Are You Struggling With Chronic Disease and Illness Management?

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For individuals experiencing chronic diseases, mental health issues may arise throughout their illness. Getting the diagnosis of a chronic illness can be devastating, confusing, and scary.

Available Treatment Options

Therapist interventions take many forms for patients dealing with chronic diseases. Counseling can include support groups, where people can interact with others going through the same thing. It also may include psychoeducation, where therapists help people learn more about anxiety, depression, or another mental health issue they may be experiencing. And traditional talk therapy is an option where counselors engage with patients and help them work through emotions.

People with chronic diseases may experience daily pain or discomfort, leading to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Counseling for chronic disease management addresses each person’s unique situation and considers the details of their experience. Techniques therapists could use include mindfulness practices to manage anxiety and pain, examining thought processes that may be unhelpful to mental health and physical recovery, or family therapy to help the family process the changes.

Therapists Who Specialize in Helping Those Who Struggle With Chronic Disease and Illness Management

Erin Falconer, PhD, MSc, LMSW

New York

New York

I aim to create a safe space to collaboratively process trauma and work on issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic illness, relationship struggles, abuse, life and career concerns, and issues around identity and creative expression. I also specialize in helping people recover from coercive control and influence, including survivors of cultic abuse and high demand groups.

Deborah Danner, Ph.D., LCPC, CADC, NCC

Rolling Meadows


Deborah Danner has numerous certifications in trauma treatment and focuses sessions on helping you become more empowered in your life. She uses gentleness, honesty, and awareness to help previously ignored parts of you be heard. Patience and self-compassion are the centers of her therapy sessions. Her ultimate goal is to help you regain control of your life and love yourself.

Nicole M. Kotchka, LMSW, CAADC

Grand Rapids


Nicole is a licensed Master Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She graduated with her Bachelor degree in Psychology and Sociology from Central Michigan University and obtained her Master degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Nicole has experience in crisis intervention working in the psychiatric setting as well as various residential facilities. She…

Stephanie Mason, LMFT



Together, we will create a space of emotional safety where you feel seen, heard and understood. My specialty is in Complex Trauma, Chronic Pain, PTSD and Low Self Esteem. Call today for a free consultation!

Tim Parker PhD, LMFT

Cedar Park


I work with couples, individuals, and families who want to live a life in line with what they value. Too often we feel down, depressed, or anxious because how we are currently living does not line up with what we value. I help guide clients to a values aligned life.

Katharina Krison LCSW



It takes bravery to reach out and allow someone else in on our personal healing journey. I believe in meeting people where they are, and equipping them with the tools they need to walk into healing and connect with deeper insight and peace. Walking through trauma, chronic pain, and grief are oftentimes some of the most difficult winters that a person can face, but allowing oneself to bravely be...

Taylor Barragan, LMFT, RN, CLC



I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and current psychiatric nurse practitioner student. I also have training as a lactation counselor and in perinatal mental health. I work with people experiencing perinatal mental health challenges, grief, and loss. I also have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, burnout and relationship issues.