Chronic Illness Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Jennifer C Cohen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MACL, LMFT, C-IAYT, RYT 500
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95138  (Online Only)
My general frame work is that you cannot separate the body from the mind nor can you separate a person from their life time of experiences, therefore working with all of these systems is a highly effective way to improve happiness, decrease anxiety and stress, and increase coping skills to manage life with more ease and improved relationships. Now offering emergency Intensive Couples Counseling! I work well with individuals and couples who are seeking to learn more holistic ways to address their emotional and relational challenges whether they be family of origin issues, trauma, chronic illness, anxiety, or depression.
My general frame work is that you cannot separate the body from the mind nor can you separate a person from their life time of experiences, therefore working with all of these systems is a highly effective way to improve happiness, decrease anxiety and stress, and increase coping skills to manage life with more ease and improved relationships. Now offering emergency Intensive Couples Counseling! I work well with individuals and couples who are seeking to learn more holistic ways to address their emotional and relational challenges whether they be family of origin issues, trauma, chronic illness, anxiety, or depression.
(562) 454-0709 View (562) 454-0709
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Angela Hutton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95101
I have had success working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and trauma.
Are you looking to feel more connected to yourself and others? Do you feel trapped in certain areas of your life? I have been a psychotherapist for over 20 years and am passionate about this work. I work with teens, adults, and mental health professionals and can effectively address issues that keep you feeling depressed, anxious, and disconnected from yourself and others. I want to help you make the necessary changes to have the life you desire. Therapy isn't about finding out what is wrong with you, it is about building on what is RIGHT with you.
I have had success working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and trauma.
Are you looking to feel more connected to yourself and others? Do you feel trapped in certain areas of your life? I have been a psychotherapist for over 20 years and am passionate about this work. I work with teens, adults, and mental health professionals and can effectively address issues that keep you feeling depressed, anxious, and disconnected from yourself and others. I want to help you make the necessary changes to have the life you desire. Therapy isn't about finding out what is wrong with you, it is about building on what is RIGHT with you.
(408) 459-6324 View (408) 459-6324
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Hart to Heart Family Support
MA, CCLS
San Jose, CA 95120
Are you overstimulated and overwhelmed as a parent? Do you find yourself yelling more than you want to and wish your children would cooperate more? As a development expert, my mission is to provide comprehensive support, guidance, and empowerment to children and families navigating the day to day challenges that come with parenting. In addition, If you have a child with a chronic illness or medical trauma, as a Child Life Specialist I provide education and support including but not limited to: new diagnosis education, preparation for procedures/surgery, sibling support for ill/hospitalized children, & grief and bereavement support.
Are you overstimulated and overwhelmed as a parent? Do you find yourself yelling more than you want to and wish your children would cooperate more? As a development expert, my mission is to provide comprehensive support, guidance, and empowerment to children and families navigating the day to day challenges that come with parenting. In addition, If you have a child with a chronic illness or medical trauma, as a Child Life Specialist I provide education and support including but not limited to: new diagnosis education, preparation for procedures/surgery, sibling support for ill/hospitalized children, & grief and bereavement support.
(628) 313-4483 View (628) 313-4483
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Jillian Walsh Rosoff
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
Helping clients facing grief or chronic illness is my passion. I work with clients experiencing many kinds of losses, including death of a parent, partner, or one's own health. For nearly a decade, I was a hospice grief counselor providing support to individuals and families. I help clients finding meaning after devastating challenges, while developing practical coping strategies. I am certified in Thanatology, the study of death, dying and bereavement, through the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).
Helping clients facing grief or chronic illness is my passion. I work with clients experiencing many kinds of losses, including death of a parent, partner, or one's own health. For nearly a decade, I was a hospice grief counselor providing support to individuals and families. I help clients finding meaning after devastating challenges, while developing practical coping strategies. I am certified in Thanatology, the study of death, dying and bereavement, through the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).
(650) 686-2232 View (650) 686-2232
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Vanessa Souza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95154  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi there, I'm Vanessa. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in working with older adults and the people who care for them, whether personally or professionally. I also see clients with chronic illness and those seeking work or other accomodations. I’m based in Silicon Valley, but provide service via telehealth throughout California. I am not currently accepting new clients; please call or email if you would like to learn about my waiting list.
Hi there, I'm Vanessa. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in working with older adults and the people who care for them, whether personally or professionally. I also see clients with chronic illness and those seeking work or other accomodations. I’m based in Silicon Valley, but provide service via telehealth throughout California. I am not currently accepting new clients; please call or email if you would like to learn about my waiting list.
