Chronic Illness Therapists in Brooklyn, NY

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Rachel Fernbach
Counselor, LMHC, LCAT, LMT
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11238  (Online Only)
Living with chronic illness and pain can be really tough, and talking to someone who understands can help you move forward. When you feel like nobody knows what you’re going through, sharing your feelings with someone who truly gets it can make all the difference. I’m a seasoned therapist who lives with chronic illness; I can relate to what you’re going through and help you cope with stress, isolation, and overwhelm. I’ll help you make sense of your experiences and feel more optimistic about the future. You'll learn new ways to handle the hard days, and I’ll also help you celebrate the good days.
Living with chronic illness and pain can be really tough, and talking to someone who understands can help you move forward. When you feel like nobody knows what you’re going through, sharing your feelings with someone who truly gets it can make all the difference. I’m a seasoned therapist who lives with chronic illness; I can relate to what you’re going through and help you cope with stress, isolation, and overwhelm. I’ll help you make sense of your experiences and feel more optimistic about the future. You'll learn new ways to handle the hard days, and I’ll also help you celebrate the good days.
(646) 863-5451 View (646) 863-5451
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Meredith Korsen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Psychotherapy offers a way to identify one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors that result from life's naturally occurring challenges. This collaborative work encourages self-awareness and development of new ways of being. While I work with people seeking therapy for a variety of reasons, my specialties include mood disorders, relationship issues, and chronic illness/pain disorders. I integrate motivational, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to help each person meet their goals. I also utilize a harm reduction framework to help individuals explore their substance use and identify opportunities for change.
Psychotherapy offers a way to identify one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors that result from life's naturally occurring challenges. This collaborative work encourages self-awareness and development of new ways of being. While I work with people seeking therapy for a variety of reasons, my specialties include mood disorders, relationship issues, and chronic illness/pain disorders. I integrate motivational, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to help each person meet their goals. I also utilize a harm reduction framework to help individuals explore their substance use and identify opportunities for change.
(646) 791-3089 View (646) 791-3089
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Tina Lo Proto
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I provide treatment for general mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, as well as interventions for health behavior change for concerns such as insomnia, pain, smoking cessation and chronic illness.
Each person brings to therapy a unique life story that deserves to be heard in a trusting and respectful environment. We will spend the first sessions gaining an understanding of who you are and what brings you to therapy. Together, we will develop a tailored plan with realistic goals that address your specific needs and desires. We will move through the sessions at a pace that feels safe and meaningful and we will build a therapeutic collaboration that enables us to explore your thoughts and feelings with nonjudgmental curiosity and kind openness to your life experiences.
I provide treatment for general mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, as well as interventions for health behavior change for concerns such as insomnia, pain, smoking cessation and chronic illness.
Each person brings to therapy a unique life story that deserves to be heard in a trusting and respectful environment. We will spend the first sessions gaining an understanding of who you are and what brings you to therapy. Together, we will develop a tailored plan with realistic goals that address your specific needs and desires. We will move through the sessions at a pace that feels safe and meaningful and we will build a therapeutic collaboration that enables us to explore your thoughts and feelings with nonjudgmental curiosity and kind openness to your life experiences.
(833) 399-0733 View (833) 399-0733
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Emma Novick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11232  (Online Only)
Therapy can feel daunting after much contemplation. You have been feeling exhausted, stressed, or emotionally overwhelmed, especially if you are experiencing chronic illness, anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders, and relationship issues.You may find it difficult to navigate your healthcare and get the help you need. Constantly reaccepting your illness or stuck on thoughts from your past and struggling to express needs or feelings to others can be draining. I connect with adults who want to explore these stressors, understand them, and find ways to become their own advocates.
Therapy can feel daunting after much contemplation. You have been feeling exhausted, stressed, or emotionally overwhelmed, especially if you are experiencing chronic illness, anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders, and relationship issues.You may find it difficult to navigate your healthcare and get the help you need. Constantly reaccepting your illness or stuck on thoughts from your past and struggling to express needs or feelings to others can be draining. I connect with adults who want to explore these stressors, understand them, and find ways to become their own advocates.
