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Adaptive Transformation

 

I once imagined my life as an uninterrupted line from birth to decline. There would be some creditable achievements and great love sandwiched in the middle, of course, but time was a durable thing.

From Kate Bowler, How Cancer Changes Hope, Opinion, NY Times Dec 28, 2018 

 

There are events that we don’t sign up for in life: a serious illness, an accident that leaves us or a spouse disabled, children who are ill or have special needs, we lose the love of our life suddenly without warning, leaving us stunned, heartbroken, and disoriented. Life is interrupted. The disruption to our sense of ‘normal’ and to our routine is so all consuming that major adjustments are necessary. Human beings are wired for adaptation and we have resilience impulses built into our brains. Even so, some events are so disruptive, so painful, that they strain our normal coping and adaptation mechanisms. Such is the case in events considered traumatic or tragic.

Post-traumatic growth, a concept rooted in the sciences of resilience and positive psychology, can emerge in the aftermath of even the greatest of tragedies.  Science has proven that there are simple practices and routines that create wellbeing, allowing us to move forward into lives rich in wisdom, meaning, purpose, and even joy! Using her personal and professional experience, Karen has developed a process to encourage and support the process of healing and recovery after a serious misfortune, calling it “Adaptive Transformation”. The term Adaptive Transformation recognizes that we are being forced by unbidden, adverse events in our lives to undergo some major changes. To learn more about the Adaptive Transformation process, and to have an opportunity to benefit from it, please click on the button below.

Karen’s Keys to Adaptive Transformation

Cultivate positive emotions and mindset

Reconnect with your signature strengths and re-evaluate your deepest values

Invest in loving, positive, supportive relationships

Name and honor the losses you are experiencing

Try new actions known to enhance wellbeing in body, heart, mind, and spirit

Broaden and deepen your spirituality

Learn to listen to your body

Create an environment that is calming and comforting

About Karen

Dr. Karen Wade is an organizational psychologist and registered nurse, certified in psychiatric mental health nursing.  She speaks, consults, and coaches in the areas of leadership development, positive psychology, and career clarity. Her new book, Should I Leave Nursing? 7 Steps to Career Clarity (2019), is a guidebook to career and life enrichment whether one chooses to remain and thrive in nursing, or to choose a different professional path.

Karen received her ADN in nursing in 1976 from Pasadena City College and embarked on a cultural and career journey in Mexico. Upon returning to the United States she worked for thirteen years as an RN in various clinical settings. She taught nurses in continuing education and in university programs. She directed an innovative health services project in Ecuador through the U.S. Agency for International Development. She was later the project director for the launching of a child abuse prevention research center in Los Angeles.  Upon completing her PhD at Claremont Graduate University in 2000, Karen worked as an organizational development consultant for ten years, including executive coaching while at RHR International, a global firm of management psychologists.

In 2011, Karen’s son, Andrew, lost his battle with bipolar disorder, dying by suicide at age twenty-four. This was a life-changing event that created an intense interest in mental health services, leading Karen to return to nursing, specializing in psychiatric nursing. Karen also reacquainted herself with the empowering field of positive psychology, receiving a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s online program. Karen lives in Ventura, California, a cozy beach town. She enjoys water sports, hiking above the ocean views, dancing, cultural events, international travel, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Disclaimer

Karen Wade’s credentials include a doctorate in Psychology, with an emphasis in Organizational Development, and she is licensed in the state of California as a registered nurse. She possesses a national certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the American Nurses’ Association Credentialing Center.  She is not a licensed physician, clinical psychologist, or psychotherapist. The information provided in this website, and through her advisement services is intended for informational, educational and inspirational purposes intended to inform, educate, inspire and encourage personal growth following unforeseen life tragedies. The information on this website, and the services offered by Dr. Wade, are not a substitute for medical, psychiatric, or psychotherapeutic consultation, diagnosis, and treatment from licensed professionals in those domains. The user has sole responsibility to consult with those professionals to maintain their physical and emotional health as needed.

Disclaimer

Karen Wade’s credentials include a doctorate in Psychology, with an emphasis in Organizational Development, and she is licensed in the state of California as a registered nurse. She possesses a national certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the American Nurses’ Association Credentialing Center.  She is not a licensed physician, clinical psychologist, or psychotherapist. The information provided in this website, and through her advisement services is intended for informational, educational and inspirational purposes intended to inform, educate, inspire and encourage personal growth following unforeseen life tragedies. The information on this website, and the services offered by Dr. Wade, are not a substitute for medical, psychiatric, or psychotherapeutic consultation, diagnosis, and treatment from licensed professionals in those domains. The user has sole responsibility to consult with those professionals to maintain their physical and emotional health as needed.

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