Support for Young Adults with Chronic Pain and Illness
Chronic pain and illness is often associated with the later stages of life, an idea furthered by the fact that support groups for chronic ailments tend to be full of people in their 50’s and up. However, there are a great many young people today who endure chronic pain and illness on a daily basis, and do so quietly, often without the support or understanding of their peers. This isolation can add significant suffering to an already difficult situation.
I have lived chronic pain and illness from both the perspective of a patient with irritable bowel syndrome and Lyme disease, as well as a caregiver during my mother’s nine-year battle with kidney failure. I have also had the honor of working as a counselor with many young people suffering from chronic conditions, and have come to intimately understand the unique struggles of the young and chronically ill. I am passionate about offering a place where people can receive support along their healing journey and relieve their suffering.
I see a great need for young adults to have a place to go to share their experience with peers, support each other, and receive professional therapeutic support specific to their needs. This is why I am offering an affordable therapeutic support group for young adults (ages 18-39) with chronic pain and illness.
Group Details: The group will be held once a week, likely on Tuesday evenings, from 5:30pm-7:00pm, and start sometime in November. The group will be held at my office at 1910 7th st near downtown Boulder CO and, after the initial meeting, I am asking for a 8-week commitment with the option to continue if the group decides to. There will be no more than 8 group members and the cost will be $60 a group paid monthly.
The therapeutic focus includes an invitation for group members to deepen their experience through various therapeutic interventions that focus on the present moment and group dynamics. I will be offering guidance and support along the way as well as specific techniques for working with the challenges of chronic pain. The format itself is intentionally open so that each group member has a big say on what you want the group to be and where you want it to go.
If you have interest in being a part of this group or you have any questions send an email to Dan@DanEntmacherPsychotherapy.com. Also, if you know someone who might benefit from such a group please let them know.
Take care and I look forward to beginning this journey with you.
Dan Entmacher M.A., LPC