Counseling for pain is especially useful for chronic pain. Whether due to accidents, injuries or diseases, pain can restrict our activities and lifestyle and sometimes lead to anxiety, depression, avoidance and loneliness. I use many psychological approaches in helping my clients gain relief and control over their pain.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help individuals to recognize and change their thoughts and attitudes that maintain or worsen the pain condition. You see, negative/worrisome thinking creates muscle tension that, if is not released, leads to increased pain and a vicious cycle of pain, worry, tension and more pain!
Hypnosis can aid in relaxation, provide relief from discomfort, promote healing and assist in developing and maintaining healthier thoughts and ideas. Relaxation plus suggestions in the form of words and images can produce profound changes in how we think, feel and behave.
When trauma is associated with the onset of the pain, sometimes an approach known as EMDR, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing can help clients get “unstuck” and successfully move on from dwelling on the past.
Counseling for pain can also assist clients in remaining hopeful so they reduce the risk of getting depressed on top of their pain. Counseling can also assist in problem solving and decision making around topics like whether or not to have a medical procedure, take a new drug, move into a different facility, ease back into work, etc.
At times, the counselor/therapist may act as confidant, friend, advisor, teacher and coach.
Depending on the needs of the client, counseling for pain can provide clients with many resources to reduce their suffering and stress.
As you can see, there are many options and resources available to those suffering from pain, especially chronic pain. Help is available. There is no need to be alone. Professional counseling for pain can be a useful adjunct to your road to recovery.