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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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 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 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 have personal and professional experience around the impact of chronic illness on overall well-being. Depression and anxiety often co-occur with chronic illness due to physiological and neurological factors, increased stress, and the effect of symptoms on daily life. I use a supportive, validating approach, incorporating strategies from DBT and mindfulness practices to address these needs. I recognize medical care for chronic illness is often a challenging and invalidating experience.

— Melissa Rogel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

I am trained as a CRC (clinical rehabilitation counselor), which means specializing in disabilities. Having a disability can be confusing and a non-linear process from feeling grief/loss to acceptance and coping. I particularly enjoy working with people with "invisible disabilities" such as chronic illnesses and believe my holistic mindfulness-based body-centered approach is particularly helpful for integrating a mind-body connection.

— James Reling, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

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
 

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

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
 

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

Training in treating chronic pain/illness through CBT.

— Lori DeBlaker, Counselor in Clayton, NC
 

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

It is so incredibly frustrating and lonely when your life has been sidelined and your wellbeing obscured. Joining my 6-month support group Connect to Overcome - may be just the ticket. You’ll be listened to with understanding, get peer support, try new ways of relating to your pain and emotions. You’ll learn how to better train your focus to attend to what is underlying your suffering. You can help others by sharing your story and listening deeply with compassion. Starting June 2021-join us!

— Lisa Love, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Serving all of Maine online, ME
 

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

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.

— Catalina Lawsin, Psychologist in Santa Monica, CA
 

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 ,

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 pain can be so isolating, and can contribute to depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms. My approach to pain is multifaceted, including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and somatic movement. I'll help you identify triggers, develop self care skills, and learn how to regulate your nervous system so that pain will be less intense. I will also offer you deep empathy and compassion, and a safe space in which to be honest about your difficulties.

— Rachel Fernbach, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

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
 

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