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 have over a decade of experience in the healthcare field working with individuals of all ages living with chronic pain and illnesses. I am passionate about listening to clients and learning what is important to them in their lives. I teach clients tools to help them build a sustainable relationship with their health challenges that supports their priorities and what brings them joy.

— Sarah Rogers (Ferro), Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Malden, MA

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
 

Living with a chronic condition can be challenging. You may feel alone, misunderstood, and overwhelmed. For some individuals living with a chronic illness and pain can pose significant barriers to overall daily functioning. Social and medical norms often do not consider the individual's actual lived experience. For instance, conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) may get chalked up to needing to get more exercise, eating healthier, and developing better sleep patterns.

— Patricia Duggan, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Asheville, NC

If you are having trouble making sense of your life, your relationships, and your future because chronic illness and/or pain are dominating your every day and leaving little time for anything else, I can help. I help people re-locate themselves within their experience of health issues, to recover emotionally and find meaning, purpose, and pleasure in life again, even while continuing to face uncertainty and challenges from health conditions.

— Melissa Murren, Clinical Psychologist in Valley Village, CA
 

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

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
 

Training in treating chronic pain/illness through CBT.

— Lori DeBlaker, Counselor in Clayton, NC

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
 

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

I spent almost an entire decade shuttered away, homebound with severe fibromyalgia. The agony was constant and there was little relief. Many people did not believe it was a real chronic illness. Now there are millions of people who suffer from Covid-19 Long-Haulers Syndrome, a painful result of contracting the virus (even it was mild at the onset), that can lead to prolonged pain and grounding fatigue. I used my methodology to relieve my pain and get me back to my nearly-best self.

— Anne Graham, Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS
 

Chronic Pain or Illness can be traumatizing. Being in constant pain, managing the side effects of a treatment, or trying to get through to medical providers means chronic stress. The psychological and biological impact (see Veronique Mead's blog on cell danger response and chronic illness) of chronic stress can cause a person to get stuck in shut down mode (freeze) or anxious mode (fight or flight). By bringing mindfulness, play, and compassion to these experiences, we'll restore your wellbeing

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA

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
 

Psychotherapy with clinical hypnosis has been shown to be effective for treating chronic pain to decrease the intensity of pain and how it may interfere with your life. My VA Hospital research Treating Chronic Low Back Pain with Hypnosis or Biofeedback is published. Clinical hypnosis has also been shown to be very effective for treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

— Tenley Fukui, Counselor in Houston, TX

Dr. Salomon is experienced in working with chronic and/or complicated health and pain conditions. Her residency and fellowship work in a premier integrative residential treatment program specializing in chronic/complicated health conditions allowed her to work with a multitude of unique/uncommon health conditions. Her ongoing experience in this field has included providing services in hospital, private practice, in-home services, and public speaking.

— Angela Salomon, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ
 

Chronic Pain or Illness can be traumatizing. Being in constant pain, managing the side effects of a treatment, or trying to get through to medical providers means chronic stress. The psychological and biological impact (see Veronique Mead's blog on cdr & chronic illness) of chronic stress can cause a person to get stuck in shut down mode (freeze) or anxious mode (fight/flight). Together, we'll bring mindfulness, play, and compassion to these experiences to restore your sense of wholeness.

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA

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 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

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
 

Chronic Pain or Illness can be traumatizing. Being in constant pain, managing the side effects of a treatment, or trying to get through to medical providers means chronic stress. The psychological and biological impact (see Veronique Mead's blog on cdr & chronic illness) of chronic stress can cause a person to get stuck in shut down mode (freeze) or anxious mode (fight/flight). Together, we'll bring mindfulness, play, and compassion to these experiences to restore your sense of wholeness.

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA

Did you know that research shows therapy for chronic pain is as effective as painkillers? You can have much more influence over your pain than you'd imagine and you can get back to living a full life. Like pain medications, therapy works on the physical body but it also addresses two areas that medications don't. Whether you are dealing with chronic pain or chronic illness, you and I will work together to find solutions so you can focus on living a vibrant, satisfying life.

— Alicia Polk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belton, MO