Chronic Pain Therapists in Felton, CA

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Rebecca Leib
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Felton, CA 95018
I believe in a collaborative therapeutic partnership, one that is supportive, alleviates emotional pain, and promotes growth and healing. My goal is to provide you and your family with the tools to create and maintain life-affirming change in order to lead a more balanced and empowered life.
I believe in a collaborative therapeutic partnership, one that is supportive, alleviates emotional pain, and promotes growth and healing. My goal is to provide you and your family with the tools to create and maintain life-affirming change in order to lead a more balanced and empowered life.
(831) 240-4338 View (831) 240-4338
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The Equine Healing Collaborative
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Felton, CA 95018
Lewis, "cultivate states of relaxation, improve physical symptoms of pain and chronic illness, open our minds to greater insight, and enhance our physical health and sens of well being for fuller and more satisfying lives".
The Equine Healing Collaborative was created to provide a path to recovery, self-discovery, personal growth, a re-connection with the natural world, and/or emotional insight and health. The Equine Healing Collaborative offers more than just traditional talk therapy and utilizes interventions such as equine assisted therapy, mindfulness, and mindful equine massage to promote health and quality of life for individuals seeking change.
Lewis, "cultivate states of relaxation, improve physical symptoms of pain and chronic illness, open our minds to greater insight, and enhance our physical health and sens of well being for fuller and more satisfying lives".
The Equine Healing Collaborative was created to provide a path to recovery, self-discovery, personal growth, a re-connection with the natural world, and/or emotional insight and health. The Equine Healing Collaborative offers more than just traditional talk therapy and utilizes interventions such as equine assisted therapy, mindfulness, and mindful equine massage to promote health and quality of life for individuals seeking change.
(831) 750-1526 View (831) 750-1526
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Heather Franks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, #109884
Verified Verified
Felton, CA 95018
I help people •change unproductive behaviors & patterns •process feelings of anger and sadness •cope with uncertainty and pain •navigate life transitions •explore self/identity •explore solutions to problems •work on life goals •make choices to grow and thrive.
I support clients to live happy and meaningful lives and help them make changes that bring about well-being and transformation. I have a passion to support individuals, couples and families through many different life transitions (from adjusting to college, marriage, divorce, births, loss, retirement, coping with illness, and caregiving). I help clients with a range of relationship issues—from marriage/romantic partner conflict, communication issues in relationships, resolving issues in friendships, co-parenting, parent-child issues, loss of relationship & grief work, contemplation of separation, and exploring unhealthy patterns.
I help people •change unproductive behaviors & patterns •process feelings of anger and sadness •cope with uncertainty and pain •navigate life transitions •explore self/identity •explore solutions to problems •work on life goals •make choices to grow and thrive.
I support clients to live happy and meaningful lives and help them make changes that bring about well-being and transformation. I have a passion to support individuals, couples and families through many different life transitions (from adjusting to college, marriage, divorce, births, loss, retirement, coping with illness, and caregiving). I help clients with a range of relationship issues—from marriage/romantic partner conflict, communication issues in relationships, resolving issues in friendships, co-parenting, parent-child issues, loss of relationship & grief work, contemplation of separation, and exploring unhealthy patterns.
(831) 435-6316 View (831) 435-6316
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Jenna E Wolfson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, C-PAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Felton, CA 95018
The work you and I will do together is focused on your goals and needs and capitalizes on your strengths. My assessment process takes into account the biological, psychological, social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural aspects of your life. Once that assessment is completed, you and I will explore the issues and needs that you are trying to manage by utilizing a "motivational interviewing" approach. We then work to discover the maladaptive behaviors and coping mechanisms; and explore healthy, productive, and strengths-based strategies for getting these needs met.
The work you and I will do together is focused on your goals and needs and capitalizes on your strengths. My assessment process takes into account the biological, psychological, social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural aspects of your life. Once that assessment is completed, you and I will explore the issues and needs that you are trying to manage by utilizing a "motivational interviewing" approach. We then work to discover the maladaptive behaviors and coping mechanisms; and explore healthy, productive, and strengths-based strategies for getting these needs met.
