Scott Simpson - Counselor for people living w Long COVID, MEcfs, vax injury, Lyme+...
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Through years of counseling people with chronic illness(es), and living with my own multiple chronic illnesses
And dealing with mental health issues
And experiencing intense feelings of
I’ve honed an understanding of our needs and realities, and provide a counseling approach that is
That focuses on living with a chronic illness and processing the
And will help you improve your relationships with your
No more worrying if your counselor 'gets' how sick & disabling your illness makes you
Unlike with most (healthy) counselors - you will not have to spend time & energy explaining (justifying?) how symptoms make your body sick
So you have a better quality of emotional & mental life
I can help you process the emotions and meaning of continuous traumas & multiples losses
Feel emotionally better - and safer - about your relationships....and about your self
Chronic illness impacts more than just our bodies
It affects our emotions, our relationships &
our sense of self / purpose
I have been living with a chronic illnesses for 25+ years, so I understand the unique physical, social, medical and mental health challenges you experience.
So you don't have to use time and energy explaining your illness and symptoms and co-morbidities and how they impact you physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively.
With some social encounters, and almost every medical appointment, you are potentially going to experience more denial, dismissal and gaslighting. This is not 'post' traumatic stress, it is more accurately described as experiencing ongoing and continuous traumatic stress in the forms of health trauma, betrayal trauma and medical trauma. We can process and prepare for these experiences.
Chronic illness - especially medically marginalized illnesses - is not only the loss of your health and physical ability - you may have also lost your career, relationships and your hopes and dreams. We can validate and mourn those losses and move forward.
Chronic illness impacts more than only your body - it also impacts myriad emotions - we can process and develop strategies so emotions don't overwhelm you.
Chronic illness permeates almost every aspect of your life - impacting your relationships with your partner, family, friends and doctors and the medical system. We can unpack these experiences so you can build a strong support system.
There is a psychological phenomenon known as 'post traumatic growth' - where the meaning of trauma changes, creating an opportunity for growth. You may also experience this, where "chronic illness didn't happen to me - it happened for me".
I will send you my zoom room link so we can video chat. Do what your body needs for our sessions -- that may mean being horizontal in your bed and that's no problem.
My body is not very dependable. Your body is probably also unstable. There may be days when our bodies are too sick to meet and those are not very predictable.
So if your body crashes 10 minutes before our meeting and you have to cancel, it is no problem -- I do not charge for canceled appointments -- because inevitably there will be a day when I have to cancel on short notice because my body suddenly became dysfunctional.
Some people are too sick to meet for 60 minutes. I am flexible and adaptable to your energy window -- so we can schedule 30 or 45 minute sessions if that works better, and at a frequency that works best for you.
Others may have days when their body can handle 60 minutes, and other days it cannot --- and if we have to cut short the session, no problem, I only bill for our actual time.
Being a better counselor is an ongoing journey. While there is no such thing as 'perfect' counseling, we can always learn more and do better.
I love training other counselors, social workers and health care professionals -- it is gratifying to see their confidence and competence in skills strengthen, which then extends to the quality of care and support they provide.
A key value in my training approach is to provide fulsome feedback to improve the trainee's counseling skills and processes.
So it's not surprising feedback is a value in my own counseling practice. So I will seek and encourage any feedback that would make our sessions more helpful and productive: What's working in our sessions? What could be working better?
Don't stay stuck in grief, loss, trauma, isolation, anxiety and depression.
There will probably be no other time in your life when you will experience so much loss and mental health stress. Now is the time to get the support you need - and deserve.
Yes -- I try to make myself accessible, so I can provide a discount to a limited number of clients -- if you have the financial need, ask me if any discounts are available.
Yes -- relationship dynamics and roles can be very impacted by chronic illness, working through those challenges may be integral to improving your quality of life.
Yes -- I may not have lived experience with your illness, but I am intimately familiar with the mental and emotional impacts of living with illnesses the medical system ignores or denigrates or psychologizes.