(646) 762-5348 View (646) 762-5348
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Julia LaFauci
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
I see adolescents and adults with issues around chronic illness, anxiety, depression, life transitions, disability, and women's issues.
I believe therapy should be a collaborative, exploratory, and compassionate space for clients to work toward their goals. I utilize a blend of different treatment modalities that are psychodynamic, relational, and trauma-informed, as well as integrate cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness practices when appropriate.
I see adolescents and adults with issues around chronic illness, anxiety, depression, life transitions, disability, and women's issues.
I believe therapy should be a collaborative, exploratory, and compassionate space for clients to work toward their goals. I utilize a blend of different treatment modalities that are psychodynamic, relational, and trauma-informed, as well as integrate cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness practices when appropriate.
(929) 492-4160 View (929) 492-4160
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The Center for Integrated Grief
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, FT
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Are you seeking relief for loss of a loved one? Do you feel deep in grief? Are you a stressed out caregiver? Coping with chronic illness? Processing feelings in a safe environment can improve your improve your sleep and help you find a feeling of security. I have an advanced certification in grief counseling and am a fellow in Thanatology, the study of death, dying and bereavement. Thanatology encompasses grief models and theories.
Are you seeking relief for loss of a loved one? Do you feel deep in grief? Are you a stressed out caregiver? Coping with chronic illness? Processing feelings in a safe environment can improve your improve your sleep and help you find a feeling of security. I have an advanced certification in grief counseling and am a fellow in Thanatology, the study of death, dying and bereavement. Thanatology encompasses grief models and theories.
(646) 846-9332 View (646) 846-9332
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Dr. Lara DiCarlo
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Lara DiCarlo, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I have prioritized working with marginalized communities over the past decade as a psychotherapist. People most often come to me for concerns with anxiety, chronic illness, depression, identity, life transitions, perinatal period, and relationships (attachment, family, peer, romantic, sexual). I primarily offer individual therapy for late teens and adults of all ages, with a specialization in working with young adults. My approach is warm, engaging, empowering, and collaborative. I also offer appointments for gender affirming letters and personality/psychopathology assessment.
I am Dr. Lara DiCarlo, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I have prioritized working with marginalized communities over the past decade as a psychotherapist. People most often come to me for concerns with anxiety, chronic illness, depression, identity, life transitions, perinatal period, and relationships (attachment, family, peer, romantic, sexual). I primarily offer individual therapy for late teens and adults of all ages, with a specialization in working with young adults. My approach is warm, engaging, empowering, and collaborative. I also offer appointments for gender affirming letters and personality/psychopathology assessment.
(929) 810-1156 View (929) 810-1156
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Alexandra Estevez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Over a decade working with young adults, millennials, BIPOC, Latinx, individuals experiencing chronic illness, new moms, and those who have experienced complex trauma.
Over a decade working with young adults, millennials, BIPOC, Latinx, individuals experiencing chronic illness, new moms, and those who have experienced complex trauma.
(347) 923-6109 View (347) 923-6109
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Erika Adelman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SIFI
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11229  (Online Only)
My practice is dedicated to working with young adults-older adults who are living with stress related to life transitions, complex chronic illness (including Parkinson's, Movement Disorders, TBI, Stroke, Epilepsy, MS, ADHD, and other neurological conditions), as well as with caregivers, medical providers, and allied professionals who serve these populations.
Asking for help is one of the strongest things you can do, but it can also be one of the hardest because of past experience of not being heard, believed, or supported. Extreme stressors, life transitions, and traumatic events - including new or ongoing health conditions - affect every aspect of our lives and can make relationships - with family, friends, colleagues, and even healthcare providers - very challenging. The impact of these events can make us feel isolated, misunderstood, and unsupported (even by the well-intentioned). They can also lead us to make choices we aren't proud of and limit our enjoyment of life in general.
My practice is dedicated to working with young adults-older adults who are living with stress related to life transitions, complex chronic illness (including Parkinson's, Movement Disorders, TBI, Stroke, Epilepsy, MS, ADHD, and other neurological conditions), as well as with caregivers, medical providers, and allied professionals who serve these populations.
