There is no such thing as a one-person disease.
Serious and chronic illnesses affect individuals in their bodies and minds. Physical symptoms are one part of the disease course: fatigue, depression, and loss of hope are symptoms, too.
These illnesses are shared. Between spouses, and within families. A mother whose child loses jobs and friends because of schizophrenia: she is a patient too. A husband whose wife suffers the debilitating effects and worrying uncertainties of multiple sclerosis: he is suffering beside her.
There is something else that is shared: resilience.
Resilience, the ability to “bounce back” from hardships, can be learned and practiced, like any skill, and it can be shared between spouses, and within families.
MyHealios partners with family caregivers of individuals affected by serious and chronic illness. Our resilience coaches offer education about the physical and cognitive of these conditions; techniques to reduce stress, cultivate self-care, and improve communication; and opportunities to learn and practice the skills that support resilience in everyday life.
Our vision is a world where resilience coaching is available to any family caregiver, no matter where they live, thanks to the power of our technology and the support from our coaches.
Meet Our Founder and CEO – Guilhem Dupont
The idea for MyHealios came out of Guilhem’s personal experiences when someone close to him struggled with mental illness. While trying to support this person, Guilhem realized that most of the services available for caregivers included general information and basic listening – important interventions, but Guilhem needed more.
“Specific help navigating challenging situations and, even better, preventing those situations in the first place would have made daily life much less stressful”, he says. “So, I started MyHealios to more thoroughly support caregivers and patients in the practical daily difficulties of living with a chronic, life-changing illness.”
From the beginning, Guilhem emphasized the positive role that education can play in helping caregivers cope with the challenges of day-to-day life. He brought together a team of experts to develop interventions that provide important information on how these conditions impact a family caregivers’ health and well-being. These interventions incorporate not only education, but skill-building exercises and strategies to boost resilience. Guilhem is passionate about exploring different ways to boost resilience, from Web-based interventions to technology solutions that help patients and families monitor symptoms and incorporate treatments in their life in real-time.
Meet our Leader Kim T. Mueser, PhD: One of the Experts Behind our Work
Kim T. Mueser, PhD is a member of the MyHealios Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of our clinical services.
For decades, Kim Mueser has studied the benefits of family behavioral therapy for serious illnesses like schizophrenia. His work on this topic is widely published and has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
Kim Mueser is a clinical psychologist and executive director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and a professor in the Departments of Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and Psychiatry at Boston University. He holds an adjunct professor position in Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire and is involved in variety of publications and organizations, including serving as a reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Kim Mueser is licensed as a clinical psychologist in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
Meet Our Team
Our coaching team
Jana Norwood, MSW- Resilience Coach
Jana has been a MyHealios resilience coach since 2016, working with caregivers and patients affected by schizophrenia. She is a licensed professional social worker and counselor who has been working with individuals affected by psychiatric conditions and their families since 2010.
Carilyn Rego, MSW- Resilience Coach
Carilyn has been a MyHealios resilience coach since 2016, working with caregivers and patients affected by schizophrenia. She is a licensed professional social worker and counselor who has been working with individuals affected by psychiatric conditions and their families since 2005.
Laura Kozak, LPC- Resilience Coach
Laura has been a MyHealios resilience coach since 2018, working with caregivers and patients affected by multiple sclerosis. She is a licensed professional counselor who has been working with adults and children affected by chronic psychiatric and physical conditions, as well as their family caregivers, since 2001.
Pauline Leung- Resilience Coach
Pauline has been a MyHealios resilience coach since 2018, working with caregivers and patients affected by multiple sclerosis. She is a licensed therapist who has been working with adults and children affected by chronic psychiatric and physical conditions, as well as their family caregivers, since 2011.
Deborah DiGirolamo- Resilience Coach
Deborah has been a MyHealios resilience coach since 2018, working with caregivers and patients affected by multiple sclerosis. She is a licensed professional counselor candidate who has been working with adults affected by chronic psychiatric and physical conditions, as well as their family caregivers, since 1988.
Other team members
Corne De Jong – CFO/COO
Corne runs the finances and operations at MyHealios since 2015. Corne worked for 20 years auditing, consulting & finance roles at PwC and Syngenta. At PwC he served a number of Fortune 100 clients as director of the healthcare industry practice.
Dr. Elizabeth Halstead, PhD – Research Lead
Dr. Halstead designs and implements MyHealios’ clinical research projects. Dr. Halstead is an accomplished researcher and lecturer with a background focused on building family and caregiver resilience. She is a lecturer in Healthcare at the University of Sunderland in London.
Justin Stanley, MS – Research and Clinical Coordinator
Justin supports the research and clinical activities at MyHealios. Justin worked for 12 years in clinical and research support roles at the Family Support Center of New Jersey (NJ), the Brain Injury Alliance of NJ, Neuro-Psychology Practice LLC, and Kessler Foundation.
Lisa George – Office Manager
Lisa runs our Flemington office, making use of her talents and experience spanning over 25 years in the pharmaceutical and commercial real estate industries. She joined Healios in 2017.
Kathy Day – Content Strategist
Kathy Day supports MyHealios’ social media and communication efforts through blogging about family advocacy in caregiving. She is a family caregiver for someone affected by schizophrenia, and writes passionately and powerfully about topics such as resilience, education, advocacy and understanding mental health policy, and navigating the complex systems of care for people with serious mental illness.