Chronic Pain Therapists in Phoenix, AZ

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Beth Freese
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Imagine feeling trapped in chronic pain, stress, anxiety, trauma, or ADHD. You're a driven professional, entrepreneur, or student seeking relief from relentless struggles. You fear you may never regain your true self despite trying various remedies. Coping leaves you drained and hopeless. I've guided countless individuals through similar challenges, helping them reclaim their lives. Let's embark on a journey together to equip you with the tools to confront your challenges, empowering you to regain control and find relief. Your journey to whole self-healing starts now.
Imagine feeling trapped in chronic pain, stress, anxiety, trauma, or ADHD. You're a driven professional, entrepreneur, or student seeking relief from relentless struggles. You fear you may never regain your true self despite trying various remedies. Coping leaves you drained and hopeless. I've guided countless individuals through similar challenges, helping them reclaim their lives. Let's embark on a journey together to equip you with the tools to confront your challenges, empowering you to regain control and find relief. Your journey to whole self-healing starts now.
(602) 560-7159 View (602) 560-7159
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Jillian Caldwell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85085
hidradenitis suppurativa, diabetes, cancer, and chronic pain).
Reaching out for help is the first step to living a better life. I am proud of you for making that step because it is often the hardest one to make. I work from a strengths-based approach to empower you to make whatever changes you would like to make or cope with any problems you are having. Together, we can develop new skills and insights to gain more control over your behaviors and mindset. All this will help you become empowered to explore new possibilities in all areas of your life.
hidradenitis suppurativa, diabetes, cancer, and chronic pain).
Reaching out for help is the first step to living a better life. I am proud of you for making that step because it is often the hardest one to make. I work from a strengths-based approach to empower you to make whatever changes you would like to make or cope with any problems you are having. Together, we can develop new skills and insights to gain more control over your behaviors and mindset. All this will help you become empowered to explore new possibilities in all areas of your life.
(623) 745-8641 View (623) 745-8641
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Shira M Hefter
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Begin to feel your feelings, transforming them from pain to wisdom.
You are a current or former dancer, gymnast or athlete. You have undergone intense training and competition. Now, you feel stuck. You feel high demands, yet you are afraid of your power. You want to be successful. You notice that you fear failure. You may even fear success. Performance anxiety and overwhelm have gotten the best of you lately. Bullying/distrust with peers or coaches may be something you feel bogged down by. Because you’re a high achiever, you need extra love and support and wish to feel confident. However, relationships both in and outside of your craft feel unsubstantial.
Begin to feel your feelings, transforming them from pain to wisdom.
You are a current or former dancer, gymnast or athlete. You have undergone intense training and competition. Now, you feel stuck. You feel high demands, yet you are afraid of your power. You want to be successful. You notice that you fear failure. You may even fear success. Performance anxiety and overwhelm have gotten the best of you lately. Bullying/distrust with peers or coaches may be something you feel bogged down by. Because you’re a high achiever, you need extra love and support and wish to feel confident. However, relationships both in and outside of your craft feel unsubstantial.
(323) 370-0942 View (323) 370-0942
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Doug Malm
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016
I am truly sorry for any pain you may be feeling. As a compassionate and caring therapist, I understand the deep hurt and confusion that life can bring. My empathetic approach is designed to provide a safe and supportive space where you can heal and center yourself. I specialize in providing treatment for relationship problems, dating, divorce, loneliness, depression, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma, emotional overwhelm, being overweight, and coping with fear and avoidance. I also aid in healing the overwhelm and uncertainty of gaslighting or emotional abuse inflicted by narcissistic, domineering or controlling others.
I am truly sorry for any pain you may be feeling. As a compassionate and caring therapist, I understand the deep hurt and confusion that life can bring. My empathetic approach is designed to provide a safe and supportive space where you can heal and center yourself. I specialize in providing treatment for relationship problems, dating, divorce, loneliness, depression, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma, emotional overwhelm, being overweight, and coping with fear and avoidance. I also aid in healing the overwhelm and uncertainty of gaslighting or emotional abuse inflicted by narcissistic, domineering or controlling others.
(480) 409-2454 View (480) 409-2454
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The Empowerment Group,LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA, RN, BSN
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85044
I specialize in working with attachment and bonding, foster and adoptive families, parenting, emotional regulation, chronic illness, compassion fatigue, trauma and recovery.
STARTING NEW GROUPS CALL 602-525-5783 TO JOIN. What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Let's get started! I work with individuals and families from birth to 100+! I have literally worked with families from birth to the end of life, focusing on working through those matters or events in life that hold each of us back from our full potential. Isn't it time for your optimal life? Life can be heavy and I will work with you and your family or friends to help you locate and access your inner strength to guide your life's journey.
I specialize in working with attachment and bonding, foster and adoptive families, parenting, emotional regulation, chronic illness, compassion fatigue, trauma and recovery.
STARTING NEW GROUPS CALL 602-525-5783 TO JOIN. What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Let's get started! I work with individuals and families from birth to 100+! I have literally worked with families from birth to the end of life, focusing on working through those matters or events in life that hold each of us back from our full potential. Isn't it time for your optimal life? Life can be heavy and I will work with you and your family or friends to help you locate and access your inner strength to guide your life's journey.
(602) 663-9111 View (602) 663-9111
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Sandra O'Connell
Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85085  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to function in the present or feeling paralyzed by events of the past? Are you experiencing the effects of debilitating grief and loss? Are you feeling stifled from reaching your full potential and connecting to how you are being led moment by moment? Whether your blocks are the result of PTSD, abuse, chronic pain or illness, or painful losses, there is hope for the future. It is possible to live a life freed from the symptoms that prevent you from engaging fully in life. Now you can live the life purpose for which you have been created. You can soar freed from the chains that bind.
Are you struggling to function in the present or feeling paralyzed by events of the past? Are you experiencing the effects of debilitating grief and loss? Are you feeling stifled from reaching your full potential and connecting to how you are being led moment by moment? Whether your blocks are the result of PTSD, abuse, chronic pain or illness, or painful losses, there is hope for the future. It is possible to live a life freed from the symptoms that prevent you from engaging fully in life. Now you can live the life purpose for which you have been created. You can soar freed from the chains that bind.
(602) 428-9445 View (602) 428-9445
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Urim Recovery - EMDR, ADHD/Autism & Trauma
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, MSW, LCSW, ASDCS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85020
I welcome all those needing support to feel connected, empowered and confident to meet life's challenges. Shift from reactivity to response. I help individuals, regardless of their ability to name their pain, to focus on taking care of themselves to recover from relational distress, loss & burnout. In our time together, we will work on restoring the trust, confidence and sense of self often depleted as a result of relational trauma and life experiences. I specialize in treating complex and attachment related trauma, ADHD as well as autism, from a relational and developmentally based perspective using EMDR, IPSRT and EFT.
I welcome all those needing support to feel connected, empowered and confident to meet life's challenges. Shift from reactivity to response. I help individuals, regardless of their ability to name their pain, to focus on taking care of themselves to recover from relational distress, loss & burnout. In our time together, we will work on restoring the trust, confidence and sense of self often depleted as a result of relational trauma and life experiences. I specialize in treating complex and attachment related trauma, ADHD as well as autism, from a relational and developmentally based perspective using EMDR, IPSRT and EFT.
(602) 691-4090 View (602) 691-4090
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Sybil Nwulu
Counselor, MS, MC, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Waitlist for new clients
I view therapy as a space for you, the client to be unequivocally yourself while recognizing that there are so many internal and interpersonal factors alongside systems in place that may contribute to the pain, anxiety, and discomfort one feels. You are the most important person in your own life, and once you start to care for yourself in healing ways, this can be extended to others who you care for and love. I believe that it is important to walk patiently with every individual and I also believe that it is important to discuss how cultural beliefs and societal roles may influence one’s perception and experiences.
I view therapy as a space for you, the client to be unequivocally yourself while recognizing that there are so many internal and interpersonal factors alongside systems in place that may contribute to the pain, anxiety, and discomfort one feels. You are the most important person in your own life, and once you start to care for yourself in healing ways, this can be extended to others who you care for and love. I believe that it is important to walk patiently with every individual and I also believe that it is important to discuss how cultural beliefs and societal roles may influence one’s perception and experiences.
