Managing Medical Issues Through Couples Counseling

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Suffering from a medical illness can be an incredible challenge. A person who has been diagnosed with a medical illness stands to experience a series of emotions. In addition to some of the symptoms from medical illness, a person’s mental health can certainly take a toll. While a person processes a significant diagnosis, one unintended consequence may be the stress that a relationship may take as a result. It’s not uncommon for couples contending with a medical diagnosis to experience relational strain, which is why a number of couples may choose help from a couples therapist. 

Life Altering Medical Diagnosis

Medical diagnosis can range from chronic illness to diseases that are life threatening. It’s important to acknowledge that all people may deal with illness differently. A medical diagnosis can result in a range of emotions. While the person diagnosed may be significantly impacted, their significant other may be experiencing challenges as well. Whether you are contending with medical treatments or determining how to live day to day, it can be difficult to make sense of the feelings you may be facing. This is a primary reason couples choose a therapist. With their assistance and experience, couples therapists with experience in medical issues can assist couples in processing their feelings and sorting through the road that lies ahead. 

Making Medical Decisions

Serious medical diagnosis are likely to call for the need to make serious medical decisions. While one person may be facing physical challenges, the condition affects the couple as a whole. While ultimately medical care will be your decision, your partner will certainly want to have a say in next steps. In some cases, you and your partner may find one another at odds over next steps. Whether you are determining whether to access treatment, currently enduring treatment and the side effects to follow, or some other issue, relationships can certainly be impacted. Couples counseling, like couples counseling in Palatine, IL, can help keep the lines of communication open, help to process emotions, discuss differences of opinion, and the counselor will act as an objective party during the problem-solving process. 

Couples Therapists Can Help

The last thing on your mind when enduring a medical condition may be the impact a diagnosis could have on your relationship. Unfortunately, a medical diagnosis stands to take a serious toll on both you and your partner. When overcome with the fear of what lies ahead, you and your partner may need support from a couples therapist who has experience in assisting couples in navigating this complicated process. A couples therapist can help couples to navigate the emotions and decisions that will need to be made while providing them with the coping strategies needed to deal with the pain, anxiety, and anger that couples may be facing. 

Sometimes, no matter how strong the relationship, facing a life-altering diagnosis can have a lasting impact on a relationship. The news can be devastating for couples. Amidst the stress of treatments and medical decisions, a couple’s relationship may suffer. During a time when you need to rely on your partner, you may find yourself at odds. Couples counselors with experience in supporting clients who are dealing with medical issues can be beneficial to helping couples to keep the lines of communication open. For more information, contact a couples counselor for medical issues in your area as soon as possible. 



Thanks to Lotus Wellness Center for their insight into managing medical issues with couples counseling. 

Sunflower Health & Wellness’ Unique Approach

Sunflower Health & Wellness, founded by Brenda Stephens, combines traditional medicine with complementary therapies to treat the whole person–body, mind, and spirit. SHWC takes a more holistic approach to caring for patients and requires the active participation of the patient towards their healing. Dr. Brian Paris sits down with Brenda Stephens to learn more about her unique practice.

Dr. Paris: Can you share the history of the creation of Sunflower Health & Wellness?

Brenda Stephens: I am a family nurse practitioner who provides primary care, as well as a certified clinical aromatherapist. I wanted to combine the two into one practice, so I started SHWC in October of 2014.

Dr. Paris: Does Sunflower Health & Wellness accept insurance?

Brenda Stephens: Yes, we accept most major commercial insurances like BCBS, Cigna, Aetna as well as Medicare & Medicaid.

Dr. Paris: What are integrative medical therapies?

Brenda Stephens: Integrative medical therapies combine traditional allopathic treatments with complementary alternative therapies to treat a number of different conditions.

Dr. Paris: What is a “green” patient?

Brenda Stephens: A “green” patient is one that is very concerned about their health & wellness, preferring to use alternative therapies as opposed to allopathic medicines.    

Dr. Paris: Our culture is riddled with chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. How does your practice differ from the traditional approach to treating these common conditions?

Brenda Stephens: At Sunflower Health & Wellness, we approach chronic disease from three different perspectives: medical, nutrition and emotional. We aim to help patients find out why they are overweight and work towards solutions to help them lose that weight permanently.  

Dr. Paris: Our current nutritional paradigm is a major factor in keeping people sick, overweight and unhealthy. What is the underlying philosophy of your nutrition program and why does it work?  

Brenda Stephens: Our nutrition program is intended to be individual and focus on whole, natural foods that are healthy and appealing, which makes it much easier to stick to the program. We really work together as practitioners to help the patient on their weight loss journey, customizing our programs to help the patient reach their weight loss goals.

Dr. Paris: What other conditions do you treat at Sunflower Health & Wellness?

Brenda Stephens: We are especially interested in patients with insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia which are all conditions that can be difficult to treat allopathically. We use essential oils, acupuncture, massage, nutrition counseling, reflexology and sometimes medications to treat these conditions.

Advanced Wellness Systems is dedicated to empowering patients to live more active and healthy lifestyles, regardless of where they are in their personal journey. Call (301) 710-9777 to schedule an appointment today.