​​​​​Living with Diabetes

Diabetes is a quiet illness. The symptoms and the struggle to manage diabetes are not easily visible to others. You may feel alone and that loved ones don't fully understand.

It’s an illness that demands a lot of you, the constant need to be vigilant, not just one day but every day. There's always the temptation to pretend what you eat won’t matter.

The truth is staying healthy with diabetes requires willpower and daily motivation, both of which are not easy. 

Food is no longer a source of carefree pleasure. Social gatherings often bring extra food temptations. Daily stress can make you want to overeat. You may struggle with committing to regular exercise or getting the rest you require.

So much is at stake it’s easy to get down on yourself when you don’t resist temptation. No wonder it’s natural to feel a wide mix of uncomfortable feelings about managing your diabetes, such as worry, anger, resentment, guilt, sadness and fear.

There is hope for developing strength and motivation

For the past 30 years, I have had my share of struggles with diabetes. I understand the challenge. I work with diabetics, helping them to better cope with a demanding, chronic illness.

Having an ally who understands your difficulties can be a tremendous support. Together we will explore where you want to be with your self-care and what gets in the way.

Avoidance is a way we all cope with difficulties at times. And yet, this very way of coping puts you at risk for behaviors that sabotage your self-care and long-term health.

Diabetes management is possible when we face our illness, and gently confront the ways we sabotage ourselves. I will work with you to help you develop the strength and commitment to live well with diabetes.

We will use proven techniques for developing willpower and the practice of mindfulness in support of your successful daily diabetes self-care.  

Some of what we will work on may include:

  • Laying a foundation for self-care
  • Learning to tolerate food urges and cravings without acting on them
  • Designing your unique path out of self-sabotage
  • Fostering daily motivation
  • Developing the mindset to get quickly back on track

​​For more information or a free 15 minute consultation 
call 401-285-6028 or
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Claude Verdier - Counseling for coping with diabetes in Providence, Rhode Island (RI) and serving surrounding areas: North Providence, RI - Smithfield, RI - Cranston, RI - Warwick, RI