Do You Suffer From A Chronic Illness Or Chronic Pain?
If you are suffering from a chronic illness/pain then you will probably agree that in addition to experiencing physical effects, a chronic illness or chronic pain can have a huge impact on your emotional and psychological health and well-being.
I believe that although counselling cannot take away your illness it can help you to accept it and work with it rather than against it.
Emotions can become so overwhelming that they may prevent you from seeing any way out and it becomes a cycle of negative emotions and pain – the negative emotions can even be a direct cause of symptoms/pain in some conditions.
However, with a good understanding of the issues related to the pain, a good medical team and support network, chronic illnesses and pain can be managed and you could still live a happy and fulfilling life.
How Can Counselling Help With A Chronic Illness or Chronic Pain?
Coming from a person-centered perspective, I believe that suffering from a chronic illness or chronic pain is a very personal experience, as each individual will perceive and experience their illness/pain differently.
It therefore follows that how it is managed is also a personal process and this is where I can help by:
Whether you are newly diagnosed or you have lived with your illness for a long time, counselling can help you to explore your feelings, emotions, behaviour, coping strategies and many other factors that affect your well-being as a result of being chronically ill or in chronic pain.
There may also be events or issues from your past that now impact upon your ability to live with chronic illness/pain and counselling can help you to explore these and make sense of them and the impact they are having on you now.
Are You A Family Member/Friend Or Other Who Is Affected By Chronic Illness or Chronic Pain?
Chronic illness and chronic pain can also impact on the family members, friends and loved ones of those who are suffering. If this is you then you may be experiencing worry, stress, anxiety, depression, guilt or other feelings that you don't feel able to communicate to the person for fear of adding to the burden that they are already experiencing.
Counselling can help you to explore your feelings about your family member, friend or loved one and what they are going through as well as the impact that it is having on you.