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    Some of the people I know see a therapist (psychologist) on a regular or semi regular basis. None of these people have spinal cord injuries or anything. A few have encouraged me to do so. Once I seriously thought about it though I was wondering if somebody like me (a C4-C5 quadriplegic for 30 years) could see just any psychologist? Or are there any that specialize in those with spinal cord injuries?

    I've been through some difficult times, as I'm sure most people here could relate, but have been able to get through them somehow. However there are some big changes ahead so I'm going to face challenges like I've never faced before so it makes me wonder if this wouldn't be a good thing to look into now.

    Does anybody here have any experience with this or any suggestions? I just don't know where to start. Thanks so much in advance.

    -Paul
    C4-C5 Quad since 9/15/85

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    Originally posted by Yor View Post
    Some of the people I know see a therapist (psychologist) on a regular or semi regular basis. None of these people have spinal cord injuries or anything. A few have encouraged me to do so. Once I seriously thought about it though I was wondering if somebody like me (a C4-C5 quadriplegic for 30 years) could see just any psychologist? Or are there any that specialize in those with spinal cord injuries?

    I've been through some difficult times, as I'm sure most people here could relate, but have been able to get through them somehow. However there are some big changes ahead so I'm going to face challenges like I've never faced before so it makes me wonder if this wouldn't be a good thing to look into now.

    Does anybody here have any experience with this or any suggestions? I just don't know where to start. Thanks so much in advance.

    -Paul
    2 suggestions:

    1. Contact the closest regional SCI hospital to you and ask for a referral. Most SCI facilities will have counselors that are familiar working with an SCI population. While I don't think it's an absolute must that you locate a psychologist that has direct experience with SCI, it's an obvious plus not having to expend so much time teaching them the basics about your condition.
    2. Check out this book: What Psychotherapists Should Know About Disability
    stephen@bike-on.com

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    • #3
      Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
      2 suggestions:

      1. Contact the closest regional SCI hospital to you and ask for a referral. Most SCI facilities will have counselors that are familiar working with an SCI population. While I don't think it's an absolute must that you locate a psychologist that has direct experience with SCI, it's an obvious plus not having to expend so much time teaching them the basics about your condition.
      2. Check out this book: What Psychotherapists Should Know About Disability
      Thank you so much for the suggestions Stephen. I guess that first one should have been obvious but for some reason it wasn't. Much appreciated!

      -Paul
      C4-C5 Quad since 9/15/85

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      • #4
        I know some psychologists specialize in disability. I doubt there is a high enough concentration of SCI peeps anywhere to create an SCI specific specialty.

        That being said, I don't think it really matters that much. If you can find a good therapist they should be able to help you. Regardless of the fact that our lives might be a bit more unpleasant than the average person, at the heart of it the psychological shit we all go through is very similar.

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        • #5
          Yes there are psychologists and social workers who specifically work with spinal cord injured/disorder people and are work with other team members MD, NP, OT, PT, speech to better understand the physical and medical challenges of living with a spinal cord injury. The psychologists I have worked with also have specialities in working on chronic pain issues.

          good luck

          pbr
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
            Yes there are psychologists and social workers who specifically work with spinal cord injured/disorder people and are work with other team members MD, NP, OT, PT, speech to better understand the physical and medical challenges of living with a spinal cord injury. The psychologists I have worked with also have specialities in working on chronic pain issues.

            good luck

            pbr
            Thank you so much. It's great to know there are specialists out there for this.

            -Paul
            C4-C5 Quad since 9/15/85

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