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
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.
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 panic. There is evidence that therapy can reduce stress and therefore reduce and/or help pain. My hope is to connect with your personal/unique story of pain.
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.
Methods of treatment used are evidence-based, supported by research, and by the American Psychological Association (APA). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are highly effective in living with pain and illness, so are the main methods I use in working with clients.
Mind-Body healing professionals and the field of neuroscience believes that there is no separation of the mind/brain and body; they influence one another. I work with clients who have chronic pain /illness who continue to have symptoms despite medical treatment. We work to identify past experiences and traumas that are unresolved that may influence the manifestation of physical illness and pain.
Chronic pain and illnesses have a way of deeply rooting themselves into every element of our lives that is often misunderstood, dismissed, or even rejected by those who do not live with the symptoms. I am here to support you in your experience of living with chronic pain and illnesses. There is space for you here.
Chronic pain and illness can impact every aspect of life; work, play, emotional wellbeing, relationships, thinking, physicality, and spirituality. I have helped people with chronic pain or illness to live fuller, more content lives for the past ten years. I can help you explore emotional, intellectual, behavioral, social, physical, and spiritual solutions to bring greater comfort to your life.
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.
My work with clients involves incorporating biological, psychological,\nsocial, and spiritual components. I offer support by allowing for the expression of feelings and challenges in navigating chronic illness. In some cases, I collaborate with medical providers to improve communication and support client\'s sense of agency.
In addition to being a somatic therapist, 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.
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...
I help clients live better with conditions their medical team is treating or with conditions that may not benefit from further treatment.
I'm a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, which means I have specific education and training in working with people who have disabilities and chronic illness.
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 have specialized in working with chronic pain & illness since 2007. While you may think that you already have too much awareness of your body (it's so uncomfortable!), increasing a fine-tuned awareness is actually a valuable tool in finding relief from pain and discomfort and creating a safe space within your own body.
I have training in hypnotherapy and Sensorimotor psychotherapy for addressing pain management issues.
Chronic Illness can be extremely draining to someone's sense of self and support system. I work with you to reinforce the ways you are already coping with your symptoms, continue to support you as you go through the diagnostic and treatment process, and advise on self-advocacy for your support network in ways that get your needs met.
Chronic issues are defined as mental or physical issues that last 3 months or longer. These can include mental health diagnosis, physical injury or illness and chronic pain. I believe that physical illness/pain can affect our emotional state, and our emotional state can affect our experience of physical illness/pain. My holistic approach focuses on the \'whole person\', not just the symptom or malad
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.
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.
Pain and illnesses have a subtle way of cutting us off from every aspect of our lives. Through the courage to look deeper into pain, and explore the lessons of illness we can find more ways to manage and live with it, and work towards greater healing.
Chronic emotional pain and chronic physical pain often go hand in hand. My somatic, experiential and mindfulness based counseling style help chronic pain sufferers develop attentional, breath and movement strategies to reduce the experience of pain, and inner strength and security to tolerate pain that cannot be alleviated.
Chronic pain often impacts every area of a person\'s life and results in loss. I help my clients to reengage in life and find meaning and value again. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, evidence based treatments proven to improve quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain.
studies, professional experience, personal experience
My current primary practice in a medical setting has provided me with the training and experience to address chronic pain and illness issues that get in the way of living a high quality of life. We will explore a combination of self care techniques (ie sleep, nutrition, movement, addressing inflammation etc) as well as alternative methods to decrease your pain and increase your functionality.
I have specific training and understanding of the physical and psychological impact of chronic illness and pain on one's emotional well being, interpersonal relationships, career, and financial stability. I can support you as you adjust to these challenges, assist you with identifying resources, and teach you techniques that may reduce stress and moderate your pain.
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.
My approach here is not to cure pain or illness or even suggest that I could. However what can be addressed is our relationship to pain and illness. Often when we are faced with health issues whether they be curable or life threatening we often develop various stories around that that contribute greatly and unnecessarily to our suffering.
I am specialized in working with individuals experiencing disability and chronic pain/illness onset or progression. The fear, anger, confusion and hopelessness you may be experiencing are very normal, and I look forward to working with you to explore your self-identified goals for wellbeing today and in the future.
My training in working with people who have disabilities includes chronic pain/illness, which can be particularly tricky to navigate when these disabilities are not \'visible\' to others. Many people with chronic pain/illness can feel alone and misunderstood by their medical providers, family, friends, and employers.
Having a Chronic Illness can bring a whole other set of issues to ones life. I often work with folks who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness and help to support them in this challenge.
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.
I have advanced training in counseling for chronic illness and disability. This includes medical aspects of illness, emotional adjustment, career counseling and related topics. I offer support for the impact of chronic illness on well-being, relationships, daily living, identity, independence & any other topics relevant to you.