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Melissa Joy Hahnke
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Waitlist for new clients
Melissa has experience providing support for a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, traumatic history, relationship concerns, family conflict, phase-of-life concerns, discrimination, bullying, substance use, chronic illness, grief, ADHD, OCD, and autism.
As an autistic person herself, Melissa is passionate about working with neurodivergent individuals and operates from a neuroaffirmative lens. Melissa prioritizes collaboration in the therapeutic process, believing that each person is the expert of their life–every person is different, with a unique set of lived experiences, identities, and perspectives, so she believes that treatment should be unique to each person, too. Treatment involves community and self-advocacy, incorporating intersectional cultural identities, supporting clients’ personal treatment goals, fostering self-compassion, and building community support.
Melissa has experience providing support for a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, traumatic history, relationship concerns, family conflict, phase-of-life concerns, discrimination, bullying, substance use, chronic illness, grief, ADHD, OCD, and autism.
As an autistic person herself, Melissa is passionate about working with neurodivergent individuals and operates from a neuroaffirmative lens. Melissa prioritizes collaboration in the therapeutic process, believing that each person is the expert of their life–every person is different, with a unique set of lived experiences, identities, and perspectives, so she believes that treatment should be unique to each person, too. Treatment involves community and self-advocacy, incorporating intersectional cultural identities, supporting clients’ personal treatment goals, fostering self-compassion, and building community support.
(602) 609-5954 View (602) 609-5954
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Alicia Schoephoerster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DBH, LMSW
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85033
I partner with you as the expert in your experience. We will work together to address anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, work or relationship/family stressors, substance or alcohol use, and chronic pain. I work with individuals and have a passion for older adults and their family members.
I partner with you as the expert in your experience. We will work together to address anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, work or relationship/family stressors, substance or alcohol use, and chronic pain. I work with individuals and have a passion for older adults and their family members.
(623) 624-8812 View (623) 624-8812
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Allison Wilson
Counselor, MAC, LAC, CCTP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Is there a time in your life when you've felt alone, betrayed, unhappy or lost? Difficulties often leave us feeling helpless, isolated, and overwhelmed. As we unpack the trauma, anger, pain, and loss, you will learn tools for living authentically, transforming the way you connect, and experience healing and growth. On this journey of emotional healing and recovery I love seeing the progression one experiences as they show up and commit to working through life’s difficulties. We will walk down this path together, at your pace, implementing various techniques and tools that work best for you.
Is there a time in your life when you've felt alone, betrayed, unhappy or lost? Difficulties often leave us feeling helpless, isolated, and overwhelmed. As we unpack the trauma, anger, pain, and loss, you will learn tools for living authentically, transforming the way you connect, and experience healing and growth. On this journey of emotional healing and recovery I love seeing the progression one experiences as they show up and commit to working through life’s difficulties. We will walk down this path together, at your pace, implementing various techniques and tools that work best for you.
(928) 267-0966 View (928) 267-0966
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Vitae Felix
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Not accepting new clients
*******Not taking new client appointments at this time******* Dr. Felix is a Licensed Psychologist and provides individual and couples therapy for adults in English, Spanish, and French. Dr. Felix completed a postdoctoral residency in trauma at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. She has specialized experience in the treatment of posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, sexual assault and abuse, chronic pain, grief and loss, anger management, sleep issues, combat trauma, military sexual trauma, and relationship issues.
*******Not taking new client appointments at this time******* Dr. Felix is a Licensed Psychologist and provides individual and couples therapy for adults in English, Spanish, and French. Dr. Felix completed a postdoctoral residency in trauma at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. She has specialized experience in the treatment of posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, sexual assault and abuse, chronic pain, grief and loss, anger management, sleep issues, combat trauma, military sexual trauma, and relationship issues.
