Illness and Suffering are not the Same Thing
Psychotherapy FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS & HEALTH CHALLENGES
If you had a choice between eating tacos for the rest of your life
...or living with an illness every day, would you choose hard or soft tacos? Yeah, getting a medical condition is like getting dealt a big pile of you-know-what. Of course, you'd like to wake up tomorrow morning and not feel like crap. But the worst part is not feeling any control over your life. One minute you're doing okay. Then *boom* another day in bed, a surprise surgery, or a big health setback.
YOUR ILLNESS HAS COST YOU A LOT
Your relationships are changing (or failing). It's hard to go to work. That romantic trip to Italy is out of the question. You can't remember the last time you went to the gym. Your aches and pains have their own aches and pains. The only fun part about being sick is the endless Hallmark movie marathons (until you realize they’re all the same).
YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO
Every coping skill you ever learned is as worthless as a soup sandwich. You blame yourself. You blame your parents for feeding you hot dogs with nitrates in them (that's why you got sick right?). You've already reached your maximum number of depressing "I'm-still-sick" Facebook posts and you're afraid people will start unfriending you.
YOU’VE BEEN TRYING REALLY HARD
Some days you fight really hard with your illness and you think you're winning. And then you lose miserably and wonder why you fought so hard. Other days you say SCREW IT! and throw your hands in the air. Then you worry illness will take over your life. You'd like to find a happy balance, where you can handle everything illness throws at you.
With counseling, I'll help you learn practical tools you can use in your daily life to:
Live more skillfully and find joy despite the profound changes in your life and your body
Manage physical and emotional symptoms - even the really tough ones
Gain presence of mind, more fulfilling relationships, and the freedom to choose a better life for yourself
Find meaning in your illness so you don't have to fight with it all the time
Begin to love the body you're in even though you might feel like it's betrayed you
Do the things that matter to you even when it's hard
I’m going to help you cope with your illness. But more importantly, I’m going to help you create a rich and meaningful life, even if pain, illness, and stress are coming along for the ride.
Ready to get started? Just click the Get Started button to fill out my online contact form. I’ll give you call within a day or two. I’ll ask a few questions and answer all of yours. Then we will schedule your first appointment.