Mental Health Support Group

PFIC Network offers virtual Mental Health Support Groups to help provide a safe and welcoming space in which patients, family members and caregivers of PFIC patients can connect with one another, share their experiences, and offer one another support. All patients, caregivers, and family members are invited to join.

The experience of living with a rare disease or caring for someone who has one can be exhausting, overwhelming, and isolating. It’s important to have a space in which you feel seen, heard, and valued. Our goal is to make our support groups into just such a space, so that participants leave feeling connected, understood, and recharged.

We offer two separate groups: patients/caregivers and grandparents. Each group meets once per month over Zoom. Meetings can involve discussion around our biweekly mental health blog posts:

Current Scheduled Sessions:

Patients Group

12 PM EST October 15

3PM EST October 29

12 PM EST November 12 

Parents & Caregivers Group 

 1:30 PM EST October 15 

1:30 PM EST November 12

Grandparents & Non-Caregivers Group

3 PM EST October 1

3 PM EST November 12

Find your session on our Events Calendar to register!

If you are interested in attending but none of these dates or times work for you, email melissa@pfic.org.

Private Support Sessions

If you need support but are unable or reluctant to join a group, you can also schedule a one-on-one support session with Lisa. These support sessions are NOT therapy, but they are a space in which to express feelings, share your experiences, receive emotional support, and explore the ways in which you can draw on your own unique strengths to help you better cope with PFIC-related challenges.

Groups and private sessions are hosted via Zoom by Lisa Jensen. Lisa has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and personal experience with chronic illness.

About about Lisa:

How are you connected to PFIC?

My friend’s daughter has PFIC.

What is your role in the network?

I facilitate an online support group for families and individuals affected by PFIC.

Where are you located?

On a farm just outside of Lexington, KY.

What do you hope to accomplish?

I hope to help build an active and thriving support group—one in which all members feel safe, heard, understood, and valued. Living with a rare disease or loving someone with a rare disease can be overwhelming and isolating. There is so much empathy, wisdom, knowledge, and experience within the PFIC community, though. My hope is to create a space in which members can turn toward one another, draw upon these strengths, and heal together.

What skills do you bring to the PFIC Network?

I care about people, have a passion for mental health, and value meaningful connection. In addition to having a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, I have firsthand experience in living with a debilitating chronic illness. I created an online community for my fellow Covid-19 long-haulers, where I have both witnessed and felt the healing that comes from being part of a group that deeply understands what you are going through.

What would you sing at karaoke night?

Probably “Landslide,” since I can actually hit the high notes—at least on a good day!