Chronic Pain Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Meg Kelleher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I provide individual counseling with specializations including creativity development, depression, anxiety, loss and grief recovery, LGBTQ issues, trauma, sexuality (from a sex-positive, kink-aware perspective), gender concerns, teens and young adults, body image, disability and chronic illness , work/educational challenges, and life transitions.
As Oscar Wilde once said, "One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead." But, for you, today can be your first step on a path of creativity, authenticity, growth, and personal fulfillment. With a background in clinical social work, literature, and the arts, I am skilled in helping you first identify and then reimagine the themes and storylines of your life. My objective is to help you rediscover your potential and lead a more satisfying, self-aware existence.
(773) 530-3754
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Chicago, IL 60645
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Madeleine Winter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW
Verified
Verified
As a therapist, I believe whole-heartedly in the potential of every client, while honoring their unique identity and experiences. I specialize in working with teens and adults, especially those who want to explore and address anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship issues, body image, sexuality, gender, and self-acceptance. Additionally, I am certified in Pain Reprocessing Therapy, which helps to alleviate and eliminate chronic pain .
Chicago, IL 60654
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Lindsay Sherman
Counselor, MAAT, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you struggling with emotions, career, relationships, or chronic pain , but not sure how to move forward? As we've all experienced through the pandemic to certain degrees; life events can be unexpected, overwhelming, and traumatic. You deserve space to process what brings you to therapy with a professional who can validate your experiences and commit to working with you, at your pace, to develop solutions. I work from a culturally-aware, trauma-informed perspective to ensure that you feel seen and heard, and offer Art Therapy. Non-judgmental by nature, I collaborate with clients by building on strengths to overcome challenges.
(312) 766-6893
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Chicago, IL 60604
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Private Practice Yoga Therapy, LLC
Psychologist, PsyD, C-IAYT
Verified
Verified
I offer an integration of psychotherapy and Yoga Therapy in tandem sessions. I am both a licensed health psychologist and a certified yoga therapist. My clients tend to be high functioning adults seeking private holistic therapy and pain relief. I assist with relationships, stress, back pain , neck pain , sports injuries, physical disabilities and medical conditions. Supported yoga postures, proper alignment, and longer holds facilitate deeper feeling, fuller opening, greater release. Yoga Therapy enhances rehabilitation of injuries naturally using gravity, tensegrity and breath to improve circulation and create more space in tight joints, relieving tension and fatigue, facilitating clarity and insight.
(312) 248-7204
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Chicago, IL 60605
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Dmitry Sturgeon
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
I am versed in supporting folks with chronic illness and pain and strive to make therapy a soothing and freeing space for you.
If you’ve been seeking a foundation to begin your journey of exploring new or existing parts of your identity and you want a grounding zone in which to do so safely; I will partner with you to develop that space. You deserve to have a space that is validating and safe. You deserve to be validated for your past experiences and to explore without fear what pleasure in your future will hold. This journey is unique to you and as your therapist, I will partner with you on how we move through your concerns. You are the author of your story, I am here to aid you in understanding it better.
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Chicago, IL 60647
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Gregory J Harms
Psychologist, PsyD, LCP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
A behavioral approach is well suited to clients with chronic medical conditions, such as pain , headaches, diabetes, heart failure, and cancer, as well as episodic problems, such as insomnia.
As a health psychologist, I work with clients who have physical and emotional conditions that are getting in the way of being able to live the lives they want. I help clients identify and follow through on changes they can make to improve their well-being. I use a behavioral approach supplemented with biofeedback and hypnosis. I also work with couples who are struggling to find ways to get closer together and feel like they are truly partners in their relationship. The key to my approach is to find effective ways to get what you want from your life.
(773) 985-3895
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Chicago, IL 60613
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Donna Teti
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Through my work at a rehabilitation hospital, I have gained experience working with the medically ill, those caring for family members with an illness and the bereaved.
In searching for a psychotherapist, it is likely that you have a specific problem in mind. When these problems intensify or linger for long periods of time, they can lead to symptoms of anxiety and/or depression which interfere with your quality of life and sense of well-being. If you are seeking help in overcoming these difficulties, there are two important factors to consider when choosing a therapist. First, it is important that, after a few visits with the therapist, you feel that there is potential to form a strong working alliance.
(773) 231-5207
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Chicago, IL 60604
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Ilana Faust
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
An author I enjoy once said that human beings have a built-in tendency toward self-realization, and that If obstacles are removed, people will develop into mature, fully realized adults, just as an acorn turns into an oak tree. This really resonated with me, because I really enjoy discovering and removing obstacles. Hi, I'm Ilana. I am an Argentinean immigrant with 20 years in the States. I am passionate about working with individuals and couples and my clinical interests are stress management, self-actualization, anxiety, depression, chronic pain , and divorce. I also enjoy working with people navigating the alternative lifestyles.
(872) 274-4682 x141
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Chicago, IL 60657
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Carrie S Thomas
Psychologist, PsyD
2 Endorsed
2 Endorsed
A special area of interest is chronic pain and proactive pain management.
The therapeutic dialogue is a unique collaboration in which exploration and growth can occur while addressing difficult issues around relationships and life. I work with clients to navigate challenges and explore the parts of themselves that have held them back or limited their ability to make satisfying decisions. Each person coming to therapy is in a different place with different needs. I meet them at that place and work with them to move forward and find healing. My goal is to approach clients with compassionate understanding.
(773) 295-7883
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Chicago, IL 60613
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Eugénie B Pabst
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Those with ADHD, Anxiety, Asthma, Chronic Pain , High Blood Pressure, Migraines, Stress, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Performance Anxiety, Post Concussive Syndrome, Post Traumatic and Tension Headaches.
