What is The Coping Clinic and who is it for?

Sharon Campbell-Rayment1Welcome to The Coping Clinic! I’m Sharon Campbell-Rayment.

The Coping Clinic offers support for people struggling with, what I call, The Cope Less Disorder—a condition that inhibits a person’s ability to cope with day-to-day life due to the accumulation of symptoms brought on by post-concussion syndrome and stress.

The symptoms—which may include an inability to focus, sensitivity to light and sound, pain, fatigue, frustration, forgetfulness, outbursts, and depression—may cause a person to feel completely hopeless, and therefore withdraw from the world. (This is exactly what I did after my accident.)

My hope is that The Coping Clinic’s free resources, online workshops, and speaking events will help those suffering from post-concussion syndrome or stress, cope better with day-to-day life.

How was The Coping Clinic born?

Prior to 2008, I led a hectic, but exciting life. And I liked it that way.

In my early 20s, I became a registered nurse, earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I also earned a Masters in Divinity, and became a certified Labyrinth and Equine Experiential Learning Facilitator.

After working as a public health nurse for 7 years, I opened up my own fitness club, which at its peak had over 3000 members. Later on, I became a minister, shepherding three churches through worship and pastoral needs to build enthusiastic, faith-led congregations.

As if that wasn’t enough, I spent my summer months running a horseback-riding camp for both typical and special needs children.

But all of this busyness came to a screeching halt one summer day in 2008. I fell off my horse on the last day of summer camp, and suffered a concussive brain injury.

This injury plummeted me into a dark depression, with no speech, little to no focus, anger, sleeplessness, headaches, dizziness, emotional breakdowns, noise sensitivity, an inability to make decisions, and an inability to tolerate most social settings. I also suffered a mini-stroke, and with the return of my speech came a Scottish accent. (I’m 1 in approximately 60 people worldwide with foreign accent syndrome.) In August 2009, I underwent a neuropsychological assessment resulting in a diagnosis of “totally disabled.”

After struggling with my new reality for 3 years, I’d finally had enough—enough of feeling frustrated, enough of feeling isolated, and enough of being unable to cope with day-to-day life.

So I spent the next few years researching and testing a multitude of traditional and non-traditional therapeutic strategies, until I devised a holistic routine that provided me with the relief I was desperately seeking.

Over time, my ability to cope with day-to-day life has improved, and with it, I’ve become passionate about helping other people struggling with post-concussion syndrome and stress, regain a quality of life that they never imagined possible.

What should I do next?

Sharon Campbell-RaymentIf you have any questions about The Coping Clinic, or would like me to speak at your next event—please get in touch.

Then, check out my free resources or read the first few pages from my book, “Creating Harmony From Within.” You can also follow me on Twitter or “like” The Coping Clinic’s Facebook page.