Welcome to The Parkinson’s CoachTM
Parkinson’s is a whole life, whole person neurological disorder, affecting the family as greatly as the individual diagnosed with the disease. Life with Parkinson’s means dealing with great uncertainty. Often, the most distressing symptoms:
➢ Are not related to motor difficulties,
➢ Are harder to manage medically
➢ Are a source of great confusion and fear
➢ Ultimately have greater impact on quality of life
Most of the challenges Parkinson’s disease presents to family are problems in daily living. Although families are often sent to psychotherapists to “treat” the fear, anger, frustration and stress, these are really not issues of mental or emotional health. Rather, they arise from situational problems any individual or family managing a chronic medical condition might encounter. Families need a Coach not a “Shrink (click here to understand the difference).”
A Coach guides individuals and families, helping them to respond more effectively to the challenges of Parkinson’s. By finding solutions to problems, fear, stress, and frustration need not become so overwhelming that mental health treatment becomes necessary in the first place.
By offering extensive experience and specialized knowledge about the disease, The Parkinson’s CoachTM helps families and individuals:
➢ Evaluate the unique problems and challenges they face
➢ Develop practical solutions with tangible goals and clear steps for achieving them
➢ Identify strengths that can be brought to bear on the problems
➢ Identify weaknesses that are hindering effective responses to the disease
➢ Maintain motivation during tough times
What the The Parkinson’s CoachTM Not
Paul Short, Ph.D. is not a physician and is not offering medical advice of any kind. When in doubt about any aspect of your physical health, you should always consult your healthcare team.
Although Dr. Paul Short is a licensed clinical psychologist, The Parkinson’s CoachTM is not intended to assess, diagnose or treat emotional/mental health problems you or a family member might be experiencing. This site draws upon Dr. Paul’s training as a behavioral scientist and is in no way intended to be clinical in nature.
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