Support to manage long term health conditions…
Are you experiencing difficulties in coming to terms with a recent diagnosis? Do you feel that you are unable to manage your current condition effectively? Is your long term condition preventing you from engaging in activities that are important to you? We understand the complex role that chronic health conditions can have on your psychological well-being and pair you with practitioners who are trained in psychotherapy and health psychology.
What are Chronic Illnesses?
There are many different types of chronic illnesses, but they all share one common feature: they are long-term health conditions that can last for months or even years. Chronic illnesses can be difficult to manage and often require ongoing treatment.
These conditions can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life, and can even be life-threatening. Some common chronic illnesses include:
⦿ Heart disease
⦿ Respiratory diseases
⦿ Chronic Pain
How can therapy help?
Chronic illness can be debilitating and overwhelming. It can take a toll on your mental and emotional health, as well as your physical health. But you don’t have to go through it alone.
Therapy can help you manage your chronic illness in a number of ways. First, therapy can help you understand your illness and how it affects you. This can be a valuable tool in helping you manage your symptoms and make lifestyle changes to improve your overall health.
Second, therapy can help you cope with the stress and anxiety that often comes with chronic illness. Learning healthy coping mechanisms can help you better manage day-to-day stressors and navigate difficult times.
Third, therapy can help you develop a support system of family and friends who understand what you’re going through. These people can offer practical and emotional support when you need it most.
About the author of this service
Mr. Michael Swift
Senior Integrative Psychotherapist
Michael holds qualifications in Psychotherapy & Health Psychology.
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What Does Therapy Involve?
Chronic illness can be a difficult to deal with both mentally and physically. Thankfully, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques can help!
Here are some CBT techniques that your therapist may use to help you manage your chronic illness:
⦿ Identifying negative thoughts and beliefs: One of the first steps in CBT is helping the individual identify any negative thoughts or beliefs they have about their illness. This can be a difficult process, but it’s important in order to start changing these negative thoughts into more positive thoughts.
⦿ Challenging negative thoughts: Once the negative thoughts have been identified, the therapist will help the individual challenge these thoughts. This may involve looking at evidence that disproves the negative thought, coming up with a more positive way of looking at the situation, or reframing the thought altogether.
⦿ Goal-setting: A big part of CBT is helping the individual set realistic goals for themselves. This may involve setting small, achievable goals at first and then gradually working up to larger goals. The therapist will help the individual create a plan to reach their goals and will provide support along the way.
⦿ Coping skills training: Many people with chronic illness use coping skills training to develop practical solutions for managing their condition. These can include: self-monitoring, relaxation tools, and complementary therapies.
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