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Chronic illness changes your whole life and when you are looking for a therapist to help you navigate through the trauma, loss and grief, you need someone who understands exactly how it feels.
- The loneliness. The feeling that no one really “gets” what you are going through.
- The exhaustion and pain that makes getting out of bed feel like an almost impossible task.
- Trying to deal with all of the grief and the fear and the uncertainty and still having to get on with your life because all of those responsibilities are not going to go away, just because you have chronic illness.
- The feeling that you have lost yourself and everything that made you who you are.
What got me back in control from being physically and cognitively disabled by chronic illness were the essential emotional skills and strategies, honed from my years of experience as a therapist.
My proven therapy programs get results and help my clients transform their lives.
I’ve worked with two therapists in the past. The first one was very empathetic and kind but she absolutely had no idea how to help me (think lame CBT advice to “tell yourself to STOP when you’re ruminating”) and I ended up teaching her a lot before she retired.
The second one was horrendous and I laughed and cried my way out of her office because of the appalling things she said to me. I am lucky they were so ridiculous that I could not internalize them and take her seriously. She told me that I wasn’t expressing my emotions (even though I was, I just didn’t cry in front of her) and insisted that I was feeling things that I was not because she thought that her experience was mine. She constantly talked about herself in an unhelpful way.
She told me I would never get better mentally, that CBT would never work for me and that I should not ever bother to see another CBT therapist, even though I had found some CBT worksheets and books helpful in the past. The only thing I credit her with is that she suggested hypnotherapy. Neither therapist had an organized framework for how the sessions would go, neither identified what I was missing, and neither was able to give effective long-term help despite both dealing with chronic conditions themselves.
You understood what I was going through, you had a plan, and you had tools. You listened to what I said, and you gave me useful examples from your own personal experience that I could relate to.
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