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.

Michael Mackenzie

Ph.D., RCC
Helping people navigate their illness experience. I focus on working with people around issues related to cancer survivorship, chronic illness and other health conditions. I assist clients in making ... Read more

Joelle Prevost

MCP, RCC
Hello! I offer online counselling in the following areas:  - Trauma (abuse, accidents, and major life events; contractor with ICBC, CVAP, and BC Emergency Health Services). - Anxiety (social anxiety... Read more

May Mikhail

M.S.W., RSW
May believes that all people, regardless of their personal struggles come to therapy with inherent strength and capacity and that through the therapy process, these strengths can be mobilized into positive action. May... Read more

Arno Lowi

M.A., RCC
Arno is proud to be part of Manifest Wellness, B.C.'s only mental health clinic focused on men. Your message will forward to the confidential inbox of the Manifest Wellness Client Coordinator who will help you... Read more

Megan Morrison

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with a masters degree in Social Work (MSW). I provide both in-person (Kitsilano office) and virtual integrative counselling support for youth, adults and families.  I... Read more

Jenna Reed-Cote

M.S.W., RSW
“It could be worse” “At least this isn’t as bad as what ____________ is going through” “You’re not tired, you’re lazy.” “I’ve been in worse... Read more

Viviane Houle

M.S.W., RSW
Viviane Houle is a Registered Social Worker (#10977) with the British Columbia College of Social Workers, an EMDR and Integrative Voicework Therapist, and a Certified NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Trainer.... Read more

Faye Shedletzky

M.Ed., CCC
    • Online booking
We all can use someone in our corner.  If you are looking for a counsellor right now, you are likely feeling overwhelmed and discouraged.  If you could've fixed things already by yourself... 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

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC
As a therapist, I offer you a professional relationship that is deeply accepting and non-judgemental, but also objective and truthful. The issues that bring you to therapy likely started in the context of relationship,... Read more

Myriame Lyons

M.A., RCC
By cultivating a sense of togetherness, I work with individuals living with chronic illnesses, and those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief & loss, burnout, trauma, and life transitions. As a counsellor... Read more

Kelsey Grimm

M.Couns., RCC
At Healing Spaces, it's all about you! We are glad you have decided to invest in your own health and wellbeing. We know this can be a big decision and we are truly honoured to support you in your counselling... 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

Joanne Schwartz

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
I can help you achieve: Relief from negative thinking, anxiety and depression. Better coping mechanisms to help you overcome addictive or destructive behaviours. Balance in your day-to-day life. I aim to... Read more

Amy Rappaport

M.S.W., RSW
We are living in tough times; times that demand a lot of us. A stressful life event, life change, or a recent loss can make it feel like your bottom has fallen out from under you.  Your world, once familiar to... 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

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

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

Meagan Maddocks

M.Couns., RCC
This practice is NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS Meagan is a registered clinical counsellor who has over 15 years of expertise in working with clients who live with chronic illneses. Balancing life’s... Read more

Susan Higgs

MCP, RCC
Susan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with a Master of Counselling Psychology (MCP) from Adler University.  Susan brings a diversity of... Read more

Arezu Moshrefzadeh

M.Couns., RCC
Clients usually come to me when they are struggling with their sense of identity, most often as a result of life changes, health challenges, family/relationship issues, or managing multiple cultural identities. Together... Read more

Alita Dommann

M.D., RCC
Alita is an Adlerian Psychotherapist providing Individual and Couples Counselling. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Canadian Certified Counsellor, and Adler University Alumni. After working as a medical... Read more

Emma Ellison

MCP, RCC
Emma Ellison Counselling I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and integrative psychotherapist. I am located in Vancouver and I work with people who live throughout BC.  My approach Just as a seed... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Ross Laird, PhD RCC is a consultant to organizations on themes of personal development, well-being, and whole-person learning. He has worked extensively in the fields of addiction, interpersonal conflict, trauma,... Read more

Natalie Tiojanco

MCP, RCC
    • Online booking
Hi, I’m Natalie. I am a trauma-informed narrative therapist offering individual counselling to my community, which includes you! I welcome the privilege of hearing your story and supporting you in your path... Read more

Rosemary Messmer

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Welcome!  You have arrived in a safe space that supports you to come home to your Authentic Self.  No matter what you are going through, there is a way back to center.  I invite you to take three deep... Read more

Alex Klassen

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
In my practice, I help clients reduce or eliminate their chronic pain utilizing Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) and other mind-body approaches. Neuroplastic pain (also called TMS or Mind-Body Syndrome) is a common form... 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 through... Read more

Sylvia Cust

M.A., RCC
Welcome to this page and what it can offer you. With 20 years experience as an individual and marital counsellor,  facilitator and Self-Regulation therapist.  Sylvia brings proven skills and radiant... Read more

Islai Rathlin

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Islai Rathlin, MA, MSW, RSW (they/them) Islai is a Registered Social Worker who specializes in working with queer, trans, and genderdiverse folk who are struggling to connect with themselves and others. They also... Read more