(602) 566-9167 View (602) 566-9167
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Seashell Therapy, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR, CCTS-I
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85086  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! As an EMDR trained clinician, I make it a priority to build a supportive and close relationship my clients will need to move forward in a positive and productive way! I specialize in working with clients struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief/loss issues, substance abuse issues, chronic pain and chronic disease. My goal is to offer a trauma focused healing space for you! Because I see clients by video, I provide therapy throughout the state of Arizona!
Accepting New Clients! As an EMDR trained clinician, I make it a priority to build a supportive and close relationship my clients will need to move forward in a positive and productive way! I specialize in working with clients struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief/loss issues, substance abuse issues, chronic pain and chronic disease. My goal is to offer a trauma focused healing space for you! Because I see clients by video, I provide therapy throughout the state of Arizona!
(928) 396-1373 View (928) 396-1373
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Carrie Christiansen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85004  (Online Only)
I provide psychotherapy/counseling and consultation for individuals dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, disordered eating, trauma, and chronic pain or illness.
People often say they find it easy to connect with me and I believe that comes from my ability to truly empathize with others. I’ve had some significant struggles in life and I’ve worked through many challenges, so I understand adversity. Receiving my own therapy throughout the years has given me the support and help I needed to move forward and grow. I strive to provide the same compassionate support to my clients in therapy. I am committed to helping you along your journey by providing regular support, feedback, and practical tools as well.
I provide psychotherapy/counseling and consultation for individuals dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, disordered eating, trauma, and chronic pain or illness.
People often say they find it easy to connect with me and I believe that comes from my ability to truly empathize with others. I’ve had some significant struggles in life and I’ve worked through many challenges, so I understand adversity. Receiving my own therapy throughout the years has given me the support and help I needed to move forward and grow. I strive to provide the same compassionate support to my clients in therapy. I am committed to helping you along your journey by providing regular support, feedback, and practical tools as well.
(480) 339-0480 View (480) 339-0480
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Hoang-My Nguyen-Slauter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85004  (Online Only)
The pain and confusion of grief brought on by death, loss of a relationship, death of a pet, life transitions or the cascade of losses that follow a terminal diagnosis can feel insurmountable. The world continues to move forward and you're left feeling pressured figuring out how to move quickly or quietly through these feelings of guilt, sadness, anger, or resentment. Trying to figure out how to cope and who to lean on during a time of vulnerability is overwhelming. How do I process my grief? What is my new normal going to look like without this person? Will I find meaning or relief again?
The pain and confusion of grief brought on by death, loss of a relationship, death of a pet, life transitions or the cascade of losses that follow a terminal diagnosis can feel insurmountable. The world continues to move forward and you're left feeling pressured figuring out how to move quickly or quietly through these feelings of guilt, sadness, anger, or resentment. Trying to figure out how to cope and who to lean on during a time of vulnerability is overwhelming. How do I process my grief? What is my new normal going to look like without this person? Will I find meaning or relief again?
(928) 438-9178 View (928) 438-9178
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Jennifer Averyt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Not accepting new clients
Are you feeling overwhelmed by stress or anxiety? Experiencing difficulties with sleep, pain, or adjusting to a new medical diagnosis? Binge eating or using food to cope with emotions? Looking to improve your quality of life by making positive changes for your health? As a clinical health psychologist, I offer treatments that have been proven effective in each of these areas.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by stress or anxiety? Experiencing difficulties with sleep, pain, or adjusting to a new medical diagnosis? Binge eating or using food to cope with emotions? Looking to improve your quality of life by making positive changes for your health? As a clinical health psychologist, I offer treatments that have been proven effective in each of these areas.
(602) 362-8417 View (602) 362-8417
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Joel Tyler Whiteside
Counselor, MSPC, LPC, CBCC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85032
My journey in the field of mental health has equipped me with the skills to address a variety of concerns, from anxiety and depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, substance and alcohol abuse, chronic pain, parenting, anger management, and life transitions.
Your restoration journey starts here. I'm Joel Whiteside, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) dedicated to helping individuals navigate the intricate path of personal healing and growth. With a passion for fostering resilience and empowering my clients, I strive to create a safe and supportive space where you can explore, understand, and transform your life. I approach each client with genuine compassion and empathy, where you can feel heard and understood. I believe in addressing the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. We will work together towards your goals, work through the struggles, and celebrate the wins.
