Episode 7: Daniela Paolone on Chronic Illness and Pain

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If chronic pain or illness adds to your anxiety, be sure to listen to this episode of Woman Worriers. Host Elizabeth Cush talks with Daniela Paolone, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about how counseling can help women cope with the anxiety that often goes hand-in-hand with chronic pain or illness.

If your body had a voice, if that pain or discomfort had a voice, what would it be saying to you?
— Daniela Paolone

Show Notes:

Will I be able to get out of bed and make breakfast this morning? Will I be able to put in a full day at work? Do my friends think I’m a flake because I have to back out of plans? Living with chronic pain or illness is difficult enough without the stress and anxiety it can cause. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Daniela Paolone, a California-based counselor, who shares about her own journey with chronic illness and pain, anxiety and self-doubt, and strategies for breaking the cycle.

 Listen and learn:

  • What happens when you can’t do what most people take for granted
  • How chronic pain or illness can affect relationships
  • Why finding the right fit with the therapist is so important
  • How the counseling experience differs from the healthcare experience
  • Why listening to your body is necessary for healing
  • How judging yourself feeds the pain cycle — and what to do instead
  • Things you can do to relieve stress and pain

Learn More

> Daniela Paolone, Westlake Village Counseling

> Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristen Neff, Ph.D.

> Progression Counseling

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