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Chronic Illness Support Group
From isolation to understanding

Hugging a Pillow
A Supportive Hug

Group Meets Every Other Tuesday 11am - 12pm

In recent years, we've seen an unprecedented rise in the frequency and impact of chronic illnesses. From the persistent challenges of long Covid to the debilitating fatigue of Lyme disease, our world is increasingly touched by these long-term health conditions. Understanding this, our group provides a haven of support and empathy, led by Lynn Harris, AMFT, a therapist who not only brings her professional expertise but also her personal experience with chronic illness.

We meet virtually every Wednesday evening, offering a consistent and accessible platform for connection and support. This ensures that no matter where you are in California you can easily join and become part of our community.

Our group discussions include a range of chronic illnesses such as Lyme Disease, Long Covid, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain and various autoimmune disorders, to name a few. We recognize that living with these conditions affects every aspect of life, from daily energy levels to long-term plans, and our meetings provide a space to share these experiences.

We look deeply into the intersectionality between chronic illness and mental health. Issues like depression, anxiety, the unique challenges faced by highly sensitive people, and PTSD are often intertwined with physical health challenges. Our approach acknowledges this complex relationship, offering strategies and support for both the physical and mental aspects of chronic conditions.

  • Depression can be both a response to the daily challenges of living with a chronic illness and a contributor to the worsening of physical symptoms.

  • Anxiety often arises from the uncertainty and unpredictability of chronic conditions.

  • Highly sensitive people are often more susceptible to chronic illness symptoms and also may find their sensitivity heightened by the stressors of managing a chronic illness.

  • Trauma effects the body as well as the mind and heart, and can predispose people to develop chronic illnesses. In some cases the illness itself can drive PTSD symptoms due to traumatic medical experiences or from the ongoing stress of dealing with health issues.

 

Mental health therapy plays a crucial role in helping individuals cope with these challenges. Some ways therapy can be beneficial include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Helps in modifying negative thought patterns, aiding individuals in developing a more positive outlook and effective coping strategies for managing both physical pain and emotional stress.

  • Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Techniques: These practices can significantly reduce the anxiety and stress that often accompany chronic illnesses, helping individuals to focus on the present and find peace amidst their health challenges.

  • Psychoeducation: Educating individuals about the links between their physical symptoms and mental health, which empowers them to better understand and manage their condition.

  • Supportive Therapy: Offers a space for individuals to express their feelings and challenges, and receive empathy and understanding, which can be profoundly healing.

  • Problem-Solving Therapy: This approach can assist individuals in tackling the practical aspects of living with a chronic illness, from navigating healthcare systems to managing daily routines.

  • Community Support: Truly not feeling alone is a great healer all by itself! This group provides that sense of community though shared experience

 

The journey with our group begins with an intake interview. This one-on-one conversation with Lynn is a crucial step in ensuring that our group is the right fit for you. It allows you to share your story and understand how we can best support you on your path to healing.

In joining our group, you can expect a safe and confidential space to share and listen, connections with others who understand the nuances of living with a chronic illness, and professional guidance from Lynn to help manage both the physical and emotional aspects of your condition.

If you're ready to take the first step towards joining a community that understands and cares, we invite you to schedule your intake interview. Together, let's embrace a future of hope and healing.

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