(408) 869-5611 View (408) 869-5611
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Julie Stefan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95122
I have found that my style and previous professional experience are a good fit for those dealing with chronic illness or a traumatic injury/medical condition as well as those going through life transitions and experiencing depression/anxiety.
My name is Julie Stefan, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Orange County, CA, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in individuals experiencing stress and anxiety/depression due to chronic illness or recovering from a traumatic injury or health condition. Using an eclectic, supportive approach I aim to help my clients feel cared for and to improve their current mood.
I have found that my style and previous professional experience are a good fit for those dealing with chronic illness or a traumatic injury/medical condition as well as those going through life transitions and experiencing depression/anxiety.
My name is Julie Stefan, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Orange County, CA, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in individuals experiencing stress and anxiety/depression due to chronic illness or recovering from a traumatic injury or health condition. Using an eclectic, supportive approach I aim to help my clients feel cared for and to improve their current mood.
(408) 692-9270 View (408) 692-9270
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Deidre R Popolizio
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
I work with the full range of life issues with special interest in attachment, grief and loss, families facing chronic illness, and geriatric issues.
Therapy offers a safe support system as you navigate some of life's more difficult challenges. Are you seeking therapy for problems including relationship issues, trauma, depression/anxiety, grief over any type of loss, chronic illness, divorce, retirement or even facing mortality? As your therapist, I will help you process events and relationships, both current and past, that influence your current challenges. Therapy is a collaborative effort and not a quick fix. Along with empathy, I offer a safe and supportive environment to discuss your concerns and take progressive steps toward adaptation and acceptance to enhance your life.
I work with the full range of life issues with special interest in attachment, grief and loss, families facing chronic illness, and geriatric issues.
Therapy offers a safe support system as you navigate some of life's more difficult challenges. Are you seeking therapy for problems including relationship issues, trauma, depression/anxiety, grief over any type of loss, chronic illness, divorce, retirement or even facing mortality? As your therapist, I will help you process events and relationships, both current and past, that influence your current challenges. Therapy is a collaborative effort and not a quick fix. Along with empathy, I offer a safe and supportive environment to discuss your concerns and take progressive steps toward adaptation and acceptance to enhance your life.
(408) 703-5298 View (408) 703-5298
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Sanctuary Counseling & Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCM
Verified
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, addictions and emotional challenges can disrupt our lives and everything we hold dear. I will work with you to develop a plan and set reachable goals to improve your quality of life.
Depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic illness, addictions and emotional challenges can disrupt our lives and everything we hold dear. I will work with you to develop a plan and set reachable goals to improve your quality of life.
(669) 273-1905 View (669) 273-1905
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Sobia Saleem Psychotherapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
6 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95134  (Online Only)
I also have 10+ years of experience serving chronic illness communities.
Accepting New Clients! Are you a trans, non-binary, or poly person looking for a therapist who understands and reflects your identity? Are you a newly diagnosed neurodivergent or neuroqueer adult? Are you chronically ill and tired of educating your therapists about your medical conditions? If so, you're in the right place! I want to give you the care you deserve. I want to work with you on the unique challenges you might be facing, like navigating your transitioning experience, exploring sexual dynamics with partner(s), dealing with a new diagnosis, and needing an HRT or surgery letter. Therapy should cater to you and your needs.
I also have 10+ years of experience serving chronic illness communities.
Accepting New Clients! Are you a trans, non-binary, or poly person looking for a therapist who understands and reflects your identity? Are you a newly diagnosed neurodivergent or neuroqueer adult? Are you chronically ill and tired of educating your therapists about your medical conditions? If so, you're in the right place! I want to give you the care you deserve. I want to work with you on the unique challenges you might be facing, like navigating your transitioning experience, exploring sexual dynamics with partner(s), dealing with a new diagnosis, and needing an HRT or surgery letter. Therapy should cater to you and your needs.
(657) 286-7337 View (657) 286-7337
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Robyn Greene
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95123
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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Cynthia Haartman: Psychotherapy, EMDR, Sex Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
13 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95118  (Online Only)
My primary focus includes: anxiety, stress, trauma, self worth, guilt and shame, neurodivergence/ADHD, intimacy and sexuality concerns, 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.
My primary focus includes: anxiety, stress, trauma, self worth, guilt and shame, neurodivergence/ADHD, intimacy and sexuality concerns, 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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Melissa Milne Percy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95101  (Online Only)
Brene′ Brown facilitator, and I have lived experience working with hospital and medical professionals, and those living with chronic illness and in the helping professions.
