Chronic Illness Therapists in New York, NY

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Anna Stephenson
Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT, RDT, CCLS, MA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10038  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Anna. I work with pre-teens, teens, and adults to find joy and playfulness, even amidst severe circumstances. I help my clients recognize their unconditional worth, to find their voices, and to validate their rich inner lives. My years of experience supporting families and children with acute and or chronic illness in inpatient pediatrics has greatly informed my approach to therapy in private practice. I see each person as having a unique story to tell, and meaning to made from all of their life experiences. Engaging creatively with these experiences can be incredibly healing, empowering, and beautiful.
Hi, my name is Anna. I work with pre-teens, teens, and adults to find joy and playfulness, even amidst severe circumstances. I help my clients recognize their unconditional worth, to find their voices, and to validate their rich inner lives. My years of experience supporting families and children with acute and or chronic illness in inpatient pediatrics has greatly informed my approach to therapy in private practice. I see each person as having a unique story to tell, and meaning to made from all of their life experiences. Engaging creatively with these experiences can be incredibly healing, empowering, and beautiful.
(646) 437-8317 View (646) 437-8317
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Jodi Taub, LCSW, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
My specialty area is chronic illness and rare disease.
Deciding to speak to a complete stranger about your personal feelings can be overwhelming! That's why choosing the right therapist can be just as important as taking the first steps to begin therapy. I use humor, sensitivity, and honesty in my therapeutic approach. It is my goal to provide the support, knowledge, and tools necessary to enhance your coping skills anhence improving relationships and decreasing overal stress.
My specialty area is chronic illness and rare disease.
Deciding to speak to a complete stranger about your personal feelings can be overwhelming! That's why choosing the right therapist can be just as important as taking the first steps to begin therapy. I use humor, sensitivity, and honesty in my therapeutic approach. It is my goal to provide the support, knowledge, and tools necessary to enhance your coping skills anhence improving relationships and decreasing overal stress.
(516) 701-1933 View (516) 701-1933
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Greenbush Psychotherapy LLC | Jessica Brooks, PhD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10075
Feeling like others don’t get you, or that you can’t be successful or happy is stressful and can interfere with your quality of life. I can help you to work on your relationships and other important life goals while still being true to yourself. I specialize in providing affirming therapy for neurodiverse adults and people with chronic illness and/or disabilities, including autism, OCD, ADHD, chronic pain, general anxiety, social anxiety, persistent depression, bipolar disorders, trauma, and psychosis. Together, we can help you to adjust to a diagnosis, heal from being misunderstood, reframe your strengths, and plan for your future.
Feeling like others don’t get you, or that you can’t be successful or happy is stressful and can interfere with your quality of life. I can help you to work on your relationships and other important life goals while still being true to yourself. I specialize in providing affirming therapy for neurodiverse adults and people with chronic illness and/or disabilities, including autism, OCD, ADHD, chronic pain, general anxiety, social anxiety, persistent depression, bipolar disorders, trauma, and psychosis. Together, we can help you to adjust to a diagnosis, heal from being misunderstood, reframe your strengths, and plan for your future.
(608) 999-4635 View (608) 999-4635
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Samantha Wilson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10013  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping individuals who have experienced trauma, cancer/chronic illness, grief, and young adults who are undergoing life transitions, anxiety, and depression.
I am a licensed clinical social worker who believes in the power of understanding ones own story. I do not believe that you are “broken,” or that you need “fixing.” I use a combination of mindfulness, strength-based, and compassion-focused approaches to empower my clients to re-claim parts of their story and achieve self-acceptance. I strive to help clients interpret past experiences and to unburden emotional pain, which can improve your relationships, help you achieve your goals, and improve your overall quality of life.
I specialize in helping individuals who have experienced trauma, cancer/chronic illness, grief, and young adults who are undergoing life transitions, anxiety, and depression.
I am a licensed clinical social worker who believes in the power of understanding ones own story. I do not believe that you are “broken,” or that you need “fixing.” I use a combination of mindfulness, strength-based, and compassion-focused approaches to empower my clients to re-claim parts of their story and achieve self-acceptance. I strive to help clients interpret past experiences and to unburden emotional pain, which can improve your relationships, help you achieve your goals, and improve your overall quality of life.
(332) 895-2792 View (332) 895-2792
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Randi Solomon-Nathan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, R
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
I have a specialization in helping individuals, families and couples live more successfully with chronic illness and adjust to various stressors. I also have extensive experience treating relationship and family conflicts, challenges of different life stages, depression, anxiety, bereavement, conflicts associated with substance abuse and self-defeating behaviors including when people habitually undermine themselves or find themselves drawn to situations where they will be disappointed, fail or be mistreated. My goal is to help you feel comfortable with the therapeutic process so you can freely discover new alternatives and choices.
I have a specialization in helping individuals, families and couples live more successfully with chronic illness and adjust to various stressors. I also have extensive experience treating relationship and family conflicts, challenges of different life stages, depression, anxiety, bereavement, conflicts associated with substance abuse and self-defeating behaviors including when people habitually undermine themselves or find themselves drawn to situations where they will be disappointed, fail or be mistreated. My goal is to help you feel comfortable with the therapeutic process so you can freely discover new alternatives and choices.
(646) 506-3480 View (646) 506-3480
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Gabriela Lupatkin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I work with my clients to create an authentic and collaborative relationship while enabling clients to develop insight and coping strategies. I work with individuals and couples dealing with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, fertility treatment and chronic illness. I help clients explore their stressors, gain insight into their patterns and develop solutions. I am trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and implement an active and psychodynamic approach to help clients explore challenges and reach their goals.
I work with my clients to create an authentic and collaborative relationship while enabling clients to develop insight and coping strategies. I work with individuals and couples dealing with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, fertility treatment and chronic illness. I help clients explore their stressors, gain insight into their patterns and develop solutions. I am trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and implement an active and psychodynamic approach to help clients explore challenges and reach their goals.
(646) 535-7243 View (646) 535-7243
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Anna Goodhand
MHC-LP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
Hi, my name is Anna. Feeling misunderstood and other-ed can be deeply challenging, especially if you navigate the world with a unique set of experiences or marginalized ones—whether you're part of the queer and/or trans community, Neurodivergent, facing complex trauma, or dealing with chronic illness.
Hi, my name is Anna. Feeling misunderstood and other-ed can be deeply challenging, especially if you navigate the world with a unique set of experiences or marginalized ones—whether you're part of the queer and/or trans community, Neurodivergent, facing complex trauma, or dealing with chronic illness.
(332) 286-3820 View (332) 286-3820
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Megan Lothian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003
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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Bobby Rosenthal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011
I am a seasoned psychodynamically trained psychotherapist. I work with individuals and couples on a short or long term basis dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, imposter syndrome or chronic illness. I have had many years of experience working with individuals coping with cognitive issues such as dementia and with adult issues of trauma, feelings of worthlessness, aging, HIV/AIDS and chronic illness. I have a strong specialty working within the LGBTQ community and with issues surrounding terminal illness, dying, grief and bereavement.
I am a seasoned psychodynamically trained psychotherapist. I work with individuals and couples on a short or long term basis dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, imposter syndrome or chronic illness. I have had many years of experience working with individuals coping with cognitive issues such as dementia and with adult issues of trauma, feelings of worthlessness, aging, HIV/AIDS and chronic illness. I have a strong specialty working within the LGBTQ community and with issues surrounding terminal illness, dying, grief and bereavement.
