You Don’t Have to Be Stuck in Persistent or Chronic Pain
An Experienced Psychologist in Pain Management May be Able to Help Turn Your Life Around
If you struggle with constant pain, life can be unbearable at times.
You struggle with feelings of helplessness and even hopelessness. You can’t do the things you used to love to do.
You may feel depressed, perhaps irritable, frustrated.
You could feel miserable and useless.
Your family and friends may also be stressed due to your pain. It might be hard for them to understand what you are going through.
You wish you could have a normal life. It isn’t fair that you should have to suffer so much.
You desperately wish you could shed the pain and the stress around it.
I am a clinical psychologist with extensive experience helping people manage persistent pain. I have worked in a spinal injury ward with patients and consult in the department of pain management at a state teaching hospital.
In addition, I am the second author of the Australian Psychological Society’s Position Statement on the “The Role of the Psychologist in the Management of Chronic Pain” and regular lecturer training doctors and dentists on psychological approaches to managing persistent pain.
I can teach you pain management strategies and help you find greater peace in the midst of your pain.
As your therapist, I can help with persistent pain in some of the following ways:
- Discover strategies to help manage your pain – such as mindfulness meditation and relaxation techniques.
- Manage the stress due to being in constant pain.
- Managing pain often helps people feel more hopeful about the future.
- Identify how your sleep patterns and pain intersect and explore strategies to help with a better night’s sleep.
- Helping you with pacing to get back to normal activities and participate in activities that bring you joy.
- Break free from the cycle of pain, which can contribute to irritability, anxiety and depression.
- If reducing pain medication is required and realistic for you, I can assist you with coping strategies.
If you are suffering from persistent pain, I can help you with coping techniques and strategies to improve your functioning. After consultation we will develop a specific treatment plan based on your individual needs.