Chronic Illness Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Bonnie Deopp Clinical Supervisor
Counselor, LMHC, CN
Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! And Welcome. We would be a good fit if you are interested in exploring the impact of past experiences on your here and now responses of body sensations, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors through a mind-body approach. My areas of clinical focus are: 1).Complex Trauma and resulting Panic/Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Dysfunctional Coping, and Chronic Illness. 2).Loss of control when eating in adults and adolescents including Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, and Emotional Eating. 3). LGBTQ+ including gender affirming transitions 4). Addiction Recovery and Chronic Relapses 5). Fertility Issues and PCOS.
Hello! And Welcome. We would be a good fit if you are interested in exploring the impact of past experiences on your here and now responses of body sensations, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors through a mind-body approach. My areas of clinical focus are: 1).Complex Trauma and resulting Panic/Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Dysfunctional Coping, and Chronic Illness. 2).Loss of control when eating in adults and adolescents including Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, and Emotional Eating. 3). LGBTQ+ including gender affirming transitions 4). Addiction Recovery and Chronic Relapses 5). Fertility Issues and PCOS.
(206) 202-7076 View (206) 202-7076
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Laura Weinstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR-BC, CMHS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112
It's safe to say there is no one-size-fits-all way to come of age during a global pandemic and Youth Mental Health Crisis. As a youth and family art therapist, I am here to help, young adults, teens, and preteens learn to harness their strengths and turn them into coping skills they can use everyday to maintain emotional balance during these exceptionally stressful times. I am experienced in the full range of challenges facing young clients, but have particular expertise with depression / anxiety/ bi-polar disorder, major life transitions and stress, suicidal thoughts, gender exploration, PTSD, and chronic illness/ pain/ disability.
It's safe to say there is no one-size-fits-all way to come of age during a global pandemic and Youth Mental Health Crisis. As a youth and family art therapist, I am here to help, young adults, teens, and preteens learn to harness their strengths and turn them into coping skills they can use everyday to maintain emotional balance during these exceptionally stressful times. I am experienced in the full range of challenges facing young clients, but have particular expertise with depression / anxiety/ bi-polar disorder, major life transitions and stress, suicidal thoughts, gender exploration, PTSD, and chronic illness/ pain/ disability.
(425) 584-1785 View (425) 584-1785
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Ridley Beierschmitt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Seattle, WA 98133
My clinical approach is largely psychodynamic with existential and humanistic elements. Some of my clinical interests include: adult developmental life transitions, the impact of chronic illness (on both the person with chronic illness and those caring for someone with chronic illness/ongoing health needs), and men's issues.
My clinical approach is largely psychodynamic with existential and humanistic elements. Some of my clinical interests include: adult developmental life transitions, the impact of chronic illness (on both the person with chronic illness and those caring for someone with chronic illness/ongoing health needs), and men's issues.
(206) 504-3862 View (206) 504-3862
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Cassady Kintner PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, MDFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105
I have extensive clinical training and life experience coping with chronic illness.
I am passionate about helping people with complex, highly demanding medical conditions, particularly diabetes, to face the emotional and behavioral challenges that so often accompany chronic health problems. I also enjoy working with 15+ teens and young women struggling with feelings of being "too much" and still "not enough". There is hope, and I can help you overcome frustration and discouragement to find peace, balance and a sense of purpose. You are not alone, and you don't have to do this alone.
I have extensive clinical training and life experience coping with chronic illness.
I am passionate about helping people with complex, highly demanding medical conditions, particularly diabetes, to face the emotional and behavioral challenges that so often accompany chronic health problems. I also enjoy working with 15+ teens and young women struggling with feelings of being "too much" and still "not enough". There is hope, and I can help you overcome frustration and discouragement to find peace, balance and a sense of purpose. You are not alone, and you don't have to do this alone.
(206) 202-6615 View (206) 202-6615
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B. Bartja Wachtel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, MHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
I am honored to work with people facing challenges in chronic illness (ALS, early on-set Dementias, MS, Parkinson's, TBI, Stroke, Cancer), end of life, caregiver burnout, finding meaning, depression/anxiety, non-dominant gender, romantic orientations, trauma, toxic masculinity and Sex-Positivity.