Biofeedback training is an evidence-based, short-term, mind-body therapy in which clients learn to control physical responses to stress that are often involuntary and can feel uncontrollable. During a session with Dr. Pabst, she will utilize biofeedback sensors to scientifically track in-session breath patterns, muscle tension, perspiration, and heart-rate so you can receive visual and/or auditory feedback on your physical responses. As a result, you can see your innate stress responses in real-time, learn what triggers them and ultimately have the ability to self-regulate.
(773) 669-5976
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Chicago, IL 60607
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Joy Myong
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Feeling crippled by anxiety, chronic pain , depression, an illness or injury? Know that you are not alone and help is available! Whether your struggle is addiction, ADHD, debilitating physical/emotional pain , or simply feeling lost, overwhelmed, helpless - it is possible to find your way back to feeling good again. We live in an amazing time where we can access a wide range of resources to bring our body-mind-soul into balance and align with a life of purpose and meaning.
(331) 239-1398
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Chicago, IL 60622
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Nitaya Chawla
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I have found hypnosis to be an effective tool for a variety of issues including; chronic and acute pain , weight management, smoking cession, stress, sleep issues, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Change is never easy,but with the assistance of a therapist, you can start to learn skills to move towards your goals. Some of these skills include effective communication, mindfulness, relaxation, and changing negative thought patterns. In my work with couples, I focus on teaching communication skills and understanding underlying issues that effect the relationship.
(630) 796-0890
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Chicago, IL 60613
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Cindy Recinos
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I'm a multicultural, LGBTQIA+ affirming, sex-positive therapist. I have worked with clients to address issues of desire discrepancy, lack of emotional and physical intimacy, difficulties with orgasm, erectile dysfunction, anxiety, mood dysregulation, substance use disorder, chronic pain , somatic symptoms, and trauma-related disorders.
(773) 906-4051
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Chicago, IL 60640
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Maira Iqbal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a compassionate trauma-informed therapist that primarily works with individuals struggling with trauma/PTSD, relationship issues, chronic pain , partner violence, substance abuse issues, anxiety, stress, depression, cultural identity, cultural/intergenerational conflicts, family conflicts, and other issues. As a daughter of South Asian immigrants, I have always been interested in working with traditionally overlooked communities. I have worked with individuals with dual diagnosis, domestic violence survivors, veterans, and LGBTQIA individuals. I speak Hindi and Urdu in addition to English.
(224) 529-3669
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Chicago, IL 60659
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Stacey J. Feuer
Psychologist, PsyD, MLD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Therapeutic services may include issues such as pain management, treatment adherence, sleep difficulties, general supportive therapy, and/or exploring the deeper meaning of how illness has affected one’s life.
Dr. Feuer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Health Psychology at IPD/DMG. She completed the majority of her clinical training in medical hospitals and outpatient settings. She additionally works as an adjunct faculty member for the PsyD Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Feuer’s areas of expertise include adults (18+) living with chronic medical illnesses, and has particular experience with clients diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular, and transplant-related diagnoses. She also has experience working with caregivers of individuals living with chronic illness .
(773) 295-0537
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Chicago, IL 60620
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Not accepting new clients
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Megan Mills
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I work primarily with adults facing chronic, life-limiting, or potentially life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or AIDS. I focus on helping clients find successful ways to cope with illness , and to integrate the experience of illness into their life story and world view. This often involves discussions of faith and spirituality. I work with patients where they are, so if there is underlying mental illness or intellectual disability, I may work with it instead of trying to change it, unless, of course, the client wants to change. I feel fortunate to have found this specialty.
(773) 993-1753
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Chicago, IL 60657
Not accepting new clients
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Julia Rubinshteyn
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I take a compassionate, warm, and collaborative approach to connect with my clients and understand their goals for improving their quality of life. If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I can help you to feel empowered to face challenges in your life. I work with clients who have issues related to anxiety, stress, and depression. I also have specialized training in treating insomnia, chronic pain , coping with chronic illness , and coping with the stress of caring for a loved one with chronic illness .
(224) 302-4730
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Chicago, IL 60640
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Evanston Counseling, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You’ve been carrying the anxiety and pain for far too long. No one really knows what it's like to be you. It feels utterly lonely. But you are at the point, where you want to find hope again and see if there is a chance that it doesn’t have to be this way. You are navigating relationships with your intimate partner and friends, and experiencing difficult lonely feelings about your life, family, health, and career. Whether you have a relationship or are starting a new one, planning a family or maintaining one, struggling at college, battling chronic pain or IBS, or moving into the empty nest syndrome, there is so much to worry about.
(847) 440-1345
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Chicago, IL 60657
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Kelly Pastori
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I trained in practicing therapy through a holistic, anti-oppression, social justice framework. My research is mostly regarding our bodies, as they pertain to culture, sexuality, religion, oppression and body image. I help people work through shame in regards to their body and sexuality. My commitment to this work is ongoing, both personally and professionally. In my work with clients, I have focused on anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, spiritual development, mind/body connection, chronic illness , relationship issues, and identity issues concerning race, gender, and sexuality.
(512) 598-5003
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Chicago, IL 60622
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Bob Campbell
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You may be facing one of the biggest challenges of your life--a relationship problem, a serious illness , significant loss, anxiety or depression. I use both brief and long-term methods so that we can make progress quickly and then sustain it. As we work toward a greater understanding and clarity, I will help you to pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations; accompanying you through the fear and sadness, the pain and loneliness. My goal is for you to end up feeling stronger and more capable. Call now or use this secure form: https://www.empathic.com/cp/client/register?clinic=451.
(847) 462-4321
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Chicago, IL 60631
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Chronic Pain Therapists

