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Dr Lisa Rainwater: The Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis on Personal Relationships

Lisa A. Rainwater, PhD, MA, LCMHC, NCC, CGP, CT

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

The Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis on Personal Relationships


LiveLung Virtual Meeting - June 14, 2023





About the Speaker

Dr Rainwater is the Integrated Clinical Programming Manager of the Cancer Patient Support and Psychosocial Oncology Programs. She joined the Cancer Patient Support Program in 2020 as a psychosocial oncology counselor after completing her year-long practicum and internship as a graduate student in counseling. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, German and sociology from Winona State University, a master’s degree in German studies from the University of Oregon, a PhD in German and Scandinavian studies, with an emphasis on existential and feminist theory and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a master’s degree in counseling from Wake Forest University. She is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a national certified Counselor, a certified Grief Professional, and holds international certification in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling.


Her graduate work and research has focused on human concerns related to meaning and purpose in life, human suffering and death, freedom and responsibility, and isolation and loneliness. Her theoretical orientation is rooted in existential humanist philosophy with the belief that each individual has inherent strengths that enable one to grow and adapt through personal choices and responsibilities. The death of a loved one, the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, or the inability to speak due to cancer can be the force that catapults one into an existential crisis. Lisa recognizes that such crises can be debilitating but also views them as an opportunity for personal growth. She is committed to supporting her patients on their journey to identify and embrace the people, values and activities that matter most to them while facing life challenges.


Lisa’s clinical and research interests include grief, anxiety, existential threats, caregiver distress, geriatrics and end of life decisions. She provides inpatient and outpatient counseling to individuals, couples, and families and leads virtual support groups for caregivers and cancer survivors.


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