Chronic Illness Therapists in Sacramento, CA

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Meghann Crane-Russ
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811
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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Felipe Amaya
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95822
I have many years of working with clients with chronic illness, especially those who have kidney failure and are on long-term dialysis treatments.
My name is Felipe Amaya. I was born and raised in New Jersey from a family that immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia, South America. I was educated in Boston, but have spent the majority of my adult life in California. I am bilingual English/Spanish. In 2001, I received my Master's Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach with a specialization in working with Older Adults and Families.
I have many years of working with clients with chronic illness, especially those who have kidney failure and are on long-term dialysis treatments.
My name is Felipe Amaya. I was born and raised in New Jersey from a family that immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia, South America. I was educated in Boston, but have spent the majority of my adult life in California. I am bilingual English/Spanish. In 2001, I received my Master's Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach with a specialization in working with Older Adults and Families.
(530) 444-6953 View (530) 444-6953
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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
Sacramento, CA 94203
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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Janet Leese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95818  (Online Only)
Many life changes, emotions, & challenges come with a diagnosis. Given that it often takes 2 years to get a diagnosis, you've likely been struggling with this for awhile. That's true if it's your diagnosis or the diagnosis of someone you love. I specialize in working with people with chronic illness (cancer, autoimmune illnesses, etc.), caregivers (for children, spouses, elderly parents), older adults, & those with cognitive challenges (dementia, etc.). I’ve worked with people who are dying & their grieving loved ones. I provide online therapy in California, Texas, & Mississippi. Please see below for insurances I take by state.
Many life changes, emotions, & challenges come with a diagnosis. Given that it often takes 2 years to get a diagnosis, you've likely been struggling with this for awhile. That's true if it's your diagnosis or the diagnosis of someone you love. I specialize in working with people with chronic illness (cancer, autoimmune illnesses, etc.), caregivers (for children, spouses, elderly parents), older adults, & those with cognitive challenges (dementia, etc.). I’ve worked with people who are dying & their grieving loved ones. I provide online therapy in California, Texas, & Mississippi. Please see below for insurances I take by state.
(817) 813-8987 View (817) 813-8987
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Michelle Segal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95826
I have worked with clients dealing with anxiety and depression, chronic illness, and life transitions.
My name is Michelle Segal and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (license 100143). I have over 5 years of experience working with individuals and families dealing with a variety of mental health and health-related issues. My main focus is to empower each client, focus on each of their strengths and make them feel comfortable and safe in a non-judgmental environment. The main therapeutic modalities I draw from include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Strengths-Based Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
I have worked with clients dealing with anxiety and depression, chronic illness, and life transitions.
My name is Michelle Segal and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (license 100143). I have over 5 years of experience working with individuals and families dealing with a variety of mental health and health-related issues. My main focus is to empower each client, focus on each of their strengths and make them feel comfortable and safe in a non-judgmental environment. The main therapeutic modalities I draw from include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Strengths-Based Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
(916) 756-9234 View (916) 756-9234
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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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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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Christine Hensley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95828
I've had experience working with adults who struggle with past Traumas, Anxiety, Work/School Stress, Relationships, Chronic Illness, Cult Victims, highly sensitive individuals and many other issues.
I’m a trauma informed therapist. I provide a safe place to talk about difficult things and I genuinely care about helping others. I believe everyone’s path to healing should be designed differently. Human beings are unique and complicated. One size fit all just doesn’t work when it comes to healing. I use a customized and collaborative treatment style.
I've had experience working with adults who struggle with past Traumas, Anxiety, Work/School Stress, Relationships, Chronic Illness, Cult Victims, highly sensitive individuals and many other issues.
I’m a trauma informed therapist. I provide a safe place to talk about difficult things and I genuinely care about helping others. I believe everyone’s path to healing should be designed differently. Human beings are unique and complicated. One size fit all just doesn’t work when it comes to healing. I use a customized and collaborative treatment style.
(951) 438-8145 View (951) 438-8145
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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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Charles J McNeil
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
Additionally, I work with adults experiencing chronic illness in confronting the struggles that come along with complex, and often life changing, diagnoses.
Hello fellow community members. I'm so happy to see that you’re taking the time to reinvest in your most important and valuable asset, you! I offer in person and telehealth therapy to individuals and couples throughout California while based out of Davis focusing on anxiety, depression, ADHD, life transitions, and grief. My practice includes a tailored approach using brief and long-term therapy using trauma informed care EFT, ACT, CBT, and DBT techniques.
Additionally, I work with adults experiencing chronic illness in confronting the struggles that come along with complex, and often life changing, diagnoses.
Hello fellow community members. I'm so happy to see that you’re taking the time to reinvest in your most important and valuable asset, you! I offer in person and telehealth therapy to individuals and couples throughout California while based out of Davis focusing on anxiety, depression, ADHD, life transitions, and grief. My practice includes a tailored approach using brief and long-term therapy using trauma informed care EFT, ACT, CBT, and DBT techniques.
(916) 258-2589 View (916) 258-2589
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Nancy Ellner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 94203  (Online Only)
One of my greatest passions in life is my work as a therapist. With warmth, humor and compassion, I help others to heal and move forward in their lives. Perhaps, you are feeling "stuck"- overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety or depression, relationship problems, issues related to aging or chronic illness. loneliness, grief or a vague sense that something feels "off." Coping with life's daily stresses can take a toll on your quality of life, making it increasingly difficult to find & experience meaning and joy. These are difficult times, difficult issues, & sometimes it's hard to get through them alone.
