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.

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Unfortunately, ableism is alive and well in our society and is rarely talked about, let alone addressed. My approach is firmly grounded in the belief that disability is a part of human diversity and does not need to be fixed. The harm caused by ableism runs deep and is pervasive. My personal experiences guide my work with clients who have disabilities and I use holistic techniques to help folks care for themselves, and provide a space that is validating, empowering, and empathetic.

— Esha Mehta, Social Worker in Greenwood Village, CO

As someone with lived experience with a physical disability, I can support you on your journey from acceptance to adaptation. We will explore the beliefs about yourself that might be holding you back and help you reclaim your identity and the life you want to live.

— Beth Gustin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Westminster, CO

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I believe that every client with a physical disability deserves a therapist who truly understands the unique experience of navigating a world that is not designed to meet their individual needs.

— Jessica Karim, Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

I have extensive experience serving people with complex, chronic medical conditions and developmental disabilities.

— Amber Smith, Clinical Social Worker in Cleveland, OH

I have 39 years of lived experience as a person with a mobility disability. I am now a below knee amputee and I have arthritis. I provide a safe and understanding place to explore the impact of disability and help my clients create a new life disability.

— Cathryn Glenday, Counselor in Albuerque, NM

Oh man, do I know what it's like to live with a physical disability. I was born with muscular dystrophy. It can be so hard living in an ableist world, when all non-disabled people do is tell you you're sick, or you need to be fixed. It's so difficult navigating through messages of society telling you that you're not worthy of a full life. That you're a burden because you can't do x,y,z. I know those messages are hard to silence, but you are not alone. You are just as worthy.

— Briana Mills, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

I’ve got Cerebral Palsy (CP) and use a wheelchair for mobility. Additionally, I’m getting a Master’s of Arts in Disability Studies. We will use a variety of techniques depending on your unique situation. Some people may need trauma treatment, some people may need assistance with specific challenges and benefit from a solution-focused approach. Others may need assistance with problems not specifically related to disabilities but appreciate having a therapist who understands disabilities.

— Louise Bonneau, Clinical Social Worker in College Station, TX

Disability can vastly change the way we interact with our world and how the world interacts with us. I understand this at a personal level. As a person with a disability, I understand that the world we live in wasn't built for my needs and yet I will make it work. In therapy we can explore disability, disability identity, and coping with the able-world around us. More importantly, we can explore what you want to do with your life and how to do it - barriers and all.

— Guy Smith, Counselor in Fitchburg, WI

I am fluent in American Sign Language and provide culturally sensitive therapy to Deaf, DeafBlind, hard-of-hearing, late deafened, and Deaf+ individuals. I also have experience working with individuals who have experienced blindness, mobility issues, chronic pain/chronic medical conditions, traumatic brain injuries, and other physical disabilities. I advocate for disability justice and stand with the fight for access and inclusion.

— Sondra Malling, Psychotherapist in Chicago, IL

Being born with a disability I understand the stressors and challenges that can come along with this. In addition to the usual challenges of daily life, your regular routines can be that much more difficult. Navigating this experience can feel isolating and overwhelming at times. You are not alone. I am passionate about supporting folks with disabilities to navigate this path and utilize their strengths in order to have a life that is fulfilling.

— Josh Stabbert, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , WA

I have thousands of hands on experience working in exercise-based rehabilitation centers with people living with all different types of physical disabilities. From Spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, to cerebral palsy --- I deeply understand the physical and emotional barriers of someone living with a physical disability. This community was the inspiration for me going back to school and becoming a mental health clinician.

— Jenna Hardy-Surina, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Pomona, CA