Helping people with chronic illness find meaning and joy in life again.
Being diagnosed with a chronic illness, or living with one day to day, can feel dark, heavy, or even impossible to deal with. Even if you were just recently diagnosed, you are probably exhausted and frustrated with how long it took to get an accurate diagnosis or to find the right treatment. If you have been managing a chronic illness for years, you may feel worn down and tired of having to alter your life in so many ways in order to accommodate your illness.
Most people who start therapy for chronic illness or therapy for chronic pain feel trapped in a life they don’t love. Perhaps you can relate. Maybe you don’t look forward to much or you feel like you want to escape your life.
Stuck in negativity and feeling controlled by your illness, you may feel like life is overwhelming, like it’s too much. Oftentimes, it can feel like your friends and family are tired of hearing you talk about your symptoms, and they may perceive you as “just complaining.” This can lead to you feeling alone in your experience and believing that no one understands what you are going through.
The long road toward diagnosis and treatment, along with the isolation that often accompanies this experience, can contribute to negative emotional symptoms (such as anxiety and depression) along the way. These emotional symptoms then often make it even more difficult to cope with chronic illness or chronic pain.
Do You Feel Hopeless, Anxious, Depressed, or Overwhelmed?
Do any of the following resonate with you?
- Your energy levels are at an all time low.
- You feel like you lack motivation to do anything.
- You feel unable to do your day-to-day responsibilities.
- You have lost the joyful feelings that you used to have in life.
- You experience frequent mood swings, and have difficulty anticipating or controlling your mood.
If these sound true for you, I want you to know that even though you may feel alone, many people in your circumstances need support. Being recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, or living with one for years, can be scary and draining, and individuals in this situation often benefit from therapy.
It is often difficult for people to reach out for help or support, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is because they don’t believe they deserve care, or that they deserve to invest time and money in themselves. I’m here to tell you that you do deserve it. You deserve to take care of yourself.
Chronic Illness Therapy Can Help You Feel Like Your Real Self Again
Even though living with a chronic illness is difficult, the good news is that it’s possible to feel better. Imagine a life where you could…
> Really feel joy.
> Have an improved attitude and mood or increased productivity.
> Shift into a more positive and hopeful outlook on life.
> Improve your relationship with yourself and those you choose to share yourself with.
> Create a more meaningful life based on who you are and what you desire.
Don’t Let Your Illness Hold You Back From A Productive Life
Counseling for a chronic illness or therapy for pain management help you rise above your challenges and start moving towards your ideal life with less suffering and more fulfillment. In therapy you will get the practical tools you need to uncover strengths, learn new life skills, and move through difficult life experiences.
I’ve helped people with chronic illness learn to cope with the challenges they face as they go through life managing their symptoms. With the new skills they learn in therapy, their mood improves and they start to find pleasure in life again.
My name is Dr. Ginny Kington and I am a therapist and fellow spoonie who is here to help. I have been struggling with chronic migraines and neck pain since 2016. I can relate to the struggles that come along with having a chronic illness while also trying to manage being a mother, partner, and business owner. I also understand the frustration of trying to navigate the medical system which can be invalidating and discouraging. The good part is that I know therapy works to help cope with all of this.
How Chronic Illness Therapy Works
Therapy for chronic illness consists of 50-minute long, one-on-one sessions that help you work through your concerns. In addition to listening, I will ask questions, guide you toward solutions, and motivate you with ideas. I play an active role in therapy and won’t just sit there and stare at you the whole time, waiting for you to talk. I use techniques from multiple psychological theories, including pain psychology. Here’s how it will work step-by-step:
- I provide a safe, non-judgmental space so that you will feel comfortable sharing your struggles with me.
- Through hearing your story, I will start to get a picture of what your challenges are.
- We will start with helping you with immediate concerns like managing difficult emotions and challenging life situations.
- We will also work to discover what your goals are in therapy and in life.
- Keeping your unique goals in mind, we’ll figure out what’s needed to help you reach them.
- Over the course of our sessions, you will start making progress towards the life you desire.
You May Still Have Questions About Therapy For Chronic Illness
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, often having to deal with a chronic illness can 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. This can also reduce the chance 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.
Ready to start feeling better?
If you feel trapped in a life you don’t love, therapy can help.
Research shows that therapy can positively change your thinking, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. It can help you let go of what’s holding you back.
Let’s Get Started Today
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During the consultation, you can share what’s going on and we can explore how we can help.
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