Some individuals have longstanding injuries which cause significant discomfort and disruption to their daily life. For these individuals, learning about chronic pain management, and how to best achieve a level of comfort and functionality, is essential to their well-being and quality of life. Chronic pain management is an area that some of our psychologists focus on and clients often find relief through engagement in therapy.
People with chronic pain may suffer from:
- Chronic tension
- Depression and irritability
- Sleep problems
- Relationship issues
- Problems at work
- Drug or alcohol abuse
Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain management may involve cognitive therapy for depression, learning relaxation skills, learning how to pace activity and to change self-talk, and developing positive attitudes. Often, new life goals need to be adopted and relationships have to be renegotiated. The development of chronic pain disorders typically involves the interaction of physical, environmental and psychological factors.
Mindfulness and mediation are also important skills for someone suffering with chronic pain.
Research has demonstrated that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can be help with:
- Reducing pain
- Increasing activity levels
- Reducing reliance on medication
- Improving mood
- Improving sleep
- Improving relationships and
- Reducing stress, anxiety and depression
Because cognitive behavioural strategies are learning- and skills-based, ongoing improvements can occur long after intervention has finished. Pain management counselling involves:
- Changing negative thinking
- Developing positive self-talk
- Learning relaxation skills
- Activity pacing
- Changing life goals
- Relationship renegotiation
Chronic Pain Psychologists at Rose Park Psychology
Carol Hunter is experienced in working with clients suffering from chronic pain.
Dr Nicole Rossotti uses EMDR in the treatment of chronic pain.
If you would like to book in to see our psychologists for chronic pain management, please contact us today via phone or email. Our friendly receptionists can provide more information about referral, costs and the practitioners who work here.