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

Managing a chronic illness includes not just an overwhelming number of medical appointments and concern about your physical body, but also means a way to process your own thoughts, emotions and feelings related to your illness. Sometimes being sick or caring for a loved one with an illness means managing a grief process, depression or anxiety. I have worked with many chronically ill adults and caregivers of ill children.

— Stephanie Borer, Psychotherapist in Decatur, GA

I offer a unique blend of health education and counseling approaches to learn how to cope with Crohn's , heart disease or cancer. We will look at your mindset, your unconscious rules and tools, and your behaviors to select the right coping mechanisms and ways you can free yourself as much as possible, from these effects so that you can create a meaningful life no matter what the outcome.

— Todd Schmenk, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Providence, RI

I work with clients who have chronic pain, collaborating with naturopaths and functional medicine doctors to discover roots of disease, support self care and change, and teach pain reduction methods. I'm convinced that chronic disease and pain causes trauma from the loss of function, inability to enjoy life as before, loss of function, career and education derailment, shifts in relationships.

— Denita Benyshek, Counselor in Mercer Island, WA

We specialize in serving the Children with Life Limiting Illness and Children's Extensive Support population and their families. This includes children and families with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, and other special needs.

— The Child & Family Therapy Center of Denver, Therapist in Greenwood Village, CO

I have personally experienced living with debilitating chronic illness and understand the tremendous complications and confusion the symptoms can lead to in day to day living.

— Brenda Benjamin, Counselor in Grandville, MI

I work with clients who are suffering from Psychogenic Pain, or more commonly known as TMS. Psychogenic pain goes hand-in-hand with mental health concerns. Research suggests between 30 to 50% of individuals with chronic pain also have anxiety or depression. Sleep disturbances, grief, and anger issues are also common among people with chronic pain. It can be frustrating to hear, "Nothing is wrong with you" by doctors, yet the physical symptoms still linger.

— Justin Mink, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Culver City, CA

My background is in medical social work, so I am very familiar with supporting clients with resources and treatment for chronic illnesses and long term, life-altering pain.

— Pamela Kuras, Counselor in Benson, NC

“I’ve recommended hypnotherapy to help ease chronic pain, lessen the side effects of chemotherapy, alleviate symptoms of autoimmune disease, and counteract anxiety and sleep disorders. Hypnotherapy can be as a form of analgesia or sedation for medical and dental procedures – even to stop hemorrhaging in accident victims. "In general, I believe that no condition is out of bounds for trying hypnotherapy on.” Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. Director Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

— Craig Meriwether, Hypnotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

Chronic illness and pain are often invisible to those about us, causing us to suffer in isolation. Those who are aware often don't understand, and aren't curious to learn. Wild Foxgloves understands and sees your suffering, and is also open to learning from you. We also invite you to into the story that your body tells. In the Western Hemisphere we think of the body and mind as separate, but research tells another story.

— Wild Foxgloves Counseling, PLLC, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Vancouver, WA

I have over 13 years of experience working as a Health Psychologist, helping patients cope with chronic illness (e.g., autoimmune conditions, diabetes, chronic pain, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis).

— Lori Becker, Clinical Psychologist in Clayton, MO

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

First, the “From 1 to 10, how’s your pain today?” scale is useless when you suffer with chronic pain. Second, your pain experience CAN’T be compared to anyone else’s. Third, the cause of your pain does NOT have to be visible to others to be “real.” As a trained psychotherapist, and someone who has suffered with chronic pain for many years, I understand how it can impact every facet of life. If you need tools to cope with the stress, or an empathetic listening ear, I’m here for you.

— Susan Garcia, Counselor in Clemmons, NC

I began my professional life as a medical student in 1980. I completed 3 years of medical school before my own chronic illness made it impossible to continue. I continued my education in public health and learned the skills of a health educator. Because of this background I am able to understand what is happening medically with a client, I think out of the box when it comes to providing mental health counseling to a person who faces health challenges, and I work well with medical teams providing treatment. I began my counseling experience at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Houston where I facilitated support groups for persons facing catastrophic and terminal illness. I use a number of techniques including existential exploration of the meaning of illness, guided imagery and relaxation techniques to address pain, and cognitive behavior therapy.

— Cathryn Glenday, Counselor in Albuerque, NM

I completed my entire counseling training working within the cancer/chronic illness field and continue to do so. I am passionate about helping clients discover ways to regain control and feel "patient active" after a serious diagnosis.

— Jill Gray, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Helping you navigate stress and adjustment from chronic illness, care transitions, medical trauma, injury, surgery/major procedures.

— Dakia Davis, Clinical Social Worker in Raleigh, NC

What on earth do Psychotherapy and Counseling have to do with pain management, and what do you even mean? There is evidence to support that stress has a significant impact on our body. I have first-hand experience in how trauma and pain are closely related and how therapy can help redirect your life and aid in decreasing the stress one puts on their body. I am an avid over-doer, which means that I would work my body to extreme fatigue and fight to get back to being able to move.

— Sara Rice, Counselor in Wyoming, MI

I have worked in the healthcare field for several years and I have a good understanding of chronic pain treatment from a biopsychosocial model. I use the cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain protocol to help individual's better manage persistent pain. I also utilize mindfulness and acceptance commitment therapy, and if applicable, EMDR to treat this as well.

— Julie Bivins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Henrico, VA

. My experience also includes medical DMT at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, joining the Integrative Medicine Services team in 2012, with a focus in pediatric oncology.

— Jennifer Whitley, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

Training in treating chronic pain/illness through CBT.

— Lori DeBlaker, Counselor in Clayton, NC

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 affects everything in our lives including our self-worth, our ability to work and our relationships. Through new coping skills and different ways of looking at our lives with pain, we will collaboratively work towards whatever goals that you identify.

— Dianne Haslinger,

I have worked extensively with clients living with HIV/AIDS and related chronic health concerns.

— Lauren Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Loveland, CO

One of the first surprises I discovered when I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis was the sheer exhaustion of chronic pain. I have learned to specialize with chronic pain as I've had to heal my own. I provide nutritional counseling, and mindfulness therapies to improve overall pain management. My partner provides yoga and massage to aid you in increasing flexibility and function.

— Jon Fenton, Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

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

As a chronic pain and chronic illness patient myself, I get what it is like to go from being able body one day to a whole new life that I didn't choose. Wanting to be my old self again stopped me from moving forward. Learning to accept the challenges that come from this is a process. I can help you through and be there each step of the way as you emotionally heal from having a chronic medical condition.

— Jennifer Dahl, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orange Park, 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

Life with chronic pain can be overwhelming and isolating. You grieve the life that you once had and the people and things that were once dear to you. I can help you manage your pain, change your relationship with your pain, and rediscover your life. I live with a chronic pain syndrome and know firsthand how pervasive and infuriating it can be.

— Peter Addy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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