(805) 429-6264 View (805) 429-6264
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Alison J McCabe
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Felton, CA 95018
Waitlist for new clients
Greetings, and thank you for reading. My name is Alison McCabe and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who helps individuals and families find the life balance that works for them through compassion, understanding, and a wealth of wellness tools. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, low, uncertain, sad, anxious or stressed, therapy can be the first step to feeling better. You may be adjusting to or seeking change in personal, relationship or work life, and need a professional to help guide you to your own inner wisdom, or give you permission and support to keep taking steps towards your own wellness.
Greetings, and thank you for reading. My name is Alison McCabe and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who helps individuals and families find the life balance that works for them through compassion, understanding, and a wealth of wellness tools. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, low, uncertain, sad, anxious or stressed, therapy can be the first step to feeling better. You may be adjusting to or seeking change in personal, relationship or work life, and need a professional to help guide you to your own inner wisdom, or give you permission and support to keep taking steps towards your own wellness.
(831) 215-3243 View (831) 215-3243
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Katelyn Cleveland
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Felton, CA 95018
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with anxiety, changes in your life, depression, or your self-esteem? Do you often feel misunderstood or rejected by others? Is feeling withdrawn or upset a common experience in your life? Or maybe your child/teen holds these struggles. I serve those who deserve a fulfilling life but can’t seem to figure out how you reach it on their own. I specialize in aiding those who feel like they don't fit into this world, highly sensitive humans, and those who cannot seem to find their purpose due to chronic stress and loss. It is my truest honor to help teens and adults find their inner resilience when all feels hopeless.
Are you struggling with anxiety, changes in your life, depression, or your self-esteem? Do you often feel misunderstood or rejected by others? Is feeling withdrawn or upset a common experience in your life? Or maybe your child/teen holds these struggles. I serve those who deserve a fulfilling life but can’t seem to figure out how you reach it on their own. I specialize in aiding those who feel like they don't fit into this world, highly sensitive humans, and those who cannot seem to find their purpose due to chronic stress and loss. It is my truest honor to help teens and adults find their inner resilience when all feels hopeless.
(831) 208-2300 View (831) 208-2300

More Therapists Nearby

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Dr. Kristine Pickwith
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Are you feeling isolated from those around you because they can't simply understand the pain and frustration of managing your chronic illness? Do you find yourself lost in your grief with the reality of life without your loved one? If you're seeking empathy, support, and a safe space to make sense of these profound emotions, you've come to the right place. Together, we'll explore your thoughts and emotions, develop coping skills, and foster resilience to face life's difficulties.
Are you feeling isolated from those around you because they can't simply understand the pain and frustration of managing your chronic illness? Do you find yourself lost in your grief with the reality of life without your loved one? If you're seeking empathy, support, and a safe space to make sense of these profound emotions, you've come to the right place. Together, we'll explore your thoughts and emotions, develop coping skills, and foster resilience to face life's difficulties.
(424) 365-8861 View (424) 365-8861
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Hasanna Fletcher
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073  (Online Only)
Twenty-two years ago I cured my own chronic back, neck, shoulder and hip pain using Dr. John Sarno's mindbody approach. Since then I've helped many of my clients avoid unnecessary surgeries and treatments and overcome a broach range of chronic pain conditions. Emotionally induced pain disorders are so epidemic, it is very possible that your pain is not due to a physical cause. But I want to be clear: I'm not saying that it's all in your head! As I know personally, this is real pain. The issue is understanding what causes it and giving you the power to end it.
Twenty-two years ago I cured my own chronic back, neck, shoulder and hip pain using Dr. John Sarno's mindbody approach. Since then I've helped many of my clients avoid unnecessary surgeries and treatments and overcome a broach range of chronic pain conditions. Emotionally induced pain disorders are so epidemic, it is very possible that your pain is not due to a physical cause. But I want to be clear: I'm not saying that it's all in your head! As I know personally, this is real pain. The issue is understanding what causes it and giving you the power to end it.
