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.

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Laura Wozniak (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW BCD

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 in supporting family members as well. I have skills and experience using guided imagery and relaxation skills which can enhance resiliency.

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Marina Nelson, MC (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Oregon LPC, Washington LMHC

I have training in Trauma-Informed Stabilization Therapy (TIST), hypnotherapy and Sensorimotor psychotherapy for addressing pain management issues.

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Madilyn Long (she/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Through my own experience as a bone marrow transplant recipient, I learned first-hand the importance of having access to a mental health professional that could guide me and help me in processing all of the complex emotions that were unearthed before, during, and after my diagnosis and treatment. Because of that experience, I am passionate about providing the same support and assistance to others who are experiencing chronic pain or illness in navigating that road themselves.

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Julie Sliga (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

I have 14 years of experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation counseling and have experience working with individuals with chronic pain, chronic illness, musculoskeletal conditions, and physical disabilities. In addition, I have experience working with individuals with sensory disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and cognitive disabilities.

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Katrina Severin (She/Her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC, LPC Associate

I hold a Master's degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, which focuses on the disability experience from a social justice perspective. I have familiarity with conditions such as fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain.

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Marley Dagner (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC

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.

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Nicole Corbett (she/her)

Hypnotherapist

Certified Hypnotherapist

Hypnosis is a proven treatment for chronic pain. Working with the body-mind connection, I help clients release stuck emotions that add to or cause pain. Hypnosis works as a analgesic, reducing the sensation of pain, as well as retrains the body response to pain, such as not tension and inflammation.

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Brittany England

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Mind-Body healing professionals and the field of neuroscience believes that there is no separation of the mind/brain and body. They deeply influence one another. This means that your symptoms likely have an emotional root. 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.

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James Reling (he/him/his)

Professional Counselor Associate

#R6340

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.

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Kate Robinson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC1

Chronic Pain can be so frustrating and exhausting. It often leads to symptoms of depression and /or increased use of medication that can make the condition worse and lead to overuse. From my own experience with chronic pain as well as from working at a chronic pain management center, I have learned the pain management skills that appear to best provide relief and maximize functioning. I focus on the cognitive aspects and thought processes that can help decrease pain.

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Samantha Auclair (She/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, Professional Counselor Associate, CRC

As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, I have extensive experience working with people with chronic illness and disabilities. I often work where chronic illness/disability and trauma intersect, including medical trauma.

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Zoe Presley (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Having experienced my own health challenges in the past, I can empathize with the frustration and isolation of physical pain and illness. However, as you deepen your relationship with your body, you will connect with a deeper, healing essence that resides within us all. This has been true for me, and can also be true for you.

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Kir Rian (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, MFA, LMHCA, LPC Associate

Managing fears, unknowns, and the healthcare and medical systems is exhausting and can be frustrating. Often, we are also managing the emotions of those around us. We are continuing to work, raise kids, deal with financial implications, and trying to live a "normal" life despite physical or physiological manifestations, and despite a myriad of other factors unique to everyone's specific circumstance. As with grief, it can be isolating and our community often doesn't support in the way we need.

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Dan Harold LCSW (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 among other experiences people dislike. There is evidence that therapy can reduce stress and therefore reduce and/or help with pain. My hope is to connect with your personal/unique story. From there we can break isolation and develop your personal story.

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Marc•francis Otto (he/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, RSMT/E

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.

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Meredith Noble (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Certified Body Trust® Provider

I live with chronic illness and pain from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I know the misogyny, disinterest, gaslighting, and fatphobia that occur routinely within the medical system, and the tolls these can take on mental health. I am here to accompany you in your experiences of chronic illness and chronic pain. We can explore the emotional impacts (like grief, anger, sadness), process experiences of disability and ableism, and help you find moments of contentment and joy despite bodily obstacles.

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Christine Finucane (She/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, SUDP, LICSW, SEP

Physical pain is almost always accompanied by emotional pain. Attending to them both is essential for healing. The ACE study (Adverse Childhood Experiences) shows a strong correlation between childhood trauma and the later development of chronic health conditions. My approach is to bring mindful presence to areas in the body where trauma and stress is stored. This mindful presence can also allow for the release of physical pain.

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Kellie Collins, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Sunya Grantham

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

My work with clients involves incorporating biological, psychological, social, 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.

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Christina (Christy) Reichert (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Chronic pain sucks. Chronic pain plus toxic positivity, gaslighting, misdiagnoses, unsolicited advice, and discrimination sucks even more. I help professional women who have chronic pain and/or chronic illnesses learn to be kind to themselves, to trust themselves, and to find ways to get the support that they need without ever being forced to prove that their pain is real or that they’re trying hard enough.

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jane Newman

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Audra Lee

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, LPCC

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.

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Johanna Rayman (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, GCFP

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.

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Rachael Patoray (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, ATR

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.

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Katie Clark, LMHC, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

NCC

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.

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Marcy Irene Jenks (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, RN, LPC

Now more than ever is the time to address issues related to health, illness, pain, wellness, and suffering. The current Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated any preexisting physical and mental health concerns; what an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to health for ourselves and our families.

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Lindsey Gavens (she/her)

Clinical Social Work Associate

During graduate school I worked with older adults coping with chronic illnesses such as COPD and diabetes. I have also helped clients with cancer use mindfulness as a way of working with chronic pain.

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Sara Todd (she/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

My treatment approach pays close attention to the body. Trauma shows up in the body– how we move and feel, illness, and physical symptoms. This may show up as fatigue or chronic pain. My approach will emphasize physical sensations, feelings, and emotions with the goal of processing trauma that’s stored in the body. The body has its own language and this is also driven by what’s unconscious.

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Jane Plagge (she/her/hers)

Clinical Psychologist

Psy.D.

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.

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