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

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
 

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 Schimke, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Training in treating chronic pain/illness through CBT.

— Lori DeBlaker, Counselor in Clayton, NC

I feel that this in an under-served population especially when it comes to people with illnesses that aren't readily understood. Some of these are autoimmune, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue (CFS/ME), and dysautonomia as well as others. I help Clients learn how to handle invalidation, how to advocate for themself and communicate their needs, learn to manage the grief of lost health, anxiety and fear and more.

— Jennifer Jolly, Counselor in Birmingham, AL
 

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 San Marcos, 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 work with a lot of folks living with auto-immune disease, injuries, and or disabilities that impact them day to day. We address the physical symptoms and the symptoms related to identity changes and losses. EMDR can be a very helpful tool for exploring any potential mind body connection that a client might identify. I also live with chronic pain and can also help clients navigate the complexities of educating friends and family and or advocating within the medical system.

— Alison "Ali" Pierucci, Therapist in Denver, CO
 

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 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

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 visits...you 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

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

As a chronic pain and illness warrior myself, I understand the frustration and daily battle that comes with feeling like life has been turned upside down. From once being able to do so many things to struggling to get out of bed in the morning, the feeling that you have lost yourself can feel so devastating. Let's work on developing a strategy to face this head on and give you hope, maybe for the first time in a very long time.

— Amanda Dutton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gainesville, GA

I have expertise in behavioral medicine so I work with people living with chronic pain and chronic illness. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy for pain which is considered one of the best non-medical treatments for chronic pain. Pain is real but I can help you find a way to improve your quality of life while living with pain. Similarly, living with a chronic illness, like cancer, can be difficult and I will help you find ways to live your best life while dealing with your illness.

— Sari Chait, Psychologist in Newton, MA