Counseling for Chronic Illness and Disability Adjustment

Are you facing yet another medical appointment– dreading the questions, hoping for answers, and scared of the outcome? Maybe even exhausted by the side effects of your latest treatment? An often over-looked part of many medical challenges is the psychological impact it takes on the patient and caregivers.

I understand that your medical challenges affect every part of your life: work, school, relationships, appearance, even recreation, and I understand the unique grief and sadness that can come with these changes. If you could use some extra support on your journey, I’m here.

Common Diagnoses I Work With

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury

  • Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and other auto-immune diseases

  • Diabetes Mellitus and other endocrine disorders

  • Cancer

  • Burn survivors, Amputations, and Chronic Pain

  • Heart Disease and other chronic illnesses

  • Infertility and women’s health issues

  • Crohns Disease and Colitis

  • Asthma and COPD

A Note About Adjustment

In her 1987 poem, Welcome to Holland, about becoming a parent to a child with a disability, Emily Kingsley eloquently describes her experience adjusting to the unexpected change in her life. I have always found this piece to be powerful and encourage you to read it and think about how you approach your illness or disability.

  • Are you only focused on what you have lost or the challenges you face?

  • Are you mourning the loss of your aspirations or of your past life?

  • Do you experience guilt or shame because of your diagnosis?

  • Is it hard for you to accept other people’s help or care?  Or do you rely too heavily on others?

  • What would you want someone to understand about who you are?

DBT Skills Training Groups Currently Forming for January 2018.  Call 770-451-0404 to register!