Chronic Pain & Illness Support Group


In this group, we'll explore:

How do we cultivate relationships with bodies that cause us suffering?

How do we find words for sensations and feelings that feel larger than language? And once we've found them, how do we ask for help?

How do we handle the voices — from around us, from within us — that tell us this is our fault, that ask us to minimize our pain?

How do we create a life that works for us in a society that doesn't make space for disability, but values bodies based on their ability to produce value?

The answers will be different for each of us, but I firmly believe that they are best found in community.

Group Therapist

It's so common to struggle with making sense of where to go next. Some part of us knows that life should feel different. We might long for more peace with or within our bodies. Maybe it's the ability to have hard conversations with our families or deeper, more meaningful relationships with our partners. Or maybe we're just trying to figure out how to be less alone with our grief and our pain.

We live in a world that too often sends us the message that what we feel is too much. We come to believe that what makes us different, makes us a burden, and that we should learn how to deal with it on our own. It can be unthinkable, imagining that what we carry could ever feel lighter. And I can promise you that something mysterious and powerful happens when we speak about just how heavy that burden is. Something new emerges.

To need help is human. What makes us different, makes us powerful. We are not broken for suffering; what we feel does not need fixing. I believe that our hurts are signal flares from some deeper, more intact self. Our hurts light the way to a better relationship with the world around us. Therapy is the practice of learning how to follow these signals — but with someone walking alongside you, this time.

Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson is a therapist in San Francisco, California specializing in anxiety, chronic pain, couples counseling, LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics, loss, grief, and bereavement, and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy.

Mondays 6:00-7:30pm

California (Online)

$60/sliding scale slots available