Chronic Illness Therapists in Gaithersburg, MD

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Tina Lightner-Morris
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, DMin, MS, LCPC, NBCC, IAYT-C
Verified
Verified
Thank You. We will design a healing journey that is uniquely yours! Specializing in trauma resolution and spiritually integrated psychotherapy. Working together considering all factors of mind, body, and spirit. Honoring chronic illness ; reviewing your spiritual life or lack of; what you eat or don't; your thoughts and what you are afraid to think; how you move or are unable to move; what you vision for your-Self and what gets in the way. Acknowledging the great mystery of suffering and how to find meaning. Exploring your resiliency and your innate capacity to heal - seeking your strengths and what brings joy and happiness!
(301) 637-0477
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Gaithersburg, MD 20883
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Cecilia Dye
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
Hi and welcome to my profile! I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and adults that are seeking change in their lives. Maybe you feel like its time for the next chapter and need some help figuring out how to get from "here to there," or you feel like you are not seeing the results of your efforts. Many of my clients are also navigating how to manage chronic illness or pain. These conditions contribute to depression, anxiety, irritability, or even be downright debilitating. It can be exhausting to always consider your condition in your plans as well as difficult to maintain hope that symptoms are going to be easier to manage.
(240) 624-2542
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Olivia Aybar Counseling & Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MSW
Verified
Verified
Hello, thank you for reading my profile. Life is beautiful and we try to make the best of it, but due to stresses and unexpected factors it becomes difficult to maintain a balance between ourselves and the people surrounding us. I believe in a holistic approach to treat the human mind. I provide psychotherapy services for adolescents and adults to address depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem issues, concern in personal and work relationships. I have specialized training in traumatic events like sexual assault, grief and chronic illness as well as anger management, conflict resolution, life coaching and problem solving.
(941) 200-4664
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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Meghan Bower
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, CAC-AD, RPS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Meghan has extensive experience working in the field of mental health and substance use treatment. Meghan has worked with a variety of issues including: addiction, anxiety, depression, divorce, infidelity, chronic illness , grief, trauma, low self- esteem, life coaching, parenting, and stress. Meghan also works with a nurse practitioner to assist clients with medication management, along with several other therapists in her practice. Meghan understands the importance of utilizing a team approach along with resources as part of the therapeutic process and is very familiar with a variety of support services in the area.
(443) 991-8920
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Kerry Ann Aleibar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
Are you feeling sad, anxious, and overwhelmed? Are you someone who is tired of figuring out things on your own? Do you have some unresolved areas in your life you would like to discuss? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. I would love to partner with you to navigate these challenges and get you to a place where you can achieve inner peace and live the life you truly deserve. I work with adolescents and adults including the geriatric population who are seeking tools and strategies to overcome challenges related to anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, life transitions, and chronic illnesses.
(240) 698-3410
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Tamar Barnett
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Verified
If you experience frequent stress and anxiety in your everyday life, you are not alone. Worrying and feeling overwhelmed can leave you feeling exhausted. If you are tired of feeling this way, counseling can help. I will work to understand your needs and to support you, guiding you towards living with more calmness and connection in your relationships. Prioritizing a nurturing and warm environment in the therapy sessions, we can work collaboratively to help you to access your strengths, and to cultivate more self-compassion and greater self-awareness. Our work together can help you to feel more at ease with yourself.
(240) 226-3321
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Grace & Hope Consulting, LLC
MA
The life you are living might not feel like the life you want. Do you feel controlled by your emotions instead of being in control of them? Do you feel like a prisoner of your circumstances? Are you overwhelmed and frustrated but can't find a way out? As soon as you deal with one thing, something else would happen and just bring you down. All this would leave you feeling emotionally, mentally, and spiritually depleted. Sounds familiar?
(240) 720-7410
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Frandi Mars Integrative And Holistic
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, Health , Coach
Verified
Verified
Are you experiencing major anxiety and/or depression? Are you stuck in a place of chronic overwhelm? Do you have chronic fatigue, joint aches, pain, digestive issues no matter what you try? Is your child experiencing mental health and/or behavioral issues? As a clinical social worker for the last 25 years and a Health Coach for 11, I combine an integrative and holistic approach to emotional AND physical well-being. We all deal with daily stress, loss, and crisis, but if we feel better physically and learn tools and techniques how to handle the stress, we will be better equipped to face the challenges that are presented to us.
(301) 683-5084
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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Darrell Jamison
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
Do you feel life is spiraling out of control? Or you have to be everything to everyone else but feel alone when you’re in need? Are you having trouble meeting expectations? Or saying “No" then resenting saying yes? Do you put everyone before you and then don't have enough time for you or your dreams? Are you feeling “stuck” after giving so much, then to realize you’re not making progress in your life? More often than we realize, we tend to lose ourselves giving what we don’t have while trying to manage it all; parenthood, relationships, careers, and life situations. We then become overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or stuck.
