
Counseling provides a structured opportunity for you to focus on your own mental health and personal goals. Whether it be anxiety, stress, worry, overthinking, or communication, counseling provides the space you need to process and learn what can help you feel more relaxed, focused, and productive.
I am licensed and have provided counseling since 2006. My strong interest for counseling physicians began with witnessing the challenges my wife and her cohorts faced through medical school, residency, fellowship, and the transition to becoming an attending physician.
My approach employs the evidence-based practices of Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Mindfulness can help you learn to become grounded, comfortable, and mentally clear. CBT can help you adopt more useful perspectives. To reinforce interpersonal awareness, I emphasize communication skills and have taught college courses in Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking. I also utilize the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie, which are designed to help you appreciate the present moment and reinforce a joyful, peaceful way of being.
The methods I utilize are straightforward and can be practically applied right away to challenges you are facing at work and at home. These techniques are devised both to help you change as efficiently in the short term and also help you achieve optimal performance in the long run.