(831) 272-4949 View (831) 272-4949
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Erin Liana Johnson
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aptos, CA 95003
If you have been living with chronic pain or illness your relationship to your physicality may currently feel jarred, broken, or thrown off course. You may be grieving the life you thought you would have, or feeling weighed down by addressing day to day challenges. If you are seeking to repair your relationship between yourself and your body, gain new coping skills, and challenge current paradigms, I would be a great fit for you!
If you have been living with chronic pain or illness your relationship to your physicality may currently feel jarred, broken, or thrown off course. You may be grieving the life you thought you would have, or feeling weighed down by addressing day to day challenges. If you are seeking to repair your relationship between yourself and your body, gain new coping skills, and challenge current paradigms, I would be a great fit for you!
(831) 215-4138 View (831) 215-4138
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Hannah Idalia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CMT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062  (Online Only)
Your healing can start today! In addition to being an LMFT, my approach extends beyond talk therapy to include holistic/integrative methods. I help individuals get to the root of their problems that lie hidden outside of awareness. My approach is highly influenced by mindfulness practice. You will be guided in each session to build your capacity for present moment focus using breath and body awareness and radical acceptance. This liberates heavy energy and/or pain associated with thoughts and feelings that may have been hidden or stuck. Are you ready to discover what's possible in a collaborative healing relationship? Reach out!
Your healing can start today! In addition to being an LMFT, my approach extends beyond talk therapy to include holistic/integrative methods. I help individuals get to the root of their problems that lie hidden outside of awareness. My approach is highly influenced by mindfulness practice. You will be guided in each session to build your capacity for present moment focus using breath and body awareness and radical acceptance. This liberates heavy energy and/or pain associated with thoughts and feelings that may have been hidden or stuck. Are you ready to discover what's possible in a collaborative healing relationship? Reach out!
(831) 531-6492 View (831) 531-6492
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Krista Gallagher
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062  (Online Only)
I specialize in anxiety, depression, chronic pain & illness, life transitions, motherhood & parenting, couples therapy, & working with those who identify as HSP.
Are you seeking a therapist who is attuned, invested, present and committed to supporting you on your journey toward growth, discovery, and healing? Having been a client myself, I understand how important it is to find a therapist who you feel really "gets you" and with whom you feel safe and comfortable being vulnerable and open. I focus on creating a foundation of presence, safety, and trust in the therapeutic relationship. I am here to see you, hear you, understand you, and support you & will meet you with a non-judgmental, compassionate, and supportive presence as we work together.
I specialize in anxiety, depression, chronic pain & illness, life transitions, motherhood & parenting, couples therapy, & working with those who identify as HSP.
Are you seeking a therapist who is attuned, invested, present and committed to supporting you on your journey toward growth, discovery, and healing? Having been a client myself, I understand how important it is to find a therapist who you feel really "gets you" and with whom you feel safe and comfortable being vulnerable and open. I focus on creating a foundation of presence, safety, and trust in the therapeutic relationship. I am here to see you, hear you, understand you, and support you & will meet you with a non-judgmental, compassionate, and supportive presence as we work together.
(831) 263-4575 View (831) 263-4575
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Loretta J. Ferris, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Capitola, CA 95010  (Online Only)
I assist individuals, couples and families whose lives have been impacted by life's developmental stages and transitions. These includes elationship issues, career and retirement decisions, parenting (including Postpartem Depression) aging, chronic pain and disability, and often include symptoms of PTSD depression, stress, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and isolation.
I assist individuals, couples and families whose lives have been impacted by life's developmental stages and transitions. These includes elationship issues, career and retirement decisions, parenting (including Postpartem Depression) aging, chronic pain and disability, and often include symptoms of PTSD depression, stress, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and isolation.
(831) 291-3411 View (831) 291-3411
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Marissa Mirbach
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
I work with individuals to heal symptoms such as depression, anxiety, addictions, chronic pain or illness, grief and attachment based wounding.
