Chronic Illness Therapists in Guelph, ON

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Authentic Minds Counselling and Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1G
I have over a decade of experience in a variety of mental health settings, with a special interest in anxiety, addictions, trauma and chronic illness and pain.
Are you experiencing chronic pain, illness or anxiety? Are you a first responder trying to cope with constant exposure to trauma? Are you looking for something more than standard talk therapy? Maybe you're exhausted by flashbacks, nightmares and panic. You may think “my stuff isn't as bad as the guy or girl next to me”, however, our struggles aren’t measured by the event(s), they are based on our unique lens and experience. Feelings of numbness, shame and anger are all perfectly valid reactions to any painful experience. Two heads are better than one! Lets work together to get you the relief you deserve.
I have over a decade of experience in a variety of mental health settings, with a special interest in anxiety, addictions, trauma and chronic illness and pain.
Are you experiencing chronic pain, illness or anxiety? Are you a first responder trying to cope with constant exposure to trauma? Are you looking for something more than standard talk therapy? Maybe you're exhausted by flashbacks, nightmares and panic. You may think “my stuff isn't as bad as the guy or girl next to me”, however, our struggles aren’t measured by the event(s), they are based on our unique lens and experience. Feelings of numbness, shame and anger are all perfectly valid reactions to any painful experience. Two heads are better than one! Lets work together to get you the relief you deserve.
(548) 489-0645 View (548) 489-0645
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Victoria Jean Bonanno
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience with clients who have hearing loss, vision loss, chronic illness/new onset illness, function/mobility, ABI/concussions.
I have a passion for counselling and supporting people through tough times. I want to support you in your decision to explore and discuss the challenges/struggles, experiences and goals you have. I am a Registered Social Worker (816522) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. I have specialized in the areas of mental health, relationships and disability. I use a variety of therapy approaches including CBT, Gottman and Emotionally-Focused. I offer counselling to individuals, couples and families.
I have experience with clients who have hearing loss, vision loss, chronic illness/new onset illness, function/mobility, ABI/concussions.
I have a passion for counselling and supporting people through tough times. I want to support you in your decision to explore and discuss the challenges/struggles, experiences and goals you have. I am a Registered Social Worker (816522) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. I have specialized in the areas of mental health, relationships and disability. I use a variety of therapy approaches including CBT, Gottman and Emotionally-Focused. I offer counselling to individuals, couples and families.
(226) 790-4074 x105 View (226) 790-4074 x105
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Phil Naylor
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA, CH, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Utilizing hypnosis I also work with health-related issues such as chronic pain, chronic illness (e.
Are you stuck in a loop of anxiety, negative thinking, emotional turmoil and/or self sabotaging behaviours? Are you tired of suffering, and feeling overwhelmed, and powerless? Do you feel the need for a real solution but have been frustrated by limited or superficial approaches when you have tried therapy before? Through my experience in treating thousands of clients I’ve discovered what is most effective in solving problems and just as importantly, how to help my clients understand themselves and the root of their problem. I empower them with effective tools and insights so they can also coach themselves as they move forward.
Utilizing hypnosis I also work with health-related issues such as chronic pain, chronic illness (e.
Are you stuck in a loop of anxiety, negative thinking, emotional turmoil and/or self sabotaging behaviours? Are you tired of suffering, and feeling overwhelmed, and powerless? Do you feel the need for a real solution but have been frustrated by limited or superficial approaches when you have tried therapy before? Through my experience in treating thousands of clients I’ve discovered what is most effective in solving problems and just as importantly, how to help my clients understand themselves and the root of their problem. I empower them with effective tools and insights so they can also coach themselves as they move forward.
(226) 909-7066 View (226) 909-7066
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Gudrun van Amerom
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
I have a special interest in chronic illness and a background supporting those who experience an Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-occurring mental health challenges.
The need for connection emerges from our very core. Though we are social beings, when our core is wounded or in pain, we may instinctively attempt to protect ourselves, even from our nearest and dearest companions. Whether we’re going through a particularly challenging time in life or facing our usual day-to-day stressors, counselling can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle. I work with children, youth and adults learning to: respond skillfully to emotional distress; adjust to expected and unexpected life transitions; process grief and loss; and manage parenting demands and expectations.
I have a special interest in chronic illness and a background supporting those who experience an Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-occurring mental health challenges.
The need for connection emerges from our very core. Though we are social beings, when our core is wounded or in pain, we may instinctively attempt to protect ourselves, even from our nearest and dearest companions. Whether we’re going through a particularly challenging time in life or facing our usual day-to-day stressors, counselling can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle. I work with children, youth and adults learning to: respond skillfully to emotional distress; adjust to expected and unexpected life transitions; process grief and loss; and manage parenting demands and expectations.
(647) 363-6731 View (647) 363-6731
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Madelyn Whittle
Registered Psychotherapist, BASc, MC, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1E  (Online Only)
I am someone with lived experiences of chronic illness, mental health, support-seeking, and engaging in continued growth and healing.
I believe therapy can be a safe and creative space for self-exploration and discovery! Whether you are experiencing relational or mental/physical health challenges, processing a recent diagnosis, or discovering your unique and preferred Self, I am here to support you in a compassionate and affirming way. As a queer, neuro-divergent woman (she/her), I believe in the value of shared humanity, inclusivity, empathy, and empowerment in the therapy space. I aim to create a welcoming, collaborative atmosphere where you can develop coping tools & move toward your goals with intention.
I am someone with lived experiences of chronic illness, mental health, support-seeking, and engaging in continued growth and healing.
I believe therapy can be a safe and creative space for self-exploration and discovery! Whether you are experiencing relational or mental/physical health challenges, processing a recent diagnosis, or discovering your unique and preferred Self, I am here to support you in a compassionate and affirming way. As a queer, neuro-divergent woman (she/her), I believe in the value of shared humanity, inclusivity, empathy, and empowerment in the therapy space. I aim to create a welcoming, collaborative atmosphere where you can develop coping tools & move toward your goals with intention.
(226) 408-4517 View (226) 408-4517
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Kelli Corrigan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Hello and welcome. I am a Registered Social Worker in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. 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 in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. 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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Brendan Mclarty (Psychotherapy For You)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1C  (Online Only)
grief and/or chronic illness.
My name is Brendan and I am a Registered Social Worker. I hold a Masters degree is Social Work from the University of Toronto. I provide virtual counselling to individuals living in Ontario. Encountering issues, no matter the severity, is a normal and natural part of our lives. However, it is my belief that our unique life experiences require a personalized approach to help us reach our goals in the face of adversity. One size does not fit all. Sessions with me are experiential in nature, with a focus on developing present moment awareness of one’s inner and outer world. Every person possesses an expert knowledge of themselves.
grief and/or chronic illness.
My name is Brendan and I am a Registered Social Worker. I hold a Masters degree is Social Work from the University of Toronto. I provide virtual counselling to individuals living in Ontario. Encountering issues, no matter the severity, is a normal and natural part of our lives. However, it is my belief that our unique life experiences require a personalized approach to help us reach our goals in the face of adversity. One size does not fit all. Sessions with me are experiential in nature, with a focus on developing present moment awareness of one’s inner and outer world. Every person possesses an expert knowledge of themselves.
(249) 523-3183 View (249) 523-3183
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Soha Elsayed
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MBA
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B  (Online Only)
Throughout my professional experience as a clinician, I have had the privilege and honor to help thousands of people like yourself with a wide range of issues like depression, anxiety, BPD, addiction, grief, parenting, chronic illness.
Being anxious, sad, overwhelmed or having no hope can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Seeking help might not be easy; and opening up and revealing yourself in therapy can be intimidating. This is why most people who suffer mentally and emotionally, do not seek help, often being forced to cope in unhealthy ways to seek temporary relief. But you are here because you are seeking help, congratulations for taking your first step towards healing!