Waitlist for Dec/Jan Spots Available. Telehealth Only. Prior to contact, please check the in-network insurance list below. Resistance to the very normal experience of suffering, as if something has gone terribly wrong, is natural. We become disconnected from the fullness of our experience and ourselves; the mind, body and our relationships. We practice inclining toward your experience and yourself in these areas with curiosity, cultivating tenderness, interconnectedness, and wise attention. Within all of us these precious core values have a capacity to hold space and a sense of wholeness that runs deeper than our problems.
I am honored to work with people facing challenges in chronic illness (ALS, early on-set Dementias, MS, Parkinson's, TBI, Stroke, Cancer), end of life, caregiver burnout, finding meaning, depression/anxiety, non-dominant gender, romantic orientations, trauma, toxic masculinity and Sex-Positivity.
Waitlist for Dec/Jan Spots Available. Telehealth Only. Prior to contact, please check the in-network insurance list below. Resistance to the very normal experience of suffering, as if something has gone terribly wrong, is natural. We become disconnected from the fullness of our experience and ourselves; the mind, body and our relationships. We practice inclining toward your experience and yourself in these areas with curiosity, cultivating tenderness, interconnectedness, and wise attention. Within all of us these precious core values have a capacity to hold space and a sense of wholeness that runs deeper than our problems.
(206) 538-2935 View (206) 538-2935
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Cheryl Poynor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with clients who are suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, overwhelm/burnout, chronic illness and pain, grief and loss, ADHD, and life stage transition/adjustment.
Welcome to Alpenglow Therapy. You are most likely here because you’re hurting in some way and want to feel better. You are not alone. I am so glad you’re taking this step to take care of yourself. Healing and growth are possible for you! My goal as a therapist is to create a safe and trusting space where you feel comfortable to be yourself. It is a space for you to process, to grow, to learn, to heal, and to succeed. As your therapist, I can accompany you on this journey without judgement or pressure, support you in your time of need, teach you new skills, and gently challenge you to help you reach your goals.
I specialize in working with clients who are suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, overwhelm/burnout, chronic illness and pain, grief and loss, ADHD, and life stage transition/adjustment.
Welcome to Alpenglow Therapy. You are most likely here because you’re hurting in some way and want to feel better. You are not alone. I am so glad you’re taking this step to take care of yourself. Healing and growth are possible for you! My goal as a therapist is to create a safe and trusting space where you feel comfortable to be yourself. It is a space for you to process, to grow, to learn, to heal, and to succeed. As your therapist, I can accompany you on this journey without judgement or pressure, support you in your time of need, teach you new skills, and gently challenge you to help you reach your goals.
(206) 800-7648 View (206) 800-7648
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Dav Monet
Counselor, MACP, LMHC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
My 5+ years of experience have included working with many concerns, though LGBT+ issues, religious trauma and living with chronic illness have been some of the most common.
Living with untreated mental health concerns can be as blaring as crisis or subtle as the feeling that something is "off". However it shows up, counseling can help you start working with your pain and processing your experiences with professional aid. My style of counseling engages clients' unique inner worlds via practices like art therapy, dreamwork and attention to somatic signals, without neglecting the impacts of outer circumstances and systemic harms.
My 5+ years of experience have included working with many concerns, though LGBT+ issues, religious trauma and living with chronic illness have been some of the most common.
Living with untreated mental health concerns can be as blaring as crisis or subtle as the feeling that something is "off". However it shows up, counseling can help you start working with your pain and processing your experiences with professional aid. My style of counseling engages clients' unique inner worlds via practices like art therapy, dreamwork and attention to somatic signals, without neglecting the impacts of outer circumstances and systemic harms.
(360) 526-0200 View (360) 526-0200
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Elliott McMurray
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSWAIC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I am a trauma-informed practitioner and have experience working with adults and elders on a variety of concerns, including life transitions and stress, traumatic experiences, toxic and abusive relationships, chronic illness and disability, gender, sexuality, anxiety, and depression. As a person-centered practitioner, I believe that recovery is possible and that you know yourself best. I work to create an environment of unconditional acceptance as we work together to explore what's unresolved, unbalanced, and causing pain in your life. I draw from several evidence-based practices to provide individualized treatment to every client.
I am a trauma-informed practitioner and have experience working with adults and elders on a variety of concerns, including life transitions and stress, traumatic experiences, toxic and abusive relationships, chronic illness and disability, gender, sexuality, anxiety, and depression. As a person-centered practitioner, I believe that recovery is possible and that you know yourself best. I work to create an environment of unconditional acceptance as we work together to explore what's unresolved, unbalanced, and causing pain in your life. I draw from several evidence-based practices to provide individualized treatment to every client.
(360) 564-5557 View (360) 564-5557
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Meredith Jan Tackett
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP-RP
Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
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 x1002 View (206) 875-2303 x1002
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Caitlin Noelani Minniear
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST, MDFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
I help individuals and couples navigate complex relational issues involving trauma, depression, anxiety, acculturation, chronic illness, and life transitions.
I believe that healing occurs when people are given the space to explore their unique emotional experience to better understand how it colors their worldview, sense of self, and relationships with others. Within a safe therapeutic relationship, I work with my clients to make meaning out of both mundane and extraordinary moments, unlocking their ability to live a more fully present, authentic life.
I help individuals and couples navigate complex relational issues involving trauma, depression, anxiety, acculturation, chronic illness, and life transitions.
I believe that healing occurs when people are given the space to explore their unique emotional experience to better understand how it colors their worldview, sense of self, and relationships with others. Within a safe therapeutic relationship, I work with my clients to make meaning out of both mundane and extraordinary moments, unlocking their ability to live a more fully present, authentic life.
(206) 895-0722 View (206) 895-0722
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Katie Sparrow
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified
Seattle, WA 98144  (Online Only)
I am accepting new couples and individuals. My work focuses on deepening how we tell stories about ourselves, as well as understanding and healing our relationships. Parenting, divorce, chronic illness, anxiety, shame, and relationship troubles are particularly good matches for me. Life can go sideways in all kinds of ways, and therapy can give you concrete tools and aha moments that can change everything. I have worked for over fifteen years in the mental health field, and love working with teens, adults, and couples. I welcome people from all backgrounds, and actively cultivate an atmosphere that welcomes diversity of all kinds.
I am accepting new couples and individuals. My work focuses on deepening how we tell stories about ourselves, as well as understanding and healing our relationships. Parenting, divorce, chronic illness, anxiety, shame, and relationship troubles are particularly good matches for me. Life can go sideways in all kinds of ways, and therapy can give you concrete tools and aha moments that can change everything. I have worked for over fifteen years in the mental health field, and love working with teens, adults, and couples. I welcome people from all backgrounds, and actively cultivate an atmosphere that welcomes diversity of all kinds.
(206) 208-0698 View (206) 208-0698
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Jenna Rumberger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
Are you a family caregiver of an aging loved one who is feeling anxious, depressed or burnout? Or are you an older adult adjusting to a chronic illness, injury or change in function? I provide individual therapy to support you through your journey with chronic illness, such as dementia or a cancer diagnosis. I also offer consultation services to explore practical aspects of aging and caregiving such as in-home care, residential placement options, and end of life planning. The goal is for you to feel heard, valued, and empowered.
Are you a family caregiver of an aging loved one who is feeling anxious, depressed or burnout? Or are you an older adult adjusting to a chronic illness, injury or change in function? I provide individual therapy to support you through your journey with chronic illness, such as dementia or a cancer diagnosis. I also offer consultation services to explore practical aspects of aging and caregiving such as in-home care, residential placement options, and end of life planning. The goal is for you to feel heard, valued, and empowered.
(206) 672-6671 View (206) 672-6671
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Lauren Collins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
In-person and after 5pm appointments are FULL - telehealth afternoon appointments are OPEN. Hello! I work with adolescents and adults both in-person (my office is located in Everett), as well as throughout WA state through telehealth. I specialize in working with anxiety, eating disorders, childhood trauma, chronic illness, depression, professional burnout, suicidal thoughts, self harm behaviors, and those who may be exploring their queer and/or gender identity and expression. Some clients also come to me for general emotional support or want an outside perspective on a situation that is impacting their life.
