Chronic Pain or Illness

Living with chronic pain or long-term illness can be devastating and often brings up feelings of grief, fear, sadness or anger. Sometimes just getting a diagnosis can be difficult and navigating treatment options can be overwhelming and exhausting. Depression is one of the most common mental health problems facing people with chronic pain. Whether you are struggling to accept a recent diagnosis or you’ve been experiencing chronic pain for some time, a mental health expert can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s specialists today.

Meet the specialists

I have extensive knowledge in the relationship between stress and chronic illness, and have various tools that can help you cope with the physical, mental and emotional impacts of your limitations.

— Heather Moller, Clinical Social Worker in Pensacola, FL
 

You may have just recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, or you may have been coping with one for years. You are probably exhausted and frustrated with how long it took to get a diagnosis or to find the right treatment. You may feel alone in your experience and like no one understands what you are going through. Therapy can provide education about coping skills for dealing with these changes and emotions, as well as a place to discuss and get support for your experience.

— Ginny Kington, Psychologist in Norcross, GA

With my multiple health coaching certifications and knowledge as well as personal experience of autoimmune diseases, I work really well with those who have a chronic illness. I understand and I listen wholeheartedly.

— Lili Wagner, Psychologist in Newhall, CA

Chronic pain and illness often feels like a shameful burden we must carry alone. When holding chronic illness, we have less bandwidth to seek out compassion and support, leaving us feeling even more invisible. So few are willing to engage in real-talk about our bodies and mortality. I am able to hold and bear discussion of the loss of lifestyle, change, and effect on relationships that comes with working with a disability.

— Josanna MacCracken, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

Did you know that research shows therapy for chronic pain is as effective as painkillers? You can have much more influence over your pain than you'd imagine and you can get back to living a full life. Like pain medications, therapy works on the physical body but it also addresses two areas that medications don't. Whether you are dealing with chronic pain or chronic illness, you and I will work together to find solutions so you can focus on living a vibrant, satisfying life.

— Alicia Polk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belton, MO

Living with a chronic illness can be thriving. I support people who struggle with all the medical treatments they have to manage, the impact on their life, and the new challenges their diagnosis can bring. I have years of experience with cystic fibrosis, diabetes, sickle cell disease, cancer, and other conditions.

— Kristen Criado, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX
 

Have you heard those terrifying words from your medical provider?  You know those words.  The diagnosis of a chronic illness that will forever change your life.  Maybe it is diabetes, an auto-immune disorder, or cancer.  Perhaps you are facing pain, arthritis, or a gastrointestinal diagnosis.  Whatever the health challenge, you know that your life will forever change. Together, we can find the healing, the serenity, and the wellness that you desire. Call 727-479-6041 for a consult.

— Sara Graff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dunedin, FL

Sometimes, we encounter unforeseen and unfortunate changes or events in our lives. Adjusting is sometimes easier, and at other times, we need additional support. Learning to live with chronic pain or illness is one of the times when people may need help, and I am able to support clients in learning to understand pain, manage it, and cope with the physical symptoms and emotional distress that many times accompanies it.

— Taina Aceves, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Extensive training working with adults living with chronic pain, including the incorporation of lifestyle changes with cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness.

— Rikki Goldenberg, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL
 

Living with illness, disability, and/or chronic pain can leave you feeling isolated as you navigate changing relationships, medical care, stretched finances, grief for what's been lost, fear about the future, experiences of invisibility/hypervisibility, and anger about how you've been treated. I work from a Disability Justice model, grappling with the ways in which our world often fails to provide accommodation and access, and how our lives become shaped by that lack of care and recognition.

— Abby Weintraub, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

Living with illness, disability, and/or chronic pain can leave you feeling isolated as you navigate changing relationships, medical care, stretched finances, grief for what's been lost, fear about the future, experiences of invisibility/hypervisibility, and anger about how you've been treated. I work from a Disability Justice model, grappling with the ways in which our world often fails to provide accommodation and access, and how our lives become shaped by that lack of care and recognition.

— Abby Weintraub, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I specialize in treating chronic pain. I use the method of Dr. John Sarno. I have helped dozens of patients become pain free.

— Julie Markowitz, Clinical Social Worker in Oceanside, CA
 

Living with illness, disability, and/or chronic pain can leave you feeling isolated as you navigate changing relationships, medical care, stretched finances, grief for what's been lost, fear about the future, experiences of invisibility/hypervisibility, and anger about how you've been treated. I work from a Disability Justice model, grappling with the ways in which our world often fails to provide accommodation and access, and how our lives become shaped by that lack of care and recognition.

— Abby Weintraub, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

My own experience with has given me sight nad a unique lens to work with clients who also live chronic illness.

— Jill Pressley, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

As a chronic pain and illness warrior since 2010, I can empathize with my clients in a way that others may not. Managing the stress, depression and even grief that comes from these diagnoses requires a solid support system to live your best life. A big part of that support comes in the form of therapy so that you can learn and practice the skills to cope with the mental and emotional struggles that come from having these diagnoses.

— Amanda Dutton, Counselor in Stockbridge, GA

I have lived with chronic pain and illness the past ten years and this inspired me to provide this specialized therapy care once becoming licensed. I never was able to find a therapist for myself who I felt truly understood what I was going through so this became both a personal and professional goal to specialize in this area to support others living with chronic pain and illness. I also provide caregiver support because these conditions impact the whole family.

— Daniela Paolone, Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

I worked with children diagnosed with special needs for many years, in many settings. In addition, I interned at Winship Cancer Institute and worked for CHOA in their inherited bleeding disorders unit. I have a unique understanding how illness affects clients across the lifespan.

— Jessica L Packman, Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA