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.

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

Lizelle Badenhorst

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
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

Brenda Casey

B.A. Hons, RCC
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PLEASE NOTE: Telephone counselling available.                             ... 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

Becca Smith

M.S.W., RSW
Counselling is a deeply personal experience. A therapy relationship is built on a foundation of trust and trust is built over time as we gain knowledge and experience of another person. With over 20 years of clinical... 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 (in person and online) who are managing a wide variety of challenges that have... Read more

Kim Watt

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
** I'm open for business to all new and existing clients, and am currently offering both video and phone sessions instead of in-person appointments. Free 15-minute consultations are also available. Please reach out... 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

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

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

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

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

Jennifer Scott

M.A., RSW
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Please note that during this surreal time of COVID-19 I am now offering virtual counselling by phone or video as well as in-person counselling starting June 5th, 2020. Many clients have found virtual counselling just as... 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

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

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

Meagan Maddocks

M.Couns., RCC
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 stressors and joys can be a difficult task. When you... Read more

Dr Kyla Yaskowich

Ph.D., R.Psych
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In my work as a Registered Psychologist since 2002, I have had the honor and privilege to accompany individuals and couples along their journeys to discovering the emotional and spiritual growth that results from... 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

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

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

Lori Finklea

M.S.W., RCSW
Are you going though a difficult time in your life? Are you feeling lost? Do you need someone to talk to, to see things from an fresh perspective and without judgement? Counselling can help. Counselling offers you a non... Read more

Jude Weir

M.A., RCC
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For some, counseling is about transforming relationships and lives. For others, it's about addressing a specific problem and moving forward with more confidence. Others just want to feel better. I offer a... Read more

Sheri Johnson

M.S.W., RSW
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Using cutting edge neuroscience approaches and over 11 years experience practicing clinical social work, a session with me offers effective, results-oriented therapy in a non-judgemental, compassionate space. If you had... 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

Sarah Hickinbottom

Ph.D., RCC
NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. WAITLIST ONLY Counselling for Individuals Facing Significant Personal and/or Professional Transitions Sarah's practice is focused on working collaboratively with clients... 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

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

Jenna Reed-Cote

M.S.W., RSW
Well, hello there! I'm glad you stopped by. Looking into counselling is a brave step (even if it doesn't feel like it) and it's important to me that you get the most out of it. The next step is choosing a... Read more

Valerie MacNeil

M.Ed., RCC
I am currently accepting new clients for telephone, video or in-person sessions.  My experience, education, and passion for helping others enables me to offer effective psychological care . I treat a number of... Read more