Asking for help is one of the strongest things you can do, but it can also be one of the hardest because of past experience of not being heard, believed, or supported. Extreme stressors, life transitions, and traumatic events - including new or ongoing health conditions - affect every aspect of our lives and can make relationships - with family, friends, colleagues, and even healthcare providers - very challenging. The impact of these events can make us feel isolated, misunderstood, and unsupported (even by the well-intentioned). They can also lead us to make choices we aren't proud of and limit our enjoyment of life in general.
(718) 957-1256 View (718) 957-1256
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Alanna M. Kopelman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11222  (Online Only)
I previously worked in a hospital on the Trauma Unit and Surgical ICU supporting patients and families through complex emotions associated with physical trauma, chronic illness, grief, and loss.
As life's challenges arise, I am here to support you in the face of adversity by integrating various forms of therapy tailored to your individual needs. My approach is compassionate, warm, and flexible. I view my clients as holistic beings and honor how our unique intersecting identities shape our experiences. I value the human need to feel seen, heard, and connected. Whether you are trying to become more connected to yourself, your body, or to others, I am here to support you on that journey. I believe that exploration and curiosity are powerful tools in fostering growth and becoming more grounded when life becomes turbulent.
I previously worked in a hospital on the Trauma Unit and Surgical ICU supporting patients and families through complex emotions associated with physical trauma, chronic illness, grief, and loss.
As life's challenges arise, I am here to support you in the face of adversity by integrating various forms of therapy tailored to your individual needs. My approach is compassionate, warm, and flexible. I view my clients as holistic beings and honor how our unique intersecting identities shape our experiences. I value the human need to feel seen, heard, and connected. Whether you are trying to become more connected to yourself, your body, or to others, I am here to support you on that journey. I believe that exploration and curiosity are powerful tools in fostering growth and becoming more grounded when life becomes turbulent.
(718) 550-3864 View (718) 550-3864
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Rochelle Guttman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11229
My areas of expertise are couple therapy, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, interpersonal relations, anxiety, coping with chronic illness and dealing with loss and bereavement.
Are you struggling with interpersonal relationships and in your professional life? Do you find yourself repeating past patterns and behaviors that contribute to feelings of low self esteem? I can help you. Together we will explore what gets in the way of your leading a more authentic and meaningful life. My approach is interactive and collaborative. I view each person as a unique individual with his/her own innate strengths and a potential for self-actualization and therapy is tailored accordingly.
My areas of expertise are couple therapy, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, interpersonal relations, anxiety, coping with chronic illness and dealing with loss and bereavement.
Are you struggling with interpersonal relationships and in your professional life? Do you find yourself repeating past patterns and behaviors that contribute to feelings of low self esteem? I can help you. Together we will explore what gets in the way of your leading a more authentic and meaningful life. My approach is interactive and collaborative. I view each person as a unique individual with his/her own innate strengths and a potential for self-actualization and therapy is tailored accordingly.
(718) 673-2596 View (718) 673-2596
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Jesse William Barbalato
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11211  (Online Only)
What do you see? Personal specialties include: Adults and Adolescents with Depression, Anxiety, Trauma Recovery, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ focus, and Chronic Illness Recovery.
As far back as I can remember I've always had an innate desire to help others and see their needs while being both patient and positive. This led me to a career in therapy and early on in this career I was fascinated with seeing the power of exposing people's inner strengths, allowing them a safe place to vent and work on coping skills. After a few years I continued to have a lingering feeling like I could be doing more for my clients. This led me to combine these existing techniques with a new theory called Emergence.
What do you see? Personal specialties include: Adults and Adolescents with Depression, Anxiety, Trauma Recovery, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ focus, and Chronic Illness Recovery.
As far back as I can remember I've always had an innate desire to help others and see their needs while being both patient and positive. This led me to a career in therapy and early on in this career I was fascinated with seeing the power of exposing people's inner strengths, allowing them a safe place to vent and work on coping skills. After a few years I continued to have a lingering feeling like I could be doing more for my clients. This led me to combine these existing techniques with a new theory called Emergence.
(845) 253-5021 View (845) 253-5021
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Lili Knighton
Counselor, LMHC, LPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11220  (Online Only)
If you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, especially an invisible illness or disability, it can be difficult navigating your new normal & finding people who understand that just because "you look ok" doesn't mean you are.
I am currently seeing clients virtually in New York, Florida and California. Don't Stay Stuck in the Yuck! Counseling and Change can feel scary and overwhelming while staying "stuck" where you are can be even more difficult. It takes time to build trust with a therapist, this can be even more difficult if you have been mandated to treatment or had a bad fit with a therapist in the past. I understand this and want you to feel comfortable and empowered in therapy. No matter what you have experienced in your past or what brings you to treatment, you can THRIVE!
If you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, especially an invisible illness or disability, it can be difficult navigating your new normal & finding people who understand that just because "you look ok" doesn't mean you are.
I am currently seeing clients virtually in New York, Florida and California. Don't Stay Stuck in the Yuck! Counseling and Change can feel scary and overwhelming while staying "stuck" where you are can be even more difficult. It takes time to build trust with a therapist, this can be even more difficult if you have been mandated to treatment or had a bad fit with a therapist in the past. I understand this and want you to feel comfortable and empowered in therapy. No matter what you have experienced in your past or what brings you to treatment, you can THRIVE!
(347) 826-1699 View (347) 826-1699
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Ashlyne Mullen
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11206
I have experience supporting people through a number of challenges including anxiety, chronic illness, insomnia, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma, substance use, personal growth, and navigating relationships.
Sometimes it feels like we're moving through life on auto-pilot. With work and other stressors, it is hard to find time to slow down, to breathe, to focus on the present. I believe therapy is about letting go of the things we are trying to control and making choices towards a more fulfilling life. To facilitate this, I help clients openly face life’s challenges and create lasting changes. I offer a collaborative, non-judgmental, and safe space for my clients to facilitate behavior change and self-exploration.
I have experience supporting people through a number of challenges including anxiety, chronic illness, insomnia, depression, grief, life transitions, trauma, substance use, personal growth, and navigating relationships.
Sometimes it feels like we're moving through life on auto-pilot. With work and other stressors, it is hard to find time to slow down, to breathe, to focus on the present. I believe therapy is about letting go of the things we are trying to control and making choices towards a more fulfilling life. To facilitate this, I help clients openly face life’s challenges and create lasting changes. I offer a collaborative, non-judgmental, and safe space for my clients to facilitate behavior change and self-exploration.
(929) 521-6128 View (929) 521-6128
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Mackenzie Northrup
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11210  (Online Only)
I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY specializing in trauma, chronic illness, and LGBTQIA+ issues. I utilize both scientific-based and holistic approaches in my therapeutic work to be both integrative and individualistic with each client. My personal and professional experience has given me a deep understanding of what it means to lose control and how to help you navigate that challenging feeling. I know what it is like to not be able to do certain things and feel different from everyone else in the room. This has enabled me to connect and empathize with those who are often marginalized.
I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY specializing in trauma, chronic illness, and LGBTQIA+ issues. I utilize both scientific-based and holistic approaches in my therapeutic work to be both integrative and individualistic with each client. My personal and professional experience has given me a deep understanding of what it means to lose control and how to help you navigate that challenging feeling. I know what it is like to not be able to do certain things and feel different from everyone else in the room. This has enabled me to connect and empathize with those who are often marginalized.
(716) 557-7566 View (716) 557-7566
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Dr. Katie Lawliss
Psychologist, PsyD, BCB
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
My specialties include chronic illness, trauma, parenting issues, and concerns related to women's health.
When life is stressful, it can feel like your body and mind are not on the same page. You might do things that don't align with your emotions and thoughts and struggle to understand why. You might notice you are always thinking about the worst outcomes and not able to focus on the present. Maybe you are just sick of feeling sick, tired, or stressed. By processing your past and focusing on the present, you can feel more connected to your authentic self and feel capable of handling whatever life throws at you.
My specialties include chronic illness, trauma, parenting issues, and concerns related to women's health.
When life is stressful, it can feel like your body and mind are not on the same page. You might do things that don't align with your emotions and thoughts and struggle to understand why. You might notice you are always thinking about the worst outcomes and not able to focus on the present. Maybe you are just sick of feeling sick, tired, or stressed. By processing your past and focusing on the present, you can feel more connected to your authentic self and feel capable of handling whatever life throws at you.
(518) 919-3845 View (518) 919-3845
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Casey Leopold
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, L, M, S, W
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I work with individuals navigating the intricacies of the human experience to help them cope with emotions that impact relationships with the self and others. My practice specializes in supporting individuals facing anxiety, depression, grief/loss, chronic illness, life transitions, and pregnancy/postpartum support.
I work with individuals navigating the intricacies of the human experience to help them cope with emotions that impact relationships with the self and others. My practice specializes in supporting individuals facing anxiety, depression, grief/loss, chronic illness, life transitions, and pregnancy/postpartum support.
(516) 614-3783 View (516) 614-3783
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Megan Lothian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Waitlist for new clients
I work with pre-teens, adolescents, and adults, specializing in complex trauma, chronic illness, and eating disorders.
I believe there is great value in a curious and non-judgmental exploration of our feelings, thoughts, actions, and relational patterns, in the presence of another person. I value an interactive and collaborative therapeutic relationship, and using creativity, humor, and authenticity within the therapy process. I strive to help my clients increase empathy for themselves and others, strengthen their capacity for making meaningful change, and cope with challenges that arise throughout life.
I work with pre-teens, adolescents, and adults, specializing in complex trauma, chronic illness, and eating disorders.
I believe there is great value in a curious and non-judgmental exploration of our feelings, thoughts, actions, and relational patterns, in the presence of another person. I value an interactive and collaborative therapeutic relationship, and using creativity, humor, and authenticity within the therapy process. I strive to help my clients increase empathy for themselves and others, strengthen their capacity for making meaningful change, and cope with challenges that arise throughout life.
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Cheri Wakeham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Availability beginning in June! Are you noticing that your life is hard to deal with? Whether you are experiencing anxiety, trauma responses, depression, life transitions or chronic illness, my goal is to help you through what is leaving you unhappy, tired and unable to manage daily stress.
Availability beginning in June! Are you noticing that your life is hard to deal with? Whether you are experiencing anxiety, trauma responses, depression, life transitions or chronic illness, my goal is to help you through what is leaving you unhappy, tired and unable to manage daily stress.
(315) 509-1137 View (315) 509-1137
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Abby Frank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11238
I have lived experience with chronic illness and utilize my knowledge of autoimmune disorders, rheumatological conditions, GI disorders & chronic pain to work with individuals with chronic illness to experience less emotional suffering and live a life in line with personal values.
Are you struggling with the impact of a chronic illness in your 20s, 30s or beyond? Do you find your thoughts are taken over by anxiety about flare ups, uncertainty about what the future holds? As a licensed clinical social worker, I will work alongside you to address areas in your life that have been causing distress. I value warmth and humor in my relationship with every person I work with and I know what it's like to feel stuck, sick, and consumed by anxiety. I will work with you to create a trusting environment where you can feel safe to be vulnerable at your own pace, and celebrate alongside you in your successes.
I have lived experience with chronic illness and utilize my knowledge of autoimmune disorders, rheumatological conditions, GI disorders & chronic pain to work with individuals with chronic illness to experience less emotional suffering and live a life in line with personal values.
Are you struggling with the impact of a chronic illness in your 20s, 30s or beyond? Do you find your thoughts are taken over by anxiety about flare ups, uncertainty about what the future holds? As a licensed clinical social worker, I will work alongside you to address areas in your life that have been causing distress. I value warmth and humor in my relationship with every person I work with and I know what it's like to feel stuck, sick, and consumed by anxiety. I will work with you to create a trusting environment where you can feel safe to be vulnerable at your own pace, and celebrate alongside you in your successes.
(347) 418-0955 View (347) 418-0955
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.