Chronic Pain Therapists in Los Gatos, CA

Matt Larkin
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Do you like working with me? Research shows that successful therapy depends on a positive relationship between therapist and client. I structure our work together so you will know within a few sessions if we are a good fit. My goal is to help individual adults, teenagers, and parents of teenagers understand enough about themselves so they can make healthy and sustained changes. I have helped clients save their own lives, manage anger, quit drugs and alcohol, improve self-esteem, build and/or rebuild relationships, improve work/academics, reduce anxiety/depression, and manage chronic illness.
Do you like working with me? Research shows that successful therapy depends on a positive relationship between therapist and client. I structure our work together so you will know within a few sessions if we are a good fit. My goal is to help individual adults, teenagers, and parents of teenagers understand enough about themselves so they can make healthy and sustained changes. I have helped clients save their own lives, manage anger, quit drugs and alcohol, improve self-esteem, build and/or rebuild relationships, improve work/academics, reduce anxiety/depression, and manage chronic illness.
(408) 669-3188 View (408) 669-3188
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Siobhan O'Connor
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
I specialise in chronic pain and chronic health-related challenges because of a life-changing accident when I was 22.
I am a collaborator helping you get the quality of life you deserve. Together, we will work towards the changes you are hoping to make in your life. We'll look at the barriers, the "what's getting in the way" of what you'd like your daily life to be like. My belief about doing therapy with people is that you are the expert in your life. My job is to help you find a stronger connection to your preferred self, and help you untangle from the habits that get in the way of you being more comfortable in your own skin.
I specialise in chronic pain and chronic health-related challenges because of a life-changing accident when I was 22.
I am a collaborator helping you get the quality of life you deserve. Together, we will work towards the changes you are hoping to make in your life. We'll look at the barriers, the "what's getting in the way" of what you'd like your daily life to be like. My belief about doing therapy with people is that you are the expert in your life. My job is to help you find a stronger connection to your preferred self, and help you untangle from the habits that get in the way of you being more comfortable in your own skin.
(408) 769-5795 View (408) 769-5795
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Dr. Amber M Sepsey
Psychologist, PhD, LP, 200 RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Sepsey is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Meraki Psychological Services. She serves children, teens, parents, and emerging adults in Michigan and California. Dr. Sepsey offers therapeutic intervention, neurodevelopmental evaluation, and school advocacy services. She has acquired advanced training at leading institutions including Stanford University and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she has gained clinical specialization in working with pediatric chronic pain and illness, as well as supporting individuals across the lifespan to navigate depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and autism.
Dr. Sepsey is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Meraki Psychological Services. She serves children, teens, parents, and emerging adults in Michigan and California. Dr. Sepsey offers therapeutic intervention, neurodevelopmental evaluation, and school advocacy services. She has acquired advanced training at leading institutions including Stanford University and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she has gained clinical specialization in working with pediatric chronic pain and illness, as well as supporting individuals across the lifespan to navigate depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and autism.
(248) 385-3330 View (248) 385-3330
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Erika Smith
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
With over 17 years as a Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), I work with clients to manage anxiety, depression, trauma, and chronic pain. I utilize strategies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help clients process their experiences and learn new skills to move forward. For fellow therapists, I offer therapeutic consultation to help you continue your work in the helping profession with less risk of burnout and compassion fatigue. I'd love to talk more with you about working together!
With over 17 years as a Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), I work with clients to manage anxiety, depression, trauma, and chronic pain. I utilize strategies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help clients process their experiences and learn new skills to move forward. For fellow therapists, I offer therapeutic consultation to help you continue your work in the helping profession with less risk of burnout and compassion fatigue. I'd love to talk more with you about working together!
(408) 359-1773 View (408) 359-1773
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Andrea Walker
CCHT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
I help clients become uplifted, release blocks, change their beliefs and habits, control pain, overcome fears, grief and depression. I have a spiritual and transpersonal orientation to counseling, helping clients become aware of their higher self and inner power so they can make positive changes. I assist clients in releasing anxieties, overcoming and preventing panic attacks, insomnia, unhealthy eating and drinking habits, smoking and other addictions. I also work with children, helping them to overcome bed-wetting, nightmares, tantrums. I assist pregnant women to learn hypnobirthing methods for labor pain and natural birth.
