you, or someone you love, is limited in their daily
function by a chronic pain or illness, you already
know how difficult this can be for everyone in the
family. For those of you who are interested in how
we can help family members who are feeling the strain,
please refer to our page on Caregiving.
If you are the individual with pain or illness,
please ask yourself if the following questions fit
for your situation.
- Are you tired of the well-meaning suggestions of
others about how you can "get on" with
- Are you experiencing sadness, anger, anxiety,
- Are you frustrated with the illness or pain
"taking over your life" and want to
find a way to move on?
- Are you feeling resentment towards family and
friends that are trying to be helpful?
- Do you feel well-meaning family members "just
don't get it"?
- Are you experiencing suicidal thoughts?
- Do you feel the need to talk about your situation
even when everyone around you seems tired of listening?
- Are you feeling that family and friends are
- Do you feel like you are alone with your pain?
- Do you feel like you have let the ones you love
down and are now are a burden?
- Do you worry about losing your independence?
Some of our clients at Family Therapy
Associates, who are suffering with chronic pain
and illness, tell us, that although they have been
dealing with their situation for a long time, they
worry about what will happen when and if they get
worse. Some who have recently been diagnosed tell
us they worry about the changes they and their family
members will have to make . Many worry about the
financial burden. Others express concerns about
making life and death decisions for themselves as
well as how those decisions will affect those they
As family therapists, our expertise
focuses on relationships. We can help you find new
ways to balance the demands of the illness with
other needs of the family.
We can help
- Reduce stress or conflict among family members.
- Improve the level of understanding about the
- Face changes in the ill family member - changes
in personality or a decline in health status.
- Facilitate collaboration among the many medical
professionals you may be involved with.
- Accept the illness and discover new ways to
- Access resources and strengths which can enrich
the quality of life .
At Family Therapy Associates, we see
many individuals and families that are coping with
chronic pain and illness. They tell us that therapy
is a helpful way to "put the illness in its place"
and discover new ways to move forward with the rest
of their lives.
"A lost battle is a battle
one thinks one has lost".
When friends and family are just too close to your
situation to help,
call us at 954 -341 - 2555
or send a confidential email to: