Chronic Illness Therapists in Towson, MD

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Meredith Jan Tackett
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP-RP
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
I am board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology and I have worked for three decades along side people with chronic illness and other medical conditions.
As a specialist in Rehabilitation Psychology, I most often work closely with patients who are managing complex social and medical situations. I build trust and connect with patients about their concerns, fears, and hopes. Most clients are striving to feel more connected to their community and building meaning in their lives. We can all improve in these areas and the science of psychology offers wonderful tools to accomplish these goals. I believe strongly in the power of human resilience in the face of adversity.
I am board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology and I have worked for three decades along side people with chronic illness and other medical conditions.
As a specialist in Rehabilitation Psychology, I most often work closely with patients who are managing complex social and medical situations. I build trust and connect with patients about their concerns, fears, and hopes. Most clients are striving to feel more connected to their community and building meaning in their lives. We can all improve in these areas and the science of psychology offers wonderful tools to accomplish these goals. I believe strongly in the power of human resilience in the face of adversity.
(206) 875-2303 View (206) 875-2303
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Courtney Parks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Welcome to Water Lily Therapy! My primary areas of practice include depression, anxiety, chronic illness, grief and loss, low self-esteem, OCD, LGBTQIA+ and trauma. My approach is eclectic, but based primarily in Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with inclusions of motivational interviewing and narrative therapy techniques. When appropriate, I love to incorporate creative interventions such as art, film and humor! I believe that the bond formed between therapist and client is the foundation for healing, change and growth. My goal is to create a safe space for a person to feel truly heard, accepted and valued.
Welcome to Water Lily Therapy! My primary areas of practice include depression, anxiety, chronic illness, grief and loss, low self-esteem, OCD, LGBTQIA+ and trauma. My approach is eclectic, but based primarily in Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with inclusions of motivational interviewing and narrative therapy techniques. When appropriate, I love to incorporate creative interventions such as art, film and humor! I believe that the bond formed between therapist and client is the foundation for healing, change and growth. My goal is to create a safe space for a person to feel truly heard, accepted and valued.
(443) 398-3141 View (443) 398-3141
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Carrie Jessen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
Carrie works diligently with her clients to assist them through their life journey and challenges for a variety of issues to include depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, personality disorder, chronic illness/health issues, family/relationship issues, crisis, loss, and life transitions. Carrie’s goal is to help you understand yourself and your relationships in a way that creates the positive change that matters to you.
Carrie works diligently with her clients to assist them through their life journey and challenges for a variety of issues to include depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, personality disorder, chronic illness/health issues, family/relationship issues, crisis, loss, and life transitions. Carrie’s goal is to help you understand yourself and your relationships in a way that creates the positive change that matters to you.
(410) 498-7970 View (410) 498-7970
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Nancy Hayes-Gary Psy.d.
Psychologist, PsyD, D
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Therapy provides a safe relationship to resolve concerns with yoursself. I have 34 years of experience providing psychotherapy. I have specialized in the treatment of trauma, such as childhood abuse, loss, grief, chronic illness, suicidal feelings/experiences and depression and anxiety problems. In addition, I have often helped people with infertility/adoption and family communication/attachment problems and am skilled in hypnosis. I am also certified by Psypact to offer therapy in over 40 states.
Therapy provides a safe relationship to resolve concerns with yoursself. I have 34 years of experience providing psychotherapy. I have specialized in the treatment of trauma, such as childhood abuse, loss, grief, chronic illness, suicidal feelings/experiences and depression and anxiety problems. In addition, I have often helped people with infertility/adoption and family communication/attachment problems and am skilled in hypnosis. I am also certified by Psypact to offer therapy in over 40 states.
(410) 394-9314 View (410) 394-9314
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Cam Davis
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! My name is Cam Davis (she/they), and I offer individual therapy using a trauma-informed, integrative multicultural approach. I love working with diverse clients who have salient intersectional identities, & I encourage clients to discuss their identities during sessions. Lived experience as a BIPOC, 2sLGBTQIA+, disabled counselor gives me a unique perspective to hear client concerns regarding race, ethnicity, gender, affection, disability, chronic illness and/or pain, neurodivergence, & many other identities.
Accepting new clients! My name is Cam Davis (she/they), and I offer individual therapy using a trauma-informed, integrative multicultural approach. I love working with diverse clients who have salient intersectional identities, & I encourage clients to discuss their identities during sessions. Lived experience as a BIPOC, 2sLGBTQIA+, disabled counselor gives me a unique perspective to hear client concerns regarding race, ethnicity, gender, affection, disability, chronic illness and/or pain, neurodivergence, & many other identities.
