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  • In my position as a counselor, I can attest to the fact that many folks do go to counseling to help in supporting their efforts.  About a third of my practice is in helping those experiencing difficult thoughts and emotions related to their diagnosis.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the typical approach I use in working with them and seems to fit the situation best since it follows closely the serenity prayer, courage to change what you can, the serenity to accept what cannot be changed and the wisdom to notice the difference.   There is also a growing body of research supporting this approach for this type of situation. ACT helps to increase psychological flexibility to be able to handle the situation you might find yourself within to the best of the situation and your ability.

    I also note that those who come in are typically those with the diagnosis, but for those who come in who are more in a supportive role, they also have reported back that the service was well worth their time.  Specifically, many had never considered building their own structure of support.  There is nothing wrong, when in a support role, in doing this action and in fact, it has been shown to increase the effectiveness of support for the main person with the challenging illness.

    The services are out there and an ACT therapist can offer a different approach to enhance and address your situation.  So why not look for one in your area and learn how to build your own team and get the support you need?

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