When you take part in a narrative medicine group, you will read and respond to a narrative, or story. This can be part of a short story or novel, a painting, a piece of music, a sculpture, or a poem. I carefully choose stories that fit the needs and goals of each group that I work with.
Through close reading, you will have a chance to practice deep listening, or giving your full and thoughtful attention to something. Deep listening grows empathy.
This process can be transformative as the facilitator and group members work together to understand the healing power of language, stories, and sharing together in a safe space.
Narrative medicine can be beneficial for people in groups of all sizes, from a small community group that meets through their local library to a conference held for a large organization. Other examples include:
Each session is tailored to the group I’m working with, but there are some things all sessions have in common:
Everyone can benefit from a narrative medicine experience — even if you don’t consider yourself a reader, an artist, or a writer.
Narrative medicine is about stories, listening, easing suffering — your own and that of others — and growing empathy. Narrative medicine can be used for all types of people and in all types of settings. You don’t have to be a writer to share your stories.
Only if you want to. Learning to listen deeply is the greatest benefit of narrative medicine. You can strengthen your listening muscle when you take part in a narrative medicine experience, and you do not have to share your own writing to level-up your listening.
Forgiveness is two things — a choice and a process. A choice to be free from past injuries or grievances that cause us pain. And a process in which we understand and acknowledge the breadth of feelings that we have, identify and release unmet expectations, and choose to stop letting things that have happened in the past control our present and future lives.
You are ready to forgive when the pain you are holding interferes with your ability to have peace and joy. You are ready to forgive when the time and energy you spend with thinking about and being drained by your grievances robs you of time and energy you want to put toward other things.
Forgiveness does not require reconciliation with those who have hurt you.
Forgiveness does not mean that you condone what happened to you or forget the injury. Nor does it mean that you have absolved the person, setting them free from the consequences of guilt.
Forgiveness does not mean you give up your right to seek justice for yourself and others or your right to compensation.
Coaching is a partnership in which we work together to uncover your strengths, discover your potential, eliminate limiting beliefs and internal roadblocks, and help you grow. Together, we’ll define a future that leads to contentment, joy, and freedom.
In our coaching relationship, I will be a trusted source of unconditional support and encouragement while helping you challenge old ways of thinking.
As your coach, I can help you learn how to be heard, how to listen, and how to get unstuck in different areas of your life, including your relationships, work, or health.
Coaching can help you feel free of past hurts, create a vision of where you want to be, and define steps that will actually help you get there.
Therapy and coaching may sound similar, but they differ in key ways. In coaching, we won’t delve into your past to uncover old wounds, but we will challenge limiting beliefs and help you move forward in a way that honors your story.
Another important difference between coaching and therapy is that a therapist defines a therapeutic plan for you. Coaching is a partnership that leads to a plan for the future that we co-create.
Coaching is also not the same as mentoring or consulting. I neither know what’s best for you nor do I want to show you how I got to where I am. I can, however, help you identify the resources you need and map out a way for you to find them.
It’s also important to note that while I am a physician, I will not give you medical advice. I can, however, help you learn ways to work with your care team to meet your information and other needs.
After an event in my life that left me deeply hurt, I had to learn how to forgive both the people who hurt me and myself. I decided to work with a coach to identify the stories that I was telling myself and challenge them. Through coaching, I was able to heal, forgive, and become free of imposter syndrome, resentments, shame, and limiting beliefs. Seeing the power of coaching firsthand, I decided to become a coach so I could offer the same transformative experience to others.
Having been a doctor for thirty years, I have always loved working with people. The strength that I have seen from my patients as they face challenges, both big and small, motivates me and inspires me. I have witnessed the power of empathy in action, and it continues to drive my approach in coaching.
No. Coaching is client-led. You will define your own goals and set your course with guidance from me. While I will challenge you in ways that will help you grow, the choices are always yours