(443) 233-0844 View (443) 233-0844
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Jessica Hankinson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in pediatric and health psychology. I work with children, adolescents, young adults, and families who have chronic and acute medical conditions with co-occurring emotional and behavioral difficulties. I also see clients with anxiety, mood, coping, and behavioral concerns. I take a skills based approach to maximize a client's and family's functioning and improve overall health and well-being.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in pediatric and health psychology. I work with children, adolescents, young adults, and families who have chronic and acute medical conditions with co-occurring emotional and behavioral difficulties. I also see clients with anxiety, mood, coping, and behavioral concerns. I take a skills based approach to maximize a client's and family's functioning and improve overall health and well-being.
(667) 206-3703 View (667) 206-3703
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Ellen Talles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, BC-DMT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
Coronavirus stresses individuals and relationships in a way that is entirely unfamiliar to all of us. It's challenging to be alone, and it's challenging to maintain relationships with the loved ones with whom you are sheltering. Medical professionals are experiencing unimaginable trauma every day. High stress levels depress immunity, so it is critically important for you to have ways to manage the stress. I am an experienced therapist. I can provide a safe emotional space to express your feelings. I can listen. I can help you develop tools and skills for managing feelings that this unthinkable situation elicits.
Coronavirus stresses individuals and relationships in a way that is entirely unfamiliar to all of us. It's challenging to be alone, and it's challenging to maintain relationships with the loved ones with whom you are sheltering. Medical professionals are experiencing unimaginable trauma every day. High stress levels depress immunity, so it is critically important for you to have ways to manage the stress. I am an experienced therapist. I can provide a safe emotional space to express your feelings. I can listen. I can help you develop tools and skills for managing feelings that this unthinkable situation elicits.
(443) 732-0985 View (443) 732-0985
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Samantha Willett-Jackson
Art Therapist, LCPAT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
Waitlist for new clients
I believe that the journey through growth in therapy is unique to every person. I work with those that are seeking assistance through life transitions, are processing intense emotions, need space with an unbiased support, or are looking for ways to invoke mindfulness and expression. Our paths in life frequently change, along with our perceptions and experiences. Starting therapy can be intimidating, and I am here to walk this path with you. Together we will explore obstacles and what makes us who we are to provide the power to change.
I believe that the journey through growth in therapy is unique to every person. I work with those that are seeking assistance through life transitions, are processing intense emotions, need space with an unbiased support, or are looking for ways to invoke mindfulness and expression. Our paths in life frequently change, along with our perceptions and experiences. Starting therapy can be intimidating, and I am here to walk this path with you. Together we will explore obstacles and what makes us who we are to provide the power to change.
(443) 972-5932 View (443) 972-5932
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Meghan Beier
Psychologist, PhD, MA
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
Hello! My name is Meghan Beier, PhD. I am a Health and Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine. While I have experience working with many neurologic disorders, chronic illnesses, disabilities, and rare medical conditions, I have a particular passion and expertise in supporting individuals and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS). I am deeply invested in the MS community, as evidenced by my role on the National MS Society Medical Advisory Board and my role as a patient educator and consultant with Can Do Multiple Sclerosis.
Hello! My name is Meghan Beier, PhD. I am a Health and Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine. While I have experience working with many neurologic disorders, chronic illnesses, disabilities, and rare medical conditions, I have a particular passion and expertise in supporting individuals and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS). I am deeply invested in the MS community, as evidenced by my role on the National MS Society Medical Advisory Board and my role as a patient educator and consultant with Can Do Multiple Sclerosis.
(410) 705-2131 x1002 View (410) 705-2131 x1002
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Lara L Collender
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working in the mental health field in various settings including; substance abuse treatment, residential and outpatient mental health treatment, schools and hospital medical clinics. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. My counseling style incorporates solution focused brief therapy, motivational counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness therapy. I draw from my past clinical experience to incorporate a variety of styles, depending on the needs and interests of the client.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working in the mental health field in various settings including; substance abuse treatment, residential and outpatient mental health treatment, schools and hospital medical clinics. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. My counseling style incorporates solution focused brief therapy, motivational counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness therapy. I draw from my past clinical experience to incorporate a variety of styles, depending on the needs and interests of the client.