(332) 895-1763 View (332) 895-1763
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Jesse William Barbalato
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
New York, NY 10038  (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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Ellyn Gamberg
Counselor, EdD, LMHC, nbcch
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
My goal as an integrated heath care professional is to treat the whole body; so patients can experience changes in sensation, perception, thought or behavior corresponding to his or their mental or physical health needs. My success in treating chronic illness is founded in the idea that all therapeutic relationships are a partnership of patient and clinician in restoring the body to health. The use of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy can address a variety of physical and mental health issues in a shorter time; with longer lasting effects.
My goal as an integrated heath care professional is to treat the whole body; so patients can experience changes in sensation, perception, thought or behavior corresponding to his or their mental or physical health needs. My success in treating chronic illness is founded in the idea that all therapeutic relationships are a partnership of patient and clinician in restoring the body to health. The use of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy can address a variety of physical and mental health issues in a shorter time; with longer lasting effects.
(646) 663-4639 View (646) 663-4639
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Jessica Kreitman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I have worked in Oncology and Palliative Care providing me a lens into chronic illness, caregiver burnout and grief/bereavement.
Are you dealing with challenging life transitions or serious illness in your family? Is it hard for you to see your voice amongst the changes in your life? My hope is to create this space with you, build rapport and trust that you deserve. I am here to join you in this experience, where I strive to empower you to make effective and meaningful changes in your life. My experience in anxiety, depression, and grief/bereavement has helped me to work with my clients to work to find their voice, find new coping strategies or empower the ones they already have.
I have worked in Oncology and Palliative Care providing me a lens into chronic illness, caregiver burnout and grief/bereavement.
Are you dealing with challenging life transitions or serious illness in your family? Is it hard for you to see your voice amongst the changes in your life? My hope is to create this space with you, build rapport and trust that you deserve. I am here to join you in this experience, where I strive to empower you to make effective and meaningful changes in your life. My experience in anxiety, depression, and grief/bereavement has helped me to work with my clients to work to find their voice, find new coping strategies or empower the ones they already have.
(347) 286-4521 View (347) 286-4521
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Abby Frank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10013
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
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Lauren L Fasanella
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
I am a licensed psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience successfully working with a wide variety of individuals. My passion lies in supporting and helping my clients process difficult times in their lives. Specifically, I can best help with issues like the death of a loved one, acute and chronic illness, life transitions, relationship issues, eating disorders and weight management, self-esteem vulnerabilities, social media confrontations, depression, and general life anxieties. My interactive clinical approach is one that is fully adaptable to my client’s needs.
I am a licensed psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience successfully working with a wide variety of individuals. My passion lies in supporting and helping my clients process difficult times in their lives. Specifically, I can best help with issues like the death of a loved one, acute and chronic illness, life transitions, relationship issues, eating disorders and weight management, self-esteem vulnerabilities, social media confrontations, depression, and general life anxieties. My interactive clinical approach is one that is fully adaptable to my client’s needs.
(646) 960-3238 View (646) 960-3238
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Stefanie Wasserman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10065
You are not alone if you are struggling with anxiety, feeling isolated, down in the dumps or coping with triggers of past trauma. These are common symptoms of todays uncertain climate. These feelings are also manageable with the right coping skills, self care practices and a safe space to explore your thoughts, feelings and regain control of your mental health. Whether you are pregnant, a new parent during COVID 19, diagnosed with a chronic illness or going through a life transition, I am trained to help you work through your feelings.
You are not alone if you are struggling with anxiety, feeling isolated, down in the dumps or coping with triggers of past trauma. These are common symptoms of todays uncertain climate. These feelings are also manageable with the right coping skills, self care practices and a safe space to explore your thoughts, feelings and regain control of your mental health. Whether you are pregnant, a new parent during COVID 19, diagnosed with a chronic illness or going through a life transition, I am trained to help you work through your feelings.
(631) 503-0766 View (631) 503-0766
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Rachel Potter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10028  (Online Only)
I help people pleasers coping with chronic stress, including burnout and chronic illness, get “unstuck.” Living with chronic stress can feel discouraging, isolating, frustrating and overwhleming. Sometimes it feels like no one “gets it.” I work with people striving to become their best selves, whether that means overcoming burnout or lack of purpose, coping with chronic illness, or figuring out how to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
I help people pleasers coping with chronic stress, including burnout and chronic illness, get “unstuck.” Living with chronic stress can feel discouraging, isolating, frustrating and overwhleming. Sometimes it feels like no one “gets it.” I work with people striving to become their best selves, whether that means overcoming burnout or lack of purpose, coping with chronic illness, or figuring out how to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
(917) 456-8927 View (917) 456-8927
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Jamie Klein
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10014  (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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Maureen O'Reilly-Landry
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
I work with individuals and couples distressed by work, relationships, life transitions, crises/traumas. I have worked extensively with people in the medical world: individuals with chronic illness, medically induced stress/trauma, parents of a medically ill child, family, caregivers, and medical providers. I create a safe space in which to discover one's authentic self and work collaboratively to help people discover what hinders their happiness. With couples, it is essential to understand oneself, one's partner, and their impact on each other, including the negative cycles of interaction between them.
I work with individuals and couples distressed by work, relationships, life transitions, crises/traumas. I have worked extensively with people in the medical world: individuals with chronic illness, medically induced stress/trauma, parents of a medically ill child, family, caregivers, and medical providers. I create a safe space in which to discover one's authentic self and work collaboratively to help people discover what hinders their happiness. With couples, it is essential to understand oneself, one's partner, and their impact on each other, including the negative cycles of interaction between them.
(646) 808-3809 View (646) 808-3809
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Raydale Soman (Blaylock)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
Years of working with individuals of all ages managing chronic illness has helped me cultivate a great amount of compassion and empathy for those seeking to enhance his or her quality of life.
Growth and change is necessary to reach your full potential and live your best quality of life. Whether you are struggling with the constant demands managing a chronic medical condition, suffering from an emotional injury that hinders your ability to fulfill long lasting healthy relationships with the people you love, or stress related to racial injustice, I am here to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you process these experiences.
Years of working with individuals of all ages managing chronic illness has helped me cultivate a great amount of compassion and empathy for those seeking to enhance his or her quality of life.
Growth and change is necessary to reach your full potential and live your best quality of life. Whether you are struggling with the constant demands managing a chronic medical condition, suffering from an emotional injury that hinders your ability to fulfill long lasting healthy relationships with the people you love, or stress related to racial injustice, I am here to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you process these experiences.
(551) 277-0638 View (551) 277-0638
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Tanya Koifman - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, NY, NJ, ID, PA, DE, VT, RI, SC, FL
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
I support people through a range of life situations including: anxiety, grief/loss, living with chronic illness, dynamic disability, care givers, coming out, college, life transitions, fertility treatments, DCP, parenting, communication issues.
I am a warm, affirming, non-judgmental psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience, and I work with an interactive, humanistic, strengths-based, trauma-informed, HAES-aligned, and transparent, narrative approach. I believe that people have the innate capacity to heal and change. We will work together to develop a deeper understanding of your life goals and perspectives, so that we can custom-tailor techniques to make life most meaningful for you. We will work together toward resolving life challenges by identifying your personal strengths, coping strategies, and by helping you to see things in your life from a different lens.
I support people through a range of life situations including: anxiety, grief/loss, living with chronic illness, dynamic disability, care givers, coming out, college, life transitions, fertility treatments, DCP, parenting, communication issues.
I am a warm, affirming, non-judgmental psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience, and I work with an interactive, humanistic, strengths-based, trauma-informed, HAES-aligned, and transparent, narrative approach. I believe that people have the innate capacity to heal and change. We will work together to develop a deeper understanding of your life goals and perspectives, so that we can custom-tailor techniques to make life most meaningful for you. We will work together toward resolving life challenges by identifying your personal strengths, coping strategies, and by helping you to see things in your life from a different lens.
(646) 798-6332 View (646) 798-6332
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.