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

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 Costa Mesa, CA
 

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

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 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, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR
 

Learning to live with disability, be it something you recently discovered or that you have worked with your whole life, can take a lot of energy and time consuming. We will work together to process grief and reach acceptance and move into a comfortable living place.

— Shannon Barnes, Licensed Professional Counselor

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
 

Whether your symptoms are outwardly noticeable or invisible, they are often accompanied by shame and a mistrust of the body. Together we can work toward finding self-compassion, gratitude, and kindness toward yourself and your body - to feel at home in your body.

— Meg Kies, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

We specialize in serving the Children with Life Limiting Illness and Children's Extensive Support population and their families. This includes children and families with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, and other special needs.

— The Child & Family Therapy Center of Denver, Therapist in Greenwood Village, CO
 

I have personal experience with the visually impaired/blind community and professional experience as a paraprofessional working with those who dealt with physical disabilities in addition to mental health concerns. I also have experience with the unique challenges caregiving presents to the family system when physical disability is present.

— Melissa Huff, Therapist in Fort Smith, AR

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
 

As someone with a physical disability, I am attuned to some of the special issues that confront PWD as we navigate the world: discrimination, self-doubt and self-blame, internalization of stigma, low expectations, and the fetishization of disability.

— Carey McIntosh, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Riverside, CA