Are you feeling lonely, hurt, or hopeless in your relationship? Do you and your partner live like roommates? Are you having the same fights over and over? Or are you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by your physical and emotional challenges and changes? Are you uncertain or scared about what the future holds? I can help you restore health and peace in your relationships, your work, and your sense of self.
Brene′ Brown facilitator, and I have lived experience working with hospital and medical professionals, and those living with chronic illness and in the helping professions.
Are you feeling lonely, hurt, or hopeless in your relationship? Do you and your partner live like roommates? Are you having the same fights over and over? Or are you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by your physical and emotional challenges and changes? Are you uncertain or scared about what the future holds? I can help you restore health and peace in your relationships, your work, and your sense of self.
(657) 214-4985 View (657) 214-4985
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Madeline Elia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125  (Online Only)
I also have years of expertise in psycho-oncology and have unique offerings for families and individuals experiencing cancer and chronic illness.
Hi! I’m Madeline. I specialize in helping individuals and couples make meaning out of challenges and loss, navigate transitions, and deepen their relationships with others. Most of us encounter some form of trauma or loss in our lives, and these challenges can impact our mood, our sense of self, and our relationship with the world around us. I provide a warm, collaborative space for clients to uncover and re-frame unhelpful beliefs, develop skills to cope with anxiety and depression, and set helpful boundaries with those around them.
I also have years of expertise in psycho-oncology and have unique offerings for families and individuals experiencing cancer and chronic illness.
Hi! I’m Madeline. I specialize in helping individuals and couples make meaning out of challenges and loss, navigate transitions, and deepen their relationships with others. Most of us encounter some form of trauma or loss in our lives, and these challenges can impact our mood, our sense of self, and our relationship with the world around us. I provide a warm, collaborative space for clients to uncover and re-frame unhelpful beliefs, develop skills to cope with anxiety and depression, and set helpful boundaries with those around them.
(424) 484-0721 View (424) 484-0721
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Kelly Judd
MS, CPLC
San Jose, CA 95112  (Online Only)
Specialty areas: women's mental health, LGBTQIA+ issues, high-control religious and professional environments, entrepreneurship, chronic illness.
Welcome! I'm Kelly, a certified professional life coach with a gentle, strengths-based approach. I help women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community break cycles of dysfunction and self-sacrifice to finally claim the lives they need. My coaching philosophy is grounded in psychodynamic theory and incorporates concepts borrowed from Internal Family Systems, Co-Active Coaching, and somatic work. While the work we do together is not psychotherapy (my role is not to diagnose or treat mental illness), the pace and rhythm of my coaching sessions are very similar to what you would experience in a therapist’s office.
Specialty areas: women's mental health, LGBTQIA+ issues, high-control religious and professional environments, entrepreneurship, chronic illness.
Welcome! I'm Kelly, a certified professional life coach with a gentle, strengths-based approach. I help women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community break cycles of dysfunction and self-sacrifice to finally claim the lives they need. My coaching philosophy is grounded in psychodynamic theory and incorporates concepts borrowed from Internal Family Systems, Co-Active Coaching, and somatic work. While the work we do together is not psychotherapy (my role is not to diagnose or treat mental illness), the pace and rhythm of my coaching sessions are very similar to what you would experience in a therapist’s office.
(401) 593-6846 View (401) 593-6846
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Andrea Irvine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
Most of my clients see me for: Coping with new onset or chronic illness or injury, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, medical trauma, caregiving challenges, palliative care, and substance use/addiction.
Hello! I'm Andrea Irvine, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who provides therapy to adults throughout California. Life changes and challenges may affect our overall well-being, sense of self, relationships, and work and it's not uncommon to feel stuck. Sometimes we need extra support to navigate through our experiences. I believe therapy can be an important resource and an opportunity to making positive long-term changes in your life. I am committed to providing a compassionate and collaborative space where we can explore your concerns and discover the tools that are meaningful for your healing and personal journey to wellness.
Most of my clients see me for: Coping with new onset or chronic illness or injury, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, medical trauma, caregiving challenges, palliative care, and substance use/addiction.
Hello! I'm Andrea Irvine, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who provides therapy to adults throughout California. Life changes and challenges may affect our overall well-being, sense of self, relationships, and work and it's not uncommon to feel stuck. Sometimes we need extra support to navigate through our experiences. I believe therapy can be an important resource and an opportunity to making positive long-term changes in your life. I am committed to providing a compassionate and collaborative space where we can explore your concerns and discover the tools that are meaningful for your healing and personal journey to wellness.
