Supporting your Mental Health: The Importance of Self-Care
Being diagnosed with a blood cancer can be stressful, increase our worries and stretch our abilities to cope. You may feel a roller coaster of thoughts and emotions. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Mackenzie, Counsellor, PhD, RCC, will talk about the importance of self-care in maintaining mental, emotional, and physical health as well as our relationships during diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
This session is in English only. Click here for the French conference.
I draw on 20+ years as a clinician, educator, and researcher to provide a client-centered, evidence-based therapeutic approach integrating counselling psychology, health coaching, and mind-body medicine. Prior to returning to fulltime clinical practice in Canada, I was a tenured Associate Professor of Health Behavior Science at the University of Delaware (2014-2022), where I was Academic Director of UD’s Health Coaching programs and Research Director of the Mind Body Behavior Lab.
My research has been featured in the Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Journal of Women’s Health, and Stress & Health among others. I hold a PhD in Health and Exercise Psychology and MSc in Counselling Psychology, both from the University of Calgary. I also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Exercise Psychology at the University of Illinois and training in Health Coaching at the University of Delaware.