(240) 209-9932
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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Natalie Osoria
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
***CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Natalie Osoria, LCSW-C, is a Licensed Clinical Social worker passionate about empowering her clients to overcome life’s challenges and achieve the goals they envision for themselves. Natalie has extensive experience working with clients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds from various treatment settings, including inpatient residential and outpatient mental healthcare. She works with adults and adolescents (ages 14 and up) and specializes in issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions, substance use, relationship issues, and life transitions.
(240) 213-9206
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Susan Schwerd
Counselor, MEd, LCPC
Verified
Verified
My goal is to facilitate your healing, growth, and transformation. Rooted in the psychodynamic orientation, my therapeutic approach is "active eclectic", utilizing cognitive behavioral, Adlerian, and solution-focused interventions. I facilitate change by helping clients understand the underlying reasons why they feel conflicted and by helping identify patterns of behavior that are keeping them stuck. Together we work to develop new ways to respond to present day challenges.
(301) 701-2796
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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Amy H Gates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
Making the decision to see a therapist is never easy and takes great courage. I try to provide a safe, trusting environment for adults who may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious and/or depressed. In my practice I use a supportive, solution-focused approach, which is practical and results oriented. I see therapy as a process for change rather than merely an exercise in insight.
(240) 813-9054
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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Tracy Tsao
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Hi! I am a culturally competent, trauma-informed therapist. My potential clients are looking for someone compassionate who can help them navigate the complexities of their lives. I am dedicated to providing a safe space for my clients to process and reflect on family systems, intergenerational and cultural-related issues and trauma, enmeshment, unhealthy attachment and boundaries, work-life balance and productivity, and/or other relationship conflicts. Self-esteem and self-worth issues, women's issues, avoidant behaviors, and unhealthy thinking patterns are just some of things we may work on in our sessions together.
(301) 478-8419
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Jing Yang
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Perhaps you are experiencing more anxiety or depression and just want to feel better. Or may be or you want to work on improving your relationships, argue less and connect more. I work with individuals and couples who want to change and grow. I can offer you support, tools and understanding to help you feel better yourself and improve your relationships, communication issues or difficulties with parenting styles. I can also help guide you through life transitions and processing trauma and grief. I will listen to your specific situation and tailor my approach and recommendations to meet your needs.
(240) 913-6354
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Lisa M Joy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Accepting New Clients! Lisa is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical & a board-approved clinical supervisor. With thirty years of eclectic clinical experience & eighteen years of behavioral health leadership experience, Lisa has helped a variety of people with diverse needs. This includes children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, parents, groups, communities, students, & professionals experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, stress, compassion fatigue, burnout, life changes, & workplace challenges. Empathy, compassion, trust, and unconditional regard are the foundation of the therapeutic relationship with Lisa.
(240) 734-2379
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Joe Gallagher
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC, CCTP, BC-TMH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Joseph “Joe” Gallagher, LCPC, NCC, CCTP, BC-TMH, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and a Board Certified-Telemental Health Provider. Joe is a multiculturally competent therapist who is passionate about assisting clients in identifying and achieving their goals. Joe delivers an integrative approach to therapy, believing that every person is intrinsically valuable with a unique story to tell. Joe believes that all individuals have the right to be heard by a caring professional who will provide a safe space to grow and learn to be their best, most happy self.
(240) 209-9875
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Tiffani Smithson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, LISW-CP
Verified
Verified
I know that asking for help can feel like a burden sometimes. Do you feel like you have to be “everything” to everyone but feel alone when your in need? Are you struggling to say “no” then resent your yes? Do you put everyone before you and then don't have enough time for you or your dreams? Do you feel “stuck” after giving so much and then realize your not making progress in your life? More often than we realize, we tend to lose ourselves giving what we don’t have while trying to manage it all; parenthood, relationships, careers, and life situations. We then become overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, or stuck about our next move.
(240) 226-1392
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Kelly Wright
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Welcome. Therapy is a place to reflect on your life, relationships, and behaviors. It is a place, free of judgement and biases where you and I will work together to understand what motivates your choices and behaviors. We will discover your unique goals and individual path to a more peaceful and fulfilled life. Together, will work towards change by managing unwanted thoughts and behaviors and identifying coping strategies to help you navigate a variety of life's challenges.
(240) 392-3905
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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Sharon Khen Life Skills Coaching
MA, CMLC
I am a Certified Master Life Coach and work with clients to develop practical strategies to manage life challenges. I strongly believe that YOU are the most capable, resourceful, powerful force in your life, regardless of your circumstances, and that YOU have the ability to change your life by realigning your goals and committing to change. I will be your partner on your journey. I will listen, and help you nurture yourself and your plans by using my practical and results-oriented coaching approach.
(301) 945-7020
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Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Jacquelin Lynott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
*In person sessions available*Trust and honesty are most important to me. I am trained in trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). I work with teenagers and adults who are struggling with the stress of daily life, trauma, anxiety, and depression. I offer in person sessions for those who prefer it.
(240) 202-1244
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Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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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.