(443) 912-5450 View (443) 912-5450
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Dr. Lauren Fox
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology in adults, which means I work with you in the overlap between your physical health and your mental health. My professional experience has included working with individuals managing chronic illnesses such as HIV or multiple sclerosis, chronic pain disorders, life altering disability, and reproductive health challenges. I also provide psychological evaluations and clearances for medical procedures such as bariatric surgery, solid organ transplant, spinal cord stimulators, and gender affirming care.
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology in adults, which means I work with you in the overlap between your physical health and your mental health. My professional experience has included working with individuals managing chronic illnesses such as HIV or multiple sclerosis, chronic pain disorders, life altering disability, and reproductive health challenges. I also provide psychological evaluations and clearances for medical procedures such as bariatric surgery, solid organ transplant, spinal cord stimulators, and gender affirming care.
(443) 331-5282 x1001 View (443) 331-5282 x1001
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Alexander Persons
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
Congratulations on taking this important step in your life! It takes courage to ask for help. Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety for the future? Do you often feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel, exhausted from running but don’t know how to get off? Are you concerned about your use of substances? Have you lost connection with your true self who is excited to experience the world? You are not alone, though it may often feel like it. I understand and I believe I can help! Whether it's substance use, trauma, anxiety, chronic health concerns, or a combination of issues, we can build an plan of action and acceptance.
Congratulations on taking this important step in your life! It takes courage to ask for help. Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety for the future? Do you often feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel, exhausted from running but don’t know how to get off? Are you concerned about your use of substances? Have you lost connection with your true self who is excited to experience the world? You are not alone, though it may often feel like it. I understand and I believe I can help! Whether it's substance use, trauma, anxiety, chronic health concerns, or a combination of issues, we can build an plan of action and acceptance.
(443) 718-0496 x105 View (443) 718-0496 x105
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Jesse Lee Robertson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21252  (Online Only)
I have had experience with a very wide range of folks that I've liked to work with and have found all of that work valuable and fulfilling. I think I am hoping to work with folks who are curious and open about themselves or at least would like to be. Therapy can be hard work at times and without that curiousness it can be hard to sit with those tough times. I think all folks coming into therapy are hoping to get better which I think is the earliest sign of hope in this process.
I have had experience with a very wide range of folks that I've liked to work with and have found all of that work valuable and fulfilling. I think I am hoping to work with folks who are curious and open about themselves or at least would like to be. Therapy can be hard work at times and without that curiousness it can be hard to sit with those tough times. I think all folks coming into therapy are hoping to get better which I think is the earliest sign of hope in this process.
(410) 862-2708 View (410) 862-2708
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Juli Buchanan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
How are you coping w/these challenging & unprecedented times? Whatever our normal coping strategies were, particularly if not the healthiest to begin with, they are likely to be even more present than ever before. Fear, dread, loneliness, isolation, frustration, & anger...all ingredients for us to eat more, drink more, use more, check out more, fight more, etc.. Please-there is no shame in asking for help during this pandemic (or ever, really). There are many great clinicians on PT-literally, someone for everyone. I hope that you find someone who fits YOU during this troubling time, &, if you think that might be me, pls reach out!
How are you coping w/these challenging & unprecedented times? Whatever our normal coping strategies were, particularly if not the healthiest to begin with, they are likely to be even more present than ever before. Fear, dread, loneliness, isolation, frustration, & anger...all ingredients for us to eat more, drink more, use more, check out more, fight more, etc.. Please-there is no shame in asking for help during this pandemic (or ever, really). There are many great clinicians on PT-literally, someone for everyone. I hope that you find someone who fits YOU during this troubling time, &, if you think that might be me, pls reach out!
(410) 734-3976 View (410) 734-3976
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Erin Dodson
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
I work with a diverse range of clients ages 14+ dealing with challenges such as mood disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder. I am particularly passionate about supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with a history of complex trauma, disabled/chronically ill folks, and neurodivergent individuals. Whether you are seeking therapy as an individual or with a romantic partner(s), you'll find a warm, welcoming space here. My approach is poly-inclusive, kink-allied, and queer-affirming, so you can feel comfortable and understood as we navigate your unique journey together.
I work with a diverse range of clients ages 14+ dealing with challenges such as mood disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder. I am particularly passionate about supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with a history of complex trauma, disabled/chronically ill folks, and neurodivergent individuals. Whether you are seeking therapy as an individual or with a romantic partner(s), you'll find a warm, welcoming space here. My approach is poly-inclusive, kink-allied, and queer-affirming, so you can feel comfortable and understood as we navigate your unique journey together.