How does chronic pain therapy work?

Engaging with a psychotherapist to help treat chronic pain does not mean that one’s pain is all in their head. Therapy for chronic-pain patients has been shown to benefit both the mind and the body, targeting physical symptoms and increasing daily functioning. In other words, for many, addressing their emotional health through therapy affects their physical health. A therapist can help a client challenge unhelpful thoughts about pain and develop new ways to respond to it, such as distraction or calming breathing techniques. Studies have found that therapy can be as effective as surgery for certain cases of chronic pain and many doctors recommend trying psychotherapy in advance of considering invasive surgery.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic pain?

Stress, anxiety, depression, catastrophizing, ruminating, lack of activity, and social withdrawal all make chronic pain worse. Addressing these issues, research shows, can help people gain control over their pain symptoms. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and mindfulness-based stress reduction, along with greater pain-management education, have been found to help people reduce fear and disability.

Are there new treatments for chronic pain?

Many cases of chronic pain, particularly those involving back pain, remain medically unexplained. But there is evidence that changes in the brain or nervous system are caused by previous physical ailments such as tissue damage; in such cases, the brain may continue to send out pain signals despite the physical cause having healed. To aid patients under these circumstances, a recently developed treatment known as pain reprocessing therapy (PRT) is designed to help the brain “unlearn” this response. A PRT practitioner helps individuals to reduce the “threat value” of their ongoing pain signals until they can reappraise them as less threatening and fear-inducing. They also help an individual to develop new emotional regulation skills.

How long does therapy for chronic pain take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from chronic pain, especially as there may be a range of physical and psychological causes for any individual’s discomfort, but most patients should expect to see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 sessions. Studies of pain reprocessing therapy found that many individuals’ experience of pain lessened in eight sessions over four weeks.