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.

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Derek Swain

Ed.D., R.Psych
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Dr. Swain became a Registered Psychologist (#1006) in 1991. His education includes the following degrees: Bachelor or Arts (1970); Teaching Certificate (1973); Master of Physical Education (1977); and Doctor of... Read more

Kate Blassnitz

M.S.W., RCC
"Life is so perfect, it doesn't always go our way."  It's the times when life doesn't go our way, or when habits have controlled our life one too many times, or that relationship is... Read more

S Lorraine McAteer

M.A., RCC
Lorraine McAteer has dual accreditations as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Canadian Counsellor. She has 12 years Post-Secondary Education in Medical and Psychological Sciences, was awarded an MA in... Read more

Don Davies

Ph.D., RCC
 Dr. Don Davies has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Counselling Psychology.  With over 35 years of experience as an individual, couples and group therapist, Don’s unique counselling style... Read more

Mary Khashabi

Ph.D., RCC
Mary has a Ph.D. in Psychology and a doctorate in Natural Science ( Human Biology) from medical school. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), and a Certified Trauma... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Please note: Ross Laird does not provide individual counselling. He only works with organizations and groups.  Ross A. Laird, PhD is a best-selling author and award-winning scholar. He is a teacher of... Read more

Paula Jurczak

M.A., RCC
Child and Family Counselling Services Promoting emotional healing, social development and the formation of healthy relationships. Paula Jurczak has over eighteen years experience providing counselling services to... Read more

Salley-Ann Ross

M.A., RCC
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Salley-Ann sees the potential in every person; whether it is working with families through divorce, parenting issues, children, youth, trauma, anger, grief or mental health issues. She believes that the road to... Read more

Chris Walker

M.A., CCC
“At some time or other, we all find ourselves unable to cope with life’s difficulties. The aim of counselling is to help you deal with these or other issues, so that you can get on with a meaningful and... Read more

Cate Pelling

M.A., RCC
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA in Counselling Psychology, I have been working in private practice since 2003.  Previous to this, I worked for a number of years in clinical settings... Read more

Misha Gitberg

M.A., RCC
As a psychotherapist and a counsellor Misha has enjoyed the privilege of helping people over the last 35 years. He is known to provide compassionate, attentive and spacious presence to help you heal... Read more

Lisa Otterstein

M.Ed., RCC
Lisa is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private counselling practice in North Vancouver.  She has a Masters degree with honours from UBC, and advanced training in EMDR.  She has extensive training... Read more

Johanna Simmons

M.A., RCC
I believe that families are the foundation of any society. As parents you create the future through your children. Occasionally we encounter challenges and need some encouragement to overcome these. I can provide... Read more

Kim Boivin

M.Ed., RCC
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Are you struggling with anxiety? Are you experiencing difficulties in your relationships?  Are you hard on yourself?  I can help.  I offer a compassionate and grounded approach with ... Read more

Lesley Holm

Dip.A.Th, BCATR
Lesley Holm, bcatr, counsellor and Registered Art Therapist, has been providing therapy for over 15 years and is a registered member of the British Columbia Art Therapy Association.  She has provided... Read more

Svetlana Vasilyeva

M.C., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Counselling Degree from City University of Seattle. My previous education and experience was in medicine (M.D. from Kuban State Medical University in Russia with a... Read more

Jan Fleming

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 15 years of experience as a therapist helping people improve the quality of their lives. With my unique combination of training and experience I help people see their... Read more

Suman Hothi

MC, RCC
Suman offers accessible, low barrier counseling and support services to anyone whose life has been impacted by trauma. In addition to one-on-one and group support, Suman offers education, training and resources to... Read more

Mark Giesbrecht

M.A., RCC
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Need a fresh perspective on old problems? Need someone who is passionate about not only listening to you but working diligently until positive change happens? Mark Giesbrecht has been providing Counselling Based... Read more

Terry Folks

M.A., RCC
Next Steps on Your Healing Journey… Whether you are considering a change in your life or are in the midst of one, it helps to have a trained and professional counsellor listen and explore options or... Read more

Kendra Antony

M.A., RCC
Kendra Antony is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#4581) and a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling... Read more
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Who am I? I’m a psychotherapist in private practice in West Vancouver. I work with individuals, couples, and families in the following practice areas: relationship counselling, depression, stress and anxiety,... Read more

Carolyn Jarvis

B.S.W., RSW
If one thing is true about life, it will throw us unexpected curve balls. I offer counselling to people experiencing sudden or unwanted change, or who are going through a challenging life transition. I... Read more

Kerry Chutter

M.A., RCC
My professional practice emphasizes individual counselling within a range of concerns; including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, illness, substance misuse, disordered eating, grief, and loss. The symptoms... Read more

David Ravvin

M.A., RCC
I am a professional Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I provide individual and couples counselling. I have been a counsellor for ten years. As I see it, my job is to work... Read more

Gwen Bevan

M.S.W., RSW
Gwen Bevan has been counselling individuals, couples and families for over 22 years. In addition to providing counselling, Gwen provides clinical supervision for Oak Counselling Services as well as for private... Read more

Robbie-Roberta Chesick

M.Couns., RCC
Robbie Chesick (MA, MC, RCC) is a registered clinical counsellor­­­­­­­­­, certified emdr practitioner,  level II sensorimotor psychotherapist, and certified meditation... Read more

Lee Cassels

M.A., CCC
Lee Cassels is a Canadian Certified Counsellor who sees clients in her office which located in the Port Moody area.    Often people find themselves drawn to counselling sites when they have reached a... Read more

Jill Parker

M.Ed., RSW
"I like how you help me to see myself as powerful and capable..." and "I didn't know counseling could be like this...", are word spoken by my clients. My genuine, caring and compassionate... Read more

Joanne Duma

Ed.D., R.Psych
Dr. Duma is a registered psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience treating a wide variety of clinical issues including:... Read more