chronic warrior


crush that chronic lifestyle!

Who Needs a Coach?

Every teen and young adult has a life coach these days, but trying to find one that gets the unpredictiblity of YOUR life with a long-term illness or rare disease can be impossible!


Let’s create a plan!

  • Who do I tell & how much?
  • How do I transition back on-campus?
  • How do I handle dating, besties, & roommates?
  • How do I navigate when life throws curveballs?

Wondering if coaching is right for you?

Take our quiz and find out!

Coaching Options:

Together, we can make fabulous progress via phone or zoom sessions.

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Student Semester Coaching Package

This Package will provide a much needed ally to help students with problem-solving, creating realistic action plans, and support in navigating school, friends, roommates, socializing, and more. 


  • Up to 8 one-on-one sessions
  • Up to 3 half hour “on-call” sessions
  • Weekly text or email check-in (required to be sure each student is doing ok)
  • Optional: quick weekly text chat or email update available to parents upon consent

Super Important:
*Make sure your student agrees to participate BEFORE buying a package.
*Make sure your student will be able to schedule appointments between 10am – 7pm ET, M-F (limited weekend slots).


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Individual Warrior & Parent Coaching
$75/ session with 3 session min.

We’ll chat about your concerns, explore possible strategies to support your goals, and come up with a doable and realistic action plan to get you started. We will problem-solve by setting achievable goals that, when accomplished successfully, will build greater self esteem, greater independence, greater understanding, and/or a beginning toward achieving larger, longer-term goals.

Our individual coaching sessions for the parent are available with similar topics, but we’ll explore them from the parent’s perspective so that you can help your child thrive.

Please Note: each session is approximately 50 minutes long.

** Thanks to a grant from, scholarships are currently available. Contact us for details.



Denise Archilla, MSW, is a former Pediatric Clinical Social Worker, Chronic Illness Coach, Fellow Warrior, and Mom of 2 Young Adult Warriors. She founded the Chronic Warrior Society in 2015. Her passion is coaching teen and young adult warriors and helping them build confidence, shift their dreams, and reach new goals despite chronic illness.
She’s excited to be expanding her coaching team starting Summer 2021.

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Words from our Warriors.

Caroline EDS warrior


Denise always steers me in the right direction!

katie and bunny


I love problem-solving with Denise.



I did it! I got my driver’s license!

carmi EDS warrior


Denise is my secret weapon at work.

Angelica_spoonie warrior


Denise always has the words I need to hear.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is chronic illness coaching?

Chronic illness coaching is a non-clinical approach to navigating life with chronic illness through problem-solving, brainstorming solutions, redirecting, and support. It is not meant to be a replacement for mental health counseling or therapy. 

How do I know if coaching is right for me?

Take our Survey and find out more!

Who can apply for coaching?

Our coaching programs are for chronically ill teens, young adults, parents, siblings, or other close family or friends wanting to work on problem-solving around the effects of chronic illness.

Do you take insurance?

No, unfortunately, insurance plans do not cover coaching at this time. But, thanks to a grant from, we are able to offer our sessions at a low rate.

I have a therapist that I see regularly. Should I still consider doing coaching?

Coaching can be an excellent supplement to clinical counseling. Coaches are also happy to speak with your therapist and work as part of your team.

How many sessions will I need? How often can I work with a coach?

The number of sessions needed will depend on the issues being addressed. However, to be most effective, we typically recommend a minimum of 4 to as many as 12  sessions for Individual/Parent and Family Coaching. As long as you find it beneficial, you may work with a coach as often as you’d like.

How available will a chronic illness coach be?

This depends on the issues to be addressed and how much work you’d like to do. You may either choose from a standard 24-hour response time or a Coach On-Call option. The latter entails appointments which can be scheduled as late as one hour prior to appointments (assuming availability) for brief review work and more urgent appointments. 

Do you work with specific illness groups?

At this time, our group coaching sessions are geared toward common issues that arise for teens, young adults, and their families around all types of chronic illness and rare disease. However, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to explore additional options.

How do we “meet”?

All meetings are done via (or other live platform) or phone call.

How do I download zoom and can I do it from my mobile device?

You can go to on your laptop or computer and download the app. You may also use their app on your phone/mobile device. One of the reasons we use Zoom is because it’s super easy and user friendly.

Do you coach non-verbal clients / teens with a trach?

Yes! We’ve coached a number of warriors that need to utilize the chat bar in Zoom. Please reach out to us to discuss special accommodations prior to booking a session.

Would a coaching package make a good gift for my teen or young adult?

It’s a GREAT gift IF your teen/young adult/student agrees to work with us. We wouldn’t want you to waste your money.

Once the package is purchased, it is up to them to book their sessions.

Will you tell my parent/s what I say in session?

We will keep the information discussed in our sesssions confidential unless we have consent to discuss it.

Teens/Young Adults/Students will be more open knowing discussions are confidential. However, they are welcome to include parents at any time. If, as a parent, you would like to discuss your concerns, we welcome you to schedule your own confidential parent session. We do encourage open communication between student and parent and are happy to work on this with you.

Please note:  We are mandated to report any concerns for self-harm or harm to others as is appropriate and required by law.

Do I need to bring anything for coaching sessions?

It’s always a great idea to have pen and paper for note taking. Your coach will also take notes and may email you with follow up information.

Can I meet my coach before I book an appointment?

Yes, you can schedule a 10 min introductory call here.

What if I don't use all of my Semester Package sessions?

Your package comes with up to 8 individual, 3 coach-on-call and weekly text sessions. Each student will use a variety of these depending on their specific needs.
We are here to support you in whatever way you need during the semester.

Each package will expire at the end of the chosen semester.

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