with chronic illness? What does that even mean?
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Frequently Asked Questions About
Therapy for Chronic Illness
What is Therapy for Chronic Illness?
Therapy for chronic illness is dedicated time for you to explore the experience and impact of your chronic illness in a supportive, understanding space. You’ll be able to express all the thoughts and feelings you might be having about your body, the future, relationships, the healthcare system and your identity, without judgment. The goal is to change the thoughts and behaviors that are troubling you and find a sustainable balance for living with chronic illness that prioritizes both health and quality of life.
How does Therapy for Chronic Illness work?
As a client in therapy for chronic illness, we’ll work together to shine light on the particular nature of the illness and your response to it that is causing distress. Through a combination of talk and art therapy, you’ll be able to explore complicated thoughts and feelings that might have been set aside in order to focus on more concrete aspects of your illness, like diagnosis and how to manage it. In therapy, your experience will be recognized and validated, and together, we’ll come up with coping strategies and consider what it means to live with chronic illness.
When is Therapy for Chronic Illness needed?
Therapy for chronic illness is needed when illness-related thoughts, feelings and behaviors are causing distress and difficulty. While each illness is different, some common signs include: hopelessness about the future, illness-related anxieties, avoidance of illness-related care (taking medication, attending doctor appointments), worsening illness symptoms due to not completing care tasks, anger and depression. You might also need therapy for chronic illness if people around you express concern that you seem to be struggling.
How much does Therapy for Chronic Illness cost?
The fee for a 50-minute session is $150.
How long does the Therapy for Chronic Illness process take?
The length of treatment depends on your needs. Chronic illness issues can be complex and varied based on diagnosis, age, and impact on your day-to-day life. Many people also hope to address connected issues, such as depression, anxiety, grief, and relational difficulties, which affect the course of therapy. As a client, we will stay in conversation about your progress so you can make decisions about the frequency and duration of therapy.
How do I know if Therapy for Chronic Illness is right for me?
Therapy for chronic illness might be right for you if it feels like your illness is significantly interfering in your life and causing distress, more than you think it should. Consider therapy for chronic illness if you: have illness-related depression and anxiety, have difficulty imagining a meaningful and ‘good’ life with chronic illness, are convinced it doesn’t matter what your do to take care of your illness (despite evidence that your actions make a difference), don’t feel motivated or confident enough to take care of your illness, frequently find yourself wondering ‘why me.’