Chronic Illness Therapists in Surrey, BC

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Hope in Connection Counselling
Counsellor, BN, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4A
If you are a health professional or live with a chronic illness, I look forward to listening and supporting you through your journey.
Do you feel overwhelmed and alone in your experience and don’t know where to turn or what to do next? I am to collaborate, create a safe space with you to assist you in reaching your goals and emotional healing. I will work alongside you in this journey of self discovery and developing tools to attain your goals and emotionally heal.
If you are a health professional or live with a chronic illness, I look forward to listening and supporting you through your journey.
Do you feel overwhelmed and alone in your experience and don’t know where to turn or what to do next? I am to collaborate, create a safe space with you to assist you in reaching your goals and emotional healing. I will work alongside you in this journey of self discovery and developing tools to attain your goals and emotionally heal.
(778) 655-8853 View (778) 655-8853
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Bel (Baljit) Chhokar
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V3W  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’re constantly negotiating your own identity amongst challenges and responsibilities in your life? From defining your role as a parent or a  partner, to living within a multi-generational/multi-family home, relationships can become a source of ongoing stress.Unexpected changes such as a health crisis or separation can send you into a world of healthcare or social programs that can make you feel overwhelmed.As someone who identifies as BIPOC, and who lives with a chronic illness, I have lived experience in negotiating these worlds. I invite you to work with me to develop strategies to help you cope, heal and grow.
Do you feel like you’re constantly negotiating your own identity amongst challenges and responsibilities in your life? From defining your role as a parent or a  partner, to living within a multi-generational/multi-family home, relationships can become a source of ongoing stress.Unexpected changes such as a health crisis or separation can send you into a world of healthcare or social programs that can make you feel overwhelmed.As someone who identifies as BIPOC, and who lives with a chronic illness, I have lived experience in negotiating these worlds. I invite you to work with me to develop strategies to help you cope, heal and grow.
(705) 535-1830 View (705) 535-1830
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Ryan Yellowlees
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V3S  (Online Only)
My counselling approach is informed by my personal experience living with a chronic illness and by (Dis)ability justice, humanistic, person-centred, and strength-based perspectives.
Do you feel stuck? Are you feeling like your life is going nowhere? It can be an uncomfortable and overwhelming place to be. I offer a supportive, safe space to help you get unstuck and guide your life in a new direction. Together, we can navigate life's challenges, discover your strengths, and build a path toward healing and growth. I am here to assist you along your mental wellness journey.
My counselling approach is informed by my personal experience living with a chronic illness and by (Dis)ability justice, humanistic, person-centred, and strength-based perspectives.
Do you feel stuck? Are you feeling like your life is going nowhere? It can be an uncomfortable and overwhelming place to be. I offer a supportive, safe space to help you get unstuck and guide your life in a new direction. Together, we can navigate life's challenges, discover your strengths, and build a path toward healing and growth. I am here to assist you along your mental wellness journey.
(778) 743-8187 View (778) 743-8187
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Elysia Bronson
Counsellor, MACP, RCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V3V  (Online Only)
Struggling with chronic pain, fatigue, or brain fog? As a therapist who's also navigated chronic illness, I know what it’s like to feel like you’re always pushing past your limits to get through the day. To feel like your body aches, your brain feels foggy, and the life you long to have seems out of reach. If you’ve been trying to deal with these issues on your own for a while, it might be time to bring in reinforcements. That's why I specialize in teaching skills and providing support to anyone, anywhere with online therapy. You can book in anytime you need and get supported by someone who gets it and specializes in it.
Struggling with chronic pain, fatigue, or brain fog? As a therapist who's also navigated chronic illness, I know what it’s like to feel like you’re always pushing past your limits to get through the day. To feel like your body aches, your brain feels foggy, and the life you long to have seems out of reach. If you’ve been trying to deal with these issues on your own for a while, it might be time to bring in reinforcements. That's why I specialize in teaching skills and providing support to anyone, anywhere with online therapy. You can book in anytime you need and get supported by someone who gets it and specializes in it.
(249) 506-0037 View (249) 506-0037
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Joelle Prevost
Counsellor, BSc, BEd, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4A  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I myself have a chronic illness (Ulcerative Colitis), so I draw upon personal experiences.
Hello! I offer online counselling in the following areas:  - Trauma (abuse, accidents, and major life events). - Anxiety (social anxiety, specific phobias, death anxiety, health anxiety, general anxiety). - Chronic illness and pain (autoimmune disease, emotional management of chronic health issues, chronic pain). - Relationship Skills/Communication Skills and Boundary Setting (communication techniques, boundary-setting techniques, emotional regulation techniques). I have written two books, which you can find on Amazon: "Managing Personal, Emotional, and Social Aspects of Chronic Illness: A Workbook" and "The Conversation Guide"
I myself have a chronic illness (Ulcerative Colitis), so I draw upon personal experiences.
Hello! I offer online counselling in the following areas:  - Trauma (abuse, accidents, and major life events). - Anxiety (social anxiety, specific phobias, death anxiety, health anxiety, general anxiety). - Chronic illness and pain (autoimmune disease, emotional management of chronic health issues, chronic pain). - Relationship Skills/Communication Skills and Boundary Setting (communication techniques, boundary-setting techniques, emotional regulation techniques). I have written two books, which you can find on Amazon: "Managing Personal, Emotional, and Social Aspects of Chronic Illness: A Workbook" and "The Conversation Guide"
