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MEDICAL FAMILY THERAPY

Medical Family Therapy addresses the interactions between illness/disability, relationships, and stress. Living with serious health issues can cause/increase stress in important areas of one's life, just as living with unhappy relationships and other stresses can negatively impact health.

INDIVIDUALS
I work with individuals to find their own motivation to make healthful lifestyle changes and follow the treatment plans they develop with their healthcare providers. In cases where some symptoms cannot be eliminated, I work with clients to accept their situation, reduce their experience of suffering, find meaning in their lives, recognize potential, and enjoy life.

COUPLES AND FAMILIES
When one person in a family has a chronic illness or disability, it affects all members of the family. I work to help the “patient” find a comfortable balance between taking responsibility for his/her own struggles, communicating needs/fears/difficulties, and effectively asking for help.

I help partners and other family members find a balance between providing needed emotional and practical support without “overdoing it,” and respecting the “patient's” right to make his/her own choices. I also help family members to identify and feel comfortable expressing their own needs and emotions around their experience of their loved one's illness.

GROUPS
The following groups are offered periodically; Living Healthy with Illness, Couples and Illness, and a women's Fibromyalgia Support Group.









FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP
Facilitator:
Kathy Chilton, LMFT

Fibromyalgia is a major health issue for women, which may affect many aspects of your life. Physical pain may interfere with sleep, exercise, employment, and social activities. This may affect your self-concept, impact important relationships, and interfere with your ability to fully enjoy your life. Increased life stress can, in turn, contribute to increased symptoms. This group will take an integrative approach, exploring biological, psychological, and social factors which can help break negative cycles and contribute to your healing process.

The purpose of this support group is to provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • Increase social support by meeting with others who live with the challenges presented by fibromyalgia.

  • Share information and learn more about fibromyalgia and a biopsychosocial approach to healing.

  • Explore the impact that fibromyalgia has on your life, identify the areas which you can control, identify goals, explore obstacles to healing, and create solutions.

  • Explore past and present successes, increase motivation, and support the development of new patterns.

  • Develop individualized, workable, and enjoyable self-care routines, including exploration of guided imagery to promote relaxation, self-acceptance, and healing.

When? To be announced.
Where? 261 E 16th Ave, Suite 3, Eugene 97401
Fees: To be announced.

Information and Registration: 541-343-3772


Kathy Chilton is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples, families and groups.

www.kathychilton.com










COUPLES AND ILLNESS

Facilitator: Kathy Chilton, LMFT

Living with a chronic illness or a disability provides unique challenges, not just for the individual, but for partners as well. Each couple copes with these experiences differently..

This support group will provide you with an opportunity to meet with other couples who may have similar concerns and experiences. The group will explore (a) problems, (b) current and past strategies that have been helpful and (c) individual, couple, family and community resources. In addition, each couple can explore their unique communication skills, problem solving styles and relationship roles. Some of the questions that the group will address include:

  • What are the practical and emotional demands imposed by the illness and how does this affect the couple relationship?

  • What kind of additional support is available and how can you access it?

  • How are needs communicated and conflicts resolved? 

  • How can the communication be improved between you and your partner, provider, community and family?

  • How can you enhance your couple relationship while living with the demands of illness and/or disability?
When? To be announced.
Where? 261 E 16th Ave, Suite 3, Eugene 97401
Fees: $160 per couple for 4 week course (coverage for groups varies with plan, please check benefits with your insurance company or request that my office do so)

Information and Registration:  541-343-3772

 Kathy Chilton is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples, families and groups.
  www.kathychilton.com









LIVING HEALTHY WITH ILLNESS: 
A group to support individuals as they take charge of their illness
and healing process
 
Facilitator: Kathy Chilton, LMFT

Illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other chronic pain conditions can interfere with a variety of life activities such as sleep, exercise, employment and social activities. This may affect your self-concept, impact important relationships and interfere with your ability to fully enjoy your life. Increased life stress can also contribute to increased symptoms. This group will take an integrative approach to changing unhelpful cycles and encouraging the healing process.

The purpose of this support group is to provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • Increase social support by meeting with others who live with the challenges presented by pain and fatigue.

  • Explore the impact that illness/disability has on your life, identify the areas in which you have control, explore obstacles to healing and create solutions.

  • Explore past and present successes, increase motivation and support the development of new patterns.

  • Develop individualized, workable and enjoyable self-care routines to promote relaxation, self-acceptance and healing.
What?

A four session introductory group, meeting weekly for one and a half hours.

When? To be announced.
Where? 261 E 16th Ave, Suite 3, Eugene 97401
Fees: $110 for 4 week course (Insurance coverage for groups varies with plan, please check with your insurance company or request that my office do so)


Information and Registration: 541-343-3772

Kathy Chilton is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples, families and groups.

  www.kathychilton.com