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

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
 

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have 38 years of lived experience as a person with a mobility disability. I am now a below knee amputee and I have arthritis. I use my own experience to provide a safe place to explore the impact of disability and create a new life not defined by disability. I also conduct training for other therapists on the culture of disability and providing competent therapy that does not pathologize the experience of being disabled.

— Cathryn Glenday, Counselor in Albuerque, NM