One of my greatest passions in life is my work as a therapist. With warmth, humor and compassion, I help others to heal and move forward in their lives. Perhaps, you are feeling "stuck"- overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety or depression, relationship problems, issues related to aging or chronic illness. loneliness, grief or a vague sense that something feels "off." Coping with life's daily stresses can take a toll on your quality of life, making it increasingly difficult to find & experience meaning and joy. These are difficult times, difficult issues, & sometimes it's hard to get through them alone.
(530) 645-9474 View (530) 645-9474
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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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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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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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Hailey Palos
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95818
If you are searching for a trauma and EMDR trained therapist who is culturally competent in working with first responders, military, chronic illness, within pregnancy, perinatal and postpartum periods (including birth trauma) or someone who comes alongside parents and helping professionals; you are in the right place. Moving through difficult experiences and complex emotions can be uncomfortable, which is why I operate with respect, kindness, and understanding. I also have a compassionate, yet straight-forward approach that sprinkles in insight; allowing you to move into the growth you are seeking and gain skills for your future.
If you are searching for a trauma and EMDR trained therapist who is culturally competent in working with first responders, military, chronic illness, within pregnancy, perinatal and postpartum periods (including birth trauma) or someone who comes alongside parents and helping professionals; you are in the right place. Moving through difficult experiences and complex emotions can be uncomfortable, which is why I operate with respect, kindness, and understanding. I also have a compassionate, yet straight-forward approach that sprinkles in insight; allowing you to move into the growth you are seeking and gain skills for your future.
(916) 299-6287 View (916) 299-6287
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Amanda Sanchez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
We all have the innate capacity for inner healing and personal growth. If you're feeling depleted or overwhelmed, I have several years of experience treating adults confronting anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma and grief and loss. I view clients as the experts in their own lives and use my knowledge and skill to guide our work together towards peace and healing. I am particularly passionate about working with older adults, caregivers and medical professionals. I have experience working in a trauma hospital in acute care and emergency departments.
We all have the innate capacity for inner healing and personal growth. If you're feeling depleted or overwhelmed, I have several years of experience treating adults confronting anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma and grief and loss. I view clients as the experts in their own lives and use my knowledge and skill to guide our work together towards peace and healing. I am particularly passionate about working with older adults, caregivers and medical professionals. I have experience working in a trauma hospital in acute care and emergency departments.
(530) 203-5623 View (530) 203-5623
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Sacramento Transformation Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCM
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811
I have been a practicing LCSW for 20 years. I believe that people can change for the better at any time in their lives. Our daily responsibilities often get in the way of us prioritizing our mental health, however there is no better time than now to start your growth journey. I am here to help you. I am very open minded and non judgmental. You can tell me anything and be assured that I will listen with compassion. I worked in healthcare most of my career and specialize in end of life, caregiver compassion fatigue and adjustment issues related to managing chronic illnesses. I also work with tweens, teens and adults of all ages.
I have been a practicing LCSW for 20 years. I believe that people can change for the better at any time in their lives. Our daily responsibilities often get in the way of us prioritizing our mental health, however there is no better time than now to start your growth journey. I am here to help you. I am very open minded and non judgmental. You can tell me anything and be assured that I will listen with compassion. I worked in healthcare most of my career and specialize in end of life, caregiver compassion fatigue and adjustment issues related to managing chronic illnesses. I also work with tweens, teens and adults of all ages.
(530) 454-8348 View (530) 454-8348
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Brave Passages Affirming Therapy
Psychologist, EdD, MT-BC
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
I’m Dr. Kate Bautch (she/they), a licensed clinical psychologist and trail guide for people whose identities and experiences fall outside of the status quo (queer, neurodiverse, chronically ill/disabled and their families, ethically non-monogamous) and who need support navigating a path that is not the well-traveled trail of societal norms. Here you do not have to worry about educating someone on your experience, and the focus can be entirely on you and the support you need.
I’m Dr. Kate Bautch (she/they), a licensed clinical psychologist and trail guide for people whose identities and experiences fall outside of the status quo (queer, neurodiverse, chronically ill/disabled and their families, ethically non-monogamous) and who need support navigating a path that is not the well-traveled trail of societal norms. Here you do not have to worry about educating someone on your experience, and the focus can be entirely on you and the support you need.
(916) 756-9198 View (916) 756-9198
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Thomas Chipp LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
I specialize in working with patients and/or family members dealing with adjustment reactions to medical illnesses including: cancer, neurological, aging, various physical/mental challenges: with associated grief; loss; depression; anxiety. I teach different coping strategies to deal with these issues. Including: Cognitive Behavioral techniques; Relaxation/stress reduction exercises; in naming just a couple of means of working with these difficult and often painful situations.
I specialize in working with patients and/or family members dealing with adjustment reactions to medical illnesses including: cancer, neurological, aging, various physical/mental challenges: with associated grief; loss; depression; anxiety. I teach different coping strategies to deal with these issues. Including: Cognitive Behavioral techniques; Relaxation/stress reduction exercises; in naming just a couple of means of working with these difficult and often painful situations.
(916) 597-1454 View (916) 597-1454
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.