Clients are understandably shaken when they’ve been healthy their whole lives and get a diagnosis of cancer or another illness that feels out of their control. Sometimes they need to grieve, express their fears, make meaning of it and over time to learn from the experience. The therapist can help them to cope, express doubt, sadness and anger and to offer tools for centering and relaxation in the midst of the stress and disorganization. The therapist can also help clients connect to resources and groups that specialize in this illness and would add value and support to their path.
Dr. Sherman went through a year with breast cancer treatment and wrote two books about how illness can be a spiritual path, if you look for new balance, coping skills, meaning and wisdom in it.