Counseling for Chronic Illness - Ways Therapy Can Help

psychotherapy for vestibular disordersChronic illness can strain your view of yourself, your relationships, your place in society, and your plans for the future. Psychotherapy (also known as 'counseling' or just 'therapy') is a valuable resource when you are struggling with these challenges. This publication provides general information about some of the different ways that therapy can be helpful. 


The purpose of these articles is to identify common psychological reactions/ phenomena associated with vestibular disorders and to suggest various coping strategies to improve functioning. The information is divided into two separate articles: the first will address cognitive aspects of vestibular disorders; the second will address emotional aspects of vestibular disorders. Download a 1-page summary of this article.


Vestibular disorders affect individuals physically AND psychologically.  These disorders are variable not only in their physical manifestation, but in their psychological manifestation as well. And while it is important to understand your physical symptoms, it is equally important to understand your psychological symptoms as they can often trigger and/or exacerbate your physical symptoms. 

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“It’s All in Your Head”: Addressing Vestibular Patients’ Stressors and Self Doubts

Identifies the issues associated with the subtle erosion of self-esteem often experienced by vestibular patients.

Coping with a Vestibular Disorder

This publication contains to articles: 1) "Coping with a Chronic Vestibular Disorder and Other Invisible Illnesses" by Molly-Jane Isaacson Rubinger, MSW, LICSW, and 2) Learning to Cope with Vestibular Disorders: Tips Offered by VeDA and support group leaders to the person who is new to vestibular disorders.

Fatigue, Stress and Responsibilities

This publication explains how one can learn to cope with the fatigue (and contributors to fatigue, including stress and pain) that often accompanies their chronic illness and offers strategies to manage stress.

Stress Management Techniques

Stress is an automatic response for our body to protect itself from threats. This “fight or flight” sympathetic response is beneficial if you are in a life-threatening situation or require a short-term force of motivation. But, if you experience stress over a prolonged period of time, it could become chronic. Chronic stress can have serious consequences for your brain, body, and mind. This article gives you some suggestions for stress management techniques, including progressive muscle relaxation.

Chronic Illness & Vulnerability

This publication discusses the inherant vulnerability present in people with chronic illnesses (such as vestibular disorders), and that by acknowledging our vulnerability we can develop compassion and acceptance.


Thanks to VeDA, vestibular disorders are becoming recognized for their impacts on people's lives and our economy. We see new diagnostic tools and research studies, more accessible treatments, and a growing respect for how life-changing vestibular disorders can be.

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