My journey in the field of mental health has equipped me with the skills to address a variety of concerns, from anxiety and depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, substance and alcohol abuse, chronic pain, parenting, anger management, and life transitions.
Your restoration journey starts here. I'm Joel Whiteside, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) dedicated to helping individuals navigate the intricate path of personal healing and growth. With a passion for fostering resilience and empowering my clients, I strive to create a safe and supportive space where you can explore, understand, and transform your life. I approach each client with genuine compassion and empathy, where you can feel heard and understood. I believe in addressing the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. We will work together towards your goals, work through the struggles, and celebrate the wins.
(623) 267-9783 View (623) 267-9783
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Aynne Henry
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85018
My practice is unique. I treat two groups of clients: One is very high functioning - the highly successful professional who wants to improve personal strengths, interpersonal interactions, relationships, and intimacy. The second set are those who have been struggling with a diagnosable mental or physical illness that has not been effectively managed. Both may need various clinical treatments which include therapies such as Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (Couples & Family), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) or trauma oriented skills such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Feeling-State Addiction Therapy, Relaxation & Mindfulness.
My practice is unique. I treat two groups of clients: One is very high functioning - the highly successful professional who wants to improve personal strengths, interpersonal interactions, relationships, and intimacy. The second set are those who have been struggling with a diagnosable mental or physical illness that has not been effectively managed. Both may need various clinical treatments which include therapies such as Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (Couples & Family), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) or trauma oriented skills such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Feeling-State Addiction Therapy, Relaxation & Mindfulness.
(602) 957-2336 View (602) 957-2336
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Shannon M Duffy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MFT, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85013  (Online Only)
As well as athletes recovering and returning back to sport from injuries with focus on pain management and regaining confidence to perform at an elite level.
Daily stressors are inevitable, and it is essential to build coping strategies for how to manage stress and combat negative thinking patterns. Creating behavior changes is a focal point of psychotherapy and beneficial in wanting a sense of structure and consistency in one's relationships and overall life. My overall goal for each client is to work on obtaining balance within their own healthy lifestyle. Through obtaining balance one's past and present symptoms can lessen and each individual and/or couple can focus on the positive attributes of their life and move forward towards reaching their goals and the life worth living.
As well as athletes recovering and returning back to sport from injuries with focus on pain management and regaining confidence to perform at an elite level.
Daily stressors are inevitable, and it is essential to build coping strategies for how to manage stress and combat negative thinking patterns. Creating behavior changes is a focal point of psychotherapy and beneficial in wanting a sense of structure and consistency in one's relationships and overall life. My overall goal for each client is to work on obtaining balance within their own healthy lifestyle. Through obtaining balance one's past and present symptoms can lessen and each individual and/or couple can focus on the positive attributes of their life and move forward towards reaching their goals and the life worth living.
(602) 932-1785 View (602) 932-1785
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Gail M. Newman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MC, LPC
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85014
I teach skills and approaches which replace struggling to stop the pain of depression and anxiety.
I do well with individuals who are wanting more freedom and satisfaction in their lives. I know that most people do not know what to do or what is causing the pain in their lives. People need someone they feel comfortable with to assist them in identifying what is the cause of their suffering. I know how confusing and hopeless it can be to try to figure out what is wrong and how to "fix it". I provide a safe, comfortable environment where individuals can learn the skills necessary to transform patterns of confusion and suffering to peace and contentment.
I teach skills and approaches which replace struggling to stop the pain of depression and anxiety.
I do well with individuals who are wanting more freedom and satisfaction in their lives. I know that most people do not know what to do or what is causing the pain in their lives. People need someone they feel comfortable with to assist them in identifying what is the cause of their suffering. I know how confusing and hopeless it can be to try to figure out what is wrong and how to "fix it". I provide a safe, comfortable environment where individuals can learn the skills necessary to transform patterns of confusion and suffering to peace and contentment.
(602) 883-2984 View (602) 883-2984
Chronic Pain Therapists

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.