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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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 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 ,

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

Working in the Spoonie community is one that has come from continuing to deconstruct the divide between mental and physical health. They interact and effect each other, every time. We also see chronic pain stem from trauma. Each person is different, here we could be addressing trauma or we could be learning to cope with the emotions that come from managing chronic pain or illness.

— Adalyn Wilson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor

I am health psychologist and have worked with people with chronic illness or life limiting illnesses like cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes, injuries, amputations, functional neurological conditions, GI diseases, as well as many others. I also have worked with clients and their families at the end of their life. Coping with physical symptoms and medical systems can be incredibly stressful and therapy can help improve quality of life while living with medical challenges.

— Amelia Swanson, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

Living with chronic illness or traumatic stress, one might feel overwhelmed and tense on a regular basis or trend more toward feeling numb and shut down, perhaps even dissociated, but regardless of how one's experiences show up in their bodies, one thing remains the same: Being “inside ourselves,” with our thoughts, feelings and emotions, feels scary, confusing and painful. Purposefully creating a sense of safety inside ourselves after trauma, illness or crisis can be likened to returning home.

— Jennifer McCombs, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Reno, NV

I have lived experience with multiple chronic illness and I've worked with clients in the disability community throughout most of my career.

— Amber Lynn Connell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hatboro, PA

In therapy, we can explore the many issues that accompany the experience of chronic pain or illness - thought patterns, core beliefs, emotional experience, adjustment and acceptance to your condition, impacts on relationships and functioning, and anything else that arises for you. I have completed and continue to pursue trainings focused on CBT, mindfulness, and yoga practices specifically for chronic pain and illness.

— Joyce Hones, Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

Managing longstanding medical concerns and rehabilitation is draining. I have worked for years with people who manage major illnesses such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis or have history of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or stroke. Through my work in hospitals and on multidisciplinary teams I have the knowledge and experience to support you as you manage your pain/illness and traversing medical care with providers that often overlook, underappreciate the emotional toll recovery takes.

— K Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

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

Pain can cause you to limit social engagements, avoid meet new people and fear things that used to bring you pleasure. It can sometimes feel like a terrible game of which came first, the chicken or the egg. Stress tenses your muscles and can create a flare up of symptoms… but the our bodies naturally respond to pain with fear. When you’re living with a chronic condition finding a way with pain that allows you to live a meaningful and full life is a necessity.

— Sydney Rose, Therapist in New York, NY

I am proficient in treating individuals with chronic health conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia, pain) as well as the stress, frustration, anxiety, and depression that naturally follow. For the past 2 years I have worked in a pain clinic. Previously, I worked in clinics specializing in HIV, obesity, and organ transplant surgery. Together, we'll shift focus away from your limitations and towards your strengths. We may not be able to change your pain but we will work to release the grip it has on you.

— Daniel Paulus, Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

I have a deep understanding and a great deal of empathy for people who live with ongoing physical pain, chronic illness or a disability. Due to my own experience with these conditions, I know how challenging they are to deal with every day. Therapy with me can help you develop more patience and compassion for yourself and your condition, be realistic and accepting about what you can and can't do and have a calmer, more peaceful mind.

— Christina Hom, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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 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

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

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

Chronic illness and pain are often invisible to those about us, causing us to suffer in isolation. Those who are aware often don't understand, and aren't curious to learn. Wild Foxgloves understands and sees your suffering, and is also open to learning from you. We also invite you to into the story that your body tells. In the Western Hemisphere we think of the body and mind as separate, but research tells another story.

— Cresaya E. Kingsbury @ Wild Foxgloves Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Vancouver, WA

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 have specialty training in supporting both pediatric and adult populations living with chronic pain or illness and caregivers. I have training in psychosocial oncology, organ transplant, cleft/craniofacial, rehab psychology, & HIV care among other specialties. I have worked at a number of academic medical hospitals including University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and Children's Hospital Colorado.

— Maria Canyon, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO