Physical Disability

A physical disability is a limitation on a person's physical functioning, mobility, dexterity or stamina. There are many different types of physical disabilities. A physical disability may be temporary, long-term, or permanent. Whether you were born with a disability, or have experienced the disability because to injury or illness later in life, being physically disabled can be mentally challenging. A physical disability sometimes leads to social isolation as it may prevent some people from leaving the house, or experiencing things they were previously able to do. It may also cause a loss of independence, especially if the disability requires the care others. This may lead to feelings of helplessness and depression. If you are experiencing a physical disability, particularly if you are struggling with negative emotions, talking with a qualified mental health professional may be an important part of your treatment plan. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s physical disability experts today.

Meet the specialists

I have unique training in working with clients with physical disabilities, and my research focuses on physical disability concerns. I take "social model" and "disability justice model" perspectives of disability, which suggest that the social and physical environments disable people with physical impairments.

— Kristin Conover, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA
 

We specialize in serving the Children with Life Limiting Illness and Children's Extensive Support population and their families. This includes children and families with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, and other special needs.

— The Child & Family Therapy Center of Denver, Therapist in Greenwood Village, CO

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
 

I have 39 years of lived experience as a person with a mobility disability. I am now a below knee amputee and I have arthritis. I provide a safe and understanding place to explore the impact of disability and help my clients create a new life disability.

— Cathryn Glenday, Counselor in Albuerque, NM

I have personal experience with the visually impaired community and professional experience as a paraprofessional working with those who dealt with physical disabilities in addition to mental health concerns.

— Melissa Huff, Student Therapist in Fort Smith, AR
 

My work experience includes caregiving responsibilities, live-in, travel and hourly, for people living with challenging physical disabilities such as quadriplegia and muscular dystrophy.

— Brenda Benjamin, Counselor in Grandville, MI

You are tired of the daily microagressions. Inside you know your self-worth is not tied to your physical ability, yet part of you still holds the antiquated belief that your value is tied to 'you are what you can do'. I help people figure out life again after an injury, medical change, diagnosis, or disability. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, my training and experience has offered me unique insight in helping people with disabilities or medical conditions thrive.

— Ashley Jopling, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

Director of Psychology, Neuropsychology & Behavioral Medicine Encompass Health Rehab Hospital, with current privileges. O’Donnell, P. J. (2013). Psychological Effects of a Strength-Based Intervention Among Inpatients in Rehabilitation for Pain and Disability. (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. ISBN: 978-1-303-53639-7

— Peter O'Donnell, Psychologist in State College, PA

As a person with a disability I can lend a different approach and perspective. In a world where you sometimes feel overwhelmed you sometimes need to have therapist that not only is trained to help you but has personal understanding of this complex issue. I have had multiple sclerosis for 18 years and have had my own journey and learning experience. I offer online therapy to assist clients who may experience difficulty making face to face appointments.

— Heather Emerich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Westminster, CO
 

Many of my clients use mobility aids and other adaptive equipment. I've worked with clients who have limitations after a stroke. I encourage clients to physically move through my office space at whatever pace is comfortable for them. If a client requests physical assistance, I help as much as I am able.

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

Disability can vastly change the way we interact with our world and how the world interacts with us. I understand this at a personal level. As a person with a disability, I understand that the world we live in wasn't built for my needs and yet I will make it work. In therapy we can explore disability, disability identity, and coping with the able-world around us. More importantly, we can explore what you want to do with your life and how to do it - barriers and all.

— Guy Smith, Counselor in Fitchburg, WI
 

Coping with partial hearing loss, tinnitus, or chronic health challenges lead to fatigue and overwhelm. Irritation sets in and others don't seem to fully understand you. I will work with you to feel empowered and discover coping strategies to let you lead the life you desire.

— Patrick Tully, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have 5 years of experience working with individuals with physical disability and specialized in rehabilitation psychology during my postdoctoral fellowship. All that means is that I had some solid training and some great teachers that have helped me understand how to provide therapy that is flexible and patient-centered. Again, this just means that you are in charge of the therapy hour. There is so much adapting you have to do in the world. Let me adapt to you for a change.

— Nina Tilka, Clinical Psychologist in Laguna Hills, CA