Chronic Pain or Illness
Chronic pain is considered to be any pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain might start with an injury or an illness, although many people suffer chronic pain without any past injury or evidence of illness. Chronic pain may come and go and can range from mild to agonizing. In addition to the physical symptoms, chronic pain can take an emotional toll. Individuals suffering from chronic pain are more likely to feel depressed, irritable or anxious and may experience other related symptoms, such as insomnia. If you are dealing with pain that won’t go away, a mental health professional can help you learn ways of coping.
Local Experts in Chronic Pain or Illness
I specialize in supporting those rebuilding a life worth living as they adjust to a chronic diagnosis. Work includes acceptance, grief, behavioral changes to support wellness, uncovering changes in our basic needs and getting those needs met in new ways within self and in our family systems. Example diagnosis includes heart conditions,diabetes, lupus, fibromyalgia, bipolar, adult adhd...
Working with clients dealing with chronic pain and illness is part of my experience in the area of grief and loss. Living with pain/illness is a loss of life as they knew it before - the process gives clients an opportunity to identify/discuss issues associated with their condition- to feel validated and supported; and to learn coping techniques.
Living with chronic pain and illness is a battle that few understand. Getting through the day with debilitating symptoms, regular medical visits/testing, and/or the fear that a disease may progress (\'watchful waiting\') is emotionally AND physically debilitating. I understand this as both a therapist and a patient. Believe it or not, there is hope for thriving. I can help you get there.
In addition to being a somatic psychotherapist, I am also a yoga instructor and massage therapist. I bring elements of these practices to my therapy clients and find them particularly helpful for folks who are navigating chronic pain and illness. I have experience working with people living with chronic pelvic pain, traumatic brain injuries, lyme\'s disease, and fibromyalgia.
Chronic pain can be suffocating. The endless visits to providers, some of whom don't even trust that you are in the pain you describe. The loss of previous freedoms and activities. Physical pain can lead to depression, anxiety, and a sense of panic. There is evidence that therapy can reduce stress and therefore reduce and/or help pain. There are also specific skills I teach to help you cope.
I have worked for 12 years in a medical setting supporting patients who have a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions. I have worked to prepare patients for bariatric surgery, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, transplant and supporting family members as well.
Depression is often experienced as feeling separate from the world, as if you are all alone. Receiving healing with and among the natural world is the perfect antidote to feeling this way. Nature does not judge or impose. Nature models acceptance and love. At the nature retreat, you will not only feel inspired to think differently about yourself and your life, you will experience deep connection.
As an Ayurvedic practitioner, I have extensive knowledge of the mind-body connection. I can help you identify potential mental and emotional sources that may be contributing to your physical symptoms, including functional somatic symptoms. I also have a special interest in the psychosocial factors that are affected by living with gastrointestinal disorders, such as IBS and SIBO.
Cancer survivors describe experiencing a range of emotions as well as times when feelings were difficult to identify. My work with people draws from what we know about survivors' experiences, while leaving room for an individual's own interpretation, meaning and means of coping during their cancer journey. My work has typically been with young adult survivors.
For the last 20 years, I have been working with patients with chronic pain and arthritis. Referred by physicians, patients want to explore all the resources that are available for improving their condition, be it interpersonal, emotional or cognitive.
Navigating chronic illness along with mental health symptoms can be difficult, but you don't have to go it alone. I can help you utilize tools to successfully manage these conditions and have the best quality of life for you and for your family.
I was trained in and practiced as a massage therapist for years. As a part of the naturopathic community for 30+ years, I have been involved in many supportive roles in the profession. With a strong medical background, natural medicine and terminology, I am skilled at integrating physical and mental health issues. I use mindfulness and trauma processing to support balanced care.
I was first introduced to how medical pain & illness affects an individual and a system (family, work, etc) when I was trained in medical family therapy with medical residents from University of Connecticut. As a marriage & family therapist in graduate school, I shared clients with the medical residents and we worked together to integrate mind and body interventions. I integrate that work today.
I understand that living with chronic pain or an illness doesn't just impact your body but it can impact many areas of you life - your relationships, how you feel emotionally, your activity level and ability, your thoughts and even your financial situation. All of this may cause you to feel hopeless. But you can become a healthier person and have a healthier quality of life. You are not alone.
I was previously trained as a nurse and recognize the role that chronic pain and illness can have on physical and mental health. There is a bi-directional relationship between body and mind. I can assist clients in understanding that connection and how to improve overall functioning even if the pain and/or illness are chronic conditions.
Serious or chronic illness can bring it\'s own roller coaster of anxiety or depression with each treatment or test result. Your medical doctor focuses on the physical aspects of your disease and may not be trained in the psychological experience of long-term illness. When you\'re faced with a serious or chronic illness, it\'s important to have psychological support, as well as physical treatment.
I have worked with many people dealing with chronic/severe illnesses, either in themselves or a family member. I have also had success in helping people manage chronic pain without opiates and those in recovery from chemical dependency.
Having gone through Lyme Disease, I understand the invisible suffering of chronic pain and illness. There is the condition you suffer and the fact that many people do not perceive or believe your experience. I work to support with all aspects of your what you are going through.
I help clients live better with conditions their medical team is treating or with conditions that may not benefit from further treatment.