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.

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In studying the healing energy of plants with Susun Weed I have learned how to make my own medicines, use food nutritionally, and to observe her Six Steps of Healing. My favorite step is the Zero Step and we will explore your answers and take the time to learn what you need to heal yourself.

— Julene Weaver, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

Jennifer Sutton has had chronic pain since I was a teenager and in 2014 I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease and have been struggling with my health ever since. I understand the struggles that often come with constant pain and illness. I tailor each individual session to the personal need and goals of every client as we move to help you live beyond your pain.

— Jennifer Sutton, Counselor in Raleigh, NC

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 support chronic pain clients using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as music therapy.

— Davida Price, Counselor in El Cajon, CA

Psychotherapy can help people manage chronic pain better. It helps reduce the focus on intractable pain, catastrophic thoughts, and debilitating beliefs that can keep you stuck and miserable. We connect people to state-of-the-art treatments for intractable pain. We can assist with disability and accommodations.

— Margaret Donohue, Psychologist in Glendale, CA

I had experience in a pain clinic where I worked with individuals and groups to manage chronic pain. I have also separately co-facilitated a group on helping individuals manage their chronic pain.

— Jennifer Hsia, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

Getting a new diagnosis or trying to manage a chronic illness is stressful. It is not uncommon to experience grief or anger while you adjust to the new limitations put on your body. It may be helpful to talk to someone about the fear, anger and struggle as you adjust to your new reality.

— Sima Kulshreshtha, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I work with Adults with a life changing illness or injury, chronic conditions, and end-of-life issues as well as their caregiver and families. Addressing your emotional needs can have positive impact on your quality of life and ability to manage your medical needs.

— Leticia Vaca, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, 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

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

It took me years to be diagnosed with a definite chronic illness, but there is hope in being able to maintain and gain acceptance in the pain. If you are living with autoimmune disease or chronic inflammation, I hope that I can help reduce the stress that comes along with the chronic pain or illness. I use mindfulness and somatic based approaches.

— Rebecca Garetz, Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

Living with Chronic Pain or Illness or having experienced Medical Trauma often lead to symptoms of anxiety, depression and PTSD. Feelings of isolation, loss of identity, flashbacks of time of diagnosis or procedure, stress in relationships, abrupt shifts in daily lifestyle and capabilities, and feeling unsupported and misunderstood are all common in these situations. I have dedicated my work to supporting clients at any part of their (Or a family member’s) journey with Chronic Pain or Illness.

— Kendall Hagensen, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

Dealing with an uncertain or unpredictable condition is time consuming and emotionally deflating. I can be a guide in minimizing the added mental suffering of loss, rejection, or isolation that can make living with illness feel unbearable.

— Jason C. Zeltser, Psychologist in Berkeley, CA

Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness are merciless and often invisible. We "look fine," but we are hurting emotionally and physically, and tired of finding the words to explain ourselves. As a Multiple Sclerosis patient myself, I know the ins and outs of chronic illness and pain: Difficulty getting diagnosed, adjusting to an eventual diagnosis, relationship issues, expenses, hospital and doctor name it, I have either been there or helped another to better cope along the way.

— Shari Twidwell, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Redondo Beach, CA

Navigating chronic illness along with mental health symptoms can be difficult, but you don't have to go it alone. I can help you utilize tools to successfully manage these conditions and have the best quality of life for you and for your family.

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR