Chronic Illness Therapists in Vancouver, BC

Photo of Rebecca Rauscher, Counsellor in Vancouver, BC
Rebecca Rauscher
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6H
I have over fifteen years experience as a helping professional, first as an Occupational Therapist and then as a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I have had the opportunity to work with individuals with a diverse range of issues such as adjusting to a new diagnosis (e.g. cancer), living with a chronic illness, grief, loss, anxiety, changes in mood, emotional dysregulation, and and changes in life roles. I also work with depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
I have over fifteen years experience as a helping professional, first as an Occupational Therapist and then as a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I have had the opportunity to work with individuals with a diverse range of issues such as adjusting to a new diagnosis (e.g. cancer), living with a chronic illness, grief, loss, anxiety, changes in mood, emotional dysregulation, and and changes in life roles. I also work with depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
(604) 265-9362 View (604) 265-9362
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Genevieve (Evi) Koehl
Counsellor, BSc, RN, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6Z
Welcome. I offer a gentle, curious and collaborative approach to counseling and mental health care. I support clients looking for a safe space to explore self-esteem, anxiety, chronic illness, relationships, identity concerns and coping with ADHD. My clients want to experience life in a way that is most meaningful and fulfilling to them, and find themselves needing some mental health support from time to time. They want to move past feelings of stuckness, hopelessness, or triggers to feeling at ease and clear about their life ahead.
Welcome. I offer a gentle, curious and collaborative approach to counseling and mental health care. I support clients looking for a safe space to explore self-esteem, anxiety, chronic illness, relationships, identity concerns and coping with ADHD. My clients want to experience life in a way that is most meaningful and fulfilling to them, and find themselves needing some mental health support from time to time. They want to move past feelings of stuckness, hopelessness, or triggers to feeling at ease and clear about their life ahead.
(431) 244-2262 View (431) 244-2262
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Carolina Radovan
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6H
Having completed an 8 month full time practicum at BC Cancer (Vancouver), my experience is primarily with critical and chronic illness.
My philosophy as a counsellor is founded on a collaborative approach. Together, we explore perspectives, abilities, strengths you can draw from, as well as, barriers that may be impeding, the changes you seek. We are all experts of our own lives and you possess important knowledge, skills, and abilities vital to making changes in your life. Two counselling theories I identify most with include: Narrative Therapy and Existential/Logotherapy. In 2022 I trained in EMDR. It was transcendental both experiencing it as a client and as clinician. The research behind this therapy is so robust, I have also actively integrated into practice.
Having completed an 8 month full time practicum at BC Cancer (Vancouver), my experience is primarily with critical and chronic illness.
My philosophy as a counsellor is founded on a collaborative approach. Together, we explore perspectives, abilities, strengths you can draw from, as well as, barriers that may be impeding, the changes you seek. We are all experts of our own lives and you possess important knowledge, skills, and abilities vital to making changes in your life. Two counselling theories I identify most with include: Narrative Therapy and Existential/Logotherapy. In 2022 I trained in EMDR. It was transcendental both experiencing it as a client and as clinician. The research behind this therapy is so robust, I have also actively integrated into practice.
(236) 302-4296 View (236) 302-4296
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Elysia Bronson
Counsellor, MACP, RCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6Z  (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.
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.
(249) 506-0037 View (249) 506-0037
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Ryan Yellowlees
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5Z  (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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Sea2Sky Therapy Services
Counsellor, RCC, MSc psy, MA, PGCE, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6E
As an Art psychotherapist and Registered Clinical Counsellor, I work with children and adults in both emotional and physical distress, also specialising in Physical Health Psychology working with chronic illness and Psycho-Oncology.
Making the decision to begin therapy can be quite daunting and finding a therapist with whom you can feel comfortable with more so. I can offer you a safe space from which to explore your difficulties, where you can express your feelings and thoughts freely. This can enable you to look forward to a better understanding so that you can cope with life. Some of the issues I can help with include: physical illness, trauma, depression, PTSD, anxiety, behavioural, learning, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and self-esteem.
As an Art psychotherapist and Registered Clinical Counsellor, I work with children and adults in both emotional and physical distress, also specialising in Physical Health Psychology working with chronic illness and Psycho-Oncology.
Making the decision to begin therapy can be quite daunting and finding a therapist with whom you can feel comfortable with more so. I can offer you a safe space from which to explore your difficulties, where you can express your feelings and thoughts freely. This can enable you to look forward to a better understanding so that you can cope with life. Some of the issues I can help with include: physical illness, trauma, depression, PTSD, anxiety, behavioural, learning, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and self-esteem.
(604) 256-6871 View (604) 256-6871
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Alana McLeod
MA, ExAT, RTC, CCPA
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6R
"Self- love is doing the work we need to do to be free"- Yung Pueblo. I have experience working with opening creative blockages, survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse such as sexual assault and domestic violence, adults with a history of child-hood sexual abuse, people with diagnoses of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post- traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). I can help with sleep issues, anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief & loss, stress related to chronic illness such as multiple chemical sensitivities, persistent feelings of sadness and feeling a lack of meaning and joy in life.
"Self- love is doing the work we need to do to be free"- Yung Pueblo. I have experience working with opening creative blockages, survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse such as sexual assault and domestic violence, adults with a history of child-hood sexual abuse, people with diagnoses of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post- traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). I can help with sleep issues, anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief & loss, stress related to chronic illness such as multiple chemical sensitivities, persistent feelings of sadness and feeling a lack of meaning and joy in life.
(249) 202-2206 View (249) 202-2206
Photo of Sara Ahmadian, Counsellor in Vancouver, BC
Sara Ahmadian
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6C
Are you tired of feeling trapped in a cycle of pain and exhaustion? Do you long for a sense of relief and hope in your life? If so, I'm here to extend a guiding hand on your journey toward healing and well-being. I am Sara Ahmadian, a compassionate BIPOC counsellor specializing in depression, anxiety, and chronic illness. I'm dedicated to helping you break free from the burdens that weigh you down. In our sessions, I provide a safe and nurturing space for you to slow down, process your emotions, and make sense of your experiences. Together, let's pave the way for a brighter and more fulfilling life.
Are you tired of feeling trapped in a cycle of pain and exhaustion? Do you long for a sense of relief and hope in your life? If so, I'm here to extend a guiding hand on your journey toward healing and well-being. I am Sara Ahmadian, a compassionate BIPOC counsellor specializing in depression, anxiety, and chronic illness. I'm dedicated to helping you break free from the burdens that weigh you down. In our sessions, I provide a safe and nurturing space for you to slow down, process your emotions, and make sense of your experiences. Together, let's pave the way for a brighter and more fulfilling life.
(506) 405-2680 View (506) 405-2680
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Megan Hughes
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5V
Specialties: Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addiction, depression, family issues, grief & loss, low self esteem, couples counselling, chronic illness, central sensitivity syndrome, chronic pain management, eating disorders, stress & coping.
At Stillwater Counselling, Megan Hughes provides the highest quality counselling and treatment for emotional and physical pain issues. She specializes in the use of EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis, cognitive-behavioural techniques, body-centred therapy, relaxation, and visualization to manage and help chronic pain, chronic illness, post-traumatic stress, emotional distress, and anxiety and to change unhealthy patterns in life. She strives to help clients manage their emotional and physical pain, and their approach to healing.
Specialties: Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addiction, depression, family issues, grief & loss, low self esteem, couples counselling, chronic illness, central sensitivity syndrome, chronic pain management, eating disorders, stress & coping.
At Stillwater Counselling, Megan Hughes provides the highest quality counselling and treatment for emotional and physical pain issues. She specializes in the use of EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis, cognitive-behavioural techniques, body-centred therapy, relaxation, and visualization to manage and help chronic pain, chronic illness, post-traumatic stress, emotional distress, and anxiety and to change unhealthy patterns in life. She strives to help clients manage their emotional and physical pain, and their approach to healing.
(365) 657-5997 View (365) 657-5997
Photo of Priya DeSilva, Registered Social Worker in Vancouver, BC
Priya DeSilva
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5L
I have experience working through issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, generational trauma, bicultural identity, adjustment to a medical diagnosis, chronic illness grief, loss, & complex familial relationships.
You could be here for many reason. You are overwhelmed trying to juggle different roles and expectations. Perhaps, you want to parent differently, or you or your loved one might be facing a health crisis or mental health struggle. Life can bring on challenges that are difficult to work through without support and it can be difficult to reach out for help.
I have experience working through issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, generational trauma, bicultural identity, adjustment to a medical diagnosis, chronic illness grief, loss, & complex familial relationships.
You could be here for many reason. You are overwhelmed trying to juggle different roles and expectations. Perhaps, you want to parent differently, or you or your loved one might be facing a health crisis or mental health struggle. Life can bring on challenges that are difficult to work through without support and it can be difficult to reach out for help.
(343) 308-1799 View (343) 308-1799
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Jessica Kurucz (Psychotherapy For You British Columbia)
Counsellor, BCCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5W  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Registered Social Worker. I provide support to adults and couples. I have experience working with individuals experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, gender issues, substance use, low self-esteem, stress related issues, and chronic illness. I recognize that it takes a great deal of courage to make the decision to start and commit to counselling. I consider it a privilege to be invited into your life. My goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental space for you to process the confusing, overwhelming, or painful part of your life.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Registered Social Worker. I provide support to adults and couples. I have experience working with individuals experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, gender issues, substance use, low self-esteem, stress related issues, and chronic illness. I recognize that it takes a great deal of courage to make the decision to start and commit to counselling. I consider it a privilege to be invited into your life. My goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental space for you to process the confusing, overwhelming, or painful part of your life.
(579) 501-1966 View (579) 501-1966
Photo of Corrina Masson, Registered Social Worker in Vancouver, BC
Corrina Masson
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5L
Corrina has experience supporting clients in navigating life transitions, mental health, caregiving and coping with chronic illness.
Corrina has experience supporting clients in navigating life transitions, mental health, caregiving and coping with chronic illness.
(867) 292-5489 View (867) 292-5489
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Bonnie Koehn
Counsellor, MC, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6L  (Online Only)
My areas of interest are: resilience & posttraumatic growth, women's mental health & wellness, communication & relationship skills, couples, IPV recovery (non-crisis), parenting & single parenting, gender & sexuality, relational trauma, parental narcissism, and support for caregivers of loved ones experiencing chronic illness/mental illness.
Therapy is your place to be exactly as you are. I offer compassionate, non-judgmental therapy so you can feel free to be yourself. My practice is strengths-based, trauma-informed, and client-centered. Many of my areas of practice are grounded in lived experience, which supports my ability to offer authentic compassion and empathy. I've navigated the challenges of feeling overwhelmed by trauma and systemic barriers. Thankfully, my journey taught me that when we find good-fit therapy and work on developing deeper self-compassion, we are so much stronger and more capable of healing than we ever imagined possible.
My areas of interest are: resilience & posttraumatic growth, women's mental health & wellness, communication & relationship skills, couples, IPV recovery (non-crisis), parenting & single parenting, gender & sexuality, relational trauma, parental narcissism, and support for caregivers of loved ones experiencing chronic illness/mental illness.
Therapy is your place to be exactly as you are. I offer compassionate, non-judgmental therapy so you can feel free to be yourself. My practice is strengths-based, trauma-informed, and client-centered. Many of my areas of practice are grounded in lived experience, which supports my ability to offer authentic compassion and empathy. I've navigated the challenges of feeling overwhelmed by trauma and systemic barriers. Thankfully, my journey taught me that when we find good-fit therapy and work on developing deeper self-compassion, we are so much stronger and more capable of healing than we ever imagined possible.
(249) 492-9841 View (249) 492-9841
Photo of Andrea Rodgers, Art Therapist in Vancouver, BC
Andrea Rodgers
Art Therapist, RTC, DVATI, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6J
It can be challenging to articulate our emotions and experiences - using art materials in therapy can help us express and more deeply understand ourselves. Art therapy can support those wishing to explore stress, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, grief and loss, trauma, life direction, chronic illness and more. I aim to support each client as they grow and heal, restore internal balance and harmony, and connect with the sparks that align them with their most authentic and whole selves. Sessions combine talk therapy with art making - art expressions can offer wisdom and insight as clients embark on their therapeutic journey.
It can be challenging to articulate our emotions and experiences - using art materials in therapy can help us express and more deeply understand ourselves. Art therapy can support those wishing to explore stress, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, grief and loss, trauma, life direction, chronic illness and more. I aim to support each client as they grow and heal, restore internal balance and harmony, and connect with the sparks that align them with their most authentic and whole selves. Sessions combine talk therapy with art making - art expressions can offer wisdom and insight as clients embark on their therapeutic journey.
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Jessica Rathwell
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5T  (Online Only)
Accepting Virtual Clients - I work with adults and young people who are struggling with transitions, coping, relationships, grief, mental health or other concerns they'd like to talk over with someone they can feel supported by and who can help them build their toolbox for navigating their concerns. - While I see folks for a number of concerns, some areas of specialty include: Challenges related to neurodiversity and brain injury, coping with chronic illness, relationship issues and sexual/gender identity and expression.
Accepting Virtual Clients - I work with adults and young people who are struggling with transitions, coping, relationships, grief, mental health or other concerns they'd like to talk over with someone they can feel supported by and who can help them build their toolbox for navigating their concerns. - While I see folks for a number of concerns, some areas of specialty include: Challenges related to neurodiversity and brain injury, coping with chronic illness, relationship issues and sexual/gender identity and expression.
(438) 834-0912 View (438) 834-0912
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Stefani Kolochuk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V5K  (Online Only)
I believe we heal through safe connections and relationships. Relationship to self, community, and the land. This perspective is how I approach my therapeutic practice; together we create a sacred space to explore your challenges, successes and concerns. I specialize in working with people living with mental health challenges, grief and loss, traumatic death, spirituality, life transitions, stress and burnout, substance use and those who wish to explore alternative forms of wellness. Other common issues are PTSD/Complex trauma, emotional regulation, managing HIV/AIDS and other chronic illness. I see adults and youth ages 14+.
I believe we heal through safe connections and relationships. Relationship to self, community, and the land. This perspective is how I approach my therapeutic practice; together we create a sacred space to explore your challenges, successes and concerns. I specialize in working with people living with mental health challenges, grief and loss, traumatic death, spirituality, life transitions, stress and burnout, substance use and those who wish to explore alternative forms of wellness. Other common issues are PTSD/Complex trauma, emotional regulation, managing HIV/AIDS and other chronic illness. I see adults and youth ages 14+.
(343) 308-1857 View (343) 308-1857
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Cathrine Chambers - Trauma - Anxiety - Chronic Illness Counselling
Counsellor, MEd, CCC, RCC
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6G
I am a trauma therapist with 20 years experience treating PTSD, C-PTSD, developmental and intergenerational trauma, as well as burnout, compassion fatigue, and chronic illness.
Welcome, I’m Cathrine. I believe that relationships to ourselves, one another, the land, and all living beings have the ability to inspire, heal, and transform us. Throughout my own healing journey, I have come to believe that experiences of deep connection, wholeness, and happiness are not only possible, but are our unique birthright as humans. If you are looking to explore, discover, or reconnect with your most authentic Self and live more fully from a place of integrity and self-compassion, my approach may be a good fit for you.
I am a trauma therapist with 20 years experience treating PTSD, C-PTSD, developmental and intergenerational trauma, as well as burnout, compassion fatigue, and chronic illness.
Welcome, I’m Cathrine. I believe that relationships to ourselves, one another, the land, and all living beings have the ability to inspire, heal, and transform us. Throughout my own healing journey, I have come to believe that experiences of deep connection, wholeness, and happiness are not only possible, but are our unique birthright as humans. If you are looking to explore, discover, or reconnect with your most authentic Self and live more fully from a place of integrity and self-compassion, my approach may be a good fit for you.
(431) 814-7243 View (431) 814-7243
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Kelli Corrigan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V6J
Hello and welcome. I am a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. For the past 20 years, I have worked in a community health care setting providing counselling to individuals, families and groups who are coping with complex health issues including substance misuse/addiction, trauma, mental health, grief and loss, substance affected, chronic illness, identity and relationship issues.
Hello and welcome. I am a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. For the past 20 years, I have worked in a community health care setting providing counselling to individuals, families and groups who are coping with complex health issues including substance misuse/addiction, trauma, mental health, grief and loss, substance affected, chronic illness, identity and relationship issues.
(825) 525-2693 View (825) 525-2693
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Kelsey Harris
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vancouver, BC V5Z
Hello! My name is Kelsey Harris and I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I specialize in working with clients with chronic pain, chronic illness including cancer, and traumatic brain injury/post-concussion, as well as pre/postpartum mental health. I believe that we can all have hope and answers for bettering our lives as we work through these life-changing issues.
Hello! My name is Kelsey Harris and I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I specialize in working with clients with chronic pain, chronic illness including cancer, and traumatic brain injury/post-concussion, as well as pre/postpartum mental health. I believe that we can all have hope and answers for bettering our lives as we work through these life-changing issues.
(249) 496-3056 View (249) 496-3056
Photo of Stephanie Bogue Kerr, Registered Social Worker in Vancouver, BC
Stephanie Bogue Kerr
Registered Social Worker, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Vancouver, BC V6E
I specialize in issues related to acute and chronic illness, grief/loss and stresses related to life transitions such as shifts in relationships.
I think (and research agrees!) that the most important part of therapy is that you feel comfortable talking to your therapist and feel they understand how you see the world. To me, this means that my experiences help me to connect with you. I studied theatre performance. I lived in Asia, where I gained insight into a different worldview. I've travelled. I taught elementary school, allowing me to understand child development and family relationships more deeply. I have experience with illness, loss & complex mental health issues. I have a Master's in Drama Therapy, a Master's in Social Work & I'm completing my PhD in Social Work.
I specialize in issues related to acute and chronic illness, grief/loss and stresses related to life transitions such as shifts in relationships.
I think (and research agrees!) that the most important part of therapy is that you feel comfortable talking to your therapist and feel they understand how you see the world. To me, this means that my experiences help me to connect with you. I studied theatre performance. I lived in Asia, where I gained insight into a different worldview. I've travelled. I taught elementary school, allowing me to understand child development and family relationships more deeply. I have experience with illness, loss & complex mental health issues. I have a Master's in Drama Therapy, a Master's in Social Work & I'm completing my PhD in Social Work.
(438) 801-0098 View (438) 801-0098

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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.