Meg Hrivnak

MA

Chronic pain and illness impact every area of life, including mental health. I offer counseling to those individuals and their families.

Marriage & Family Therapist in ,
Supervised by L. Gordon Brewer, Jr., MEd., LMFT

Services
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

The chronic pain community is woefully underserved, in large part because if it hurts too much to get out of the house, things like grocery trips and doctor appointments seem more important than visiting a mental health counselor. Thus I am happy to offer online, video-based counseling sessions that can easily be accessed from your own home. My clients tend to be those battling chronic pain/illness and their loved ones. I also work a lot with teens whom seem to thrive with online sessions.

My Background and Approach

Chronic pain is the perfect storm. The type of storm that can produce depression, anxiety, panic attacks, loneliness, and trauma. As a counselor, I cannot take your pain away, but I can help you with the rest. My hope is that you will view our sessions as a safe place to air your worries and fears, brainstorm inventive ways to learn to live despite the pain, and practice self-advocacy to get the best results from our healthcare system. When I was 12, I developed chronic pain and have battled it ever since. I know this world you are now a part of and have the skills to help you navigate it. My approach tends toward the integrative, with a heavy emphasis on systemic and feminist theories. I graduated in 2014 from East Tennessee State University with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and am currently seeking licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Tennessee.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Everyone deserves to have a non-judgmental ear in their court. Day after day we are bombarded with messages on how we SHOULD be living and what we are OBVIOUSLY doing wrong. Not in my sessions! People are interesting and everyone has their own story to tell. I love stories and I would love to listen to yours. Chronic pain is invisible (usually), but that doesn't make it any less real than a broken bone. I, too, have heard the, "It's all in your head" spiel and I have never liked it. It is not helpful and it is often wrong. Love is love, it doesn't matter what gender or form it comes from. There needs to be more love in this world and less judgment/hate. In my spare time, I love to bake tasty treats, experiment with essential oils, read lots and lots of books, and sunbathe with my beagle. Forewarning, all of these are topics that if you ask about I will forget myself and talk way too much about! (Feel free to interrupt -- I will not take offense.)

I have experience with the following
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $30 - 90/session

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