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    Default Boston area pyschologist

    I really need help finding a psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in vasculitis or Wegners in the Boston area. My relative needs help and refuses to see anyone who does not know about her condition. Has anyone seen someone in the Boston area who you could recommend?

    I would greatly appreciate it.

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    I would think it would be rare to find one of those who specializes or knows much about vasculitis or Wegs. But I would go for a psychiatrist, since they are medical doctors and would be capable of researching and comprehending what Wegs is all about, plus they'd be able to consult with Wegs or vasculitis specialists, who can be found listed on the Vasculitis Foundation website. There are threads and posts on this forum about that. I'm sure there are some very good psychiatrists in the Boston area but I'm on the west coast so can't help there. Just my two cents worth. Good luck.

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    I see there is a vasculitis center at Boston University and specialists there who are listed on the VF site. Maybe they could recommend a psychiatrist suitable for a Wegs patient.

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    Depending on your wegs doctor and his affiliations, Boston Medical Center works with Boston University in the Rheumatology and Pulmonology Departments. Depending on your insurance one or the other will cover you. I see Dr. Monach as a Rheumatologist and he is affiliated with BU and the big guy, Dr. Merkle, I am sure you could get a referral or an appt.
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    You really don't need a psychiatrist who specializes in Wegs (good luck finding one anyway!). Look for one that specializes in chronic illness. They will understand how to work with the non-stop ups and downs, grieving, etc....

    Unless she feels she needs medical intervention, it's generally easier to see a psychologist or counselor. I've been seeing a therapist since I was dx'ed and it's made a world of difference.

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    As noted above a medical psychologist or clinical psychologist who deals with chronic illness will be best for counseling issues. If medicine is needed or likely then a psychiatrist is required. As Sangye said it might be easier to get an appointment with a psychologist who can then refer to a competent colleague for the meds if they appear needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drz View Post
    As noted above a medical psychologist or clinical psychologist who deals with chronic illness will be best for counseling issues. If medicine is needed or likely then a psychiatrist is required. As Sangye said it might be easier to get an appointment with a psychologist who can then refer to a competent colleague for the meds if they appear needed.
    ...Or the other way around. The Wegs specialist is usually not so comfortable handling counseling issues, but is happy to recommend a trusted associate in that line of work. I think it depends on whether the physical issues or the emotional ones dominate. At the "triage" stage, when the inflammation is at its height, I think the latter approach is best. During remission, maybe see the counselor first (you probably have the meds you need anyway).

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    I have the good fortune to be seeing a Jungian analyst who has a wife and a daughter who are physicians. Also, he has experience in helping people with autoimmune disorders and chronic illness. I think for me that is one of the biggest factors in him being able to help me- lots of experience with patients with chronic illness.

    It doesn't have to be Wegener's, the issues we have are much the same as people with other disorders. It has been very helpful for me to get this counseling. I would look for someone with experience with chronic illness. The issues surrounding this have been the most challenging to me personally.
    It is refreshing to have someone who knows better than to automatically say "You look fine" without also asking "How are you really?". ha

    I was surprised to find that my insurance pays for this also. I would not be able to afford to go otherwise. I discovered by accident that my policy covered such treatment. It almost makes up for them denying me life saving treatment through their appeals process- not quite, but it does feel good to get something I want and feel is helpful.
    I would also suggest that it be remembered that if you don't 'click' with a therapist you can just move on to another until you find one that fits. Finding a good connection is important and you don't have to settle for less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by me2 View Post
    I have the good fortune to be seeing a Jungian analyst who has a wife and a daughter who are physicians. Also, he has experience in helping people with autoimmune disorders and chronic illness. I think for me that is one of the biggest factors in him being able to help me- lots of experience with patients with chronic illness.
    (A Jungian, in...Shelton? [!] My, my....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al View Post
    (A Jungian, in...Shelton? [!] My, my....)
    No, of course not, don't be silly. Shelton barely supports two gas stations and a restaurant. I have to drive to our state capitol - Olympia. About 45 minutes from my house. I make a day of it getting food from the co-op , Costco , any other of the perks of the 'big' city. If you are familiar with Jungian psychology it might impress you to know he trained in Zurich with Marie Louise Von-Franz. A student and brilliant contemporary of Jung's.
    I have been a 'student' of Jung's work for over 20 years so it is quite a treat for me to have access to someone with real training.

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