In-person and after 5pm appointments are FULL - telehealth afternoon appointments are OPEN. Hello! I work with adolescents and adults both in-person (my office is located in Everett), as well as throughout WA state through telehealth. I specialize in working with anxiety, eating disorders, childhood trauma, chronic illness, depression, professional burnout, suicidal thoughts, self harm behaviors, and those who may be exploring their queer and/or gender identity and expression. Some clients also come to me for general emotional support or want an outside perspective on a situation that is impacting their life.
(425) 390-5265 View (425) 390-5265
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Deborah Zucker
Counselor, ND, LMHCA
Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
I offer a welcoming space to explore how disorienting transitions, loss, intense challenges and illnesses can hold within them the possibility for profound personal transformation, renewed vitality, and deeper connections. It was my own journey with chronic illness that began in my twenties that evolved into a calling to support others in their healing. Since 2008, I have worked as a licensed naturopathic physician, health coach, author, educator, and now mental health counselor. My personal and professional experiences have engendered an embodied compassion and humility for the ways in which life can bring us to our knees.
I offer a welcoming space to explore how disorienting transitions, loss, intense challenges and illnesses can hold within them the possibility for profound personal transformation, renewed vitality, and deeper connections. It was my own journey with chronic illness that began in my twenties that evolved into a calling to support others in their healing. Since 2008, I have worked as a licensed naturopathic physician, health coach, author, educator, and now mental health counselor. My personal and professional experiences have engendered an embodied compassion and humility for the ways in which life can bring us to our knees.
(360) 234-3098 View (360) 234-3098
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Xyla Blue Payne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSWAIC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. As humans, we all struggle with coping sometimes. Coping could be more challenging because of chronic illness, pain, neurodiversity, anxiety, and depression. My fellow zebras may be familiar with the saying coined by Theodore Woodward, “When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras,” which is commonly taught to doctors. This saying often results in individuals feeling invalidated and questioning their symptoms. Invalidation and lack of support can leave individuals feeling isolated. As a therapist, I aim to assist my clients with building coping mechanisms and providing emotional support.
Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. As humans, we all struggle with coping sometimes. Coping could be more challenging because of chronic illness, pain, neurodiversity, anxiety, and depression. My fellow zebras may be familiar with the saying coined by Theodore Woodward, “When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras,” which is commonly taught to doctors. This saying often results in individuals feeling invalidated and questioning their symptoms. Invalidation and lack of support can leave individuals feeling isolated. As a therapist, I aim to assist my clients with building coping mechanisms and providing emotional support.
(425) 689-7246 View (425) 689-7246
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Jean Madrone Lynch-Thomason
SEP, RH
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98108
My areas of specialty include neurodivergence, complex trauma, chronic illness and disability, harm reduction, and trans and queer positive care.
I offer somatic therapy to support resilience and nervous system regulation with a focus on attachment and healing from stress and trauma. The basis of my work is trauma-informed care with an emphasis on anti-oppression theory. Somatic, or body-based therapy, can be particularly helpful for grounding, connection with self and others, integrating past and current experience, and embodiment. If you are looking for ways to shift out of survival patterns and into deeper presence in your life, you're in the right place. I work with adults, kids, and parent/child dyads.
My areas of specialty include neurodivergence, complex trauma, chronic illness and disability, harm reduction, and trans and queer positive care.
I offer somatic therapy to support resilience and nervous system regulation with a focus on attachment and healing from stress and trauma. The basis of my work is trauma-informed care with an emphasis on anti-oppression theory. Somatic, or body-based therapy, can be particularly helpful for grounding, connection with self and others, integrating past and current experience, and embodiment. If you are looking for ways to shift out of survival patterns and into deeper presence in your life, you're in the right place. I work with adults, kids, and parent/child dyads.
