Pain and Illness Counselling
Chronic Pain and Illness can be present because our body is not healing, because physical damage is ongoing (e.g. in arthritis, cancer etc) or without a clear physical cause.
Emotional symptoms usually develop when medical treatment does not eliminate the pain or illness. Emotional distress can increase the intensity of the pain and the dysfunction caused by the illness. Those of us suffering Chronic Pain and Illness have higher levels of stress, greater difficulty with day-to-day functioning, and experience greater discrimination. As such, a good treatment plan should include both medical and psychological interventions.
Psychological treatment helps you to learn how to predict and manage the pain cycle; how to use coping skills to minimize pain; how to emotionally process loss; and how to maximize active involvement in positive life experiences, despite the presence of Chronic Pain and Illness.