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

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
 

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
 

In addition to my schooling, have firsthand experience with this in my own life through the form of a chronic illness, and have pursued and completed group therapy programs and my own individual therapy to adjust to a new pace of life and find a way to thrive in the midst of physical ailments. I understand feeling like the world was not created for you, and needing to build a beautiful life that often looks incredibly different than what is expected in our society.

— Carrie Schuessler, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Mequon, WI

Help you relax, revitalize, and improve your overall health

— Nicco Castell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Deerfield Beach, FL
 

I have 39 years of lived experience as a person with a mobility disability. I am now a below knee amputee and I have arthritis. I provide a safe and understanding place to explore the impact of disability and help my clients create a new life disability.

— Cathryn Glenday, Counselor in Albuerque, NM

I have extensive experience serving people with complex, chronic medical conditions and developmental disabilities.

— Amber Smith, Clinical Social Worker in Cleveland, OH
 

I am fluent in American Sign Language and provide culturally sensitive therapy to Deaf, DeafBlind, hard-of-hearing, late deafened, and Deaf+ individuals. I also have experience working with individuals who have experienced blindness, mobility issues, chronic pain/chronic medical conditions, traumatic brain injuries, and other physical disabilities. I advocate for disability justice and stand with the fight for access and inclusion.

— Sondra Malling, Psychotherapist in Chicago, IL

Living with a spinal cord injury has offered me the opportunity to connect with others who have experienced a similar physical impairment.

— Andrea Barger, Therapist in The Woodlands, TX
 

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 Tustin, CA

- depression -anxiety -chronic illness -prolonged stress -abuse and mistreatment - coping skills - medical trauma

— Brittany Attwood, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Waco, TX
 

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