(360) 226-7248 View (360) 226-7248
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Kari Hilwig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Seattle, WA 98101  (Online Only)
Have you or someone you love received a recent diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness such as cancer? Has coping with a chronic illness left you feeling isolated and struggling to make sense of yourself and the world around you? Has someone you loved died and you need extra support as you grieve? Do you experience disenfranchised grief, such as divorce, facing an empty nest as children enter adulthood, aging childless when having a child is something you wanted, or any other life transition that shakes our sense of meaning and identity?
Have you or someone you love received a recent diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness such as cancer? Has coping with a chronic illness left you feeling isolated and struggling to make sense of yourself and the world around you? Has someone you loved died and you need extra support as you grieve? Do you experience disenfranchised grief, such as divorce, facing an empty nest as children enter adulthood, aging childless when having a child is something you wanted, or any other life transition that shakes our sense of meaning and identity?
(206) 984-3430 View (206) 984-3430
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Sara Chan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
Rehabilitation Psychologists are specialty-trained to assist individuals manage recovery from injuries, or adjust to chronic illness, or disability.
I am a Rehabilitation Psychologist specializing in neurorehabilitation & management of chronic medical illnesses. I offer telemedicine appointments in Washington State & PSYPACT-member states. I have expertise in providing individualized care to persons with complex injury or diseases affecting the brain or central nervous system. This can lead to more structured treatment plans. I can also offer more opportunities for participation with family members and loved ones.
Rehabilitation Psychologists are specialty-trained to assist individuals manage recovery from injuries, or adjust to chronic illness, or disability.
I am a Rehabilitation Psychologist specializing in neurorehabilitation & management of chronic medical illnesses. I offer telemedicine appointments in Washington State & PSYPACT-member states. I have expertise in providing individualized care to persons with complex injury or diseases affecting the brain or central nervous system. This can lead to more structured treatment plans. I can also offer more opportunities for participation with family members and loved ones.
(360) 585-0159 View (360) 585-0159
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Sonia Milbank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Seattle, WA 98101  (Online Only)
I spent years working with adolescents and young adults with chronic illness (liver transplant and Inflammatory Bowel Disease populations).
With a background treating people across the lifespan, I have come to the realization that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most sacred spaces we can enter. With mutual respect and openness I can help you to process through grief, trauma, and chronic illness. It would be an honor to enter the sacred therapeutic space alongside you. Of note, while I am not currently taking insurance I am happy to provide you with a super bill for you to seek reimbursement from your insurance for out of network providers.
I spent years working with adolescents and young adults with chronic illness (liver transplant and Inflammatory Bowel Disease populations).
With a background treating people across the lifespan, I have come to the realization that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most sacred spaces we can enter. With mutual respect and openness I can help you to process through grief, trauma, and chronic illness. It would be an honor to enter the sacred therapeutic space alongside you. Of note, while I am not currently taking insurance I am happy to provide you with a super bill for you to seek reimbursement from your insurance for out of network providers.
(503) 549-1190 View (503) 549-1190
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Stellium Integrative Wellness
MA, PhD
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
Stellium Integrative Wellness is compassion-based & uses tools like positive psychology, meditation & hypnotherapy techniques to build confidence & resiliency. Clients include Millennials 20-45, Gen Xers 45-55, & Baby Boomers 56-74 dealing with relationships, career, concerns surrounding parenting, health issues/chronic illness (cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, COVID-19), LGBTQIA, disability, & grief from loss (job, parent/family member/friend, partner, child, home, bankruptcy, divorce/separation). Areas of expertise include life coaching, hypnosis, love-relationships/dating, & confidence/self-esteem building.
Stellium Integrative Wellness is compassion-based & uses tools like positive psychology, meditation & hypnotherapy techniques to build confidence & resiliency. Clients include Millennials 20-45, Gen Xers 45-55, & Baby Boomers 56-74 dealing with relationships, career, concerns surrounding parenting, health issues/chronic illness (cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, COVID-19), LGBTQIA, disability, & grief from loss (job, parent/family member/friend, partner, child, home, bankruptcy, divorce/separation). Areas of expertise include life coaching, hypnosis, love-relationships/dating, & confidence/self-esteem building.
(503) 461-7881 View (503) 461-7881

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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.