We all aspire to lead lives of fulfillment, contentment, and presence. The complexities of modern living often obstruct these pursuits, leaving us feeling challenged and at times, as if achieving the life we desire is an insurmountable task. The entanglement in cycles of challenging behaviors, dysfunctional relationships, and anxious thoughts becomes a barrier to our well-being. As a therapist, my purpose is to assist you in navigating through this noise, gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, and fostering self-love and self-compassion.
I work with individuals to heal symptoms such as depression, anxiety, addictions, chronic pain or illness, grief and attachment based wounding.
We all aspire to lead lives of fulfillment, contentment, and presence. The complexities of modern living often obstruct these pursuits, leaving us feeling challenged and at times, as if achieving the life we desire is an insurmountable task. The entanglement in cycles of challenging behaviors, dysfunctional relationships, and anxious thoughts becomes a barrier to our well-being. As a therapist, my purpose is to assist you in navigating through this noise, gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, and fostering self-love and self-compassion.
(831) 246-7191 View (831) 246-7191
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Helen A. Harris
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Soquel, CA 95073
Not accepting new clients
A Spiritual (Metaphysical) awakening and also illness (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities: MCS) have added to how I view suffering and healing.
Our wounds, when healed can become our gifts. My orientation is Eclectic and Holistic. I provide psychotherapy and EMDR to adults and couples. How we see ourselves and feel about ourselves affects every choice we make. We are in relationship to everyone and everything, including ourselves. Inner Healing changes how we relate to ourselves and the world.
A Spiritual (Metaphysical) awakening and also illness (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities: MCS) have added to how I view suffering and healing.
Our wounds, when healed can become our gifts. My orientation is Eclectic and Holistic. I provide psychotherapy and EMDR to adults and couples. How we see ourselves and feel about ourselves affects every choice we make. We are in relationship to everyone and everything, including ourselves. Inner Healing changes how we relate to ourselves and the world.
(831) 425-3405 View (831) 425-3405
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Dr. Jorina Elbers (Holistic Integrative Neurologist)
MD
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Many of the common symptoms people experience are actually related to chronic stress or trauma. This is not recognized by most physicians, so patients are often prescribed multiple medications and referred to many subspecialists, without any real relief of their symptoms. I help patients identify if their symptoms are actually related to stress or trauma, and use brain-based and somatic-based therapies to treat headaches, chronic pain, digestive problems, sleep problems, dizziness, fainting, anxiety, panic attacks or unexplained neurological symptoms (visual changes, non-epileptic events or conversion disorder).
Many of the common symptoms people experience are actually related to chronic stress or trauma. This is not recognized by most physicians, so patients are often prescribed multiple medications and referred to many subspecialists, without any real relief of their symptoms. I help patients identify if their symptoms are actually related to stress or trauma, and use brain-based and somatic-based therapies to treat headaches, chronic pain, digestive problems, sleep problems, dizziness, fainting, anxiety, panic attacks or unexplained neurological symptoms (visual changes, non-epileptic events or conversion disorder).
(831) 432-7906 View (831) 432-7906
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Dr. Janelle van der Linde
Psychological Associate, PhD, MA
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060  (Online Only)
Dr. Janelle van der Linde is a registered psychological associate with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in Silicon Valley, California. She has specialized training in providing comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, and intervention, focusing on trauma, mood disorders, and distress related to an emotional grief, loss, relationship conflict, parent-child attachment, illness, infertility, adoption, and difficult life transitions.
Dr. Janelle van der Linde is a registered psychological associate with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in Silicon Valley, California. She has specialized training in providing comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, and intervention, focusing on trauma, mood disorders, and distress related to an emotional grief, loss, relationship conflict, parent-child attachment, illness, infertility, adoption, and difficult life transitions.
(747) 298-5598 View (747) 298-5598
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Mary Welschmeyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, BSN, MAPsych, RN, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
If you reside in a painful body and/or suffer from grief, loss, trauma, anxiety/depression, I have over 25 years of experience providing tools to cope with pain, loss and improve the quality of your life.
