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 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 ,

EMDR and CBT provide greater psychological flexibility in the presence of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with pain. Using functional medicine, we explore how and why illness occurs & balance health by addressing the root causes of a disease. It helps us see the common pathways to disease (e.g., inflammation) the role of diet, stress, & physical activity; sciences of genes and metabolic processes; & the effects of environmental toxins on health and recovery.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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 ,

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness, either personally or to someone you love, can be debilitating. I've worked with individuals, couples, and families navigating grief, loss, and illness. I also consider mental health to be a chronic illness and can be disruptive if not addressed in a safe space. Instead of talking about the illness itself (leave that to your medical team), we'll dig into thoughts, feelings, and emotions that surround the sickness.

— AJ Rich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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 Wharton, NJ

at Nelmar Health Centers, we not only take a multi-disciplinary approach to understand and treat chronic pain, but we also specifically work towards reducing or eliminating the use of pain killers or other drugs that may be directly contributing to cognitive problems. Dr. Cohen has had extensive experience in this area while managing the psychology department in three chronic pain clinics. She helped many patients manage the severe side effects of these medications.

— Nelmar Health Centers, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

Are you living with a chronic illness or endless enduring pain? have you just received a new diagnosis for a illness you are trying to wrap your head aroud? I love to talk with folks about their feelings around illness.

— Michelle Desmond, Clinical Social Worker

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've been living with HIV for two decades and have years of experience working with individuals living with chronic illness and pain. I understand the isolation and stigma that can arise. I know the frustration that comes with fighting a system that is not designed to support you...and the pill fatigue. I bring a strong combination of education and lived experience.

— Kelly Hill, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

You may have just recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, or you may have been coping with one for years. You are probably exhausted and frustrated with how long it took to get a diagnosis or to find the right treatment. You may feel alone in your experience and like no one understands what you are going through. Therapy can provide education about coping skills for dealing with these changes and emotions, as well as a place to discuss and get support for your experience.

— Ginny Kington, Psychologist in Duluth, GA

Dr. Clendaniel is a pediatric psychology who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with anxiety and health-related adjustment issues. She has particular expertise in pain management and treatment of chronic headache and functional gastrointestinal illness.

— Thinking Tree Psychology, Psychologist in SEVERNA PARK, MD

Growing up i was " a sick child" leading up to a cancer diagnoses. i know the feeling of being missunderstood when people in our lives dont understand the " hidden illness" of pain, fatigue and constant illness. together we can help find coping skills and help you find a positive outlet to express yourself and process the pain and illness.

— Samantha Hanson, Art Therapist in Appleton, WI

I specialize in treating issues of chronic illness, pain, and disability. This includes mental health disorders, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders, and invisible illnesses contributing to a significant decrease in one's quality of life. To learn more about my approach please visit my blog:

— Chelsea Brett, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Houston, TX

I have extensive experience working with individuals who live with chronic, complex medical conditions. I completed my postdoctoral training at a medical center where I worked closely with patients in addition to training and supervising psychology doctoral students in a Behavioral Medicine program. I use mindfulness-based interventions and strategies to help those live rich, meaningful lives despite

— Katherine Plambeck, Clinical Psychologist in Berkeley, CA

I have personal and professional experience around the impact of chronic illness on overall well-being. Depression and anxiety often co-occur with chronic illness due to physiological and neurological factors, increased stress, and the effect of symptoms on daily life. I use a supportive, validating approach, incorporating strategies from DBT and mindfulness practices to address these needs. I recognize medical care for chronic illness is often a challenging and invalidating experience.

— Melissa Rogel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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

Coping with a chronic illness or pain can be draining and exhausting. It may seem like things will never get better and your life will never be the same. By examining your values, you can discover new priorities that can reinvigorate your life and lead you to growth and satisfaction. Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and Compassion Focused techniques can make a big difference in your wellbeing. Let's work on these together and get you back on track!

— Beth Perlmutter, Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

I am trained as a CRC (clinical rehabilitation counselor), which means specializing in disabilities. Having a disability can be confusing and a non-linear process from feeling grief/loss to acceptance and coping. I particularly enjoy working with people with "invisible disabilities" such as chronic illnesses and believe my holistic mindfulness-based body-centered approach is particularly helpful for integrating a mind-body connection.

— James Reling, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR