For children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions and their families the stressors may be numerous. Families may request help with the psychosocial aspects of managing the treatment and symptoms of the illness, fitting in with peers, conflict with parents around treatment independence, anxiety about managing symptoms, developmental changes in the child’s understanding of the illness, and changes in the child’s ability for self-care.
At Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates, we offer therapy for the child, siblings, and parents to help with the ongoing adjustment of living with a medical condition and to facilitate healthy coping.
Some of the medical conditions with which our patients have presented include sports-related injuries, chronic pain, severe food allergies, diabetes, asthma, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, PANDAS, cerebral palsy, orthopedic conditions, AMPS, and POTS. We also work with children and adolescents (and their siblings and parents) who have completed or are undergoing cancer treatment.
We also receive calls from adults of all ages for challenges in coping with orthopedic conditions, pain, and recovery from medical conditions. Isolation, depression, and college/family/workplace issues are all possible impacts on the adult that we address in therapy.