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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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 in St. Petersburg, FL

As a an active member of the diabetic community, I can relate to having a chronic condition. It will not be the same as yours. Our pain will be different. However, stressors can be similar of doctors visits, insurance, medication, feeling unwell. The list goes on and on! Let someone with firsthand experience support you through this journey.

— Mallory Striesfeld - Healing Pathways of Houston, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX
 

Issues resulting from medical conditions often include: grief and loss, family conflict, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loss of routine and/or job, trauma, loss of identify, and more. In my work with these populations, I processed their feelings regarding the changes, how to incorporate the changes, while working with them to prevent their entire lives from BEING these changes.

— Keith Elias -Shetland Counseling, LLC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Parsippany, NJ

Managing longstanding medical concerns and rehabilitation is draining. 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. Through my work in hospitals and on multidisciplinary teams I have the knowledge and experience to support you as you manage your pain/illness and traversing medical care with providers that often overlook, underappreciate the emotional toll recovery takes.

— K Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA
 

I have worked with many individuals who suffer with chronic pain conditions. I found that most times the hardest part is the loneliness of chronic pain, especially when it comes from a condition that is not visible to others. People often understand hardship if they can see some proof, but for most painful conditions the proof is not evident. This leaves patients feeling misunderstood and alone in their suffering.

— Mariana Carabantes, Clinical Psychologist in Coral Gables, FL

Chronic pain can be so isolating, and can contribute to depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms. My approach to pain is multifaceted, including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and somatic movement. I'll help you identify triggers, develop self care skills, and learn how to regulate your nervous system so that pain will be less intense. I will also offer you deep empathy and compassion, and a safe space in which to be honest about your difficulties.

— Rachel Fernbach, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
 

CBT for Chronic Pain, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

— Lianne Salcido, Clinical Psychologist

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness/condition, it impacts everyone in that person's circle. Therapy focuses on helping you adjust, cope & optimize your quality of life by addressing emotional, practical, relational and/or existential concerns. I provide client-centered, solutions-focused expertise in navigating illness and the health care system. I collaborate with you to map out a plan to address today’s concerns while keeping an eye on the destination.

— Laura Taets, Clinical Social Worker in Westport, CT
 

I identify as a chronically ill person and I understand how difficult the day to day can be while dealing with chronic pain or a chronic illness. as a therapist, I am here to support you with all of the ins and outs of managing chronic illness or chronic pain. I hope to be a flexible, compassionate and nourishing source of guidance and support for you in this struggle.

— Talia Chanoff, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I identify as a chronically ill person and I understand how difficult the day to day can be while dealing with chronic pain or a chronic illness. as a therapist, I am here to support you with all of the ins and outs of managing chronic illness or chronic pain. I hope to be a flexible, compassionate and nourishing source of guidance and support for you in this struggle.

— Talia Chanoff, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,
 

Using my years of acute medical training, in combination with my physical rehabilitation training as an OT: I am a highly effective match for chronic pain or illness. OT is uniquely effective for managing life around the corners of chronic issues. Don’t give up— the help I offer is real and it works.

— Vanessa Gorelkin, Occupational Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ

I am proficient in treating individuals with chronic health conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia, pain) as well as the stress, frustration, anxiety, and depression that naturally follow. For the past 2 years I have worked in a pain clinic. Previously, I worked in clinics specializing in HIV, obesity, and organ transplant surgery. Together, we'll shift focus away from your limitations and towards your strengths. We may not be able to change your pain but we will work to release the grip it has on you.

— Daniel Paulus, Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA
 

In my own life, I have struggled with 14+ years' worth of biotoxin illness that compromised my performance at every level. I understand how hard it is to function amidst lack of compassion & understanding for chronic illness. Everything is a challenge. Cooking, cleaning, organization, focus, memory... No energy for basics, no stamina to do enjoyable things, constant confrontation with grief & death. Constant overwhelm. So much energy just on survival! I get it... Support helps.

— Jen-Mitsuke Peters, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO

I spent almost an entire decade shuttered away, homebound with severe fibromyalgia. The agony was constant and there was little relief. Many people did not believe it was a real chronic illness. Now there are millions of people who suffer from Covid-19 Long-Haulers Syndrome, a painful result of contracting the virus (even it was mild at the onset), that can lead to prolonged pain and grounding fatigue. I used my methodology to relieve my pain and get me back to my nearly-best self.

— Anne Graham, Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS
 

Pain can cause you to limit social engagements, avoid meet new people and fear things that used to bring you pleasure. It can sometimes feel like a terrible game of which came first, the chicken or the egg. Stress tenses your muscles and can create a flare up of symptoms… but the our bodies naturally respond to pain with fear. When you’re living with a chronic condition finding a way with pain that allows you to live a meaningful and full life is a necessity.

— Sydney Rose, Therapist in New York, NY

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.

— Cresaya E. Kingsbury @ Wild Foxgloves Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Vancouver, WA
 

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

It is so incredibly frustrating and lonely when your life has been sidelined and your wellbeing obscured. Joining my 6-month support group Connect to Overcome - may be just the ticket. You’ll be listened to with understanding, get peer support, try new ways of relating to your pain and emotions. You’ll learn how to better train your focus to attend to what is underlying your suffering. You can help others by sharing your story and listening deeply with compassion. Starting June 2021-join us!

— Lisa Love, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Serving all of Maine online, ME
 

I spent almost an entire decade shuttered away, homebound with severe fibromyalgia. The agony was constant and there was little relief. Many people did not believe it was a real chronic illness. Now there are millions of people who suffer from Covid-19 Long-Haulers Syndrome, a painful result of contracting the virus (even it was mild at the onset), that can lead to prolonged pain and grounding fatigue. I used my methodology to relieve my pain and get me back to my nearly-best self.

— Anne Graham, Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS