Chronic Illness Therapists in North Highlands, CA

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Shavontae Golden-McCants
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
North Highlands, CA 95660
Welcome, my name is Shavontae and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have experience working with adolescents/teens, adults and their families. As someone who has gone through a life-changing event, I am passionate about supporting others and their families to overcome challenges related to coping with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other chronic illnesses and about bringing awareness of how a chronic illness can have a major impact on an individual and their families’ mental health. Chronic illnesses can causes depression, anxiety, stress, anger, grief and I am here to support you through it.
Welcome, my name is Shavontae and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have experience working with adolescents/teens, adults and their families. As someone who has gone through a life-changing event, I am passionate about supporting others and their families to overcome challenges related to coping with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other chronic illnesses and about bringing awareness of how a chronic illness can have a major impact on an individual and their families’ mental health. Chronic illnesses can causes depression, anxiety, stress, anger, grief and I am here to support you through it.
(760) 284-6734 View (760) 284-6734
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Alan Lawrence
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
North Highlands, CA 95660
Hello, I'm Alan Lawrence, licensed clinical social worker (LCS12658). I hold three master's degrees in psychology, social work and gerontology. We age from birth with many challenges and changes as we grow older. A burden shared is a burden lifted. Accomplish your goals and move forward. Learning lessons from the past and understanding your thinking process and internal dialogue (cognitive-behavioral) will empower you with new insights and direction. Let's get started. I customize therapy sessions to the individual's needs. I can be eclectic but do emphasize cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches to treatment.
Hello, I'm Alan Lawrence, licensed clinical social worker (LCS12658). I hold three master's degrees in psychology, social work and gerontology. We age from birth with many challenges and changes as we grow older. A burden shared is a burden lifted. Accomplish your goals and move forward. Learning lessons from the past and understanding your thinking process and internal dialogue (cognitive-behavioral) will empower you with new insights and direction. Let's get started. I customize therapy sessions to the individual's needs. I can be eclectic but do emphasize cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches to treatment.
(916) 301-4514 View (916) 301-4514
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Marie Velasco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
North Highlands, CA 95660
Hi. My name is Marie Velasco and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California. I work with adolescents and adults who are experiencing a variety of life stressors and work towards finding practical coping skills to help manage and reduce the symptoms they are experiencing. Empathy, acceptance, growth and safety are the cornerstones of my practice. I use a blended, integrative approach to therapy in order to address each person as an individual. Some of the theoretical approaches you'll find in my work are CBT, DBT, solution focused and mindfulness, to name a few.
Hi. My name is Marie Velasco and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California. I work with adolescents and adults who are experiencing a variety of life stressors and work towards finding practical coping skills to help manage and reduce the symptoms they are experiencing. Empathy, acceptance, growth and safety are the cornerstones of my practice. I use a blended, integrative approach to therapy in order to address each person as an individual. Some of the theoretical approaches you'll find in my work are CBT, DBT, solution focused and mindfulness, to name a few.
(323) 471-0879 View (323) 471-0879
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Tanya D'Angelo
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
North Highlands, CA 95660
My name is Tanya D’Angelo, and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) based in San Diego, California, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment to life changes, adjustment to disability, career challenges, and difficulty with meeting life goals. My approach is based on the needs of the individual client, and I prioritize goals that are important to the individual I'm working with. I partner with individuals, using a person-centered approach, and provide a non-judgmental environment that allows for self-exploration.
My name is Tanya D’Angelo, and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) based in San Diego, California, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment to life changes, adjustment to disability, career challenges, and difficulty with meeting life goals. My approach is based on the needs of the individual client, and I prioritize goals that are important to the individual I'm working with. I partner with individuals, using a person-centered approach, and provide a non-judgmental environment that allows for self-exploration.
(424) 577-4664 View (424) 577-4664
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Lisa Bove
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
North Highlands, CA 95660
Hi. I’m Lisa Bove, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Christian minister living in Southern California. I have been practicing as an LCSW for 29 years and have been an ordained minister for longer. In my practice I work with people of all religious backgrounds and have been an active participant in many LGBTQI+ religious congregations. I approach therapy from a holistic and client-centered perspective. I love speaking with people, getting to know them, and helping them realize their strengths and work through their challenges.
Hi. I’m Lisa Bove, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Christian minister living in Southern California. I have been practicing as an LCSW for 29 years and have been an ordained minister for longer. In my practice I work with people of all religious backgrounds and have been an active participant in many LGBTQI+ religious congregations. I approach therapy from a holistic and client-centered perspective. I love speaking with people, getting to know them, and helping them realize their strengths and work through their challenges.
(657) 571-2518 View (657) 571-2518

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Meghann Crane-Russ
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95819
This wasn't how it was supposed to go. You're worried you will feel this way forever, that you will never feel like yourself again. Maybe you’re reading this because your parenting experience is not what you expected it to be, in fact, it’s probably been pretty awful so far. Perhaps you’ve experienced child, infant, or pregnancy loss and there are really no words to describe the void you feel right now. The loss is inexpressible and you feel so alone. Or you’re struggling to cope with chronic illness, grief, or life stressors. You feel like you’re hiking through a forest without a map... you just want to find a path forward.
This wasn't how it was supposed to go. You're worried you will feel this way forever, that you will never feel like yourself again. Maybe you’re reading this because your parenting experience is not what you expected it to be, in fact, it’s probably been pretty awful so far. Perhaps you’ve experienced child, infant, or pregnancy loss and there are really no words to describe the void you feel right now. The loss is inexpressible and you feel so alone. Or you’re struggling to cope with chronic illness, grief, or life stressors. You feel like you’re hiking through a forest without a map... you just want to find a path forward.
(530) 670-0174 View (530) 670-0174
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Deep Insight Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95834
In my work over the past several years, I have found that empowering individuals to explore themselves and the impact of their social, cultural, and inner world helps them navigate their own growth. It also empowers them to direct their healing. My experience of treatment ranges from depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, and psychosomatic disorders to integral work in self-esteem, patterned behaviors, relational issues, and work-life balance issues tied to the symptoms experienced.
In my work over the past several years, I have found that empowering individuals to explore themselves and the impact of their social, cultural, and inner world helps them navigate their own growth. It also empowers them to direct their healing. My experience of treatment ranges from depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, and psychosomatic disorders to integral work in self-esteem, patterned behaviors, relational issues, and work-life balance issues tied to the symptoms experienced.
(530) 454-8680 View (530) 454-8680
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Price Cusolito
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD, MA
Verified Verified
Rocklin, CA 95677
I love collaborating with my clients in creating and sustaining the changes they wish to make and surprising them with how quickly and deeply these changes can take place. I have extensive experience with chronic illness, chronic pain, physical and emotional trauma, spirituality, parenting issues, grief and dying, and men's sexuality.
I love collaborating with my clients in creating and sustaining the changes they wish to make and surprising them with how quickly and deeply these changes can take place. I have extensive experience with chronic illness, chronic pain, physical and emotional trauma, spirituality, parenting issues, grief and dying, and men's sexuality.
(916) 818-1521 View (916) 818-1521
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Armine Manukian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Hi there, I'm Armine! I have provided mental health services for 15 years helping clients with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, chronic illness, postpartum, and life/career transitions in diverse populations of adults. Given my experience, I have developed a therapeutic approach that is based on the needs of clients. I combine evidence-based interventions with cognitive, and psychodynamic therapies. I provide a supportive environment where clients openly and safely express their experiences, emotions, and thoughts with acceptance and non-judgment.
Hi there, I'm Armine! I have provided mental health services for 15 years helping clients with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, chronic illness, postpartum, and life/career transitions in diverse populations of adults. Given my experience, I have developed a therapeutic approach that is based on the needs of clients. I combine evidence-based interventions with cognitive, and psychodynamic therapies. I provide a supportive environment where clients openly and safely express their experiences, emotions, and thoughts with acceptance and non-judgment.
(916) 794-3439 View (916) 794-3439
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Carrie G Rogers
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Roseville, CA 95747  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing big changes in life? Such as transitioning into retirement, adjusting to a health-related changes, chronic illness, changes related to your work, or uncertainty around what path you you want to choose for yourself and your future? Are you looking for some support as a parent of a young kid or kids? I'm here to help and look forward to hearing from you! I work one on one (individual therapy) with adults of all ages utilizing an integrative, relational, strength-based approach - while tailoring treatment to each persons specific needs & goals. LGBTQ+ affirmative & allied.
Are you experiencing big changes in life? Such as transitioning into retirement, adjusting to a health-related changes, chronic illness, changes related to your work, or uncertainty around what path you you want to choose for yourself and your future? Are you looking for some support as a parent of a young kid or kids? I'm here to help and look forward to hearing from you! I work one on one (individual therapy) with adults of all ages utilizing an integrative, relational, strength-based approach - while tailoring treatment to each persons specific needs & goals. LGBTQ+ affirmative & allied.
(916) 461-1769 View (916) 461-1769
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Candice Craft
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95819  (Online Only)
My clients are often individuals holding stress in their body, folks experiencing chronic illness or chronic pain, adults and children striving to differentiate anxiety from intuition, survivors of medical, physical or sexual trauma, and diverse couples/(2+)partnerships who are loving each other through navigating individual or mutual post traumatic stress.
In my work with clients, I facilitate mind-body-spirit (re)connection after it has been disrupted by trauma or stress. I offer a soft spot to land for folks who have been in prolonged dysregulation post trauma exposure, as well as highly sensitive people impacted by empathic stress. Here, I respect the unique language of your nervous system, the wisdom that lives in your body, and support you in fostering a grounded connection to both. This serves to be the space where you can tell your unspoken stories, allowing them to be held outside of the confines of your body & mind. Together, let's process what no longer serves you to carry.
My clients are often individuals holding stress in their body, folks experiencing chronic illness or chronic pain, adults and children striving to differentiate anxiety from intuition, survivors of medical, physical or sexual trauma, and diverse couples/(2+)partnerships who are loving each other through navigating individual or mutual post traumatic stress.
In my work with clients, I facilitate mind-body-spirit (re)connection after it has been disrupted by trauma or stress. I offer a soft spot to land for folks who have been in prolonged dysregulation post trauma exposure, as well as highly sensitive people impacted by empathic stress. Here, I respect the unique language of your nervous system, the wisdom that lives in your body, and support you in fostering a grounded connection to both. This serves to be the space where you can tell your unspoken stories, allowing them to be held outside of the confines of your body & mind. Together, let's process what no longer serves you to carry.
(530) 539-2356 View (530) 539-2356
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Ashley Millanes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Roseville, CA 95661
My passion is working with people who have experienced trauma, who are adjusting to or living with chronic illness, who are navigating life changes, or are struggling with depression and anxiety.
Hi. I'm so glad you're here. You might be reading this because you have experienced trauma and are ready to begin a journey towards healing. Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety or depression and need tools to help you cope. Maybe you are feeling stuck and want support making a change. Regardless of your reasons, taking the first step towards healing and change takes strength and bravery. I am here because I know everyone is capable of change, and because I believe that the burdens of life were not meant to be navigated alone. I am honored to be a trusted part of my client's lives and to witness growth and wellness unfold.
My passion is working with people who have experienced trauma, who are adjusting to or living with chronic illness, who are navigating life changes, or are struggling with depression and anxiety.
Hi. I'm so glad you're here. You might be reading this because you have experienced trauma and are ready to begin a journey towards healing. Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety or depression and need tools to help you cope. Maybe you are feeling stuck and want support making a change. Regardless of your reasons, taking the first step towards healing and change takes strength and bravery. I am here because I know everyone is capable of change, and because I believe that the burdens of life were not meant to be navigated alone. I am honored to be a trusted part of my client's lives and to witness growth and wellness unfold.
