Pain Psychology

Although there is no magic pill to completely eliminate chronic pain, it is possible to change the way it affects our well-being and relationships.

Chronic pain can be a source of depression, anxiety, frustration, fatigue, poor work performance and concentration, and relationship difficulties. Psychological services such as psychotherapy can help people to better understand how the pain impacts their thoughts, feelings, and relationships and to develop effective coping strategies.

Our pain psychologist works with patients to to reframe longstanding maladaptive patterns of thinking in order to improve coping and functionality. She also introduces a mindfulness-based therapeutic approach which promotes psychological flexibility through teaching mindfulness practice, identifying and reconnecting with personal values, and developing acceptance of unwanted experiences which are not in one’s control.