(408) 676-9915 View (408) 676-9915
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Hilleary Cummings
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MEd, MA, LCPC, LPCC
Verified
San Jose, CA 95129
The diagnosis, the accident, the loss, the family dysfunction —these experiences can leave us feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, and unsure of how to move forward. The weight of these experiences feel like it's seeping into every aspect of your life affecting your relationships, self-esteem, ability to find joy. You imagine waking up with a renewed sense of vitality, fully present in the relationships that matter most to you. The scenes that once haunted you are replaced by a sense of calm and resilience. You now embrace your truth, boundaries intact, and confidently making decision that align with your well-being.
The diagnosis, the accident, the loss, the family dysfunction —these experiences can leave us feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, and unsure of how to move forward. The weight of these experiences feel like it's seeping into every aspect of your life affecting your relationships, self-esteem, ability to find joy. You imagine waking up with a renewed sense of vitality, fully present in the relationships that matter most to you. The scenes that once haunted you are replaced by a sense of calm and resilience. You now embrace your truth, boundaries intact, and confidently making decision that align with your well-being.
(408) 874-8904 View (408) 874-8904
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Sarah Parnow
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95150  (Online Only)
Are you facing a health-related change and having a hard time adjusting to it? Have you been feeling overwhelmed, low, unmotivated, or having trouble sleeping? I specialize in working with clients with health-related stressors, whether that is a newly diagnosed chronic condition or a more sudden health crisis, who are looking to make lifestyle changes or learn strategies ways to manage associated symptoms. I have experience working in medical settings with individuals with a variety of conditions, including cardiac conditions, diabetes, cancer, chronic pain, transplant, etc.
Are you facing a health-related change and having a hard time adjusting to it? Have you been feeling overwhelmed, low, unmotivated, or having trouble sleeping? I specialize in working with clients with health-related stressors, whether that is a newly diagnosed chronic condition or a more sudden health crisis, who are looking to make lifestyle changes or learn strategies ways to manage associated symptoms. I have experience working in medical settings with individuals with a variety of conditions, including cardiac conditions, diabetes, cancer, chronic pain, transplant, etc.
(408) 868-2663 View (408) 868-2663
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G. Katie Dashtban
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95113  (Online Only)
Persons who have been coping with their ongoing psychological or physical health issues and are in need of a strong and structured therapy environment in which they can finally understand why their problems keep coming up and how to put an end to their chronic struggles are strongly welcomed to call my practice.
Persons who have been coping with their ongoing psychological or physical health issues and are in need of a strong and structured therapy environment in which they can finally understand why their problems keep coming up and how to put an end to their chronic struggles are strongly welcomed to call my practice.
(510) 808-6167 View (510) 808-6167
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Cherry Aslarona
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
I value the therapeutic relationship and feel that therapy is a collaborative approach. Each individual has their story to tell and they are the experts of their own experiences and symptoms. As you share your story with me, we will identify and create a treatment plan that works best for you based on your strengths, tools that have worked for you in in the past, and resources and recommendations from my clinical training and experience. We will work together to achieve your goals and we will always strive to find ways to bring greater well-being to your life.
I value the therapeutic relationship and feel that therapy is a collaborative approach. Each individual has their story to tell and they are the experts of their own experiences and symptoms. As you share your story with me, we will identify and create a treatment plan that works best for you based on your strengths, tools that have worked for you in in the past, and resources and recommendations from my clinical training and experience. We will work together to achieve your goals and we will always strive to find ways to bring greater well-being to your life.
(510) 592-6757 View (510) 592-6757
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Marhya Kelsch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95101  (Online Only)
Using a patient centered approach we will work together to bridge the gap between where you are in your life's adventure and where you want to be. We will focus on your values and goals as a guidepost for our work together. You drive the bus. I will bring forth options, tools, and opportunities to assist in your healing. I choose to maintain a small practice so that I can offer regularly paced sessions and be present with each client. I take the time to continually learn and apply tools and best practices to each case.
Using a patient centered approach we will work together to bridge the gap between where you are in your life's adventure and where you want to be. We will focus on your values and goals as a guidepost for our work together. You drive the bus. I will bring forth options, tools, and opportunities to assist in your healing. I choose to maintain a small practice so that I can offer regularly paced sessions and be present with each client. I take the time to continually learn and apply tools and best practices to each case.
(510) 552-2327 View (510) 552-2327

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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.