Health Psychology

Physical discomforts of medical conditions are just one aspect of the patient experience—let our experts help you get back on track.

Our specialists ensure that patients and their caregivers get the emotional support they need to cope with a variety of health conditions.

Chronic Illness

Sick of feeling sick? Feeling overwhelmed by the never-ending medical appointments? Or find yourself leaving appointments more confused and frustrated than you were before? Our expert health psychologists can help you get you the skills and strength you need to become an active member of your healthcare team.

New Diagnosis

Struggling to accept a new diagnosis? Worried about how your diagnosis or treatment plan will impact your life? Feeling anxious about an upcoming appointment or procedure? Any medical condition can be stressful to manage and impact all aspects of our lives. Our specialized therapy and counseling services can help.

Caregiver Burnout

Feeling overwhelmed caring for a loved one who is ill? Or feeling too run down to take care of your own needs? Feeling irritable and angry and like you’ve lost yourself in the caregiving role? Let’s work together to regain your sense of control and balance—so you can be the best version of yourself for the ones you love most.

Our therapists and counselors specialize in helping you coping with many different physical health issues, including: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disease, chronic skin conditions, sexually transmitted diseases, chronic pain, COVID-19, and more.

Book an initial consultation to learn more.

What is Health Psychology?

Clinical health psychologists are expert therapists and counselors who use their understanding of the complex paths that link our mental health and physical well-being to help you become a happier, healthier you! 

Watch this video to learn more.

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If you would like more information about our services or fees, please contact us by phone (619-554-0120), email (info@coronadopsych.com) or schedule a initial complimentary consultation.

What Does Therapy with a Health Psychologist Look like?

From adjusting to a new diagnosis to managing the complex feelings that come with survivorship, your health psychologist will work with you to help you understand how your emotions influence your physical health and vice versa throughout your unique health journey.

Health psychology treatment plans vary greatly, and can include:

Managing stress, anxiety, depression, irritability, etc. specific to medical diagnosis and treatment.

Supporting health-related behavior changes (e.g. adherence to changes in diet, exercise, medications, etc., recommended by your medical providers).

 Integrating your changing health status with your overall sense of self

Communicating effectively with healthcare providers

 Navigating complex medical systems

Preventing/treating caregiver burnout

And so much more.

Health Psych

The diagnosis and treatment process for many medical conditions can be grueling process. With theright therapist or counselor, you’ll no longer have to go at it alone!

The Mind Body Connection

Understanding how our thoughts and feelings influence our physical well-being and vice-versa can be the key to finding balance as we manage all of life’s biggest stressors. 

Here are some key facts to that can help us manage better:

1) The Mind-Body Connection helps us pay attention to our environment and quickly assess how to keep ourselves safe.

2) Prolonged periods of stress can put your mind and body into “overdrive”—putting us at risk for poor mental and physical health outcomes.

3) Fortunately, there are many strategies to help you switch gears and “pump the breaks.”

Mind Body Connection

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Book your free initial consultation now to learn more about how health psychology can work for you.
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