Chronic illness

Living with Chronic Illness Support Group (for Washington state residents)

Hosted By
Carissa S.
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024 | 05:30pm - 06:30pm PDT
4 seats remaining
About this meeting
The Living with Chronic Illness Support Group is a general group for those living with ongoing health challenges. This may include chronic illness, autoimmune diseases, invisible illnesses, disabilities, rare diseases, chronic pain, etc. This program is only open to residents of Washington state. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30pm PST and is facilitated by social worker Zoe Freeman, MSW, LSWAIC (2nd Wednesday) and mental health counselor, Carissa Singh, MA, LMHCA (4th Wednesday). *Please reach out before the meeting to to receive the password for this group. *If you register and then cannot attend, please remove your registration to free up the space for another participant.

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Recent reviews
Carissa did a great job of encapsulating each person's questions or frustrations into three distinct topics, and keeping us moving through each one.
Apr 25, 2024
Carissa did a good job of prodding us and also of validating feelings, concepts, and ideas.
Mar 28, 2024
Carissa did a great job of keeping us moving through the topics, responding when the conversation quieted, and when the topic turned to what we should expect from a therapist. On a personal note, she gave me a compliment that made me feel good. :)
Feb 29, 2024
Carissae was really good today -- very attentive, paid close attention to people with raised hands or comments in the chat, gave space for people to think before they spoke, etc. It's a lot to keep track of, but she did. :)
Jan 25, 2024
We started a few minutes late again, and she again didn't see my raised hand (doing it through the interface), though this time, she only missed it once. She also cut off somebody talking to ask if other people had anything to add, which felt wrong. I'd have rather that she call on that people, but say ok person X, then after them, what about people who haven't spoken. I mean, there's a way to do it without making people feel pushed aside.
Nov 23, 2023
Carissa sometimes calls on people to talk, then opens the conversation about a different subject before that person gets a chance to say what they wanted to comment on. It's a bit disconcerting and for me, I can easily lose my train of thought. Also, she continues to have a hard time figuring out who raised their hand first, though HeyPeers shows a number "1" for the first person, "2" for the second, etc.
Oct 26, 2023
A few issues and a compliment. We started about 5 minutes late, and with only 60 minutes to work with, that's a lot of time. This has happened multiple times. Also, Carissa doesn't call on people in the order hands were raised, resulting in some people waiting a really long time to talk and the conversation having moved on or they've forgotten what they were going to say. For me, on my laptop, when I raise my hand, the tool puts a little number inside the raised hand icon on my picture (grid view) and subsequent people raising their hands also get numbered on their raised hand icon on their picture. Number "1" is the person who raised their hand first. Tonight it seemed like we were going in reverse order. Unfortunately, HeyPeers does not show this number in the "People" tab. Also, if Carissa could give a bit more explanation about giving email addresses -- what it's for and why, I think that'd be helpful for new people. And lastly, it'd be nice to let people individually say a last thought, thanks, or goodbye before the session ends. Yeah, we had a lot of people, so it could take a while. Zoe sometimes asks us to give one only word as a last thought and then "popcorn" to the next person to keep things moving along. It's a fun and fulfilling way to end. I'm sure there are other quick ways we could do it, too. On the positive side, Carissa's comments between each person speaking were on-point and nice additions to the conversation. I really appreciate her facilitation skills and only mean to enhance the experience with these comments.
Sep 28, 2023
Carissa's slow internet connection has come up in a few meetings. It means she doesn't always see people who have their hand raised and doesn't think people have unmuted when they start speaking. It's not horrible, but it's not ideal for a facilitator.
Aug 24, 2023
She doesnt always see that folks have their hand raised, literally or through the interface.
Jul 27, 2023
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The Center for Chronic Illness (CCI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization promoting well-being and decreasing isolation for those impacted by ongoing health challenges through support and education. CCI offers free, peer support groups facilitated by licensed mental health professionals and Master's level mental health interns. CCI's programs are designed to bring people together who live with different types of health challenges and diagnoses, recognizing the shared emotional experience of many who are impacted by chronic illness. Please note, because we are a Seattle-based organization, all support groups are scheduled on Pacific Standard Time (PST).

The Center for Chronic Illness provides support and education for those impacted by ongoing health challenges through our professionally-facilitated peer support groups. Although the information and support provided can be psycho-educational in nature, our support groups are not counseling or therapy groups, and we are not providing healthcare services. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating any health condition. Participation in our facilitated peer support groups does not create a psychotherapist/patient relationship. You should always consult with a doctor and / or other health care professional for medical advice or information about diagnosis and treatment. If you are in a need of immediate medical attention or crisis support, please call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline at 1-(800) 273-8255 without delay.

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