Letter From Kris Sutter, MSW, LCSW - Invisible Disabilities/ Coping
Welcome, and thank you for signing up for our 10 group sessions on "Coping and Adaptability." I am honored to work with you.
We are here because we share at least one thing in common: The experience of having an invisible disability.
You may experience physical pain, emotional pain, or perhaps you encounter stigma in your daily life. The combined experiences of living with an invisible disability may feel overwhelming, isolating, and you may feel like no one understands you.
Our group can help provide tools and resources to help you feel connected to others who share your experience while learning new tools, perspectives, and approaches to situations that are difficult.
Our primary focus for this series on coping will be to remind you of your adaptability.
In this series, we will work together on developing coping strategies. What are they? Generally, coping strategies is a term that is used to describe ways to enhance your emotional, physical, and spiritual well being in difficult moments or periods of stress in our lives. The term is often overused, and it can also come with a stigma, a negative connotation, from others which may suggest we aren’t doing enough to "live our best life." We will address this in our course.
One of our goals will be to reclaim the term "coping" and remind ourselves that we already know a lot about how to take care of ourselves.
We will have the opportunity to allow for individuals to share their experiences and current coping methods with other people who may have experienced similar difficulties.
I’m so happy to get to meet you! I look forward to the opportunity to provide a helpful ear, supportive space, resources, and social group support. I hope to learn some things myself, as well.