Chronic Illness Therapists in Jackson Heights, NY

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Nikki Kleitzel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
Welcome to my page! I am a 2nd generation therapist who works with adult professionals of all ages who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, transitional issues, and relationship/family issues. I also have extensive experience working with adults suffering from acute and chronic illness, as well as helping individuals navigate death and process grief/bereavement.
Welcome to my page! I am a 2nd generation therapist who works with adult professionals of all ages who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, transitional issues, and relationship/family issues. I also have extensive experience working with adults suffering from acute and chronic illness, as well as helping individuals navigate death and process grief/bereavement.
(718) 550-4601 View (718) 550-4601
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Samantha Bennahum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
The impact that a life-changing diagnosis can have on individuals and their families can be profound. It can feel like a betrayal when our bodies don’t allow us to live our lives the way we expect, impacting our relationships, careers, and hopes. How can we move forward in life when it feels like our bodies are holding us back? How do we grieve our hopes and dreams while trying to fully understand how they are affected by our new circumstances? How do we do all of this while trying to navigate a medical system that often leaves us feeling unheard and unseen?
The impact that a life-changing diagnosis can have on individuals and their families can be profound. It can feel like a betrayal when our bodies don’t allow us to live our lives the way we expect, impacting our relationships, careers, and hopes. How can we move forward in life when it feels like our bodies are holding us back? How do we grieve our hopes and dreams while trying to fully understand how they are affected by our new circumstances? How do we do all of this while trying to navigate a medical system that often leaves us feeling unheard and unseen?
(347) 897-0548 View (347) 897-0548
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Yi Zhang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My work as a therapist is to empower my clients, help them to gain self-awareness and make decisions for their own life journeys. Every individual, couple and family has its own uniqueness, strength and weakness. It's my passion to help every individual, couple and family to grow, succeed and reach their life goals.
My work as a therapist is to empower my clients, help them to gain self-awareness and make decisions for their own life journeys. Every individual, couple and family has its own uniqueness, strength and weakness. It's my passion to help every individual, couple and family to grow, succeed and reach their life goals.
(917) 382-8712 View (917) 382-8712
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Susan F. Epstein Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist PLLC
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
Until the pandemic, my practice encompassed adult psychotherapy and pediatric neuropsychology. At present, I have suspended neuropsychological evaluations as I am only providing remote services and have chosen not to do testing this way. I provide individual and couples therapy using an approach that may draw from different schools of therapy, depending on individual needs. I have very broad experience with a variety of ages and personal struggles. Although I am unable to provide pediatric neuropsychology evaluations, I am available for parent consultation.
Until the pandemic, my practice encompassed adult psychotherapy and pediatric neuropsychology. At present, I have suspended neuropsychological evaluations as I am only providing remote services and have chosen not to do testing this way. I provide individual and couples therapy using an approach that may draw from different schools of therapy, depending on individual needs. I have very broad experience with a variety of ages and personal struggles. Although I am unable to provide pediatric neuropsychology evaluations, I am available for parent consultation.
(646) 783-3141 View (646) 783-3141
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Petra Margita Gelbart
LCAT, MT-BC, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
I work with clients of all ages whose therapy goals may include improving general mental health, forming healthy attachments and relationships, or minimizing the effects of anxiety and trauma. When it comes to therapy, one size fits one. Some people benefit from a sustained dive into their past, their relationships, or their place in society. Others are more interested in finding solutions to personal problems in the present. For many clients, using music in the therapeutic process allows them to fast-track and optimize the emotional work they need to do before they can make meaningful changes in their lives.
I work with clients of all ages whose therapy goals may include improving general mental health, forming healthy attachments and relationships, or minimizing the effects of anxiety and trauma. When it comes to therapy, one size fits one. Some people benefit from a sustained dive into their past, their relationships, or their place in society. Others are more interested in finding solutions to personal problems in the present. For many clients, using music in the therapeutic process allows them to fast-track and optimize the emotional work they need to do before they can make meaningful changes in their lives.
(347) 868-6796 View (347) 868-6796
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Eleanor Feldman Barbera
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
I'm an experienced psychologist who, after years of counseling older adults, brings the wisdom of elders to my work helping adults navigate transitions and relationships to create positive change. A 12-step-friendly therapist, I believe in support, community, purpose, spirituality, and the healing power of humor. I also offer eldercare coaching to help families navigate this life phase, providing guidance and support to address decisions, family dynamics, grief, and the challenges of balancing multiple responsibilities.