I help clients become uplifted, release blocks, change their beliefs and habits, control pain, overcome fears, grief and depression. I have a spiritual and transpersonal orientation to counseling, helping clients become aware of their higher self and inner power so they can make positive changes. I assist clients in releasing anxieties, overcoming and preventing panic attacks, insomnia, unhealthy eating and drinking habits, smoking and other addictions. I also work with children, helping them to overcome bed-wetting, nightmares, tantrums. I assist pregnant women to learn hypnobirthing methods for labor pain and natural birth.
(408) 763-4350 View (408) 763-4350
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Angela Hutton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
What often keeps us in pain is the perception of separation from ourselves and others.
Are you looking to feel more connected to yourself and others? Do you feel trapped in certain areas of your life? I have been a psychotherapist for over 20 years and am passionate about this work. I work with teens, adults, and mental health professionals and can effectively address issues that keep you feeling depressed, anxious, and disconnected from yourself and others. I want to help you make the necessary changes to have the life you desire. Therapy isn't about finding out what is wrong with you, it is about building on what is RIGHT with you.
What often keeps us in pain is the perception of separation from ourselves and others.
Are you looking to feel more connected to yourself and others? Do you feel trapped in certain areas of your life? I have been a psychotherapist for over 20 years and am passionate about this work. I work with teens, adults, and mental health professionals and can effectively address issues that keep you feeling depressed, anxious, and disconnected from yourself and others. I want to help you make the necessary changes to have the life you desire. Therapy isn't about finding out what is wrong with you, it is about building on what is RIGHT with you.
(408) 459-6324 View (408) 459-6324
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Genevieve Platt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Not accepting new clients
Are you ready to open your life to new possibilities? Welcome to my practice! I use a holistic approach to helping people, always seeking to work with the mind-body model and enjoy working with teens, adults and couples (regardless of sexual orientation) experiencing a variety of emotional, mental and/or physical problems. I am also a Nurse Practitioner with specialties in women's health, infertility, menopause, pain, disordered eating and especially the effects of stress on overall health and well being. My approaches range from short-term solution-oriented treatments to longer in-depth psychotherapy using Mindfulness as a foundation.
Are you ready to open your life to new possibilities? Welcome to my practice! I use a holistic approach to helping people, always seeking to work with the mind-body model and enjoy working with teens, adults and couples (regardless of sexual orientation) experiencing a variety of emotional, mental and/or physical problems. I am also a Nurse Practitioner with specialties in women's health, infertility, menopause, pain, disordered eating and especially the effects of stress on overall health and well being. My approaches range from short-term solution-oriented treatments to longer in-depth psychotherapy using Mindfulness as a foundation.
(408) 205-9409 View (408) 205-9409
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Snezana Anna Bandic
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
My goal is to help you heal your emotional pain, make decisions that are right for you, and achieve your best self.
Do you feel stressed out at home, work or school? Are you struggling to understand your partner or child? Are you tired of having the same argument over and over? Are you experiencing a constant worry that keeps you awake at night? Do you feel difficulty in trying to connect with others? Are you having trouble figuring out the next step in your career? Therapy can help!
My goal is to help you heal your emotional pain, make decisions that are right for you, and achieve your best self.
Do you feel stressed out at home, work or school? Are you struggling to understand your partner or child? Are you tired of having the same argument over and over? Are you experiencing a constant worry that keeps you awake at night? Do you feel difficulty in trying to connect with others? Are you having trouble figuring out the next step in your career? Therapy can help!
(669) 221-4505 View (669) 221-4505
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Cynthia Haartman: Psychotherapy, Sex Therapy, EMDR
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Sex Therapist, and also Certified in EMDR Therapy. My primary focus includes: intimacy and sexuality concerns, pelvic pain, fear and anxiety around intimacy, stress, trauma, anxiety, self worth, guilt and shame, neurodivergence - ADHD and high masking Autism, chronic pain and chronic illness, as well as medical trauma, and manifestation of stress physically in the body. I am kink affirming and knowledgable, LGBTQ+/sexual and gender minority inclusive, and a sex positive provider.
