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blmro77777 05-25-2010 12:45 AM

therapy suggestions
hi all, first time posting. curious if anyone has any suggestions / references for therapy which focuses on dealing with living w/ port wine stain. I am 25, have port wine stain on right arm, leg and most of my back. I have been receiving laser treatment for years, however, am considering therapy might also be helpful.

thx !!

missy 05-25-2010 12:22 PM

Where are you located? Are you considering talk therapy or a more aggressive sort?

Hi and welcome!!


blmro77777 05-26-2010 01:50 AM

i am in nyc.

not too sure... what are the differences??

thx !!!!!

missy 05-26-2010 01:10 PM

Talk therapy would involve going to a professional with the idea of changing things for the better (maybe changing the way you perceive your PWS or strategies to deal with people staring or someone that you like who is seeing an extensive PWS for the first time). In many states, talk therapy can be provided by a number of different types of practitioners.... anything from a licensed social worker to a psychologist.

Something more aggressive might involve both talk therapy and drug therapy (something to treat depression or OCD or the like). In that case, you would need to see a psychiatrist.

Check with your insurance to see about coverages as well before you call anyone. Ask your primary doctor for references (actually, truth be told, I always ask my doctor's NURSE... she will be more likely to tell me the truth about whether she likes a particular doctor.).

Check back in soon and let us know what your plans are and how things are working out for you!!


blmro77777 05-26-2010 04:47 PM

I think talk therapy might be best. I will check w/ insuance. In the meantime, do you have any reccomendations?? :)


missy 05-26-2010 10:48 PM

I don't have a recommendation of a specific doctor, but other people around here might. It might be a while before they check in with the forum, though, so in the meantime, call and ask around.

Take good care!!


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