Chronic Pain Support Groups in Michigan

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Auto Accident Recovery
Psychologist, PhD
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"My auto accident recovery group meets three days a week for one hour. Issues include coping with posttraumatic stress disorder, physical pain , depression, loss of preinjury lifestyle and family adjustment. The group is open ended and new members join as ..."
(586) 804-5724
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Group meets in:
Mount Clemens, MI 48043
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Trauma, the Brain, and Realization Process
Psychologist
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"Co-leaders: Christi Bemister, PsyD & Marcia Haarer, LMSW, Online via Zoom. This day offers an introduction to trauma, the brain, and using Realization Process practices for healing. We will examine a simplified biology of the brain and how trauma affects ..."
(734) 796-1686
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Group meets in:
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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"Connect-" A group for teens coping with cancer or
Counselor, MA, LPC
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"A support group for local teens coping with cancer or other illness . Individual support is also available. Contact /Facilitator Tara Carroll, LPC/Art Therapist, (231) 421-5963 to be added to the group list or for individual support inquiries. Some insurance's accepted. "
(231) 225-4425
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Group meets in:
Traverse City, MI 49684
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Coaching Group for Women with Chronic Illness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LMSW, LLP, CGP, DAPA
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"This safe and supportive group will help you learn to LIVE FULLY, and FLOURISH despite the struggles of living with Rare and Chronic Illnesses. This ten week group will help you learn and implement new scientific strategies from the emerging ..."
(616) 920-0676
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Group meets in:
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Adults Living Well with Chronic Illness
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
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"NEW GROUP FORMING IN JANUARY 2020! Living with a chronic medical illness is stressful, complicated and exhausting. Individuals often worry about the uncertainty of their future, the unpredictability of their symptoms and financial difficulties. If that sounds familiar, you're not ..."
(947) 800-5584
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Group meets in:
Brighton, MI 48116
Not accepting new clients
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Ear Acupuncture Drop-In Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC, C-IAYT, ERYT200, ADS
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"Kick in natural healing power of your body. WHAT: 10 tiny, tiny needles with 5 points per ear; for 45-50 minutes BENEFITS: Aids stress, irritability, sleep difficulty, sinus congestion, migraines, recovering from physical illness , trauma symptoms, anxiety and depressed mood, ..."
(616) 205-9921
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Group meets in:
Holland, MI 49424
Not accepting new clients
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Mastermind Group for Professional women
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LMSW, LLP, CGP, DAPA
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"Mastermind Group membership is a powerful way to jump start career growth while being supported by other women. When you join this group, you'll make a committment to set goals, stretch beyond fears and be accountable to self and others ..."
(616) 920-0676
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Group meets in:
Ada, MI 49301
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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Psychologist, PhD, LP
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"A biopsychosocial approach to managing all chronic pain conditions. The 8 week psychoeducational group begins with an intensive education on the nature of chronic pain , the relationship between pain and the brain, neuroplasticity, and how understanding, acceptance, attitude, setting the ..."
(248) 862-1171
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Group meets in:
Troy, MI 48084
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Pain Self-Management 12-week Program
Treatment Center, DO
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"We offer evidence-based treatment intended to keep you in control of your pain . Our program can make the difference between spending your time in a recliner wishing the pain away, or enjoying a life full of friends, family, activities and ..."
(947) 888-7435
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Group meets in:
Oak Park, MI 48237
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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Psychologist, PhD, LP
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"A biopsychosocial approach to managing all chronic pain conditions. The 8 week psychoeducational group begins with an intensive education on the nature of chronic pain , the relationship between pain and the brain, neuroplasticity, and how understanding, acceptance, attitude, setting the ..."
(248) 850-1068
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Group meets in:
Dearborn, MI 48126
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Mindfulness for Adults
Treatment Center, PhD, LP
"Learn basic and advanced mindfulness to enhance present-moment awareness through guided meditation and other techniques in a supportive group setting. The techniques shared are brief and practical and can be applied easily on a daily basis. Regular use can be ..."
(734) 944-3446
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Group meets in:
Saline, MI 48176
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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Psychologist, PhD, LP
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"A biopsychosocial approach to managing all chronic pain conditions. The 8 week psychoeducational group begins with an intensive education on the nature of chronic pain , the relationship between pain and the brain, neuroplasticity, and how understanding, acceptance, attitude, setting the ..."
(248) 862-1171
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Group meets in:
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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6 Week Love Yourself / Mind/ Body / Soul
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
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"Learn to love yourself using Mindfulness, Imagery, Reflection, Loving Kindness Meditations, Positive Affirmations, and Radical Acceptance to learn to truly love yourself: mind, body and soul. 6 weeks beginning 2/1/23. "
(269) 743-2295
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Group meets in:
Niles, MI 49120
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Healthy On Your Own
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW, MA
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"FOCUS ON INDIVIDUAL HEALTH OPTIONS TO STAY WELL AND TAKE CHARGE OF NUTRITION, GETTING ENOUGH REST, POSITIVE ACTIVITY IN THE HOME AND COMMUNITY, NAVIGATING THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, COORDINATING CARE AMONG DOCTORS AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES. SHARE SUGGESTIONS TO PLAN A ..."
(248) 327-3501
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Group meets in:
Birmingham, MI 48009
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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain
Psychologist, PhD, LP
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"A biopsychosocial approach to managing all chronic pain conditions. The 8 week psychoeducational group begins with an intensive education on the nature of chronic pain , the relationship between pain and the brain, neuroplasticity, and how understanding, acceptance, attitude, setting the ..."
(248) 707-1253
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Group meets in:
Troy, MI 48084

Chronic Pain Support Groups

How does chronic pain therapy work?

Engaging with a psychotherapist to help treat chronic pain does not mean that one’s pain is all in their head. Therapy for chronic-pain patients has been shown to benefit both the mind and the body, targeting physical symptoms and increasing daily functioning. In other words, for many, addressing their emotional health through therapy affects their physical health. A therapist can help a client challenge unhelpful thoughts about pain and develop new ways to respond to it, such as distraction or calming breathing techniques. Studies have found that therapy can be as effective as surgery for certain cases of chronic pain and many doctors recommend trying psychotherapy in advance of considering invasive surgery.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic pain?

Stress, anxiety, depression, catastrophizing, ruminating, lack of activity, and social withdrawal all make chronic pain worse. Addressing these issues, research shows, can help people gain control over their pain symptoms. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and mindfulness-based stress reduction, along with greater pain-management education, have been found to help people reduce fear and disability.

Are there new treatments for chronic pain?

Many cases of chronic pain, particularly those involving back pain, remain medically unexplained. But there is evidence that changes in the brain or nervous system are caused by previous physical ailments such as tissue damage; in such cases, the brain may continue to send out pain signals despite the physical cause having healed. To aid patients under these circumstances, a recently developed treatment known as pain reprocessing therapy (PRT) is designed to help the brain “unlearn” this response. A PRT practitioner helps individuals to reduce the “threat value” of their ongoing pain signals until they can reappraise them as less threatening and fear-inducing. They also help an individual to develop new emotional regulation skills.

How long does therapy for chronic pain take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from chronic pain, especially as there may be a range of physical and psychological causes for any individual’s discomfort, but most patients should expect to see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 sessions. Studies of pain reprocessing therapy found that many individuals’ experience of pain lessened in eight sessions over four weeks.




What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Michigan Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in Michigan is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counselor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in Michigan are usually facilitated by a therapist or counselor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.