However, we also know that you can live a full and meaningful life with a chronic illness. We have seen clients adapt to their illness and go on to live amazing lives. A chronic illness can even act as the impetus for living in greater alignment with your values.
Mental health issues commonly co-occur with chronic illness. This is due to both physiological factors as well as mental, emotional, and social factors that can contribute to mental health challenges:
In addition to providing a safe space to share your experience of illness, counselling can help you to:
Additionally, research has shown that there is a link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and chronic illness later in life, so it may be appropriate to address past trauma and its resulting impact on the brain in order to help with the management of chronic illness.
Individual counseling can help you navigate your chronic illness journey with compassion and understanding and adapt to your illness so you can lead and full and meaningful life.
Monarch Psychology offers individual counseling both in-person and online with a free 15-minute phone consultation.