(279) 300-4449 View (279) 300-4449
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Cynthia Haartman: Psychotherapy, Sex Therapy, EMDR
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 94203  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Sex Therapist, and also Certified in EMDR Therapy. My primary focus includes: intimacy and sexuality concerns, pelvic pain, fear and anxiety around intimacy, stress, trauma, anxiety, self worth, guilt and shame, neurodivergence/ADHD, chronic pain and chronic illness, as well as medical trauma, and manifestation of stress physically in the body. I am kink affirming and knowledgable, LGBTQ+/sexual and gender minority inclusive, and a sex positive provider.
I am a Certified Sex Therapist, and also Certified in EMDR Therapy. My primary focus includes: intimacy and sexuality concerns, pelvic pain, fear and anxiety around intimacy, stress, trauma, anxiety, self worth, guilt and shame, neurodivergence/ADHD, chronic pain and chronic illness, as well as medical trauma, and manifestation of stress physically in the body. I am kink affirming and knowledgable, LGBTQ+/sexual and gender minority inclusive, and a sex positive provider.
(408) 478-3890 View (408) 478-3890
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Robyn Greene
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Carmichael, CA 95608
I help people deal with acute and chronic illness, as well as chronic pain.
Hi! I'm Robyn and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, currently working with clients statewide via Telehealth. I have over 30 years of experience using mindfulness and meditation practices, stress management, sleep management, and cognitive behavioral psychology. I work together with you to help you feel better and get what you want.
I help people deal with acute and chronic illness, as well as chronic pain.
Hi! I'm Robyn and I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, currently working with clients statewide via Telehealth. I have over 30 years of experience using mindfulness and meditation practices, stress management, sleep management, and cognitive behavioral psychology. I work together with you to help you feel better and get what you want.
(619) 848-1225 View (619) 848-1225
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Trina Haselrig, PsyD
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Hello and welcome to my page. I bring 20 years of experience supporting children (ages 3-18) and families throughout varying stages of development and changes in life circumstances. While there is a multitude of reasons why families seek support, I may be most helpful to those facing challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, adjustment-related stress, chronic illness, and relationship challenges. My education includes earning a BA and BS from UC Berkeley and MA and PsyD from Pepperdine University. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).
Hello and welcome to my page. I bring 20 years of experience supporting children (ages 3-18) and families throughout varying stages of development and changes in life circumstances. While there is a multitude of reasons why families seek support, I may be most helpful to those facing challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, adjustment-related stress, chronic illness, and relationship challenges. My education includes earning a BA and BS from UC Berkeley and MA and PsyD from Pepperdine University. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).
(916) 507-2419 View (916) 507-2419
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Suzanne M Sellers
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95826  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with the effects of trauma, grief, loss, or stigma or are your relationships struggling? What would your life be like a year from now if you were still struggling without improvement or attempting to heal? Wouldn’t it be better to start the healing process now? How might your life be better? Specialization in trauma, grief and loss, and LGBT+ concerns. I also work with a variety of other concerns including anxiety, depression, emotional disturbance, women's issues, co-dependence, obsession, aging, coping skills, self-esteem, chronic illness, and transitions. Its time to heal.
Are you struggling with the effects of trauma, grief, loss, or stigma or are your relationships struggling? What would your life be like a year from now if you were still struggling without improvement or attempting to heal? Wouldn’t it be better to start the healing process now? How might your life be better? Specialization in trauma, grief and loss, and LGBT+ concerns. I also work with a variety of other concerns including anxiety, depression, emotional disturbance, women's issues, co-dependence, obsession, aging, coping skills, self-esteem, chronic illness, and transitions. Its time to heal.
(916) 507-1345 View (916) 507-1345
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Sheila Ali
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 94203
I focus on areas of traumatic events- abuse, chronic illness, death, divorce, disaster and war- complex cultural family problems and gender dysphoria, transition, GCS.
I continue to feel humbled by the power of therapy. Therapy will heal your pain. But it will not just relieve your suffering, a strong client-therapist fit will allow you to bear witness to the strength that comes from the courage of confronting the vulnerability within ourselves. Looking for a therapist should feel like buying a car- it needs to feel right, cost right and look right. Because that feeling of trust and safety is crucial to creating a space of brutal honesty as you begin to identify and explore your conscious and unconscious obstacles to equip yourself with the emotional tools and healing you seek.
I focus on areas of traumatic events- abuse, chronic illness, death, divorce, disaster and war- complex cultural family problems and gender dysphoria, transition, GCS.
I continue to feel humbled by the power of therapy. Therapy will heal your pain. But it will not just relieve your suffering, a strong client-therapist fit will allow you to bear witness to the strength that comes from the courage of confronting the vulnerability within ourselves. Looking for a therapist should feel like buying a car- it needs to feel right, cost right and look right. Because that feeling of trust and safety is crucial to creating a space of brutal honesty as you begin to identify and explore your conscious and unconscious obstacles to equip yourself with the emotional tools and healing you seek.
(925) 965-7775 View (925) 965-7775
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Shelley-Anne Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Hello! My name is Shelley-Anne Walker, LCSW, CCTP II, CAGCS. I work with adults on issues around identity loss in relationships, Life Transitions, Social Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Chronic Illness and Anxiety and a variety of other concerns. I am comfortable with working with diverse racial groups and adults. I work with clients around Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Women issues and Relationship Dynamics. I foster a supportive and non-judgmental environment, guiding clients with empathy and active listening to explore their thoughts and emotions. Together, we work towards personal growth and positive change.
Hello! My name is Shelley-Anne Walker, LCSW, CCTP II, CAGCS. I work with adults on issues around identity loss in relationships, Life Transitions, Social Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Chronic Illness and Anxiety and a variety of other concerns. I am comfortable with working with diverse racial groups and adults. I work with clients around Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Women issues and Relationship Dynamics. I foster a supportive and non-judgmental environment, guiding clients with empathy and active listening to explore their thoughts and emotions. Together, we work towards personal growth and positive change.
(530) 444-5880 View (530) 444-5880
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Catherine Zanzi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95826
I have hospice experience and training in grief and loss, chronic illness and care-giving.
You can bring more peace into your life, strengthen your relationships, and increase your joy! I would love to work with you. By integrating healthy principles of mind, body, and spirit, I can help you rediscover and develop your core strengths. You will learn new tools to help heal emotional pain, communicate more effectively, decrease your stress, and increase your life enjoyment. You are worthy of unconditional love and acceptance, and you hold unique gifts to share with the world. Let's work together to use your unique strengths for self-healing.
I have hospice experience and training in grief and loss, chronic illness and care-giving.
You can bring more peace into your life, strengthen your relationships, and increase your joy! I would love to work with you. By integrating healthy principles of mind, body, and spirit, I can help you rediscover and develop your core strengths. You will learn new tools to help heal emotional pain, communicate more effectively, decrease your stress, and increase your life enjoyment. You are worthy of unconditional love and acceptance, and you hold unique gifts to share with the world. Let's work together to use your unique strengths for self-healing.
(916) 678-1977 View (916) 678-1977
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Bethany V. Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
Hello, my name is Bethany and I believe psychotherapy requires finding the right match. I work with adults, couples, and families with adult children. I utilize treatment modalities that assist with mood, relationship difficulties, loss and grief, parenting challenges, life transitions, codependency, guilt and shame, trauma, addiction, divorce, chronic illness and/or pain, and career stagnation. I've had success with clients who are ready to do the work of self improvement and eager to understand why they may feel stuck. Congratulations on taking the first step toward healing and growth. What are your goals?
Hello, my name is Bethany and I believe psychotherapy requires finding the right match. I work with adults, couples, and families with adult children. I utilize treatment modalities that assist with mood, relationship difficulties, loss and grief, parenting challenges, life transitions, codependency, guilt and shame, trauma, addiction, divorce, chronic illness and/or pain, and career stagnation. I've had success with clients who are ready to do the work of self improvement and eager to understand why they may feel stuck. Congratulations on taking the first step toward healing and growth. What are your goals?
(530) 298-0782 View (530) 298-0782

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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.