I am Dr Dianne Dowling, a professional Coaching Therapist who provides a safe space for clients to explore their own pathway back to wellness after cancer treatment.
I was a teacher and mentor for many years after completing a Professional Doctorate alongside other degrees, I now practice as a Coaching Therapist specialising in working with cancer. My Doctoral research was a unique South West based study which focused on women living and working with breast cancer.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer over 20 years ago. Having both a personal and professional knowledge and experience, I am uniquely qualified to coach clients through a health crisis like cancer and help them through this most difficult time in their lives. I'm passionate about living well with cancer:
“Working with cancer is not just about surviving, it is also about thriving. In our coaching
sessions you will learn how to exert your own power of choice over the often surprising
challenges life can bring, and explore any personal issues you have with your life path, career and relationships”.
My approach to coaching?
I adopt a coaching style which is purpose driven as this enables a client to explore their ‘legacy of now’. It asks what is important to their post cancer experience, and what is it that they they want to achieve and contribute to the wellbeing of themselves and others. I encourage an equal partnership where the client chooses the direction their journey will take. They will be introduced to a variety of learning, ideas and approaches which all belong in the marketplace of modern life. One example of this is practising mindfulness meditations at the start of a coaching session. This can help relax the client and create greater awareness of what it is they want to change. I also use individual meaning-centred psychotherapy for patients with advanced cancer.
Sessions can be either face-to-face or virtual via SKYPE, Zoom or telephone usually lasting for an hour and over six sessions.