(778) 766-3949 View (778) 766-3949
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Onome Belinda Unueroh-Okoye
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4A
Helping people find strength, possibilities, and hope is what I strive to achieve through an understanding of the challenges with issues such as Alzheimer’s, anger management, anxiety, chronic illness, depression, grief etc.
Do you feel overwhelmed emotionally or stressed? Are you feeling anxious and confused? Are you unsure or hopeless? Does life seem unfair? Do you feel life ought to be more but just do not seem to know how to crank that up? Do your life’s experiences keep you down? It may surprise you that these human situations are more common than you think. You have taken the first bold step in looking inward and outward. What do you see? I see your “will”! Where there is a will, there is always a way. Seeking counseling can be a daunting decision for most people! However, it need not be. I look forward to working with you on your journey.
Helping people find strength, possibilities, and hope is what I strive to achieve through an understanding of the challenges with issues such as Alzheimer’s, anger management, anxiety, chronic illness, depression, grief etc.
Do you feel overwhelmed emotionally or stressed? Are you feeling anxious and confused? Are you unsure or hopeless? Does life seem unfair? Do you feel life ought to be more but just do not seem to know how to crank that up? Do your life’s experiences keep you down? It may surprise you that these human situations are more common than you think. You have taken the first bold step in looking inward and outward. What do you see? I see your “will”! Where there is a will, there is always a way. Seeking counseling can be a daunting decision for most people! However, it need not be. I look forward to working with you on your journey.
(236) 302-1315 View (236) 302-1315
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Vitality Collective Counselling Centres
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V3S
Vitality Collective offers therapy for trauma and abuse, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and pain, grief, relationships and family, life transitions, emotion processing, parenting, finding meaning, and more.
We believe that therapy is for everyone. With offices located in Surrey and Vancouver, our team consists of 20+ therapists who are uniquely skilled to help you heal and thrive. The research in counselling and therapy demonstrates that about 70% of what accounts for the outcome or change in therapy is based on the therapeutic relationship between your therapist and you. Therefore, it is so important to ensure the right fit; to make sure you feel understood and that you can trust your counsellor to be compassionate, non-judgemental, and professional.
Vitality Collective offers therapy for trauma and abuse, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and pain, grief, relationships and family, life transitions, emotion processing, parenting, finding meaning, and more.
We believe that therapy is for everyone. With offices located in Surrey and Vancouver, our team consists of 20+ therapists who are uniquely skilled to help you heal and thrive. The research in counselling and therapy demonstrates that about 70% of what accounts for the outcome or change in therapy is based on the therapeutic relationship between your therapist and you. Therefore, it is so important to ensure the right fit; to make sure you feel understood and that you can trust your counsellor to be compassionate, non-judgemental, and professional.
(604) 256-7769 View (604) 256-7769
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Healing Place Counselling Centre
Counsellor, MA, CCS, RCC-ACS
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V3S
I have specializations in terminal illness, prolonged chronic illness and bereavement.
Welcome to the counselling services at Celtic Place and Healing Place. Counselling provides a space and opportunity for you to explore thoughts and feelings, behaviours and relationships that may be troubling you or causing difficulty in your life. Counselling also offers a source of support in times of crisis and during difficult times such as you may be experiencing now. Some of the ways in which counselling can be beneficial is through bringing deeper personal insight, helping find better ways of coping with problems and it also can help you improve your relationships.
I have specializations in terminal illness, prolonged chronic illness and bereavement.
Welcome to the counselling services at Celtic Place and Healing Place. Counselling provides a space and opportunity for you to explore thoughts and feelings, behaviours and relationships that may be troubling you or causing difficulty in your life. Counselling also offers a source of support in times of crisis and during difficult times such as you may be experiencing now. Some of the ways in which counselling can be beneficial is through bringing deeper personal insight, helping find better ways of coping with problems and it also can help you improve your relationships.
(778) 200-2911 View (778) 200-2911
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Saloni Shah
RCC
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V3T  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and an associate at WellHealth Counselling. I primarily work with folks experiencing grief, life & cultural transitions, hopelessness, anxiety and relationship issues. I also help people work through caregiver burnout and adjust to life with chronic illness. Clients may come in with goals ranging from immediate symptom management to long-term emotional autonomy and I work towards meeting them at their starting point.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and an associate at WellHealth Counselling. I primarily work with folks experiencing grief, life & cultural transitions, hopelessness, anxiety and relationship issues. I also help people work through caregiver burnout and adjust to life with chronic illness. Clients may come in with goals ranging from immediate symptom management to long-term emotional autonomy and I work towards meeting them at their starting point.
(365) 659-4844 View (365) 659-4844
Photo of Ruby Sharma, Psychologist in Surrey, BC
Ruby Sharma
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4N
Waitlist for new clients
It is a privilege to participate in the growth and healing of my clients. I work actively and collaboratively with individuals to help them move towards their goals. My approach draws from a number of therapeutic models, including intensive short-term psychodynamic therapy (ISTDP), emotion-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and narrative therapy. I provide individual psychotherapy to people struggling with traumatic events, serious illness or injury, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, grief, dissociation, and relationship problems.
It is a privilege to participate in the growth and healing of my clients. I work actively and collaboratively with individuals to help them move towards their goals. My approach draws from a number of therapeutic models, including intensive short-term psychodynamic therapy (ISTDP), emotion-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and narrative therapy. I provide individual psychotherapy to people struggling with traumatic events, serious illness or injury, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, grief, dissociation, and relationship problems.
(587) 609-7201 View (587) 609-7201
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Tammy Ough
Counsellor, BA, BEd, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V3R
Therapy can be exciting but also a challenging step for many of us. Sometimes we feel unheard or misunderstood, so we give up on working through those issues. Other times, our experiences may seem too painful or impossible to deal with, so we continue to ignore or push problem away. We all need support during difficult times. My practice focuses on creating an authentic therapeutic environment to help you through these challenges. Having someone working with you through difficult times can be life changing. I hope you will reach out if you are needing that support and continue on the journey of self-care and healing.
Therapy can be exciting but also a challenging step for many of us. Sometimes we feel unheard or misunderstood, so we give up on working through those issues. Other times, our experiences may seem too painful or impossible to deal with, so we continue to ignore or push problem away. We all need support during difficult times. My practice focuses on creating an authentic therapeutic environment to help you through these challenges. Having someone working with you through difficult times can be life changing. I hope you will reach out if you are needing that support and continue on the journey of self-care and healing.
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Within Reach Counselling Services
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V4N
Waitlist for new clients
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller. Understanding. Clarity. Acceptance. I create a safe place where you are treated without judgement or bias. The resources of change are within all of us to create personal growth in today's challenging world. It is my job to support you through the process toward the changes you choose to make. I will guide you toward finding your strengths, assisting you to capitalize on their full potential. I work with you to explore where you are and where you want to be. I will do my best to supply you with the resources required to move forward.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller. Understanding. Clarity. Acceptance. I create a safe place where you are treated without judgement or bias. The resources of change are within all of us to create personal growth in today's challenging world. It is my job to support you through the process toward the changes you choose to make. I will guide you toward finding your strengths, assisting you to capitalize on their full potential. I work with you to explore where you are and where you want to be. I will do my best to supply you with the resources required to move forward.
(604) 256-9577 View (604) 256-9577
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Pardeep Kaur Thandi
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V3S
Everyone of us goes through tough times in our lives. We all have unique ways to handle these life situations, which may come easier for some individuals compared to others. Oftentimes, people will go through times where they feel stuck, unsure of why they feel that way. My job as a counsellor is to help those clients rediscover that spark and passion they had in life to empower them to learn the skills they need to move towards reaching their short term and long term goals.
Everyone of us goes through tough times in our lives. We all have unique ways to handle these life situations, which may come easier for some individuals compared to others. Oftentimes, people will go through times where they feel stuck, unsure of why they feel that way. My job as a counsellor is to help those clients rediscover that spark and passion they had in life to empower them to learn the skills they need to move towards reaching their short term and long term goals.
(236) 233-9330 View (236) 233-9330
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Deneen Holder
Counsellor, BA, MAMFT, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V3S
I am passionate about working with individuals, children, parents, and families. I enjoy working with children with special needs and I am drawn to working with children who have experienced loss or trauma, including fostering and adoption. I love helping parents feel equipped and empowered to connect with, and parent, their children. I also love seeing hurting relationships healed and restored with both adults & children. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where connection can flourish leading to change.
I am passionate about working with individuals, children, parents, and families. I enjoy working with children with special needs and I am drawn to working with children who have experienced loss or trauma, including fostering and adoption. I love helping parents feel equipped and empowered to connect with, and parent, their children. I also love seeing hurting relationships healed and restored with both adults & children. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where connection can flourish leading to change.
(778) 784-7187 View (778) 784-7187
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Dmitry Alexandrovich
Counsellor, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V3S
My purpose is to assist you in facing and processing traumatic / adverse life experiences that could have resulted in anxiety, depression, PTSD, addictions, anger issues, etc. Together, we will explore and unravel the nature and roots of what prevents you from living a happier life. Despite the possible challenges that may arise on this way, please know that you have a huge potential to live your life based on what is right with you. As a clinician, I am committed to do to the best of my abilities for facilitating this process and helping you reach your goals.
My purpose is to assist you in facing and processing traumatic / adverse life experiences that could have resulted in anxiety, depression, PTSD, addictions, anger issues, etc. Together, we will explore and unravel the nature and roots of what prevents you from living a happier life. Despite the possible challenges that may arise on this way, please know that you have a huge potential to live your life based on what is right with you. As a clinician, I am committed to do to the best of my abilities for facilitating this process and helping you reach your goals.
(833) 634-0972 View (833) 634-0972
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Manpreet Athwal
Counsellor, RCC , MCP, Owner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4N
Waitlist for new clients
Looking for support but don't know where to start? Are you experiencing low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, intense emotions, or relationship concerns? Perhaps you are feeling hurt, anger or pain. Are you noticing that things from the past are coming up and are affecting who you are right now? Do you want to understand what is going? You can learn more about yourself, build self-esteem, strengthen your relationships and learn to manage your mental health. I support people in connecting with themselves more to understand what they need to heal and recover from the past. I help you navigate your inner world.
Looking for support but don't know where to start? Are you experiencing low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, intense emotions, or relationship concerns? Perhaps you are feeling hurt, anger or pain. Are you noticing that things from the past are coming up and are affecting who you are right now? Do you want to understand what is going? You can learn more about yourself, build self-esteem, strengthen your relationships and learn to manage your mental health. I support people in connecting with themselves more to understand what they need to heal and recover from the past. I help you navigate your inner world.
(778) 767-5868 View (778) 767-5868
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Dr. Jennifer Acheson
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V3W
Feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or stuck? We all encounter moments when our usual coping strategies fall short, but you don't have to navigate these challenges alone. With over a decade of experience, I'm here to guide you through your journey of self-discovery and healing. Recognizing the challenges of change, I approach our work with skill, respect, and curiosity, valuing your commitment to transformation.
Feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or stuck? We all encounter moments when our usual coping strategies fall short, but you don't have to navigate these challenges alone. With over a decade of experience, I'm here to guide you through your journey of self-discovery and healing. Recognizing the challenges of change, I approach our work with skill, respect, and curiosity, valuing your commitment to transformation.
(249) 702-2974 View (249) 702-2974
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Leona Westra
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V3W
Sometimes, in the midst of our pain, we feel alone, rejected and invisible. You end up exhausted by the complex struggles of all you are dealing with. You may feel damaged, flawed, or insignificant and find yourself engaging in self-criticism, perfectionism, or people-pleasing to find your worth or someplace to belong. You deserve better, and you don't have to do it alone. No matter what has happened to you or what you've done, it's just a starting point for your healing journey. I provide a safe and welcoming place to heal your inner wounds, reduce your pain, and process your experiences so you can get more out of your life.
Sometimes, in the midst of our pain, we feel alone, rejected and invisible. You end up exhausted by the complex struggles of all you are dealing with. You may feel damaged, flawed, or insignificant and find yourself engaging in self-criticism, perfectionism, or people-pleasing to find your worth or someplace to belong. You deserve better, and you don't have to do it alone. No matter what has happened to you or what you've done, it's just a starting point for your healing journey. I provide a safe and welcoming place to heal your inner wounds, reduce your pain, and process your experiences so you can get more out of your life.
(587) 812-8903 View (587) 812-8903
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Tejinder Sandhu
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V3W
There are times where the challenges we face in our daily lives become too difficult to manage on our own. I can help navigate those who are looking to add meaning and purpose to their lives, generating motivation, and regaining control. The ability to achieve wellness and stability in our lives, exists somewhere inside of us. The disconnection we experience from the things that bring us happiness and joy may cause us to feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by stress. My aim is to provide a supportive, non-judgemental, and safe environment to help support you through life’s difficulties that may have you feeling stuck and under pressure.
There are times where the challenges we face in our daily lives become too difficult to manage on our own. I can help navigate those who are looking to add meaning and purpose to their lives, generating motivation, and regaining control. The ability to achieve wellness and stability in our lives, exists somewhere inside of us. The disconnection we experience from the things that bring us happiness and joy may cause us to feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by stress. My aim is to provide a supportive, non-judgemental, and safe environment to help support you through life’s difficulties that may have you feeling stuck and under pressure.
(604) 532-5340 View (604) 532-5340
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Nadine Viker
Pre-Licensed Professional, CPT, CBT, CCIT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V3S
As parents we sometimes feel at a loss as to how to help our child, particularly when they are experiencing difficulties in more than one area of their lives: at school, with friends, regulating emotions, academically, socially or behaviorally. My personal experience and my love for children has helped me to realize that many parents need support and I have a passion for helping children and parents navigate these challenges. It is my belief that it takes a village for total and consistent support to achieve optimum results. I can help with home and school, on what can be a. tough and confusing path.
As parents we sometimes feel at a loss as to how to help our child, particularly when they are experiencing difficulties in more than one area of their lives: at school, with friends, regulating emotions, academically, socially or behaviorally. My personal experience and my love for children has helped me to realize that many parents need support and I have a passion for helping children and parents navigate these challenges. It is my belief that it takes a village for total and consistent support to achieve optimum results. I can help with home and school, on what can be a. tough and confusing path.
(343) 321-2401 View (343) 321-2401

