Chronic Illness Counsellors

Chronic Illness

Chronic illness has the ability to affect you in more ways than just medically. In fact, it can impact you psychologically. The degree of impact is dependent on the person's personality and the circumstances before the diagnosis. Support structure plays an important role on a person's ability to cope, but oftentimes, a person has to go through various stages of dealing with the condition before they are able to adjust to the realities of the chronic illness.

When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, he or she will go through a number of stages similar to the stages of grief. Denial, disbelief and shock are just some of the emotions a person experiences when a diagnosis is made, and it's natural for them to resist major changes. Eventually, they will become exhausted, when all they really want to do is to recover. At that point, fear and anxiety will set in and worry in the face of uncertainty of the future.

Sadness, grief and depression are common emotions when they consider the possibility of lost goals, hopes and dreams. Losing independence is a real fear, which becomes inevitable if an illness progresses and that brings about the fear of being a burden to loved ones, which brings on more anger, resentment and even shame.

Counselling can help a person to deal with the emotions relating to chronic illness and to cope with the stress and anxieties of accepting and coping with life changes. It will help to regain personal control over life and yourself.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who works with in chronically ill individuals you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Marja Kates

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist (#1195) who has studied, trained, and worked with children for over 20 years. Children who have experienced or are experiencing anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, and/or illness need a gentle... Read more

Susan McConnell

M.S.W., RSW
I have been in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years. During that time I have had the privilege of being able to connect with people and help them achieve their personal goals, create... Read more

Laurel Aasen

M.C., RCC
It’s an honour and privilege to get to work alongside people as they make changes to create hopeful and fulfilling futures. I believe that change happens when we have the freedom to explore and expand who we are... Read more

Myriame Lyons

M.A., RCC
By cultivating a sense of togetherness, I work with individuals and family members faced with anxiety & depression, grief & loss, burnout, chronic illnesses (diseases), and life transitions. I have a passion for... Read more

Janette Sperber

M.Sc., RCC
Janette Sperber, M.S., is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with specialized training in Biofeedback. I can help you better cope with a wide range of psychological, emotional and physical issues.  Do you have... Read more

Rachel Mallory

Ph.D., R.Psych
Welcome: As you are reading this profile, you are probably considering counselling, or maybe you or a family member needs an assessment. Or, you are making decisions about which counsellor might be right for you.... Read more

Brenda Casey

B.A. Hons, RCC
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Safety...self care...solutions....You’re looking for a therapist who “fits” with your personality and needs?  Read on… In selecting to work with Brenda, a Registered Clinical... Read more

Fayza Bundalli

M.S.W., RSW
***ON MATERNITY LEAVE THROUGH SUMMER 2020***   Hi.  I'm Fayza. I am a Somatic Therapist and Registered Social Worker.  I support clients who are queer (or LGBTQ2S+), and clients who are... Read more

Sarah Hickinbottom

Ph.D., RCC
Counselling for Individuals Facing Significant Personal and/or Professional Transitions Sarah's practice is focused on working collaboratively with clients facing unexpected changes, difficult transitions, or... Read more

Johanna Abraham

M.S.W., RSW
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and 25 years of professional experience helping individuals, couples and families from a range of backgrounds deal with a variety challenges. As well as providing counseling... Read more

Deborah Braun

M.A., RCC
My experienc Deborah Braun, BLA, MA, RCC welcomes individuals and couples facing challenging issues. Whether it's chronic illness, relationship, career or college satisfaction, anxiety, depression, loss, stress... Read more

Rebecca Rauscher

M.Ed., RCC
Are you feeling scared because of a new diagnosis or health concern (e.g. cancer, car accident, depression)?  Is an illness taking over your life?  Are you feeling alone? Hopeless?  Are you having trouble... Read more

Meagan Maddocks

M.Couns., RCC
Meagan is a registered clinical counsellor who has an expertise in working with clients who live with chronic diseases in Vancouver BC, near Oak & Broadway. Balancing life’s stressors and joys can be a... Read more

Tania Castilho

M.A., RCC
Tania is a registered clinical counsellor and kinesiologist, specialized in Pain Care. Her work is based on a biopsychosocial approach, offering a combination of Modern Pain Science with Yoga and Somatic Practices, for... Read more

Steven Lake

M.Ed., CCC
Dr. Lake has a PhD in Educational Administration. He has a personal interest in emotion and crisis management and created a Model Of Effective Crisis Management for his dissertation. His Master's degree is in... Read more

Judy Zhu

M.Ed., RCC
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or feeling stressed out? Are you also experiencing health issues such as digestion problems, poor sleep, pain and fatigue? I am a registered clinical... Read more

Catherine Moore

M.A., RCC
  Do you want to feel better? Feel better prepared to meet the challenges of life? We cannot always control what happens to us, however we can control how we respond to events. This... Read more

Norma Hoeppner

M.S.W., RSW
In private practice since 2007, Norma has been a dynamic clinical therapist across diverse health settings since 1989. Currently she practices with Clear Counselling Inc. in Vancouver, as well as an office on... Read more

Colleen Wilkie

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Are you disappointed in your relationships?  Do you feel lonely and misunderstood?  Are you feeling depressed or anxious?  Or, you might be someone who has had therapy in the past but needs something... Read more

Anthony Cave

M.A., R.Psych
About me My private practice consists of psychotherapy services for youth, adults and elders. An appointment usually lasts an hour and takes place in a confidential office setting. I also provide clinical consulting... Read more

Rene Weideman

Ph.D., R.Psych
I'm warm, kind, respectful, and perceptive I'm an experienced therapist with a very good reputation. My career has included Hospital, University, and Private Practice work I've had leadership positions... Read more

Barbara Kates

M.Sc., RCC
Everyone feels overwhelmed or frustrated with difficulties or emotional issues at some point in life. Perhaps you are dealing with stress, grief, eating and body image concerns, or chronic health or pain problems?... Read more

Jennifer Scott

M.A., RSW
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Are you living the life you want? Are you feeling sad, angry, anxious, or scared? Are you stuck, sleepless, or just tired of it all? Are you recovering from a trauma or loss, struggling in relationships, and ... Read more

Andrea Dasilva

M.Ed., RCC
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Andrea’s warm and friendly approach creates a tranquil and welcoming atmosphere for her clients, as they take that important step to building the life they envision for themselves. Andrea brings to Summit... Read more

Lizelle Badenhorst

M.A., RCC
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I have a Masters Degree in Psychology and have worked as a therapist since 1995. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor(RCC) with the BC Association for Clinical Counsellors. I have been working with anxiety,... Read more

Andria Wrench

M.A., RCC
As a counsellor in the Vancouver and New Westminster areas since 1993, my practice has included working with individuals and groups managing a wide variety of challenges that have included: past and recent... Read more

Suzana Dujmic

M.C., RCC
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My name is Suzana Dujmic and I am Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling from City University of Seattle (Vancouver campus) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth... Read more

Doug Hilton

M.Sc., RCC
I have been a therapist for 27 years. I have worked with people of all ages in small communities and big cities and have dealt with mental health issues, marriage and family concerns, trauma, and addictions. I have... Read more

May Mikhail

M.S.W., RSW
May brings over 30 years of practice experience to her counselling.  As a medical social worker, May counselled in many settings including: rehabilitation, palliative care, and Hospice.  May developed... Read more

Pauline Mullaney

M.S.W., RCSW
My practice includes working with couples, families, adolescents, individuals and groups. Couples counselling, communication and relationship concerns. Family issues such as behaviour management, parent /... Read more