(443) 429-1358 View (443) 429-1358
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Danielle Lorraine Hawthorne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
Life can be difficult at times, right? But who says we have to go through those times alone. I know talking to your friends or parents might help for a second, but you might not even feel comfortable sharing with anyone what you are going through. Seeking therapy to assist you on your journey to coping and healing is a big step, so applaud yourself for taking this initiative. I’m here to help you on that journey, whatever stage you may be in. I provide individual and family counseling for adolescents and young adults using person-centered, solution-focused, strength-based, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Life can be difficult at times, right? But who says we have to go through those times alone. I know talking to your friends or parents might help for a second, but you might not even feel comfortable sharing with anyone what you are going through. Seeking therapy to assist you on your journey to coping and healing is a big step, so applaud yourself for taking this initiative. I’m here to help you on that journey, whatever stage you may be in. I provide individual and family counseling for adolescents and young adults using person-centered, solution-focused, strength-based, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
(443) 917-3516 View (443) 917-3516
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Christine Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
Christine Williams LCSW-C, believes that creating a safe and nurturing space is the key to developing a strong therapeutic relationship. Christine has utilized these core beliefs as the foundation of her years of experience with various age ranges and various areas of need. Christine’s professional experience includes work in special needs education, treatment foster care, young parent support groups and community health for aging adults. Christine’s diverse background has helped her discover that every individual has unique strengths and abilities that they can employ in order to promote individualized healing and lasting change.
Christine Williams LCSW-C, believes that creating a safe and nurturing space is the key to developing a strong therapeutic relationship. Christine has utilized these core beliefs as the foundation of her years of experience with various age ranges and various areas of need. Christine’s professional experience includes work in special needs education, treatment foster care, young parent support groups and community health for aging adults. Christine’s diverse background has helped her discover that every individual has unique strengths and abilities that they can employ in order to promote individualized healing and lasting change.
(410) 231-7520 View (410) 231-7520
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Mid-Atlantic Mental Health
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
Immediate openings! We specialize in providing personalized therapy services to help you navigate life's challenges and achieve your goals. Our Maryland team of experienced therapists offers a warm, supportive environment where you can explore life's challenges, discover your strengths, and cultivate positive change. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth, we are here to help you navigate life's complexities and thrive.
Immediate openings! We specialize in providing personalized therapy services to help you navigate life's challenges and achieve your goals. Our Maryland team of experienced therapists offers a warm, supportive environment where you can explore life's challenges, discover your strengths, and cultivate positive change. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth, we are here to help you navigate life's complexities and thrive.
(443) 222-0636 View (443) 222-0636
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Jenelle Anthony
Psychologist, PsyD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
Dr. Anthony specializes in treating PTSD and trauma-related issues, stressors of military-to-civilian and veterans’ transitions, life transitions and aging, workplace stress, chronic mental illness, brain illness and injury, mood disorders, women’s and minority mental health concerns, and those experiencing significant emotional and interpersonal challenges. She has experience providing CBT for depression and anxiety, dialectical behavior therapy skills, social skills training, schema therapy, trauma-focused therapy, CBT and prolonged exposure (PE) for PTSD, and interpersonal psychotherapy.
Dr. Anthony specializes in treating PTSD and trauma-related issues, stressors of military-to-civilian and veterans’ transitions, life transitions and aging, workplace stress, chronic mental illness, brain illness and injury, mood disorders, women’s and minority mental health concerns, and those experiencing significant emotional and interpersonal challenges. She has experience providing CBT for depression and anxiety, dialectical behavior therapy skills, social skills training, schema therapy, trauma-focused therapy, CBT and prolonged exposure (PE) for PTSD, and interpersonal psychotherapy.
(443) 241-6470 View (443) 241-6470
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Marilyn L Brooks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
I am a compassionate therapist with extensive knowledge and experience in mental health and substance abuse management through using a wide range of treatment modalities. My clients range from ages 18 to 65 years with a wide range of mental health concerns. I believe in a positive, supportive approach in working with each individual client to develop their own unique treatment goals for the best possible outcome.
I am a compassionate therapist with extensive knowledge and experience in mental health and substance abuse management through using a wide range of treatment modalities. My clients range from ages 18 to 65 years with a wide range of mental health concerns. I believe in a positive, supportive approach in working with each individual client to develop their own unique treatment goals for the best possible outcome.
(410) 846-4943 View (410) 846-4943
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.