Do you feel like your life is controlled by your chronic illness?
Maybe you’re feeling worn down by your symptoms, or perhaps you’re stressed out by everything you have to do to take care of yourself. You may be worrying about what this means for you in the long term, or paralyzed with anxiety every time you have a flare up.
Whatever it is that you’re experiencing, you’re beginning to notice the impact of this in every facet of your life:
- You feel like a burden for needing so much help from the people in your life.
- You can’t seem to accomplish things the way you used to, but you don’t want to take on less just because of your diagnosis.
- You’re upset when your family and friends don’t understand what you’re going through.
Therapy for chronic illness can help.
It may feel impossible now, but you can adjust to life with chronic illness. You can find pleasure and joy in life again. And I can help you get there.
Chronic illness therapy helps you do 4 things:
- Explore the skills that will help you learn to cope with the symptoms of your illness.
- Manage your stress and other negative emotions so that they do not make your illness flare up or make it feel worse than it has to.
- Identify how to improve your relationship with yourself and others.
- Learn how to ask for and receive the help you need without feeling like a burden on others.
I’ll help you through this process, tailoring each step to your unique needs and circumstances. My approach to therapy comes from a place of hope: I believe people are capable of learning to manage their chronic illness on their own, they just need some additional support sometimes.
You don’t have to live life consumed with worry about your symptoms or when your next flare up will be.
I can help you change that.
You May Still Have Questions About Therapy For Chronic Illness
What are therapy sessions like?
For therapy sessions we will either meet online or in my office in Duluth, GA. In general, during therapy sessions we will talk about the issues that you are struggling with and focus on understanding both where these issues come from and ways that you can cope with your situation. We will discuss what you can do to decrease your symptoms and how you can improve your relationships. I take an active role in therapy sessions, meaning that I talk frequently and often provide feedback.
My symptoms aren’t all in my head so why would therapy help me?
What you are physically experiencing is definitely real and is not just all in your head. However, having to deal with a chronic illness can often lead to other problems such as anxiety and depression. Therapy can help you cope with the emotional difficulties that having a chronic illness can cause. Participating in therapy can also reduce the chances that emotional problems will cause your physical symptoms to get worse.
I often feel too sick to get ready and drive to appointments. How can therapy be accessible to me?
This is why teletherapy can be so useful for certain clients. It allows you to meet with your therapist from the comfort of your own home without having to get ready, drive to an appointment, potentially sit in an uncomfortable position for 50 minutes, and then drive home. With teletherapy, you can stay in bed and still have your therapy session, staying as comfortable as possible and still getting the benefits of therapy.
Is therapy worth the cost?
Therapy is an investment, not only of money, but also of time and energy. My guess is that you’ve tried other things to improve your life, but that these things haven’t helped. Often people have been struggling for a long time, and have lost years of their life to their symptoms. It is worth it to meet with a professional who has been helping people for many years to see how much you may be able to improve with treatment.
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