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Chronic Illness Life Coaching

Empowering you to live a life of joy and strength alongside a diagnosis of chronic illness, rare disease, or disability. 

Meet Denise

Chronic Illness Expert and Perpetual Joy Seeker

Hi, I’m Denise Archilla, a certified life coach, a former Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSWC) and a Montessori certified teacher with over two decades of experience providing support and management tools to warriors – a term many of us like to use to acknowledge and describe those living with a chronic illness. As a warrior myself (diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome/Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (EDS/HSD) and Dysautonomia) and a mom to two young-adults that identify as warriors, my personal knowledge of long-term illness and disability has greatly informed my work and expertise. I assist people in developing the habit of finding joy alongside the pain. In this process, they are able to reclaim their identities, which often become entangled with a difficult and all-encompassing medical diagnosis.

Denise Archilla, Health Coach

I specialize in a non-clinical, practical approach to help you become your best advocate.

Self Advocacy

Processing Grief of Difficult Diagnosis

Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care

Real Life Problem Solving

Parenting as a Patient & Caregiver

Actionable Plan

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Who are my clients?

Doing Homework


Caring for a child with a chronic illness is incredibly challenging. I've been there, and I'm here to help. As an experienced chronic illness coach, I can provide you with the support and guidance you need to navigate the healthcare system, manage symptoms, and ease the journey. Support from someone who understands truly makes a difference. Reach out to me today, and let's work together to make life a little easier for both you and your child

High School Friends


Being a teen or young adult is tough enough, and adding a long-term illness or disability can feel overwhelming. I've worked extensively with teens, including my own child, as they transition from pediatric care to adulthood. As one teen aptly put it, 'Adulting is hard! Adulting with chronic illness is even harder!' I'm here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to navigate these challenges. Let's tackle 'adulting' with chronic illness together.

Senior Portrait


Living with a chronic illness is a journey filled with unique challenges. For those facing symptoms like chronic pain, fatigue, or brain fog, finding joy and purpose can be an immense challenge. I'm here to offer you personalized coaching, tailored to your needs and preferences, aimed at helping you regain control of your life and discover renewed purpose. Your journey is important, and I'm honored to be a part of it as you work toward a brighter future.


I can't say enough good things about Denise. She has been a game-changer for me in terms of managing my chronic illness. She is incredibly knowledgeable, compassionate, and has helped me develop practical strategies for managing my life, my symptoms, and my daughter’s symptoms! She has been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for support and guidance in navigating life with a chronic illness.

Nika C.

This coaching has allowed me to talk to someone who really gets me and what I am going through on a daily basis. I can talk about anything with Denise - from bad roommates to chronic pain, and she can guide me through how to handle these things. It has been so crucial in helping me navigate the beginnings of adult life. I always know that I will come out of a session feeling better than when I came in!  

Kayla A.

Denise’s coaching has had a transformational impact on my life, and her expertise in grief and illness brings another dimension to our coaching sessions. Her ability to make one feel seen and understood has been a natural catalyst for positive change and momentum. She has helped me work through blocks that I thought were going to be permanent fixtures in my life.

Sasha B.

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