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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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
 

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
 

I have been working with individuals with disabilities for the past six years. I specialized in rehabilitation psychology during my postdoctoral fellowship. In other words, I had solid training and have had some great teachers who have helped me understand how to provide therapy that is specifically disability-affirmative. My approach is flexible and client-centered, which means this might be the only place in your life where you don't have to be the one to adapt.

— Nina Tilka, Clinical Psychologist in Tustin, CA

I help people figure out life again after an injury, medical change, diagnosis, or disability. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, my training and experience has offered me unique insight in helping people with disabilities or medical conditions thrive.

— Ashley Jopling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

"Sophisticated Hearing is a modern hearing care facility, provides personalized patient care in Bergen county NJ. Our professional audiologists are using top hearing aid technology to help individuals with the following services: hearing test & eval, hearing aid cleaning, hearing aid repair and more. We work with top hearing aid manufacturers to ensure our patients have the best hearing technology that meets their listening and lifestyle needs as well as their budget.

— Sophisticated Hearing, Therapist in Ridgewood, NJ

While Zach prefers "uniquely abled", over his nearly two decades within physical therapy and now as a pre-licensed counselor in training, he also possesses an uncommon combination of knowledge and skills to promote a whole-health perspective, grounded in a person-first intention coupled with an accepting and compassionate presence.

— Zach Preboski, Clinical Trainee in Boise, ID
 

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

As a person with a disability I can lend a different approach and perspective. In a world where you sometimes feel overwhelmed you sometimes need to have therapist that not only is trained to help you but has personal understanding of this complex issue. I have had multiple sclerosis for 18 years and have had my own journey and learning experience. I offer online therapy to assist clients who may experience difficulty making face to face appointments.

— Heather Emerich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO
 

As a therapist with a physical disability (hearing loss), I know how important accessibility is and how painful it can be when it is denied. In addition to lived experience, up-to-date trainings and conferences, and reading Disability Justice authors and advocates keep me in the loop.

— Kasryn Kapp, Licensed Professional Counselor in , PA

I have worked at the leading rehabilitation hospital helping people with spinal cord injuries and medically complex injuries and illnesses, cope with the loss caused by their injuries and adjust to their new body.

— Emily Ernst, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Northbrook, IL
 

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