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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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

I have worked as a medical social worker in long term care settings, provided in-home mental health counseling to individuals and worked in hospice and palliative care providing counseling to both the patient and their family. Facing a health crisis and living with chronic illness can force you to make a lot of decisions and your resources and support may be limited. You might feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. I can help assess what you need, navigate and access support and resources in CO.

— Tanya Witman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO
 

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

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/flight). By bringing mindfulness, play, and compassion to these experiences, we'll restore you to wholeness.

— Allison Grimes, Counselor in Cambridge, MA
 

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.

— Kristen Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

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
 

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

Almost every client I've worked with has a chronic medical condition, including fibromyalgia, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and many more. I have several chronic conditions myself. I know that it's not all in your head and that you would absolutely "snap out of it" if you could, but you can't.

— Christina (Christy) Reichert, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA
 

You may have just recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, or you may have been coping with one for years. You are probably exhausted and frustrated with how long it took to get a diagnosis or to find the right treatment. You may feel alone in your experience and like no one understands what you are going through. Therapy can provide education about coping skills for dealing with these changes and emotions, as well as a place to discuss and get support for your experience.

— Ginny Kington, Psychologist in Duluth, GA

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
 

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

At least 10% of people with mild acute Covid infection are now thought to fail to make a full recovery from their symptoms and return to their pre-existing level of functioning. Long haulers as they have been colloquially named by the peer community in the US refer to the multi symptom, multi system post viral syndrome. As a former long hauler myself, now mostly recovered, I am working with those who have not in my practice.

— Sally E. Riggs, Psychologist in New York, NY

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness is most likely something that you did not expect to happen in your life. Whether you’re struggling with diabetes, an autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease, or any other form of chronic illness, the effort that it takes to get through a normal day can feel heavy and at times unbearable. Support is provided in counseling to discuss the challenges. You will be offered a compassionate and nonjudgmental space to discuss your experience.

— April Thomas-Kenney, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Morgan, CO