Therapist for Acoustic Neuroma Support in Los Angeles

Kate Boswell MFT, Psychotherapy& Counseling, Marina del Rey, Ca. 90292 (310) 658-3158


Acoustic Neuroma and the Holidays

Posted by 2bstressfree on December 17, 2009 at 3:52 AM Comments comments (2)

The Holidays can be a stressful time of year for most people. If you are struggling with acoustic neuroma issues, it can be even more stressful.


You may find your balance lessening and your tinnitus increasing. You may find yourself not up to social events where you can't hear well over all the other people talking.


And if you were recently diagnosed or treated, you just may not feel like being in situations that are casually friendly. You may want to be with preferred close friends and family in quieter settings.


Here are a few tips to help you sail through The Season more easily:

  1. Find Balance: you may want to take advantage of fun social ocassions, without overdoing it. Pick and choose your events, allowing plenty of downtime.
  2. Take  Care of your Health: During busy times, we tend to forget about nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Make an extra effort to not throw these out the window. If you are too busy to take care of your well being, you are too busy!
  3. Get some Quiet: many people with tinnitus say that it worsens after being in a noisy environment. Try to choose quieter, smaller social events. And maybe pick favorite "stand alone" stores to shop in, rather than a mega mall.
  4. Keep things in Perspective: If you are out socializing and can't hear, rather than get stressed out, try on an attitude such as, "This is a casual event, to reconnect and say hello to a bunch of old friends; it is okay if we don't have deep meaningful conversations at this get together; we can catch up later." :)
  5. Spend a little time in nature: even if you live in a city, there are always nature spots around. Maybe a nice park, or a botanical garden, or the beach. Bundle up and take in the fresh air and nature sounds.

These are just a few general tips. I hope they are helpful. I will be posting tips on more specific situations around the Holidays, between now and the New Year.


Kate Boswell is a Los Angeles based psychotherapist, helping people cope with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues related to their health concerns. Her Marina del Rey location is near Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, Santa Monica, Del Rey, Culver City, Inglewood, Westchester, West Los Angeles, and the South Bay Cities. Kate is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Lic. No. MFC20851.

Coping with Acoustic Neuroma Diagnosis: Taming the Fear Factor

Posted by 2bstressfree on April 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM Comments comments (3)

If you have been diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, it is natural to react with fear.

  • There are treatment decisions to be made, about something you probably have never heard of before.
  • Each option seems to come with its own set of possible bad outcomes.
  • How on earth can you deal with all of this calmly, and make the best possible choices?

I hope the following tips for coping with fear will help you calm your mind, and deal with the task at hand.

  1. Accept the fear as normal and natural. The less you try to push it away, the less power it will have over you.
  2. Arm yourself with information. Much of what you are fearing may just turn out to be worst case scenarios your imagination comes up with. And even for the worst case scenarios which are possible, you will be able to make informed choices for dealing with them.
  3. Tell others and accept their support. Friends, family, even coworkers will most likely be happy to lend you an ear and give you moral support. If they "do it wrong," remember, this is all new territory for them too!
  4. Seek out others who have gone through this already. A most likely place to find peer support is through the Acoustic Neuroma Association. If they don't have a local support group, you could always join in the online discussions.
  5. Trust in yourself. Remember another time in your life when you had to make a difficult decision, and things finally turned out okay.
  6. Relax! Take a few minutes each day for some relaxing activity, such as walking, breathing exercises, or just daydreaming about something very pleasant.  For tips on relaxation, see the article on my website,  The link on the resources page will also take you to my blog on Coping with Anxiety.
  7. Have some fun. It is too easy to let this become all consuming. Remember to take some time to laugh and enjoy life. Let others know, too, that you would like to spend some of your time together focusing on the lighter side.
  8. If you need more help with your fear, seek out a professional counselor who has experience in helping people deal with life changing medical issues. Acoustic neuroma is a major hurdle in your life, and sometimes just trying to cope with this hurdle can bring on depression or debilitating anxiety. There is no shame in seeking help for this. For ideas on how to choose a therapist, just click to my webpage on this topic.

I hope these tips have been helpful to you. I am an acoustic neuroma survivor and a therapist, who understands how scary an acoustic neuroma diagnosis can be. It is my hope that you will be able to cope with the fear and move forward in dealing with your acoustic neuroma.

Kate Boswell MFT is a therapist in private practice in Marina del Rey, Ca. She helps people cope with anxiety related to their health and other life challenges.


Acoustic Neuroma Association Symposium in Los Angeles 2013

Followup Contact with Presenter Kate Boswell MFT:

  • Kate Boswell MFT gave a presentation on Coping with the Emotional Impact of Acoustic Neuroma.
  • Kate Boswell MFT is available for counseling, to support coping emotionally with acoustic neuroma.
  • She is available for counseling sessions by phone in the state of California.
  • She is available for in person counseling in the Los Angeles area, in Marina del Rey.

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