Develop effective ways to cope and find meaning for your life.
- Are you suffering from a chronic illness that is affecting your ability to function as your normal self?
- Do you find yourself feeling isolated and lonely because friends and family don’t understand?
- Do you find yourself struggling to make sense of how to cope with your illness?
- Do you have feelings of shame, fear, anxiety, and depression when you think about your illness?
- Do you feel overwhelmed with the advice and information you are receiving?
- Do you feel helpless in ever having a meaningful life again?
You don’t have to be alone in learning to cope and live with your chronic illness. We can offer a nonjudgmental place to vent, express fears and rediscover hopes. You can find meaning for your life and function in the roles most important to you.
Chronic Illness Counseling Can Help You:
- Examine your true feelings, beliefs and values and how they work with your illness
- Answer questions such as, “Why me?” and “How do I live with this”
- Take back control of your life by developing a self care plan
- Examine the choices you can make in your life and illness
- Resolve feelings of grief such as denial, bargaining and anxiety
- Find meaning and happiness again
Living with Chronic Illness
A chronic illness represents a loss of what was known and familiar to you. This is a major loss. You might not be able to move or feel the way you used to in your body. You may not be able to do the same kind of work that you used to without getting run down. Your relationships with family members may feel strained. You may have to evaluate the risks and side effects of serious medications. This can be very overwhelming and difficult to cope with along with trying to find the right treatment and attending doctors appointments.
Making the adjustment to living with chronic illness can certainly be a difficult one, but it doesn’t mean your life is over. Your first step is grieving the loss of what was known before and moving to a place of acceptance. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings as it will help you move through the grief. It’s easy to get caught up in the medical aspects and lose touch with the emotional aspects of your experience. Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation, rather it means finding ways to build a new life around your illness.
The good news is that you can create a new life. A therapist can help you evaluate your options, make serious decisions about your career or other aspects of life and support you through the journey of grief to renewal. There is another side to this story and we’d like to partner with you to create it.
You Need Support Too
Having outside support can also help you cope with chronic illness. Sometimes, it’s easy for others in your life to “forget” that you have this disease. It’s not that they “forget”, it’s just that it’s not as visible on the outside as other illnesses might be. You may have to hold it together at work and you might not be receiving the same type of community support you might receive if you had a traditional life-threatening disease. As time goes on, people in your life may go on as usual while you’re still feeling the same pain. Some people might not even understand your disease or give you advice such as work on your stress or watch what you eat, which can feel shaming or minimizing. Sometimes it might feel that you’re coping with this chronic illness all alone.
Counseling is a way to get the support you need. Your therapist remembers what you’re going through each time you walk through the door and is there only to support you. Sometimes, it can be the break you need to reenergize and keep on moving forward. It’s not your fault that you have a chronic illness. Just as it’s not easy for others to support you in the way that you need. A therapist can provide empathy and understanding and truly be partner and ally as you move through the healing process.
Coping with Chronic Illness and Depression
Many people experience depression when coping with a chronic illness. There are a combination of factors that contribute to depression including lack of control, feelings of helplessness, loss of physical mobility, impact on career, chronic pain, strain on relationships, and medical complications. Reaching out and getting support can help minimize depression when coping with a chronic illness.
We can support you in finding positive and effective ways to cope with your chronic illness and live the life that is meaningful to you. We are here to listen to you and help you discover the best way to live with your illness or diagnosis. Counseling isn’t about telling you what to do to manage your chronic illness, that is what your medical team is for. We’re here to help you cope with the emotional impact it has on your life. Whether it’s feeling “weak” where you once felt strong or even having to consider changing careers.
Counseling and Support for Chronic Illness
If you are dealing with chronic illness or dealing with a loved one who has chronic illness, counseling can help you to learn to cope with the challenges illness can bring. Many of our clients are coping with chronic illnesses such as:
– Immune related diseases
– Rheumatoid or Psoriatic Arthritis
– Multiple Sclerosis
For help coping with chronic illness, click here to schedule an appointment for chronic illness counseling in Houston, Tx or call us at 832-559-2622 and start healing today.