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Adjustment to Illness

Our bodies and minds are intertwined, so living with a chronic illness often has significant repercussions on mental health. In addition to the physical impacts of ongoing illness, people may experience many emotions, including depression, anxiety, anger and exhaustion.


The often-compounding losses of chronic illness can cause feelings of grief and can even cause individuals to question their sense of identity. Frequent medical appointments and hospitalizations can be traumatizing. These emotional and physical ailments often take a toll on relationships, sense of identity, work, hobbies, and self-esteem.

With seven years of experience in medical social work, I am intimately acquainted with many elements of the medical system and have been with individuals in all stages of illness including crisis, diagnosis, relapse, hospitalization, and end-of-life. I can help you navigate these challenges and accompanying emotions while you learn to adjust expectations, find self-acceptance, and discover coping strategies to deal with pain, fatigue, and other symptoms of illness.

I offer guidance for:


  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Balancing Personal Needs and Medical Needs

  • Coping Skills for Managing Emotional Impacts of Physical Symptoms

  • Managing Relationships Impacted by Chronic Illness

  • Low Self-Esteem and Changes in Self-Image

  • Navigating End of Life

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"In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
-Albert Camus
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