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Chronic Illness Counsellors

How does therapy for chronic illness work?

Many people living with a chronic illness may feel they cannot speak honestly about their experience out of embarrassment or fear of being a burden, or because those close to them do not understand, for example, that they may “look good” even if they do not feel good. Therapy sessions are an opportunity to speak openly with someone who knows their symptoms are not in their head and who can offer practical, proven suggestions for managing feelings of grief, shame, or fatigue, such as techniques to challenge unhelpful thoughts about symptoms and develop new ways to respond to them, such as distraction or calming breathing practices.

Can therapy help with physical symptoms of chronic illness?

Yes, especially if an individual with chronic illness has developed depression. People with depression are less likely to maintain their health treatment regimens or to take positive steps to manage physical symptoms when they arise, thereby potentially complicating their medical prognosis. Treatment of depression, through talk therapy, medication, or both, will often improve one’s physical state as it eases the emotional burden of illness.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic illness?

No one living with a chronic illness, or their loved ones, should see depression as an unavoidable result of their condition. Instead, they should actively seek treatment. Research shows that people with depression are less likely to devote the required time and effort to maintaining or monitoring their health, and so therapy to limit the risk of depression can be vital for physical health as well. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction have been found to help individuals reduce stress and anxiety.

How long does therapy for chronic illness take?

There is no set timeline for therapy for people living with chronic illnesses, but many will see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 weekly sessions. Some people feel that they experience progress faster than others but even some who quickly feel improvement may continue with sessions for months or years. Some people may benefit from maintenance therapy if their symptoms change or they experience a decline in physical health. Others find that the skills learned in short-term therapy can be used on an ongoing basis, even after therapy has concluded.