Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain Management

Some individuals have longstanding acute injuries which cause significant discomfort and disruption to their daily life. For these individuals, understanding chronic pain management, and how to best achieve a level of comfort and functionality is essential to their well being and ability to improve their quality of life. Chronic Pain Management is an area that some of our psychologists focus on, and often, clients find relief through engagement in therapy.

Many people with chronic pain may suffer from:

  • Chronic tension
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and irritability
  • Grief
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Problems at work
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

Pain management may involve cognitive therapy for depression, learning relaxation skills, how to pace activity and to change self-talk and develop 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 behavioral 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

Carol Hunter is experienced in working with clients suffering from chronic pain.

Dr Nicole Rossotti uses EMDR in the treatment of chronic pain.