Mental Health for Chronic Illness in Janesville, Wisconsin
Are you frustrated with waking up in pain every single morning and afraid to talk about it out of fear of hearing "it's all in your head."
Do you doctors tell you there's "no medical explanation for your pain or symptoms?"
Are you afraid to see a doctor because you fear what they will tell you and how it may drastically change your life?
Do you experience chronic dizziness, migraines, TMJ, or IBS attacks?
You loathe your body, and shame and complain about it everyday to yourself. You likely do your best to hide your pain and symptoms until they get so overwhelming that you finally say something and ask for help.
You put everyone else first on your "To-Do List" and look forward to when you can crash into bed at night so you can finally have time for yourself. You complain that there's no time or money for taking care of yourself. It's hard for you to say "No" to your family and friends.
You give everything you have to your job, your kids, your partner, and your friends and feel like you receive nothing in return.
Everything on the outside looks perfect, but on the inside you're crying.
To feel comfortable in your body again and to gain control over how it responds and acts!
Learn coping skills to manage stress so it doesn't negatively impact the physical body
Learn what triggers anxiety and tension in your body
Learn and practice assertiveness skills to begin to cultivate confidence in yourself, and so you finally can stop the people pleasing
Learn how to energetically connect to your body and emotions so they no longer have control over you
The way I work with my clients in therapy sessions on this typically involves a Rogerian approach initially. What this looks like is you and I talking about what is going on in your life, the way you would with your best friend. The benefit of this style is to accept you as you are, free from judgment, and work from this space.
Depending on what comes up, I may pull in other types of therapies.
Somatic therapy and energy healing helps me to teach you how to connect with your body physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Transpersonal psychology is more of a approach that helps my clients to see the bigger picture as it relates to their life experiences.
Depth/Jungian/Psychodynamic helps me to show you how your emotions, physical symptoms, previous life experiences, and traumas are related.
Internal Family Systems is another way I help you to connect to parts of your body that may hold emotional pain that is causing your physical symptoms to manifest.
You don't have to settle living in pain every day. Freedom from chronic illness is possible.
What are sessions like?
Sessions are 60 minutes. I'm more on an intuitive therapist and will roll with whatever you bring to the session that day. However, there may be times I prepare an activity for us to specifically work on together.
How long do I need to be in therapy?
Therapy, unlike life coaching, is open-ended and dependent upon how quickly you want to resolve the issues you are seeking help for, as well as how emotionally ready you are to face them. We review your treatment goals on a quarterly basis together to assess whether or not you are progressing and whether or not it is best for you to continue.
How do I know if therapy will work for me?
Honestly? You'll never know unless you try it. And "trying" looks like showing up for yourself week to week, being honest with yourself, and revealing what needs to be said free of judgment from you so you can finally understand why you do thing things you do, react the way you react, and think the things you think!
Do I have homework after sessions?
Yep! I'm a big believer in giving homework. I refer books or articles to read to help you further learn a concept I'm trying to teach. I may send you videos to watch, have your journal, make lists, do something creative like color or paint, or even do something to relax yourself like take a long bath or allow yourself to take a nap.
Will I be cured from my chronic illness by seeking this kind of therapy?
As a psychotherapist I legally cannot make that kind of claim. What I can share is that my previous clients that have seen me for chronic pain and illness have experienced a significant reduction in physical symptomology, and feel more at ease in their body because they finally have awareness and control of what emotions and thoughts trigger the physical manifestation of their chronic illness. There's a learning curve. You may still have flare ups from time to time, but they will become less severe, and few and far between.
How do we get started?
Schedule a FREE consultation to get to know me first, OR Schedule your Intake appointment and I'll send over your Intake paperwork to fill out!