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Process of Change
Psychosocial Balancing Behaviors
Living in the Zone
MA, RN, LCPC
What Is Important?
“None of us is as smart as all of us" is a saying I have come to appreciate in my work in the field of healthcare. I was a teaching assistant in the nursing program at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and also part of a research project at UW-M designing, field-testing and then implementing audiovisual, individualized instruction to teach nursing skills. As a consultant for the published materials, I led a group of experienced university faculty in assisting other nursing instructors around the country to embrace a new and more effective way of teaching. Teamwork was vital as we learned and then shared new information and skills, adjusting to the first of many changes in how healthcare was taught and practiced.
I was a team member with several hospices, working for eighteen years as a hospice Registered Nurse as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor providing bereavement counseling and staff support. Developing educational programs and leading support groups at the Cancer Wellness Center as well as being a member of the Integrative Medicine Team of a local university-affiliated hospital further developed my appreciation of and respect for working as a team in providing healthcare.
Why Integrative Therapies North Shore?
Personal wellness requires information, motivation, time and some monetary investment . At the moment, our healthcare system does not give prevention of illness and maximizing of wellness a high priority. For most illnesses, there is not just one cause. Research has identified that there are often multiple factors, many easily under our control, contributing to personal wellness. Being "in community", for example, is a strong predictor of wellness. Who knew?
While practicing as a professional, licensed counselor, I added other interventions to my "talk therapy", such as nutritional information, research-based writing techniques to cope with trauma and loss (can improve immune function as well!) and biofeedback techniques. My clients were receptive to this integrative approach, continuing to ask what else they could do to improve their health and well-being.
“Medicine is not only a science, but also the art of letting our own individuality interact with the individuality of the patient.”
— Albert Schweitzer
During one of my graduate courses in family therapy, I wrote a poem which was published in the Journal of Systemic Therapies. The poem describes the healing relationship which supports growth and change.
...we meet in a shared space; non-hierarchically...
respectfully afloat in a sea of recursivity seeing more
clearly who we are and what we do and need...
our encounter of exchange activating innate potentials
for growth each never again to be the same...
— Carol Drengenberg
Journal of Systemic Therapies
Volume 15, Number 3 — Fall 1996
Integrative Therapies North Shore
910 Skokie Blvd., Suite 211 • Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 400-0100