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

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

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

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

I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, which means I have specific education, training, and experience in disability and chronic illness.

— Samantha Auclair, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

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

Psychotherapy with clinical hypnosis has been shown to be effective for treating chronic pain to decrease the intensity of pain and how it may interfere with your life. My VA Hospital research Treating Chronic Low Back Pain with Hypnosis or Biofeedback is published. Clinical hypnosis has also been shown to be very effective for treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

— Tenley Fukui, Counselor in Houston, TX

Often times the pain and illness can create other barriers and issues that the person doesn't realize when they make the appointment, but together we can find what the barriers may be, and what the new normal for the person can look like. I have personal experience with chronic pain in illness also that I feel can help the person coming to therapy in a deeper way as a Breast Cancer Survivor myself.

— Erin Gray, Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

Living with persistent pain is like having a thick fog cast over your world; it touches everything. You pull back from activities and experiences and even the people you love. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) we will find those sparks of joy that you want to re-ignite. We will explore how to re-connect with the things and people you used to enjoy, pace yourself to prevent overdoing it, and tackle the anxiety and depression that often embody the fog of pain.

— Laura Mueller-Anderson, Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

It is no secret that chronic pain or illness impacts not only all facets of our lives (work, relationships, etc.), but also all layers of the self (mind, body, spirit/soul). Healing should then also be holistic and integrative. Through mind-body techniques like mindfulness, yoga, and somatic tracking we will work together on navigating the challenges of chronic pain/illness, while cultivating healing and a meaningful life along the way.

— Ronilleen (Rona) Maglian, Therapist in San Francisco, 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 Los Angeles, CA

. 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

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

— Lauren Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Loveland, CO

Almost every client I've worked with has a chronic medical condition, including fibromyalgia, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and many more. I have several chronic conditions myself. I know that it's not all in your head and that you would absolutely "snap out of it" if you could, but you can't.

— Christina Olson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA

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

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

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

I have worked for years with people who manage major illnesses such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis or have history of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or stroke.

— Kristen Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Lafayette, CA

If you are struggling with how to live a meaningful life, through therapy I can help you navigate the cycles of relapse and recovery of chronic illness so that you can find more meaning and joy again; to help you find the “real you” again. Over the course of your therapy, we’ll talk about how you view yourself, and how others have responded to you. We’ll gain a better understanding on how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors positively or negatively impact your coping. We’ll discuss your relationships and practice assertiveness so that you can feel connected with people again while respecting yourself and what your body needs. We’ll figure out ways to organize your daily tasks (e.g., medication regimen, daily movement or exercise, special care needs, taking care of your home and people who rely on you) so that you won’t feel so overwhelmed or tired. As therapy progresses, you’ll feel more in control, you won’t blame yourself so much, you’ll have fewer bothersome thoughts, you won’t live in denial about your illness, you will have a better sense of your physical and emotional boundaries, and you’ll connect with others who support and love you for who you are. Essentially, you’ll learn strategies to help you regroup faster and easier when you have a relapse. Towards these goals, we use a variety of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

— Melissa Leedy, Counselor in Broken Arrow, OK

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

This area is close to my heart, as I've been living with Crohn's Disease for 17 years. I know first hand how difficult chronic illness can be on your life and I want to help you learn how to cope with it in a way that feels manageable to you. I specialize in people living with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, along with other autoimmune diseases. I guarantee that together we can find a way to help you thrive while living with your illness.

— Stephanie Weston, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA 90066, CA

My approach is to empower you to integrate your illness experience into a meaningful new life. You'll define what a meaningful life means and we'll work together to improve your day-to-day life, implement specific strategies, skills and coping tools to help achieve your goals. It's my hope that you learn a new way to validate the realities of your experiences, stabilize and structure your life, develop meaning of your experiences and ultimately enjoy the whole, complete life you deserve.

— Kelly Huggins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

I have post graduate training in supporting people with chronic pain and illness, and have lived with chronic migraines myself for the past 20 years.

— Jennifer Schermerhorn, Counselor in Black Mountain, NC

This is a deep area of interest of mine that has emerged from my own experiences of chronic illness. I have come to understand my life in new terms and with new freshness, frustration, and love for this journey. I am immersed in personal study of holistic health and the use of food, plants and nature for healing. I also have the spiritual skills to support those going through the uncertainty and vulnerability of these intensely human experiences.

— Janaki Tremaglio, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Chronic Pain and Chronic Illnesses are things that we have that probably won't change anytime soon. At the same time, you want to enjoy your life, love you family and friends, and reach your goals and dreams. This can be very hard when existing day-to-day is difficult or simply miserable. In therapy, we can explore feelings and thoughts, but also work towards being and doing what you want.

— Guy Smith, Counselor in Fitchburg, WI

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

I have clinical training at the top Illinois hospitals such as Uchicago, Northwestern, and Loyola. I utilize ACT and CBT based therapies in order to help clients manage their chronic pain or illness symptoms, while encouraging a values-based lifestyle in order to increase quality of life. I have experience working with individuals who experience fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain, sport injury, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and more.

— Kelsey Ruffing, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Bloomingdale, IL

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

Completed postdoctoral fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia specializing in transplant /chronic illness

— Julie Heier, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in West Chester, PA

Whether you're a health seeker or an illness warrior, facing pain or illness is never easy. You could be newly diagnosed or seeking management of a lifelong illness, and everyone around you may be rooting for you without completely understanding your new (and changing) physical reality, and accompanying anxiety, depression and overwhelm. I specialize in health psychology and support individuals struggling to understand, face, and overcome medical conditions and illnesses.

— Danielle Wischenka, Clinical Psychologist in Campbell, 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