For people suffering from life-limiting or chronic illness the world can often feel like an isolating and hostile place. In the UK, millions of individuals are challenged each year with debilitating and long term illness for which there may not be a cure.
If you are one of these millions then you may have found that over time there has been a huge impact to your social, recreational and occupational functioning in ways which a healthy person finds difficult to understand. Relationships are often strained as the impact on your family can often be as great (though different) to your own.
In addition to what sometimes feels like an overwhelming emotional roller-coaster, you may also find that as time goes on you are grieving for the loss of parts of your functioning self which you may never be able to reclaim. Coping with the ongoing effects of illness requires a constant reorganising and redefinition of self, based on the changed daily reality of your illness.
Counselling and psychotherapy has proven instrumental in helping very ill individuals manage their symptoms and overcome the psychological and emotional problems which surround their condition. In particular, feelings of stress, anger, fear, frustration and powerlessness can all worsen symptoms for the majority of illnesses and lead to a vicious cycle of misery and poor health.
Therapy can help break these cycles by tackling these complex and powerful emotions and developing effective coping strategies to change the way you think, feel and behave. As we work together to identify your thoughts and behaviours that lead to your unhappiness, you can begin to increase your sense of control over your condition and manage your symptoms more effectively.
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