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

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

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 have unique training in working with clients with physical disabilities, and my research focuses on physical disability concerns. I take "social model" and "disability justice model" perspectives of disability, which suggest that the social and physical environments disable people with physical impairments.

— Kristin Conover, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

I have thousands of hands on experience working in exercise-based rehabilitation centers with people living with all different types of physical disabilities. From Spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, to cerebral palsy --- I deeply understand the physical and emotional barriers of someone living with a physical disability. This community was the inspiration for me going back to school and becoming a mental health clinician.

— Jenna Hardy-Surina, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Pomona, CA

Navigating life, work, and relationships with a physical disability

— Ashley Maag, Licensed Professional Counselor

As someone with a physical disability themselves, I am able to relate to life with a disability in many ways, and can empathize deeply with those dealing with this.

— Blair Buckley, Social Worker in ,

Disabilities, both seen and unseen, can impact how you navigate the world and how the world navigates you. Together, we can work to help you meet your challenges head-on, savor your triumphs, and examine the emotions that arise from both.

— Natassia Johnson, Clinical Psychologist in Sugar Land, TX

"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

I believe that every client with a physical disability deserves a therapist who truly understands the unique experience of navigating a world that is not designed to meet their individual needs.

— Jessica Karim, Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

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

I help professional women who have chronic pain and/or chronic illnesses learn to be kind to themselves, to trust themselves, and to find ways to get the support that they need without ever being forced to prove that their pain is real or that they’re trying hard enough. We do not live in an accessible world, and this can be incredibly frustrating and exhausting. You are not the problem; you never have been.

— Christy Reichert, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR