Counseling and Psychotherapy for Lyme Disease Warriors and their partners, caregivers, and families
In-person therapy available in Austin, TX
Online therapy available for Texas residents
To put it lightly – Lyme Disease is a very complicated invisible illness. It presents like hundreds of other illnesses/issues and therefore is often minimized in the medical community. In fact, most Lyme patients have gone to numerous doctors and waited years before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Many being told their illness was “all in your head”.
However, Lyme Disease is a serious threat and has even been called the “cancer of infectious diseases” because of the intensity of symptoms and treatment involved when it has reached chronic/late stage levels.
Many mental health providers do not understand the complexity of Lyme Disease and how it can affect the brain and therefore the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In fact, Lyme can often present like numerous mental illnesses, which can result in misdiagnosis and suffering for years. On top of that, the CDC does not yet recognize Chronic Lyme Disease despite research. This leaves Lyme patients to regularly face the doubt of loved ones and medical providers, which can lead to an exhausting and sometimes traumatizing experience. Not only have I researched and studied about the psychological/emotional symptoms of Lyme Disease, but I have lived them firsthand.
As a Lyme Disease survivor myself (read more about me HERE), I understand exactly how taxing this illness is on the mind, body, and spirit. Here at Head + Heart Integrative Psychotherapy, you can expect to receive Lyme Literate Mental Health services that honor your experience.
Together, we can create a collaborative and integrative plan to help you reach your goals from the inside out. Research on chronic illness is showing us that our emotional wounds and unresolved traumas impact our ability to heal. Counseling and psychotherapy can help to heal those wounds and clear out that emotional residue so you can free up energy for healing and positive growth.
Lyme Disease also presents uniquely challenging situations for couples and families. The stress of the impact of illness and treatment can often be too much to handle and can lead to ruptures in relationships. But it doesn’t have to be this way forever, change and repair are possible.
If you are struggling to cope with Lyme or life after Lyme treatment, please reach out for support. I offer individual and couples counseling in Austin, Texas, and online therapy and counseling for Texas residents.