Many people think pain is a purely physical experience. However, chronic and long-term pain also has a psychological component, often leaving people with feelings of panic and anxiety, depression, helplessness, thoughts of suicide and inability to enjoy activities they previously enjoyed.
Although we can’t make your pain ‘go away’, we can, in conjunction with your treating doctor, help teach you ways of coping with the pain to reduce its impact on you and your life. This can include a range of thought identification and reframing and identifying values and helping you to connect with them in a meaningful way. Pain also triggers the ‘fight/flight/freeze’ response in the brain, and can leave you feeling anxious, tense and irritable. Therefore, we will also teach some relaxation and stress management techniques. Don’t give up. We’re here for you.