Your health condition has thrown a wrench in your life and now managing it (and your thoughts and feelings about it) has become a full-time job.

Dealing with a chronic health concern or health-related anxiety brings up a whole set of challenges you never expected to face. There’s so much to learn and so much to cope with and it’s nearly impossible to do when you don’t feel well.

You always believed you’d be able to count on your health. But, for some reason, you’re worried that the quality of your life is going to go down. For some, it’s related to a recently diagnosed health condition. For others, it’s this incessant anxiety that they have a health-related issue, despite doctors saying they don’t. For some time, you felt that you had it under control.

But here you are now, either with a life-altering diagnosis or a constant fear of a health-related issue coming up.

You didn’t expect to worry about paying medical bills. You never thought you’d miss out on the important events in your family’s lives. You try not to think about what these issues might mean for you, your family, and your community, but it’s hard not to wallow sometimes. And you certainly never imagined needing so much help just to do the basic things.

Most days, you manage everything well. But the daily struggles of chronic pain or health anxiety are an ever-present issue you are always aware of.

When You Come to Urban Wellness for Health Counseling

  • You will discover ways to balance the demands on your health with work and family obligations
  • You will get in touch with the things that really matter to you in life, so you can remain positive through the challenging moments
  • You will find outlets for any sadness or anger you feel toward the sudden shift in your life’s path
  • You will process any anxiety that comes from having compromised health, so you can feel strong and empowered in every situation
  • You will develop the skills to communicate about your diagnosis with friends and loved ones and preserve the relationships that are meaningful to you
  • You will learn to be in control of your health-related anxiety

Who Benefits Most from Health Counseling?

Health Counseling is intended for those who are looking to make meaning of this new aspect of their life. Health Counseling helps you learn to cope with your illness, its symptoms, and give you the tools you need to live a full life no matter how you feel.

You will benefit from Health Counseling sessions if you are dealing with any of the following concerns:

  • Chronic pain
  • Health anxiety
  • Physical health issues
  • Smoking cessation
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease

There are certain situations where you might not be ready for Health Counseling sessions with Urban Wellness. These situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Instances of severe mental illness
  • Ongoing substance abuse

If you are currently experiencing a severe mental illness, we recommend you seek outpatient services at a local program like Thresholds. If you are currently experiencing substance abuse or dependence, please see our other specialized service


What The Health Counseling Process Looks Like

Health Counseling is meant to help you cope with your health-related anxiety or health concern, so you can continue to live a fulfilled life regardless of your health condition. Together, you and your therapist will strive to find meaning and establish a sense of normalcy in your new reality. You will discover ways to thrive despite any changes you need to make.

You and your therapist will meet together weekly for 55-minute sessions. Therapy is best done with at least an 8-week commitment. We find that clients who cannot commit to at least 8 weekly sessions and meet less than weekly tend to have more difficulty in establishing a relationship with their therapist and often spend their sessions recapping the previous weeks instead of focusing on forward movement. After 8 weekly sessions, you and your therapist can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether reducing sessions to biweekly or terminating therapy is the next step.

Here’s what to expect:

WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you will meet with your therapist to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. Your therapist will gather information about you and your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. You will also discuss the goals you have going forward together.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Health Counseling

Together, in each subsequent session, you and your counselor will use evidenced-based psychotherapy models to treat the struggles you are experiencing. In therapy will explore the reality of your diagnosis, process what it means for your quality of life, and make plans to reach your goals going forward.

Therapists at Urban Wellness focus on providing a safe space for you to process and discuss any issues that can come up whenever your health is on the line.

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

In your final sessions, you will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work with your therapist has met your expectations. You will also outline a plan going forward so that you are able to retain what you and your counselor have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.

More About Urban Wellness

Urban Wellness Helps the Members of Our Community Thrive

Our practice is designed to meet the needs of everyone in our community by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our counselors vary in their expertise, working with clients across the lifespan with a wide range of issues and it is our goal to find the therapist that is the right fit for you and your loved ones. We are constantly growing our specialties through education and supervision so that we can continue to help our clients and provide therapy for the whole family.

Therapists at Urban Wellness focus on providing a safe space for you to process and discuss any issues that arise from living with illness or living with health-related anxiety. With their help, you can learn skills to help you understand and communicate your needs about your health concerns, process your feelings about a potential diagnosis, and learn to manage your stress and overwhelm. Our therapists will work with you to remove barriers to experiencing life to its fullest. We will help you regain a sense of control of your own happiness & life satisfaction while managing your condition.

What Will You Pay for Health Counseling?

Health Counseling is a fee for service program and Urban Wellness accepts all major forms of payment.

Initial sessions cost $170 and each follow-up session costs $145 and we recommend at least an 8-week commitment.

Urban Wellness accepts insurance and offer in network and out of network benefits. We accept BCBS PPO, Humana, and United Healthcare insurances, at their contracted rates. For your convenience, we will do a benefit check on your behalf and notify you of our in network or out of network benefits. Copays, deductibles or any out of pocket costs are due at the time of service.

Your Next Steps

You truly can continue to enjoy life despite having compromised health or health-related anxiety. Instead, you can learn the skills to help you cope and thrive regardless of how well you feel.

Right now, having an upbeat outlook feels far off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace your current circumstances and choose to concentrate on the best parts of your life. In the end, accepting and processing your illness (or anxiety around health) and moving forward despite any limitations is the key to remaining connected and happy. Urban Wellness can help. Call +1 (773) 774-4444×0 to schedule your Health Counseling session today.