Chronic Medical Issues affects 10 to 30% of children today. Some examples of chronic illnesses include asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital heart disease, diabetes mellitus, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and depression. These chronic diseases can be associated with high levels of uncertainty. Clients often need to change their behavior as part of a new lifestyle of self-care. Many times they may also have to endure debilitating and demanding treatments. These are just some of the factors that make adjustment to chronic medical illness emotionally demanding.
At Rogers Counseling we can incorporate cognitive therapy, active listening and/or play therapy into the treatment plan with clients and their families. Cognitive therapy is effective in managing chronic health issues including many of the long-term symptoms, by examining clients' thoughts and feelings about their illness.