Throughout my professional experience as a clinician, I have had the privilege and honor to help thousands of people like yourself with a wide range of issues like depression, anxiety, BPD, addiction, grief, parenting, chronic illness.
Being anxious, sad, overwhelmed or having no hope can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Seeking help might not be easy; and opening up and revealing yourself in therapy can be intimidating. This is why most people who suffer mentally and emotionally, do not seek help, often being forced to cope in unhealthy ways to seek temporary relief. But you are here because you are seeking help, congratulations for taking your first step towards healing!
(226) 781-3867 View (226) 781-3867
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Stacey McDonald
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1L  (Online Only)
How often do you answer the typical, “How are you?” with “I’m good thanks!?” Okay…now how many of those times are you actually “good?” That’s why I’m here. I want to get to know you beyond the “good, thanks!” by providing a down-to-earth, non-judgemental, and supportive space for you to open up, work on goals and better your mental health (whatever that means to you). Life can be so hard at times, and it can be easy to forget our resilience and capacity to overcome obstacles. Sometimes we just need a little extra support.
How often do you answer the typical, “How are you?” with “I’m good thanks!?” Okay…now how many of those times are you actually “good?” That’s why I’m here. I want to get to know you beyond the “good, thanks!” by providing a down-to-earth, non-judgemental, and supportive space for you to open up, work on goals and better your mental health (whatever that means to you). Life can be so hard at times, and it can be easy to forget our resilience and capacity to overcome obstacles. Sometimes we just need a little extra support.
(226) 774-1402 View (226) 774-1402
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Laura Farberman
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients. Are you seeking relief from persistent anxiety and the lingering weight of unresolved trauma while also yearning for a deeper spiritual connection and meaning in your life? In the midst of these struggles, the spiritual dimension often feels distant or obscured. This disconnection can be accompanied by overwhelming anxiety and the haunting echoes of past trauma, hindering your ability to navigate life authentically. Aligning choices with your soul's purpose becomes challenging under the weight of these emotional burdens, impacting relationships and personal growth.
Currently accepting new clients. Are you seeking relief from persistent anxiety and the lingering weight of unresolved trauma while also yearning for a deeper spiritual connection and meaning in your life? In the midst of these struggles, the spiritual dimension often feels distant or obscured. This disconnection can be accompanied by overwhelming anxiety and the haunting echoes of past trauma, hindering your ability to navigate life authentically. Aligning choices with your soul's purpose becomes challenging under the weight of these emotional burdens, impacting relationships and personal growth.
(647) 249-7528 View (647) 249-7528
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Stacey Ivits - Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1C
Are you struggling with your health, pain, or illness? Are you experiencing a new physical or mental health diagnosis? Has your chronic condition worsened? Has the pandemic impacted your health? Are you experiencing Long Covid Symptoms? Have medical treatments been overwhelming? With compassionate support you can navigate chronic physical and mental health challenges better. You want skills and tools to better manage the day-to-day challenges like pain, fatigue, disability, body image, and relationship troubles. You need a safe place to share your story and process overwhelming past experiences.
Are you struggling with your health, pain, or illness? Are you experiencing a new physical or mental health diagnosis? Has your chronic condition worsened? Has the pandemic impacted your health? Are you experiencing Long Covid Symptoms? Have medical treatments been overwhelming? With compassionate support you can navigate chronic physical and mental health challenges better. You want skills and tools to better manage the day-to-day challenges like pain, fatigue, disability, body image, and relationship troubles. You need a safe place to share your story and process overwhelming past experiences.
(226) 212-1557 View (226) 212-1557
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Kaylen Leonienco
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
We don't always get to control what happens in our life, however we do have the choice to control how we allow challenging moments to impact our daily lives. My name is Kaylen Leonienco and I am a Registered Social Worker. My main goal is to help individuals, both adults and children navigate life's most challenging moments. I specialize in working with individuals experiencing grief/loss, living with a chronic/life limiting illness, anxiety and depression.
We don't always get to control what happens in our life, however we do have the choice to control how we allow challenging moments to impact our daily lives. My name is Kaylen Leonienco and I am a Registered Social Worker. My main goal is to help individuals, both adults and children navigate life's most challenging moments. I specialize in working with individuals experiencing grief/loss, living with a chronic/life limiting illness, anxiety and depression.
(226) 243-0517 View (226) 243-0517
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Colleen Martin
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1E
Are you or someone you are caring for facing changes that are causing you stress, anxiety or depression? Perhaps your doctor or another Health Care Practitioner has encouraged you to seek therapy. Adjusting to a new health diagnosis, changes to work, retirement or new living situations can create difficulties that impact your well being. Dealing with grief and cumulative loss can feel insurmountable. If you are a caregiver/partner, you may be experiencing extreme burden or burn out and feel unsupported and isolated. It can be difficult to determine what community supports are available or how to plan for the future.
Are you or someone you are caring for facing changes that are causing you stress, anxiety or depression? Perhaps your doctor or another Health Care Practitioner has encouraged you to seek therapy. Adjusting to a new health diagnosis, changes to work, retirement or new living situations can create difficulties that impact your well being. Dealing with grief and cumulative loss can feel insurmountable. If you are a caregiver/partner, you may be experiencing extreme burden or burn out and feel unsupported and isolated. It can be difficult to determine what community supports are available or how to plan for the future.
(226) 909-6786 View (226) 909-6786
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Joy Pekar
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP(q)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Do you feel stuck? Are you overwhelmed? When the challenges in life feel like too much, it can help to talk with someone. I offer a compassionate space for all people, regardless of ability, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality. I take an anti-oppressive, anti-ableist, and trauma informed approach to therapy to ensure that everyone has a place where they can feel heard without fear of judgement.
Do you feel stuck? Are you overwhelmed? When the challenges in life feel like too much, it can help to talk with someone. I offer a compassionate space for all people, regardless of ability, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality. I take an anti-oppressive, anti-ableist, and trauma informed approach to therapy to ensure that everyone has a place where they can feel heard without fear of judgement.
(289) 271-0571 View (289) 271-0571
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Anne Mary Schnarr
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N0B
I am a Jungian Psychoanalyst offering Jungian Analysis to individuals who want a deeper understanding of themselves. For many reasons, these persons feel emotionally in pain, conflicted or unbalanced in their inner and/or outer life and would benefit from exploring the deep rooted causes of relationship problems and unproductive emotional patterns. The direction of therapy is to look to the past and to the unconscious determinants of behaviour but also to open to the creative and positive movements of the psyche that offer a way forward even in the face of the greatest difficulties or trauma.
I am a Jungian Psychoanalyst offering Jungian Analysis to individuals who want a deeper understanding of themselves. For many reasons, these persons feel emotionally in pain, conflicted or unbalanced in their inner and/or outer life and would benefit from exploring the deep rooted causes of relationship problems and unproductive emotional patterns. The direction of therapy is to look to the past and to the unconscious determinants of behaviour but also to open to the creative and positive movements of the psyche that offer a way forward even in the face of the greatest difficulties or trauma.
(519) 884-3305 View (519) 884-3305
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Marilyn Clarke
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, DTATI
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
In strengthening our capacity for self-compassion we can begin to better understand the origins of challenging feelings such as guilt, shame, anger, regret and sadness. My approach focuses on the practice of self-compassion as the key pathway to psychological flexibility and meaningful change. Through the self-compassion lens, I will walk alongside to help you identify how behaviours, attitudes and beliefs may be negatively impacting your life. I believe that the therapeutic process can be creative and life giving. When self-compassion and acceptance are present we can truly begin the process of change.
In strengthening our capacity for self-compassion we can begin to better understand the origins of challenging feelings such as guilt, shame, anger, regret and sadness. My approach focuses on the practice of self-compassion as the key pathway to psychological flexibility and meaningful change. Through the self-compassion lens, I will walk alongside to help you identify how behaviours, attitudes and beliefs may be negatively impacting your life. I believe that the therapeutic process can be creative and life giving. When self-compassion and acceptance are present we can truly begin the process of change.
(226) 702-2473 View (226) 702-2473
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The Feeling Space Somatic Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, ISTP, CYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1E
Have you noticed a sense of longing to feel more connected to your body, to the land, or in your relationships? Are you experiencing anxiety, grief, loneliness, or trauma? Trauma can live in the body as disrupted patterns of relating: to ourselves, our bodies, our breath, and the world around us. Somatic therapy is a practice in re-connecting to those things that remind us of our aliveness and can help us build a sense of home in our bodies and our world. This work is gentle, and centers the experience of the nervous system in therapy, drawing from arts, play, spirituality, compassion-focused and nature-based approaches.
Have you noticed a sense of longing to feel more connected to your body, to the land, or in your relationships? Are you experiencing anxiety, grief, loneliness, or trauma? Trauma can live in the body as disrupted patterns of relating: to ourselves, our bodies, our breath, and the world around us. Somatic therapy is a practice in re-connecting to those things that remind us of our aliveness and can help us build a sense of home in our bodies and our world. This work is gentle, and centers the experience of the nervous system in therapy, drawing from arts, play, spirituality, compassion-focused and nature-based approaches.
(548) 901-0193 View (548) 901-0193
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Michelle Miranda
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
Congratulations on making the first step to seeking help! This can be a challenging and courageous moment, and it is my goal to help you feel supported in your therapeutic journey. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist, and offer therapy to a wide variety of clients including youth, young adults, and adults. I specialize in several areas including, depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, and grief and loss. I believe it is important to provide a supportive and non-judgemental space where together we can explore, promote growth, and help you feel empowered throughout your journey.
Congratulations on making the first step to seeking help! This can be a challenging and courageous moment, and it is my goal to help you feel supported in your therapeutic journey. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist, and offer therapy to a wide variety of clients including youth, young adults, and adults. I specialize in several areas including, depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, and grief and loss. I believe it is important to provide a supportive and non-judgemental space where together we can explore, promote growth, and help you feel empowered throughout your journey.
(548) 483-6751 View (548) 483-6751
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Dayle M. Petty
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1E
Seeking a new path in our approach to life is a journey of self-exploration which can take tremendous courage! Thankfully, it can also inspire and empower us to find deeper inner peace and satisfaction in our lives. Since this psychological growth and healing can be both exciting and challenging, I will listen with compassion and empathy while we navigate your thoughts and concerns. With therapeutic relationships built on authenticity and warmth, you will receive my undivided attention and unconditional support in our work together.
Seeking a new path in our approach to life is a journey of self-exploration which can take tremendous courage! Thankfully, it can also inspire and empower us to find deeper inner peace and satisfaction in our lives. Since this psychological growth and healing can be both exciting and challenging, I will listen with compassion and empathy while we navigate your thoughts and concerns. With therapeutic relationships built on authenticity and warmth, you will receive my undivided attention and unconditional support in our work together.
(226) 270-9237 View (226) 270-9237
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Andrzej Mlynarz
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RMFT, MSc
Verified Verified
Guelph, ON N1G
A client asked me once: Is therapy just TALKING?  In a way it is.  Just talking ... words, words, words. Sometimes words are meaningless and pointless.  They lead to conflicts, misunderstandings, hurt, pain, crises.  What could happen when words are meaningful, relevant, clear, aimed at understanding you and the other?  What difference would it make when the right words are spoken, and they are heard at the right time? Would they make your wants, needs, wishes and dreams more real and attainable?
A client asked me once: Is therapy just TALKING?  In a way it is.  Just talking ... words, words, words. Sometimes words are meaningless and pointless.  They lead to conflicts, misunderstandings, hurt, pain, crises.  What could happen when words are meaningful, relevant, clear, aimed at understanding you and the other?  What difference would it make when the right words are spoken, and they are heard at the right time? Would they make your wants, needs, wishes and dreams more real and attainable?
(226) 782-4607 View (226) 782-4607

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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.