I am a Certified Sex Therapist, and also Certified in EMDR Therapy. My primary focus includes: intimacy and sexuality concerns, pelvic pain, fear and anxiety around intimacy, stress, trauma, anxiety, self worth, guilt and shame, neurodivergence - ADHD and high masking Autism, chronic pain and chronic illness, as well as medical trauma, and manifestation of stress physically in the body. I am kink affirming and knowledgable, LGBTQ+/sexual and gender minority inclusive, and a sex positive provider.
(408) 478-3890 View (408) 478-3890
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Theresa Hanneman Boer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Seeking therapy can be a powerful step toward healing and happiness, whether you're grappling with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, a challenging diagnosis, or a chronic illness. I offer a therapeutic approach that is warm, humorous, straightforward, and compassionate. With deep respect for your unique nature, values, and beliefs, I am committed to working collaboratively with you to explore your difficulties and discover personalized solutions. My goal is to support your journey toward a more fulfilling and joyful life. Let's build a life you cherish together.
Seeking therapy can be a powerful step toward healing and happiness, whether you're grappling with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, a challenging diagnosis, or a chronic illness. I offer a therapeutic approach that is warm, humorous, straightforward, and compassionate. With deep respect for your unique nature, values, and beliefs, I am committed to working collaboratively with you to explore your difficulties and discover personalized solutions. My goal is to support your journey toward a more fulfilling and joyful life. Let's build a life you cherish together.
(650) 610-7669 View (650) 610-7669
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Catherine Crawford
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, ATR
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Children/teens: self-esteem, anxiety, depression, navigating relationships, gifted/empathic/HSP, divorce, chronic illness, teletherapy for college, art/play therapy.
I bring empathy, compassion and 30 years of experience to my holistic work with adults, children and teens. You are unique and my intent is to listen for your strengths and build on the positive as we gently remove blocks, trauma, thoughts, stressors and old relationship patterns that are holding you back. My style is warm and interactive and I incorporate my own intuition and creativity as I help people to make meaningful life changes.
Children/teens: self-esteem, anxiety, depression, navigating relationships, gifted/empathic/HSP, divorce, chronic illness, teletherapy for college, art/play therapy.
I bring empathy, compassion and 30 years of experience to my holistic work with adults, children and teens. You are unique and my intent is to listen for your strengths and build on the positive as we gently remove blocks, trauma, thoughts, stressors and old relationship patterns that are holding you back. My style is warm and interactive and I incorporate my own intuition and creativity as I help people to make meaningful life changes.
(650) 918-6909 View (650) 918-6909
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Eileen R Goldman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95030
We will look at how you got to a place of emotional pain and find healing in a way that gives you an understanding not only for the past and how it leads to your current circumstances, but also produces excitement at the prospect of what is coming next.
Frustrated by your relationships or feeling like you live life on everyone else's terms but your own? I am a warm, interactive partner in solution-focused conversation cradled with a sense of deep optimism which comes from both my professional training and from being a fellow traveler in negotiating life's challenges. I quickly assess what my clients needs are and provide concrete understanding, tools, skills, and solutions for their circumstances. I help you build inner resilience and self-esteem in the same way you boost your immune system when you feel worn down.
We will look at how you got to a place of emotional pain and find healing in a way that gives you an understanding not only for the past and how it leads to your current circumstances, but also produces excitement at the prospect of what is coming next.
Frustrated by your relationships or feeling like you live life on everyone else's terms but your own? I am a warm, interactive partner in solution-focused conversation cradled with a sense of deep optimism which comes from both my professional training and from being a fellow traveler in negotiating life's challenges. I quickly assess what my clients needs are and provide concrete understanding, tools, skills, and solutions for their circumstances. I help you build inner resilience and self-esteem in the same way you boost your immune system when you feel worn down.
(408) 550-7932 View (408) 550-7932
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Diana Nguy
Pre-Licensed Professional, OTR/L, MFTT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95030
You don’t have to suffer alone. Sitting with difficult emotions, pain, and discomfort can be challenging. Allow the parts of you that have been rejected, repressed, hidden, or forgotten to surface. Allow these parts of you to be seen, to be heard, to be held, to be loved. It takes great courage to face ourselves, our truths, and our pain. But walking through the darkness is the only way we can remember how much strength and light we hold within. Through presence and acceptance of ourselves, we rediscover new depths of ease, peace, love, and joy. The journey inwards is the only true path towards authenticity, wholeness, and freedom.
