Chronic Illness Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Shaina Nicholson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90026  (Online Only)
My areas of interest include: life transitions, depression, anxiety, challenges with identity and self-esteem, chronic illness, coping with trauma & adverse experiences, relationships & intimacy, women's empowerment, cultural challenges, grief & loss, LGBTQIA+ issues and clinical supervision.
I am extremely passionate about empowering individuals and therapists/associates to heal and live their best, most authentic lives. I strongly believe that each and every individual, regardless of background, ability, or beliefs, should have a safe space where they can feel comfortable being their true self. I know that sitting across from someone with similar experiences can help to build trust and promote connection, and am therefore deeply committed to holding space for women and people of color. I prefer that interested parties visit my website to schedule a consultation or email me to inquire about my services.
My areas of interest include: life transitions, depression, anxiety, challenges with identity and self-esteem, chronic illness, coping with trauma & adverse experiences, relationships & intimacy, women's empowerment, cultural challenges, grief & loss, LGBTQIA+ issues and clinical supervision.
I am extremely passionate about empowering individuals and therapists/associates to heal and live their best, most authentic lives. I strongly believe that each and every individual, regardless of background, ability, or beliefs, should have a safe space where they can feel comfortable being their true self. I know that sitting across from someone with similar experiences can help to build trust and promote connection, and am therefore deeply committed to holding space for women and people of color. I prefer that interested parties visit my website to schedule a consultation or email me to inquire about my services.
(213) 279-5438 View (213) 279-5438
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Elika Razmjou
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
In my practice, I offer specialized treatments for insomnia (CBTi), chronic pain, coping with chronic illness, and stress/anxiety; I am also a mindfulness facilitator and yoga teacher.
Therapy is an opportunity to invest in the emotional education your younger self may have never received, and wished they had. It's a space to explore old patterns and habits, and to discern which ones are serving you, and which may be getting in the way of the life you'd like to live. I help my clients get unstuck, through exploring and shifting their relationship with their own thoughts and emotions. I empower clients by equipping them with coping tools to manage stress and balance the nervous system, ultimately in service of reconnecting with whatever it is that drives them- their core values.
In my practice, I offer specialized treatments for insomnia (CBTi), chronic pain, coping with chronic illness, and stress/anxiety; I am also a mindfulness facilitator and yoga teacher.
Therapy is an opportunity to invest in the emotional education your younger self may have never received, and wished they had. It's a space to explore old patterns and habits, and to discern which ones are serving you, and which may be getting in the way of the life you'd like to live. I help my clients get unstuck, through exploring and shifting their relationship with their own thoughts and emotions. I empower clients by equipping them with coping tools to manage stress and balance the nervous system, ultimately in service of reconnecting with whatever it is that drives them- their core values.
(213) 394-9687 View (213) 394-9687
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Jackie Eppinger
Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90034  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! I specialize in working with cancer and chronic illness, relationships/attachment, and the LGBTQ+ community. I approach all of my counseling through an affirmative approach that creates a sense of safety and security that allows you to feel seen and heard in your unique story. Clients that work with me would describe me as an active therapist, someone who engages my clients in exploration in a supportive, collaborative way. My favorite sessions are ones in which we can work together to understand deeper parts of you and increase your understanding of self.
Accepting new clients! I specialize in working with cancer and chronic illness, relationships/attachment, and the LGBTQ+ community. I approach all of my counseling through an affirmative approach that creates a sense of safety and security that allows you to feel seen and heard in your unique story. Clients that work with me would describe me as an active therapist, someone who engages my clients in exploration in a supportive, collaborative way. My favorite sessions are ones in which we can work together to understand deeper parts of you and increase your understanding of self.
(424) 232-0546 View (424) 232-0546
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Thomas J. Pier Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, OSW-C, CMF
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Problems are problems, people are not problems. Thru 28 years of clinical practice, I've been privileged to companion many individuals & families facing cancer, chronic illness & distress (depression/anxiety). I provide empathy, compassion, insight & support. We stand up to problems together focusing on resilience, wellness, enhanced coping, reduced distress, and adjustment to loss & life transitions. We find your strengths & values that have been obscured by problems. I skillfully weave eclectic therapies with mindfulness, compassion & meaning-making, and justice. I offer companionship on one's quest for personal insight & renewal.
Problems are problems, people are not problems. Thru 28 years of clinical practice, I've been privileged to companion many individuals & families facing cancer, chronic illness & distress (depression/anxiety). I provide empathy, compassion, insight & support. We stand up to problems together focusing on resilience, wellness, enhanced coping, reduced distress, and adjustment to loss & life transitions. We find your strengths & values that have been obscured by problems. I skillfully weave eclectic therapies with mindfulness, compassion & meaning-making, and justice. I offer companionship on one's quest for personal insight & renewal.
(323) 672-4035 View (323) 672-4035
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Hannah Bystritsky Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90024
My clinical focus is on treating individuals with health anxiety, OCD, chronic illness/pain, and addiction.
Life is filled with challenges that can sometimes feel like too much for any one person to manage on their own. If you’re struggling with rumination, anxiety or overwhelming sadness, you may also be feeling alone with it. I’m here to walk along side you and provide a safe place to explore what is underneath. Together we will work towards reaching your goals. My passion is helping others maximize their strengths, enhance their well-being, and learn tools for coping with life's challenges.
My clinical focus is on treating individuals with health anxiety, OCD, chronic illness/pain, and addiction.
Life is filled with challenges that can sometimes feel like too much for any one person to manage on their own. If you’re struggling with rumination, anxiety or overwhelming sadness, you may also be feeling alone with it. I’m here to walk along side you and provide a safe place to explore what is underneath. Together we will work towards reaching your goals. My passion is helping others maximize their strengths, enhance their well-being, and learn tools for coping with life's challenges.
(310) 929-6279 View (310) 929-6279
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Meredith Vender
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with adults and older adults with cancer and chronic illness as well as parents of children with cancer, chronic illness and developmental disabilities.
I am passionate about supporting clients through life's many challenges such as receiving a new medical diagnosis, coping with a chronic illness, shifting to a caregiver role or grieving the death of a loved one. My practice offers a safe and affirming therapeutic space to learn and grow. I tailor treatment using a variety of techniques and view our time together as a shared endeavor to help you achieve your goals. I am skilled in navigating the complex medical system and can help foster collaboration and communication with your medical treatment team. As a Certified Case Manager I can also assist with healthcare-related documents.
I specialize in working with adults and older adults with cancer and chronic illness as well as parents of children with cancer, chronic illness and developmental disabilities.
I am passionate about supporting clients through life's many challenges such as receiving a new medical diagnosis, coping with a chronic illness, shifting to a caregiver role or grieving the death of a loved one. My practice offers a safe and affirming therapeutic space to learn and grow. I tailor treatment using a variety of techniques and view our time together as a shared endeavor to help you achieve your goals. I am skilled in navigating the complex medical system and can help foster collaboration and communication with your medical treatment team. As a Certified Case Manager I can also assist with healthcare-related documents.
(310) 455-8405 View (310) 455-8405
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Beyond Cancer LA
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Psychotherapy services are for individuals, couples and families experiencing the effects of cancer or chronic illness.
As a cancer survivor myself, I know first hand how scary the "C" word is. As a result of cancer treatments, often times people develop mild to severe forms of depression, anxiety, "scanxiety," and post-traumatic stress disorder. Many people experience symptoms during treatment while others are symptomatic only after they are in full remission. My practice treats fellow warriors and their families that are navigating the cancer process, survivors trying to figure out their “new normal”, individuals in remission for years but are still processing the events that once happened, and those currently experiencing metastasized cancers.
Psychotherapy services are for individuals, couples and families experiencing the effects of cancer or chronic illness.
As a cancer survivor myself, I know first hand how scary the "C" word is. As a result of cancer treatments, often times people develop mild to severe forms of depression, anxiety, "scanxiety," and post-traumatic stress disorder. Many people experience symptoms during treatment while others are symptomatic only after they are in full remission. My practice treats fellow warriors and their families that are navigating the cancer process, survivors trying to figure out their “new normal”, individuals in remission for years but are still processing the events that once happened, and those currently experiencing metastasized cancers.
