When we think of ways to deal with chronic pain, very often we will focus on things such as physical therapy, surgery or medication. However, psychological treatments can also play a big part in helping with managing pain. Understanding your reactions, emotions and way of thinking can help you to deal with the discomfort and can help you deal with your pain in a way that will decrease the intensity.
If you have been referred to a psychoanalyst or psychologist they will be able to help you to cope with the chronic pain, feelings and your ultimate behaviour. Depending upon your circumstances, they may work with you solo or with your partner or family in order to deal with the emotional and physical symptoms of your pain. Your pain management counsellor may consult with your doctor or specialist or other carers in order to put together an effective plan which will enhance your coping mechanism.
During your consultation, your analyst will ask about the level of your pain, when it occurs, how it affects you and what circumstances or events – if any – make it worse. At the same time, they will ask if you have any other worries or areas of concern, related to your pain or otherwise. During this time, do not be surprised if you see your counsellor making notes as these will be used by them to compile a full understanding or your current situation.
Your treatment plan will be bespoke to suit you and may include such things as relaxation methods, amalgamating your coping skills, dealing with any stress or depression and investigating ways of channelling your pain.
If you would like us to put you in touch with a counsellor that can help you to deal with your chronic pain, fill in the form below. We will identify a practitioner that is suitable for you and who will be able to assist.