Counseling for Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness

Therapy for Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, and Medical Trauma

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Chronic illness, chronic pain, and medical trauma can affect every part of your life — and the loneliness can be unreal.

Are you living with pain that makes you feel trapped in your own body? Have you had a medical procedure that left you with chronic pain and/or injury? Or maybe you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition and you are trying to wrap your head around how you will deal with this for the rest of your life?

As you begin to process the idea of living with this new condition, the grief and loss of the life you had envisioned for yourself can be profound.

It is common to feel alone, depressed, and maybe nervous about an uncertain future regarding your health.

We can help you let go of the pain and discover a life worth living.

Treating the Whole Person

Our comprehensive approach looks to treat the whole person for holistic pain relief. We help you learn psychological strategies for chronic pain so that you can recover and begin to pick up the pieces.

Pain and illness affect every part of your life, so you need a comprehensive approach that can do the same.

Counseling for chronic illness and medical trauma can help you:

  • Gain support and process your unique situation
  • Learn to manage other factors to minimize the pain for holistic pain relief
  • Learn psychological strategies for chronic pain
  • Process anger and grief about your condition
  • Understand how healthy boundaries can help you manage stress and cope
  • Learn to express emotions to keep them from leaving you tense and exacerbating illness and pain

It is possible to have a life worth living.

We offer counseling for chronic pain and chronic illness in-person in Marietta and via online therapy throughout Georgia.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chronic Illness Counseling

Got questions? We've got answers.

Chronic illness refers to a long-term medical condition that lasts for three months or more. Chronic illness may not have a cure and may require ongoing treatment, management, or adjustments in lifestyle. Chronic illnesses may vary in regards to symptoms, severity, and impact on daily living.

Examples of chronic illness conditions are diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, and autoimmune disorders. Living with a chronic illness can be difficult and therapy for chronic illness can help reduce stress that exacerbates the chronic illness.

Medical trauma is a form of trauma that stems from experiences within the healthcare system. This trauma may arise from distressing situations such as traumatic medical procedures, distressing diagnoses, or negative interactions with healthcare providers. The result of medical trauma can be symptoms such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or a general fear of medical settings and/or procedures.

Therapy for medical trauma can help facilitate the process of coping and healing.

Counseling for pain management or counseling for chronic pain is a holistic approach that aims to help individuals cope and alleviate chronic pain. Counseling for chronic pain combines psychological strategies with pain management techniques to improve overall well-being. 

Pain management counseling or counseling for chronic pain typically includes strategies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation techniques, stress management, and mindfulness. These methods can help patients reduce any stress that exacerbates the pain, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and reduce the anxiety and depression often associated with chronic pain.

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