Cancer As A Turning Point:
Mind-Body Psychotherapy and Counseling
for people dealing with cancer
Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D.
Ruth Bolletino, Ph.D.
Mary Bobis, LCSW
Our aim goes beyond “support”: it is to enhance and extend life.
All our services, based on the work of Lawrence Leshan, are designed for those in the U.S. and abroad:
- people currently dealing with cancer or other illnesses
- family caregivers
- former cancer patients
- people wanting to maintain or improve their health
- psychotherapists and other health care professionals
- anyone wanting more enthusiasm, meaning and fulfillment in their life.
From over forty years of clinical research, psychologist Lawrence LeShan, author of Cancer as a Turning Point, developed a new kind of psychotherapy. Unlike traditional medical and psychotherapeutic approaches based on the question “What is wrong with you?” this therapy asks, “What is right with you?”
Its focus is that you find and commit to your own best and natural ways of being, relating and creating that bring zest, meaning and enthusiasm to your life. When people make certain kinds of psychological and life-style changes, they appear to create an inner “healing climate” that maximizes their potential for health.
Working toward creating a richer, more fulfilling life appears to be far superior in survival time to that of traditional psychotherapies focusing on psychological problems and past causes. For people with cancer, this approach often increases their positive response to medical treatment by (theoretically) stimulating their self-healing abilities. Although the approach was originally developed for people with cancer, it has been shown to be effective for others as well. Those who have recovered appear to increase
their chances of non-recurrence, and those who are well, their chances of maintaining and improving their health.
Feelings and thoughts neither cause nor cure cancer, but they are integral aspects of the whole person. As you reshape the ecology of your total being with meaningful psychological and lifestyle changes, you can mobilize your own life force – whether dealing with a life-threatening illness, generally improving your health, or working toward a life of greater enthusiasm and zest.
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