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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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 ,
 

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
 

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

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

When you live with chronic pain or illness it changes your perception or experience in the world. Something many people can not even relate to. We will work to validate your experiences and teach you how to honor the signals and messages you are getting from your body. Many people who live in chronically unwell bodies feel as if they are at war with their bodies. I am prepared to teach you how to make peace with your body and how to develop a true partnership with the body that you live in.

— Jenn Bovee, Counselor in Bloomington, IL
 

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

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
 

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

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