Jennifer Valice, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Hi, I’m Jennifer Valice
And I Provide Counseling for Adults and Children with Chronic Illnesses and their Families and/or Caregivers in the Chicagoland Area.
I help adults and children who are facing challenges related to diagnosis and treatment of a chronic illness to better cope and thrive in their new normal. I also help family members and/or caregivers to process their own challenges and promote positive adjustment, rehabilitation, and improved quality of life for their loved one.
Through compassionate and active listening, I provide a relaxing space where you, your child, or your family member/caregiver can open up about challenges. Together, we’ll identify the emotional, psychological, and behavioral impact of the illness, and explore how to effectively cope with life changes.
Helping Adults/Children Overcome Their Fears
The challenges of having a chronic illness are many. Due to intense feelings of worry, unease, and fear of the unknown, you may have reached a point where you feel like giving up. You may also be experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression which are clouding your ability to stay motivated and/or goal focused. Facing your fears and identifying/addressing your barriers may help you feel empowered and ultimately improve your quality of life.
Navigating the Pressures of Having a Chronic Illness
Whether you were recently diagnosed or have been living with it for several years, people with a chronic illness experience victories and defeats. They are burdened at times with social struggles, relationship strains, job challenges, financial concerns, and/or a poor quality of life. As a Therapist, I take a client-centered approach; meeting the client where they are at. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to identify potentially destructive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By doing so, clients can then explore and develop healthier coping strategies and ultimately change unhealthy/dysfunctional thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behavior, which will hopefully lead to a better quality of life.
What is a Chronic Illness
Chronic illness is a medical condition or disease that is persistent, long lasting, or one that alters one's quality of life. A chronic illness may include but is not limited to the following:
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Crohn's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson's Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
A Little About My Professional Background
I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology at Central Michigan University. Following that, I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois and I have over 12 years experience working as a Medical Social Worker.
Counseling May Help You Take Back Control of Your Life Instead of the Illness Taking Control of You
Meeting with a therapist can really help a person experiencing chronic illness by first allowing them to express their thoughts/feelings and second to gain acceptance of their current condition. By improving overall coping strategies, you will improve overall quality of life.
If you’re interested in reaching out, I offer a free 15 minute consultation in which you and your family/caregiver may ask me questions about my services and we can explore if we’d be a good fit. I’m here for you and can be reached at (224) 239-5359.