(424) 296-1732 View (424) 296-1732
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Kasey Mandelbaum -Chronic Illness And Neurodivergent Specialist
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90005  (Online Only)
As a neurodivergent, queer, and disabled therapist, I know what it is like to not see yourself in your therapist. I'm a therapist with ADHD- I'm going to understand the grief you feel when talking about your past and how different it would have been if the world was built with neurodiverse people in mind. I'm a therapist with chronic illness- I'll understand how flares, injustice, and medical trauma effects your brain and your inner world. This world was not made for us in mind, but my counseling space was. Welcome!
As a neurodivergent, queer, and disabled therapist, I know what it is like to not see yourself in your therapist. I'm a therapist with ADHD- I'm going to understand the grief you feel when talking about your past and how different it would have been if the world was built with neurodiverse people in mind. I'm a therapist with chronic illness- I'll understand how flares, injustice, and medical trauma effects your brain and your inner world. This world was not made for us in mind, but my counseling space was. Welcome!
(213) 642-2948 View (213) 642-2948
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Jess Minckley
Counselor, MFA, MA, LMHC, NCC, ATR-P
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039
I am a queer nonbinary therapist who specializes in working with three niches of clients. 1) trans kids & teens and their families. 2) adults struggling with grief around chronic illness, pain, & disability and 3) queer couples counseling. Art therapy, EMDR, somatic work, and psychedelic-assisted-therapy (with the adults) can be game-changers. I offer mental health counseling & art therapy in WA, OR, and art therapy in California. Contact me for more infor on EMDR and KAP or read my website.
I am a queer nonbinary therapist who specializes in working with three niches of clients. 1) trans kids & teens and their families. 2) adults struggling with grief around chronic illness, pain, & disability and 3) queer couples counseling. Art therapy, EMDR, somatic work, and psychedelic-assisted-therapy (with the adults) can be game-changers. I offer mental health counseling & art therapy in WA, OR, and art therapy in California. Contact me for more infor on EMDR and KAP or read my website.
(385) 644-9277 View (385) 644-9277
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Dr. Mollie Rothseid
Associate Clinical Social Worker, PhD, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
We all have times in life where we find ourselves presented us with challenges that can feel overwhelming. As a gerontologist and clinical social worker, I specialize in working with dementia, Alzheimer's, grief, chronic illness, and the complexities of aging. I warmly welcome individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you're a parent with a child dealing with school-related stress, an adult navigating life's transitions, or an older adult coping with the intricacies of aging, I'm here to provide a safe and welcoming environment where your experiences are valued with compassion and acceptance.
We all have times in life where we find ourselves presented us with challenges that can feel overwhelming. As a gerontologist and clinical social worker, I specialize in working with dementia, Alzheimer's, grief, chronic illness, and the complexities of aging. I warmly welcome individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you're a parent with a child dealing with school-related stress, an adult navigating life's transitions, or an older adult coping with the intricacies of aging, I'm here to provide a safe and welcoming environment where your experiences are valued with compassion and acceptance.
(310) 504-6953 View (310) 504-6953
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Blair Lord
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Are you tired of being told your thoughts are the problem? Have you been labeled as "too sensitive?" If you are looking to heal the body which holds our pain and trauma and become more empowered to understand your own nervous system, then we may be a good fit. I work with womxn and non-binary clients who experience chronic pain, chronic illness, anxiety, depression, or trauma. I am LGBTQIA+ allied, social justice, and feminist therapist. Clients I work with come in when experiencing life transition, relationship stress, new health diagnoses, career changes, increased pain, or family-of-origin pain.
Are you tired of being told your thoughts are the problem? Have you been labeled as "too sensitive?" If you are looking to heal the body which holds our pain and trauma and become more empowered to understand your own nervous system, then we may be a good fit. I work with womxn and non-binary clients who experience chronic pain, chronic illness, anxiety, depression, or trauma. I am LGBTQIA+ allied, social justice, and feminist therapist. Clients I work with come in when experiencing life transition, relationship stress, new health diagnoses, career changes, increased pain, or family-of-origin pain.
(213) 223-8121 View (213) 223-8121
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Mike Pugh Jr
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90036  (Online Only)
I am so glad you are here. If you are someone who has noticed a change in their quality of life and looking for a way to improve overall wellbeing, you are in the right place. I am a psychologist who specializes in a therapy approach tailored to people who may have a chronic illness or disability, chronic pain, physical injury, or any other physical health issue that has negatively impacted your wellbeing and wholeness. Coping with these physical conditions can be hard, and my goal is to work with you to restore balance and healing.
I am so glad you are here. If you are someone who has noticed a change in their quality of life and looking for a way to improve overall wellbeing, you are in the right place. I am a psychologist who specializes in a therapy approach tailored to people who may have a chronic illness or disability, chronic pain, physical injury, or any other physical health issue that has negatively impacted your wellbeing and wholeness. Coping with these physical conditions can be hard, and my goal is to work with you to restore balance and healing.
(323) 379-0154 View (323) 379-0154
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Jackie Dillon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, OSW-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90095  (Online Only)
I offer services for anyone who may feel marginalized, has any type of chronic illness (i.
Accepting new patients!
I offer services for anyone who may feel marginalized, has any type of chronic illness (i.
Accepting new patients!
(323) 417-5270 View (323) 417-5270
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Sylvan Streightiff
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, ATR-P
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004  (Online Only)
As an ADHD, Autism, Chronic Illness, and Complex Trauma specialist, I understand how navigating life can be exhausting and confusing. At times, it can be overwhelming and debilitating, leaving you to feel numb, isolated, and misunderstood. This is where I can help! You are deserving of relief from anxiety, grief, and pain. You are worthy of inspiration. With me, your thoughts and emotions are welcomed without judgement. Together, we can work collaboratively to meet your needs, understand perceptions, cultivate your strengths, improve relationships and self-esteem, and achieve personal growth.
As an ADHD, Autism, Chronic Illness, and Complex Trauma specialist, I understand how navigating life can be exhausting and confusing. At times, it can be overwhelming and debilitating, leaving you to feel numb, isolated, and misunderstood. This is where I can help! You are deserving of relief from anxiety, grief, and pain. You are worthy of inspiration. With me, your thoughts and emotions are welcomed without judgement. Together, we can work collaboratively to meet your needs, understand perceptions, cultivate your strengths, improve relationships and self-esteem, and achieve personal growth.
(408) 610-1744 View (408) 610-1744
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Dr. Dina Karvounides
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist who is passionate about my work in supporting youth, young adults and their families to address life’s challenges. Over the past 16 years, I have worked with diverse patients who are coping with anxiety, depression, adjustment to chronic illness-particularly chronic pain conditions, challenges related to gender and sexual identity, as well as difficulties faced with peer and family relationships.
I am a clinical psychologist who is passionate about my work in supporting youth, young adults and their families to address life’s challenges. Over the past 16 years, I have worked with diverse patients who are coping with anxiety, depression, adjustment to chronic illness-particularly chronic pain conditions, challenges related to gender and sexual identity, as well as difficulties faced with peer and family relationships.
(330) 271-0945 View (330) 271-0945
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Kristin Sheehan
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90046  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck in patterns of relationship stress, anxious thoughts, or disordered eating? Do you feel unsafe in your body due to trauma or chronic illness? I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Therapy to help clients get unstuck and reconnect to the wisdom and safety of their body. I use a trauma-informed, attachment-based approach to help clients identify their unhelpful narratives, challenge them, and take healthy risks. If you are ready to go deeper than traditional talk therapy and crave a healing connection with your mind, body, and spirit, I am here to help.
Do you feel stuck in patterns of relationship stress, anxious thoughts, or disordered eating? Do you feel unsafe in your body due to trauma or chronic illness? I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Therapy to help clients get unstuck and reconnect to the wisdom and safety of their body. I use a trauma-informed, attachment-based approach to help clients identify their unhelpful narratives, challenge them, and take healthy risks. If you are ready to go deeper than traditional talk therapy and crave a healing connection with your mind, body, and spirit, I am here to help.
(415) 943-8338 View (415) 943-8338
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Dr. Lori Sanderson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MPH, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
I have a lot of experience working w/those who have chronic illness, chronic pain, obesity, and body image issues and how these affects mental health.
Hello there, I'm Dr. Lori Sanderson. I enjoy looking at your thoughts and how they are contributing to your stress level, anxiety level, or overall feelings of sadness. How you think contributes to how you behave. How you behave also contributes to how you feel. I will meet you where you are but will also help you to develop a stronger and healthier version of you. We will do this together by helping you to get to the root of your struggles and giving you the tools to get through it. You deserve somewhere that you can share what is on your mind without fear of being judged negatively. You deserve a better life and a healthier you.
I have a lot of experience working w/those who have chronic illness, chronic pain, obesity, and body image issues and how these affects mental health.
Hello there, I'm Dr. Lori Sanderson. I enjoy looking at your thoughts and how they are contributing to your stress level, anxiety level, or overall feelings of sadness. How you think contributes to how you behave. How you behave also contributes to how you feel. I will meet you where you are but will also help you to develop a stronger and healthier version of you. We will do this together by helping you to get to the root of your struggles and giving you the tools to get through it. You deserve somewhere that you can share what is on your mind without fear of being judged negatively. You deserve a better life and a healthier you.
(786) 244-7347 View (786) 244-7347
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Stephanie Weston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90034  (Online Only)
Chronic illness sufferers! You know how hard life can feel. Sometimes just getting up in the morning can feel like a monumental task and other times you feel ok. The struggle is never knowing which way it’s going to go. I’ll bet your life would feel easier if you could learn how to cope with this uncertainty, while also finding ways to share your experience with your people. So many of us (yes, us!) attempt to hide our struggles for fear of being looked at as “the sick one” and that takes a toll. Working through your own judgements and anger will help to shift the way you walk through life...even on days you feel like crawling.
Chronic illness sufferers! You know how hard life can feel. Sometimes just getting up in the morning can feel like a monumental task and other times you feel ok. The struggle is never knowing which way it’s going to go. I’ll bet your life would feel easier if you could learn how to cope with this uncertainty, while also finding ways to share your experience with your people. So many of us (yes, us!) attempt to hide our struggles for fear of being looked at as “the sick one” and that takes a toll. Working through your own judgements and anger will help to shift the way you walk through life...even on days you feel like crawling.
(323) 332-6516 View (323) 332-6516
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Denise Gallagher Hypnotherapy
CHT, MPA, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90230  (Online Only)
Whether it's social or exam anxiety, chronic illness, finances, or other challenges that are holding you back, I can help you create meaningful change.
If anxiety is keeping you from succeeding in your career or preventing you from finding fulfilling relationships, you may feel desperate to start seeing improvement. Perhaps you have a large project you need to tackle or are tired of feeling awkward and overwhelmed while dating or with coworkers, even though you know you have so much to offer. And while you would like to get to the root of this anxiety to manage it once and for all, you also need to make changes quickly. Hypnotherapy can do just that: provide short-term symptom relief and long-term change.
Whether it's social or exam anxiety, chronic illness, finances, or other challenges that are holding you back, I can help you create meaningful change.
If anxiety is keeping you from succeeding in your career or preventing you from finding fulfilling relationships, you may feel desperate to start seeing improvement. Perhaps you have a large project you need to tackle or are tired of feeling awkward and overwhelmed while dating or with coworkers, even though you know you have so much to offer. And while you would like to get to the root of this anxiety to manage it once and for all, you also need to make changes quickly. Hypnotherapy can do just that: provide short-term symptom relief and long-term change.
(310) 361-1297 View (310) 361-1297
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Mariam Ter-Petrosyan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all, but especially for individuals with chronic illness and other health concerns.
I provide comprehensive assessment services, including conducting bariatric presurgical/preoperative psychological, neuropsychological, and ADHD evaluations with adults. Please note that I am not taking psychotherapy patients at this time. I am accepting new patients for assessment purposes.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all, but especially for individuals with chronic illness and other health concerns.
I provide comprehensive assessment services, including conducting bariatric presurgical/preoperative psychological, neuropsychological, and ADHD evaluations with adults. Please note that I am not taking psychotherapy patients at this time. I am accepting new patients for assessment purposes.
(818) 572-9647 View (818) 572-9647

Chronic Illness Therapists

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 behavioral 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.