After being diagnosed with kidney failure as a young adult in my late 20’s, I often felt loved ones and the medical community couldn’t fully grasp kidney failure’s complicated physical and emotional experiences that patients feel. The trauma of going through a life-threatening illness and experiencing mental health problems related to medical issues was frustrating, lonely, and misunderstood. While exchanging shared experiences of pain, fears and mental health challenges with other kidney patients, it was clear early on to me that our physical and mental health struggles were quite similar. Yet, what we had most in common is a lack of mental health services specific to our needs with an understanding of the impact kidney disease, dialysis, and a transplant has on mental health.
It encouraged me to pursue an education in mental health so I returned to college while on dialysis with the specific goal of becoming a therapist. After graduate school, I spent about 4 years as a dialysis social worker helping patients adjust to dialysis and a new lifestyle, providing psychoeducation, and counseling at chair side. Today, I’m a licensed psychotherapist helping not just kidney patients but ALL people manage anxiety and depression better.
Drawing from my academic education, training, and personal experience, I’ve learned useful coping skills and strategies that helped me move forward in a healthy and positive way while dealing with a dialysis, kidney transplant, and taking care of my mental health. I’ve had my way of dealing with kidney failure but let’s discover coping skills and strategies that work for YOU.
Giving back to the community has been an important part of my life since I was a young child growing up in poverty and receiving help and kindness from extended family, social services, and the local community. It has become even more important to me after kidney failure and witnessing the medical community come together to save my life and provide ongoing medical care to their best ability.
Because of the health responsibilities and medical problems caused by kidney failure, many dialysis patients are unable to work and rely on a fixed income. I am giving back by providing a significantly reduced rate for online therapy sessions to English-speaking dialysis patients with access to internet, a smartphone, computer, or tablet who are experiencing anxiety and depression.
If you are someone or know someone dealing with dialysis or a chronic illness and are interested in starting therapy, you can call me at 949-441-2273, hit the schedule now button to book an appointment, or send me a message using the contact form below.