Prior to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, I worked as an Intensive Care Nurse and Educator. I have witnessed the importance of integrating mind, body and spirit in the role of healing. In my work I utilize techniques from a variety of theories in an attempt to identify and resolve issues you are facing. To achieve your goals, I employ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, Guided Imagery, Expressive Arts and Sandtray. I help clients reclaim parts of self eclipsed by childhood woundedness. My focus is to empower you to find your authentic voice and inner wisdom.
If you reside in a painful body and/or suffer from grief, loss, trauma, anxiety/depression, I have over 25 years of experience providing tools to cope with pain, loss and improve the quality of your life.
Prior to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, I worked as an Intensive Care Nurse and Educator. I have witnessed the importance of integrating mind, body and spirit in the role of healing. In my work I utilize techniques from a variety of theories in an attempt to identify and resolve issues you are facing. To achieve your goals, I employ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, Guided Imagery, Expressive Arts and Sandtray. I help clients reclaim parts of self eclipsed by childhood woundedness. My focus is to empower you to find your authentic voice and inner wisdom.
(831) 278-4714 View (831) 278-4714
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Robyn Martinez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, she/her
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Stuck in a pattern? A pattern that repeats itself almost magically again and again in your relationships, at work, or parenting. These patterns may have been helpful in the past, but now dull creativity and spirit, wearing down confidence, fortitude and hope. Or perhaps you are in the middle of change or in need of change painfully long overdue, but you just can’t...seem...to...fully...step...forward. I work with adults and couples to move through patterns of depression, anxiety, addiction, pain and trauma into growth and long awaited thriving.
Stuck in a pattern? A pattern that repeats itself almost magically again and again in your relationships, at work, or parenting. These patterns may have been helpful in the past, but now dull creativity and spirit, wearing down confidence, fortitude and hope. Or perhaps you are in the middle of change or in need of change painfully long overdue, but you just can’t...seem...to...fully...step...forward. I work with adults and couples to move through patterns of depression, anxiety, addiction, pain and trauma into growth and long awaited thriving.
(831) 318-5485 View (831) 318-5485
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Self Discovery Jungian Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
I think therapy is always a good idea. Crisis, however, is often what leads us into therapy, and I believe that it is a call and an opportunity to look deeply, not only into our "problems" but, into ourselves. My approach is non-pathologizing, relational, and grounded in Jungian theory. I work with a variety of concerns with a special interest in spirituality, identity discovery, developmental and transitional adjustments, grief, loss, depression, chronic and palliative illness. I believe that every person has an innate capacity for healing and I am interested in helping people find theirs.
I think therapy is always a good idea. Crisis, however, is often what leads us into therapy, and I believe that it is a call and an opportunity to look deeply, not only into our "problems" but, into ourselves. My approach is non-pathologizing, relational, and grounded in Jungian theory. I work with a variety of concerns with a special interest in spirituality, identity discovery, developmental and transitional adjustments, grief, loss, depression, chronic and palliative illness. I believe that every person has an innate capacity for healing and I am interested in helping people find theirs.
(831) 217-6014 View (831) 217-6014
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Carol Cochrane Bass
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
As I trusted others with my own struggles and pain, and experienced their compassion and insights, it helped me on my own life journey and I desired to offer that same care to others.
VIDEO SESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR ALL CLIENTS . . . . . Initiating therapy can be a daunting and challenging process, and that begins with selecting a therapist around whom you will feel comfortable, safe and respected. To help you with that process, I'll start by sharing a few things about myself. I became a therapist because I discovered that it was a large part of who I am. Even at an early age, I found that I was often the person others felt safe to let their guard down with - to share what was happening below the surface, and to seek out my advice.
As I trusted others with my own struggles and pain, and experienced their compassion and insights, it helped me on my own life journey and I desired to offer that same care to others.
VIDEO SESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR ALL CLIENTS . . . . . Initiating therapy can be a daunting and challenging process, and that begins with selecting a therapist around whom you will feel comfortable, safe and respected. To help you with that process, I'll start by sharing a few things about myself. I became a therapist because I discovered that it was a large part of who I am. Even at an early age, I found that I was often the person others felt safe to let their guard down with - to share what was happening below the surface, and to seek out my advice.
(831) 425-2277 View (831) 425-2277

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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.