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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Hi, I’m Dr. Catalina. I believe our sexual health is the number one indicator of our mental, physical, social and emotional health. As a clinical psychologist for the past 20 years, I’ve worked with individuals affected by the big guns – cancer, death and dying. Through this work I witnessed the one key factor that motivates one to keep on living – relationships. Relationships are essential to who we are and how we experience life.

— Dr Catalina Lawsin, Psychologist in Santa Monica, CA

I completed my entire counseling training working within the cancer/chronic illness field and continue to do so. I am passionate about helping clients discover ways to regain control and feel "patient active" after a serious diagnosis.

— Jill Gray, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Petersburg, FL
 

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 ,

I work with people who are chronically ill or have pain and disability. I work from a grief model to help you grieve the "should be" in your life. I can understand that it is incredibly lonely and sad to have to grieve yourself. I am chronically ill myself and understand the ups and down's that you experience. I use EMDR to process the trauma of being chronically ill and navigate the medical and mental health system that is not set up to support success.

— Rachelle Friedman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I have worked as a medical social worker in long term care settings, provided in-home mental health counseling to individuals and worked in hospice and palliative care providing counseling to both the patient and their family. Facing a health crisis and living with chronic illness can force you to make a lot of decisions and your resources and support may be limited. You might feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. I can help assess what you need, navigate and access support and resources in CO.

— Tanya Witman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

Receiving a medical diagnosis can be life altering. Countless medical appointments, new medications, attempting to maintain some sort of normalcy while feeling frustrated, isolated and perhaps grieving the life you once knew. My own medical struggles and my professional experience have allowed me to connect with my clients and help them move through these difficult moments.

— Kristin Miyoko Papa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Jose, CA
 

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

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 and the emotional suffering that can arise. 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 ,
 

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

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 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 ,

Chronic pain and illness change your life significantly. Sometimes, it can be difficult finding answers from doctors and you can feel really hopeless about what to do next. Therapy can be a great place to talk about all of these experiences. I'm very open to finding a way to make therapy a helpful addition to any other treatment you may be having.

— Gina Pellicci, Clinical Social Worker in , NY
 

At least 10% of people with mild acute Covid infection are now thought to fail to make a full recovery from their symptoms and return to their pre-existing level of functioning. Long haulers as they have been colloquially named by the peer community in the US refer to the multi symptom, multi system post viral syndrome. As a former long hauler myself, now mostly recovered, I am working with those who have not in my practice.

— Sally E. Riggs, Psychologist in New York, NY

I bring specialized experience working with people with physical disabilities and lifelong health conditions such as MD, SCI, and MS (including those who are newly diagnosed).

— Nova Rivera, Therapist
 

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 ,

Life with chronic pain can be overwhelming and isolating. You grieve the life that you once had and the people and things that were once dear to you. I can help you manage your pain, change your relationship with your pain, and rediscover your life. I live with a chronic pain syndrome and know firsthand how pervasive and infuriating it can be.

— Peter Addy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

In my own life, I have struggled with 14+ years' worth of biotoxin illness that compromised my performance at every level. I understand how hard it is to function amidst lack of compassion & understanding for chronic illness. Everything is a challenge. Cooking, cleaning, organization, focus, memory... No energy for basics, no stamina to do enjoyable things, constant confrontation with grief & death. Constant overwhelm. So much energy just on survival! I get it... Support helps.

— Jen-Mitsuke Peters, Mental Health Counselor in Denver, CO

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 Parsippany, NJ
 

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