You don’t have to suffer alone. Sitting with difficult emotions, pain, and discomfort can be challenging. Allow the parts of you that have been rejected, repressed, hidden, or forgotten to surface. Allow these parts of you to be seen, to be heard, to be held, to be loved. It takes great courage to face ourselves, our truths, and our pain. But walking through the darkness is the only way we can remember how much strength and light we hold within. Through presence and acceptance of ourselves, we rediscover new depths of ease, peace, love, and joy. The journey inwards is the only true path towards authenticity, wholeness, and freedom.
(650) 487-3461 View (650) 487-3461
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Peter Adler PhD Licensed Psychologist, Inc.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032  (Online Only)
With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) techniques, I treat Anxiety, OCD, Panic, Excessive Worry, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Anger, Relationship Difficulties, Marital and Family Discord, Grief, Life Transition Issues, School Problems, and Social Skills Difficulties.
I believe in the capacity of each person to transcend obstacles and problems. Through caring, empathic support, I assist you to tap into your strengths and use these to overcome the problems bringing you to treatment. I listen deeply and help you tap into your inner strengths to overcome challenges. We work collaboratively to find solutions and address your concerns with my knowledge of effective treatments. I've helped adults, children, and adolescents for over thirty years. Feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to provide more information and answer any questions.
With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) techniques, I treat Anxiety, OCD, Panic, Excessive Worry, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Anger, Relationship Difficulties, Marital and Family Discord, Grief, Life Transition Issues, School Problems, and Social Skills Difficulties.
I believe in the capacity of each person to transcend obstacles and problems. Through caring, empathic support, I assist you to tap into your strengths and use these to overcome the problems bringing you to treatment. I listen deeply and help you tap into your inner strengths to overcome challenges. We work collaboratively to find solutions and address your concerns with my knowledge of effective treatments. I've helped adults, children, and adolescents for over thirty years. Feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to provide more information and answer any questions.
(408) 922-9459 View (408) 922-9459
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Douglas Drucker
Psychologist, PhD, QME
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95032
I work with adults in a private practice setting specializing in pain managagement and health psychology. I offer biofeedback, EMDR, treatment for mood disorders and PTSD. I am on staff at El Camino Hospital and accept insurance and Medicare. I am a qualified medical evaluator and provide forensic evaluations for surgical screenings and for legal settings.
I work with adults in a private practice setting specializing in pain managagement and health psychology. I offer biofeedback, EMDR, treatment for mood disorders and PTSD. I am on staff at El Camino Hospital and accept insurance and Medicare. I am a qualified medical evaluator and provide forensic evaluations for surgical screenings and for legal settings.
(408) 215-9454 View (408) 215-9454
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Margaret A Bailey
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95030  (Online Only)
My areas of specialty are in working with relationships (marital, family), stress, work stress, unemployment, depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, chronic illness, eating disorders, and treatment post-hospitalization.
I provide a supportive environment where clients feel comfortable in talking about the discomfort they are experiencing. Together we explore those difficulties and seek to help you find relief. For those who want deeper work, and to make significant changes in their lives, I have been trained to provide more intensive, longer term therapy. I began my practice and continued training post graduate school for 30 years. For more information about my practice please see my website at: pegbailey.com.
My areas of specialty are in working with relationships (marital, family), stress, work stress, unemployment, depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, chronic illness, eating disorders, and treatment post-hospitalization.
I provide a supportive environment where clients feel comfortable in talking about the discomfort they are experiencing. Together we explore those difficulties and seek to help you find relief. For those who want deeper work, and to make significant changes in their lives, I have been trained to provide more intensive, longer term therapy. I began my practice and continued training post graduate school for 30 years. For more information about my practice please see my website at: pegbailey.com.
(408) 358-4090 View (408) 358-4090
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Michelle Takemoto
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95030  (Online Only)
Therapy will open new doors for you, allow you to gain insight into your struggles, and create movement toward healing. I specialize in supporting women, families, and couples through difficult times such as parenting, chronic illness, marriage conflicts, grief and loss, parenting children with disabilities, cultural loss and trauma, anxiety/depression, and work-related stressors. Recovery and leading a life of fulfillment is truly possible. Take the first step toward finding hope and leading an authentic, love-filled life.
