Therapy for Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain in Portland, OR

Note: My practice is 100% VIRTUAL and I offer state-wide telehealth in Oregon and North Carolina, not just Asheville, NC and Portland, OR

  • CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome)
  • Chronic Lyme
  • Mold Related Illnesses
  • CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome)
  • MCS (multiple Chemical Sensitivity)
  • POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Toxin or heavy metal exposure
  • Long Covid
  • Various Digestive diagnoses (IBS, SIBO, food intolerance)
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or other hypermobility
  • Parkinson's
  • Crohn's
  • Chronic Pain
  • Other's

Have you been diagnosed with a chronic illness (or multiple)? Do you suspect you have a chronic illness and are seeking a diagnosis?

Hi my name is Lexi, I’m a licensed professional counselor and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. I specialize in providing therapy for chronic illness and chronic pain in Portland, OR and throughout Oregon.

Common problems or diagnosis clients explore in therapy for chronic illness and chronic pain in Portland, OR are:

  • Being unable to find balance in work, life, relationships, treatments, sleep, self-care, rest, and fun.

  • You notice yourself spending much of your time each week doing all you can, attempting to achieve a sense of being “okay”, but you’re left feeling exhausted doing all of the things that are supposed to make you feel “better”.

  • When asked how you’re doing, your response is filtered through the lens of how your symptoms are that day or how your current treatment is going.

Your Experience might look like:

  • You make attempts to control and avoid triggers but find inconsistencies in reactions to them. At times you find yourself becoming more sensitive, emotionally and physically.

  • You feel frustrated and exhausted trying to explain why you need to cancel or reschedule yet again to a friend or loved one.

  • You notice you are forgetting what it is like to feel ‘normal’. And you have a difficult time recalling positive memories of pre-illness without falling into grief or negative thoughts.

  • You feel lonely and disconnected and generally considered to be moving through the world with an “invisible” illness.

  • Going to doctors’ appointments is overwhelming and oftentimes leads to feeling unheard, overwhelmed, and not being able to say or ask for what you need.

I get it-things are extra hard (even if you have figured out how to do it). Your decisions and life constantly revolve around your illness: if you have enough energy or spoons, how much time it might take to recover, if your symptom are going to flare, if there is a way to back out, if you will be able to advocate for your needs or accommodations, if you have the energy to set boundaries.

Chronic Illness burnout feels and is different

Learn how to accept the ebbs and flows of symptoms while staying connected to your values and what's important to you 

Learn the language of your nervous system and stress responses, and, with that knowledge help you stop feeling like you're fighting your body and its reactions.

Find connection to yourself, what’s important to you, and your loved ones in ways that work for you. This does not only include being completely embodied and present in your skeleton suit all of the time.

Develop curiosity, compassion and reframe what the heck your body and brain is doing in response to (general) stress

You wish you could have a better relationship with your body and learn to accept some of the pain or health conditions without becoming activated and anxious when symptoms come up. You want to have more balance in your life — to put less energy, focus, and thought into what your body is and is not able to do. Therapy for chronic illness in Portland, OR needs to be different from therapy for just anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges. Your experience of anxiety and depression is connected to your diagnosis, so addressing these symptoms also need to consider the impacts of your chronic illness. 

My Approach To Therapy for Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain in Porland, OR

Our work together will help you:

Ready to work with a Chronic Illness Therapist in Portland, OR?

If you’re ready to take those steps and get help for chronic illness and chronic pain, I’m here to help you figure out how to “fall apart” in the right amounts.

Living with and managing a chronic illness and pain is next level hard. I get it, and I am here to help you navigate it.

My practice is accepting and affirming for people of all identities, abilities, body sizes, and backgrounds. You are welcome here.