I'm an experienced psychologist who, after years of counseling older adults, brings the wisdom of elders to my work helping adults navigate transitions and relationships to create positive change. A 12-step-friendly therapist, I believe in support, community, purpose, spirituality, and the healing power of humor. I also offer eldercare coaching to help families navigate this life phase, providing guidance and support to address decisions, family dynamics, grief, and the challenges of balancing multiple responsibilities.
(347) 682-2734 View (347) 682-2734
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Minds Together, LCSWs.PC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CDBT, SIFI
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
SE HABLA ESPAÑOL. DUE TO COVID19, SESSIONS ARE VIA TELEHEALTH. OFFICE VISITS WITH SAFETY PROTOCOLS (NYS GUIDELINES). Minds Together, LCSW.PC. provides a safe and unique setting dedicated in improving one's mental and emotional health through our professional and compassionate staff. Our mission is to improve our community one individual at a time through our culturally diverse and motivated clinicians with the hope that every person seeking treatment with us feels safe, empowered and most important treated as an individual and not as a patient.
SE HABLA ESPAÑOL. DUE TO COVID19, SESSIONS ARE VIA TELEHEALTH. OFFICE VISITS WITH SAFETY PROTOCOLS (NYS GUIDELINES). Minds Together, LCSW.PC. provides a safe and unique setting dedicated in improving one's mental and emotional health through our professional and compassionate staff. Our mission is to improve our community one individual at a time through our culturally diverse and motivated clinicians with the hope that every person seeking treatment with us feels safe, empowered and most important treated as an individual and not as a patient.
(347) 730-4249 View (347) 730-4249
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Jasmine Ramirez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW, CFSW
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
Do money discussions with your partner cause you anxiety? Despite landing your dream job with an excellent salary, do you worry about making significant financial mistakes? As a business owner, are you burdened by the fear of losing everything you've built? I am a dedicated Latina Social Worker with an Certification in Financial Social work practicing in NY and NJ, and my primary focus is helping you navigate the complexities of money-related emotions, ease financial anxieties, and embrace your achievements without guilt or imposter syndrome.
Do money discussions with your partner cause you anxiety? Despite landing your dream job with an excellent salary, do you worry about making significant financial mistakes? As a business owner, are you burdened by the fear of losing everything you've built? I am a dedicated Latina Social Worker with an Certification in Financial Social work practicing in NY and NJ, and my primary focus is helping you navigate the complexities of money-related emotions, ease financial anxieties, and embrace your achievements without guilt or imposter syndrome.
(201) 949-0491 View (201) 949-0491
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Claudia Flores de Valgaz
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
An atmosphere of safety, genuine empathy and respect are vital for your counseling experience to lead to life change and optimal mental wellness. If you are experiencing difficulties in your life, whether relational, social, or psychological, Christian counseling can provide you with the necessary tools to help you attain personal insights, make decisions towards life changes, and obtain personal growth.
An atmosphere of safety, genuine empathy and respect are vital for your counseling experience to lead to life change and optimal mental wellness. If you are experiencing difficulties in your life, whether relational, social, or psychological, Christian counseling can provide you with the necessary tools to help you attain personal insights, make decisions towards life changes, and obtain personal growth.
(646) 798-6075 View (646) 798-6075
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Naomi Cohn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
I treat adult clients virtually on weekdays and in person on Thursdays. Do you have trouble getting along with the people that you care about? Do you feel sad, depressed, or anxious? Do you have mood swings of depression and manic behaviors? I help clients who are feeling stuck to move forward in order to achieve their potential and to reach their life goals. My clients will learn to be more successful at home, school, or at work through learning to cope and to be the best version of themselves.
I treat adult clients virtually on weekdays and in person on Thursdays. Do you have trouble getting along with the people that you care about? Do you feel sad, depressed, or anxious? Do you have mood swings of depression and manic behaviors? I help clients who are feeling stuck to move forward in order to achieve their potential and to reach their life goals. My clients will learn to be more successful at home, school, or at work through learning to cope and to be the best version of themselves.
(347) 754-3609 View (347) 754-3609
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Mary Ruth Govindavari
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
You try so hard to always do the right thing. Take people’s advice, follow orders, and not rock the boat. But no matter how hard you try, you still feel like you’re failing. Everyone seems to have it all figured out except you. And you’re somehow separated from them by an indefinable quality. You simply don’t fit in with the crowd, and you suspect your racial and cultural background has something to do with it. People treat you differently, and you just go along because you don’t want to make waves. But every day you feel more inauthentic, inadequate, and isolated. You wish there were some other way to live, but you don’t know how.
You try so hard to always do the right thing. Take people’s advice, follow orders, and not rock the boat. But no matter how hard you try, you still feel like you’re failing. Everyone seems to have it all figured out except you. And you’re somehow separated from them by an indefinable quality. You simply don’t fit in with the crowd, and you suspect your racial and cultural background has something to do with it. People treat you differently, and you just go along because you don’t want to make waves. But every day you feel more inauthentic, inadequate, and isolated. You wish there were some other way to live, but you don’t know how.
(914) 996-4504 View (914) 996-4504
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Ignacia Carmen Urena
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
(929) 284-2894 View (929) 284-2894

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Jamie Klein
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11103  (Online Only)
I have a rich background in working with people with chronic illness as well as trauma and anxiety.
I believe that everybody has the ability to make changes to their life. I primarily work with people who struggle with chronic illness as well as anxiety and trauma. I find that when struggling with something like chronic illness there is often an impact on ones mental health. It may impact relationships, work, self-esteem, body-image, and much more. You may need support in how to address issues with your medical team or how to ask for support from loved ones. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had your illness for years i find navigating all that it entails can be very challenging.
I have a rich background in working with people with chronic illness as well as trauma and anxiety.
I believe that everybody has the ability to make changes to their life. I primarily work with people who struggle with chronic illness as well as anxiety and trauma. I find that when struggling with something like chronic illness there is often an impact on ones mental health. It may impact relationships, work, self-esteem, body-image, and much more. You may need support in how to address issues with your medical team or how to ask for support from loved ones. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had your illness for years i find navigating all that it entails can be very challenging.
(914) 353-3060 View (914) 353-3060
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Penni Waldman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Ridgewood, NY 11385
I'm a clinical/health psychologist, inter-faith minister and hypnotherapist with over 30 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, children, teenagers, couples, geriatrics, family, special needs, cultural issues, food, weight issues, viruses, autoimmune diseases & nutritional needs. Anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, cultural stress, career counseling, parenting, men’s issues are just a few of the specialties I work with. Most of us go through life with uncontrolled thoughts allowing our minds to dictate perceptions and meaning to situations we encounter, often in unproductive and/or distressful ways.
I'm a clinical/health psychologist, inter-faith minister and hypnotherapist with over 30 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, children, teenagers, couples, geriatrics, family, special needs, cultural issues, food, weight issues, viruses, autoimmune diseases & nutritional needs. Anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, cultural stress, career counseling, parenting, men’s issues are just a few of the specialties I work with. Most of us go through life with uncontrolled thoughts allowing our minds to dictate perceptions and meaning to situations we encounter, often in unproductive and/or distressful ways.
(929) 209-3460 View (929) 209-3460
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Lili E Feldman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11102
The most important part of therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client. I pride myself in building strong, caring therapeutic alliances. I have expertise in treating anxiety, depression, chronic illness, phobias, and PTSD. Nobody likes to admit that they need help, but sometimes it can be a life transforming opportunity.
The most important part of therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client. I pride myself in building strong, caring therapeutic alliances. I have expertise in treating anxiety, depression, chronic illness, phobias, and PTSD. Nobody likes to admit that they need help, but sometimes it can be a life transforming opportunity.
(646) 798-2271 View (646) 798-2271
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Jacob Maier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11105  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience supporting people dealing with anxiety, grief/loss, chronic illness, codependency, among others.
Beginning a journey of emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing can be intimidating. I know because I’ve been there. It’s hard to know where to start when there are thousands of diets, workout plans, and therapists to choose from. The good news is it’s not as complicated as it seems! The first step in solving any problem is awareness which means you are already on your way. I will help you develop the knowledge you need to create a wellness plan that best suits you as a unique individual. I will support you emotionally through the ups and downs of this journey, and help you process past traumas if they are showing up.
I have extensive experience supporting people dealing with anxiety, grief/loss, chronic illness, codependency, among others.