Therapy will open new doors for you, allow you to gain insight into your struggles, and create movement toward healing. I specialize in supporting women, families, and couples through difficult times such as parenting, chronic illness, marriage conflicts, grief and loss, parenting children with disabilities, cultural loss and trauma, anxiety/depression, and work-related stressors. Recovery and leading a life of fulfillment is truly possible. Take the first step toward finding hope and leading an authentic, love-filled life.
(707) 532-2360 View (707) 532-2360
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Joe Sousa
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Furthermore, my experience includes working with those with physical difficulties, such as sleeplessness, excessive weight loss or gain, and acute and chronic pain management.
Hi. I am Joe Sousa, a licensed psychotherapist in the State of CA. I've been providing counseling services in the Santa Cruz area in one form or another since 1993. Here's the issues I work with in therapy: Relationship enhancement, improve communication, sexual intimacy; handling difficulties, such as breakups and divorce; discovering life purpose and build self-esteem; issues relating to school, careers, money, a child or an elderly parent; dealing with powerful emotions, like anger, anxiety, depression, fear, grief, loss, and panic; addictive or compulsive behavior, with regard to alcohol, drugs, food, sex and/or porn.
Furthermore, my experience includes working with those with physical difficulties, such as sleeplessness, excessive weight loss or gain, and acute and chronic pain management.
Hi. I am Joe Sousa, a licensed psychotherapist in the State of CA. I've been providing counseling services in the Santa Cruz area in one form or another since 1993. Here's the issues I work with in therapy: Relationship enhancement, improve communication, sexual intimacy; handling difficulties, such as breakups and divorce; discovering life purpose and build self-esteem; issues relating to school, careers, money, a child or an elderly parent; dealing with powerful emotions, like anger, anxiety, depression, fear, grief, loss, and panic; addictive or compulsive behavior, with regard to alcohol, drugs, food, sex and/or porn.
(831) 219-4797 View (831) 219-4797
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Denise Henderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Gatos, CA 95030
I have been working with survivors of trauma for 20 years, Trauma steals our life away and causes us to relive the pain of the past and fear the future. I want to walk with you through the pain to a place of freedom and choice. It takes courage to face our pain, the journey is often long and may feel hopeless. I invite you to try and trust one more time and see if we can find that place of peace and healing. You deserve the chance for something different, something for you.
I have been working with survivors of trauma for 20 years, Trauma steals our life away and causes us to relive the pain of the past and fear the future. I want to walk with you through the pain to a place of freedom and choice. It takes courage to face our pain, the journey is often long and may feel hopeless. I invite you to try and trust one more time and see if we can find that place of peace and healing. You deserve the chance for something different, something for you.
(408) 351-7736 View (408) 351-7736
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Andrew Schnell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Gatos, CA 95032
This includes areas of community mental health, private practice, residential facilities, foster care, county mental health, juvenile hall, schools, substance abuse and chemical dependency, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, and crisis intervention.
As human beings we learn, develop meaning, and create a sense of purpose through each other and the relationships we form. In the same spirit I believe the therapeutic process is driven by the relationship formed between the client and the therapist. This is why my approach in therapy is guided by the question - "How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for their personal growth?" I strive to create an empathic, nonjudgmental atmosphere where you feel safe and empowered to work toward personal growth and creating lasting change; forming trust and leaning toward vulnerability.
This includes areas of community mental health, private practice, residential facilities, foster care, county mental health, juvenile hall, schools, substance abuse and chemical dependency, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, and crisis intervention.
As human beings we learn, develop meaning, and create a sense of purpose through each other and the relationships we form. In the same spirit I believe the therapeutic process is driven by the relationship formed between the client and the therapist. This is why my approach in therapy is guided by the question - "How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for their personal growth?" I strive to create an empathic, nonjudgmental atmosphere where you feel safe and empowered to work toward personal growth and creating lasting change; forming trust and leaning toward vulnerability.
(650) 405-0646 View (650) 405-0646
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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.