Beginning a journey of emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing can be intimidating. I know because I’ve been there. It’s hard to know where to start when there are thousands of diets, workout plans, and therapists to choose from. The good news is it’s not as complicated as it seems! The first step in solving any problem is awareness which means you are already on your way. I will help you develop the knowledge you need to create a wellness plan that best suits you as a unique individual. I will support you emotionally through the ups and downs of this journey, and help you process past traumas if they are showing up.
(201) 472-0653 View (201) 472-0653
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Maha Akhtar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
New parenthood can be one of the most fulfilling and challenging life changes one will ever face. If you are currently pregnant, up to two years postpartum, or a new parent that's struggling, you've come to the right place. Maha's practice focuses on treating the unique needs of the perinatal population. With nearly 8 years of experience in the helping profession as an experienced social worker, Maha has worked with a variety of populations in the hospital setting. She has extensive experience working with individuals facing issues with work/life balance, relationships, chronic illness, and more.
New parenthood can be one of the most fulfilling and challenging life changes one will ever face. If you are currently pregnant, up to two years postpartum, or a new parent that's struggling, you've come to the right place. Maha's practice focuses on treating the unique needs of the perinatal population. With nearly 8 years of experience in the helping profession as an experienced social worker, Maha has worked with a variety of populations in the hospital setting. She has extensive experience working with individuals facing issues with work/life balance, relationships, chronic illness, and more.
(516) 928-4897 View (516) 928-4897
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Dr. Penni Waldman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Ridgewood, NY 11385
I'm a clinical/health psychologist, inter-faith minister and hypnotherapist with over 30 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, children, teenagers, couples, geriatrics, family, special needs, cultural issues, food, weight issues, viruses, autoimmune diseases & nutritional needs. Anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, cultural stress, career counseling, parenting, men’s issues are just a few of the specialties I work with. Most of us go through life with uncontrolled thoughts allowing our minds to dictate perceptions and meaning to situations we encounter, often in unproductive and/or distressful ways.
I'm a clinical/health psychologist, inter-faith minister and hypnotherapist with over 30 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, children, teenagers, couples, geriatrics, family, special needs, cultural issues, food, weight issues, viruses, autoimmune diseases & nutritional needs. Anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, cultural stress, career counseling, parenting, men’s issues are just a few of the specialties I work with. Most of us go through life with uncontrolled thoughts allowing our minds to dictate perceptions and meaning to situations we encounter, often in unproductive and/or distressful ways.
(929) 295-5486 View (929) 295-5486
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Joseph R. Scrivani
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11103
Making the decision to change or start something new is never easy, therapy included. Let me help you make the change you want in your life! I have been helping people do just that for nearly 20 years. My clients are adults of all genders & sexual orientations. It's been my experience that therapy works best when you and your therapist share a sense of trust & comfort. This helps increase motivation. Primary issues treated are depression, anxiety, lack of satisfaction in relationships & careers, self-esteem, grief and living with chronic illness.
Making the decision to change or start something new is never easy, therapy included. Let me help you make the change you want in your life! I have been helping people do just that for nearly 20 years. My clients are adults of all genders & sexual orientations. It's been my experience that therapy works best when you and your therapist share a sense of trust & comfort. This helps increase motivation. Primary issues treated are depression, anxiety, lack of satisfaction in relationships & careers, self-esteem, grief and living with chronic illness.
(917) 746-0276 View (917) 746-0276
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Ellen Block
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with chronic pain or illness and feel as though it's stopping you from living the life you want? Are you facing a major transition, stressor or anxiety? Hi, I'm Ellen and I'm glad you've found me! As a member of the disabled community, I understand the challenges that can arise when we don't feel heard or understood. I also have experienced how rewarding finding the right therapist to help me tackle these challenges could be. I'm here to listen and help you overcome barriers, no matter the problem. We will work together to develop a plan with skills-training and achievable goals that help you flourish.
Do you struggle with chronic pain or illness and feel as though it's stopping you from living the life you want? Are you facing a major transition, stressor or anxiety? Hi, I'm Ellen and I'm glad you've found me! As a member of the disabled community, I understand the challenges that can arise when we don't feel heard or understood. I also have experienced how rewarding finding the right therapist to help me tackle these challenges could be. I'm here to listen and help you overcome barriers, no matter the problem. We will work together to develop a plan with skills-training and achievable goals that help you flourish.
(315) 496-6306 View (315) 496-6306

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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.