Chronic Pain Therapists in Scotts Valley, CA

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Heather Franks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, #109884
Verified Verified
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
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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Carol Cochrane Bass
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scotts Valley, CA 95060
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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Rebecca Leib
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
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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Dr. Jorina Elbers (Holistic Integrative Neurologist)
MD
Verified Verified
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
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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Robin Beltran
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scotts Valley, CA 95066  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience using this holistic approach to treat anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sleep problems, and stress related problems such as migraine and tension headaches and chronic pain.
We've all had moments when we felt lost, confused, stressed, depressed or anxious and longed to feel better. I believe that within every person is a core foundation of strength, and that with guidance and support we can use that strength to find health and happiness. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience helping people cope with emotional distress and discover a better quality of life. My approach to therapy involves working with you to create a set of strategies and skills to help you move forward toward better emotional, spiritual, physical and mental health.
I have extensive experience using this holistic approach to treat anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sleep problems, and stress related problems such as migraine and tension headaches and chronic pain.
We've all had moments when we felt lost, confused, stressed, depressed or anxious and longed to feel better. I believe that within every person is a core foundation of strength, and that with guidance and support we can use that strength to find health and happiness. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience helping people cope with emotional distress and discover a better quality of life. My approach to therapy involves working with you to create a set of strategies and skills to help you move forward toward better emotional, spiritual, physical and mental health.
(831) 215-3613 View (831) 215-3613
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Sara Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Therapy is much more than just "feeling better." It is about the process of understanding how you think, how you feel, and how you can discover the resiliency you have within yourself. As a therapist, it is always an honor to have my clients place their trust in me as I watch them grow. I work with issues including depression, anxiety disorders, cutting, and suicidal ideation. I also love to use my art therapy credential into sessions when appropriate because let's be honest, sitting on a couch talking about feelings is not for everyone!
Therapy is much more than just "feeling better." It is about the process of understanding how you think, how you feel, and how you can discover the resiliency you have within yourself. As a therapist, it is always an honor to have my clients place their trust in me as I watch them grow. I work with issues including depression, anxiety disorders, cutting, and suicidal ideation. I also love to use my art therapy credential into sessions when appropriate because let's be honest, sitting on a couch talking about feelings is not for everyone!
(831) 216-3058 View (831) 216-3058
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Dr. Jennifer Kennelly
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Scotts Valley, CA 95066  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have been serving the needs of children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years. I grew up in the Santa Cruz area and I am thrilled to be serving our beautiful community. I provide both therapy and psychological testing to children and adults in order to help my patients grow into their full potential. Oftentimes, problems that seem insurmountable are due to the ways in which we perceive them. Feeling as though we lack the power to change keep us locked in old, unproductive patterns. Understanding what is holding you back is often the key to growth, change, and greater life satisfaction.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have been serving the needs of children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years. I grew up in the Santa Cruz area and I am thrilled to be serving our beautiful community. I provide both therapy and psychological testing to children and adults in order to help my patients grow into their full potential. Oftentimes, problems that seem insurmountable are due to the ways in which we perceive them. Feeling as though we lack the power to change keep us locked in old, unproductive patterns. Understanding what is holding you back is often the key to growth, change, and greater life satisfaction.
(831) 216-3062 View (831) 216-3062
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Cassia Bloom
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
I am a compassionate, professional psychotherapist with an individualized way of treating each client. I believe each person has the strength inside themselves for change and healing. It is my role to identify your personal style and help you find the clarity you need to make necessary life changes. In doing so I utilize many theoretical approaches including; psychodynamic, existential/humanistic, solution focused and cognitive behavioral.
I am a compassionate, professional psychotherapist with an individualized way of treating each client. I believe each person has the strength inside themselves for change and healing. It is my role to identify your personal style and help you find the clarity you need to make necessary life changes. In doing so I utilize many theoretical approaches including; psychodynamic, existential/humanistic, solution focused and cognitive behavioral.
(831) 824-4500 View (831) 824-4500
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Chimene Lee
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CCHT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Scotts Valley, CA 95066  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
*ATTENTION* : Due to COVID, I am currently working exclusively online only. Telehealth can be powerful and effective. Welcome, and congratulations on taking the first step toward creating change. Seeking a therapist can feel like a big deal, so it's important to find one who is a good match. I am here to help you, by creating a warm and collaborative therapeutic environment that honors each client's unique intuitive wisdom. I offer a non-pathologizing and empowering understanding of human issues, assuming each person has the capacity to transform, both within themselves, and in their relationships with others.
*ATTENTION* : Due to COVID, I am currently working exclusively online only. Telehealth can be powerful and effective. Welcome, and congratulations on taking the first step toward creating change. Seeking a therapist can feel like a big deal, so it's important to find one who is a good match. I am here to help you, by creating a warm and collaborative therapeutic environment that honors each client's unique intuitive wisdom. I offer a non-pathologizing and empowering understanding of human issues, assuming each person has the capacity to transform, both within themselves, and in their relationships with others.
(831) 269-5016 View (831) 269-5016
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Erik Barnes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Scotts Valley, CA 95066  (Online Only)
In my work with individuals, couples, children, teens and families I strive to create a warm, nurturing and compassionate environment for personal exploration and healing. In this space all parts of you are welcome. I see therapy as a collaboration where you and I partner to create an achievable plan to improve your relationships, increase your sense of vitality, and work towards your personal goals. In my work, I have witnessed how life's challenges can create emotional scars that then consciously or unconscious run our lives. These scars can manifest as a variety of mental health and relational issues.
In my work with individuals, couples, children, teens and families I strive to create a warm, nurturing and compassionate environment for personal exploration and healing. In this space all parts of you are welcome. I see therapy as a collaboration where you and I partner to create an achievable plan to improve your relationships, increase your sense of vitality, and work towards your personal goals. In my work, I have witnessed how life's challenges can create emotional scars that then consciously or unconscious run our lives. These scars can manifest as a variety of mental health and relational issues.
(831) 288-5528 View (831) 288-5528
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Zoe Gordhamer Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Sliding scale and some pro bono sessions for front line workers. Video and phone are currently available. Feelings of anxiety and stress need support at this time. My approach is based on the belief that you are naturally intelligent and resourceful. Connect to strengths within you. The quality of your relationship with yourself and others leads to greater freedom, clarity, and peace. Free yourself from stress and conflict that so often occurs in relationships and work. Compassion, insight, and intuition represent my style. Building inner resources and tools to manage emotions improve professional and personal relationships.
Sliding scale and some pro bono sessions for front line workers. Video and phone are currently available. Feelings of anxiety and stress need support at this time. My approach is based on the belief that you are naturally intelligent and resourceful. Connect to strengths within you. The quality of your relationship with yourself and others leads to greater freedom, clarity, and peace. Free yourself from stress and conflict that so often occurs in relationships and work. Compassion, insight, and intuition represent my style. Building inner resources and tools to manage emotions improve professional and personal relationships.
(831) 208-2127 View (831) 208-2127
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Katelyn Cleveland
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Scotts Valley, CA 95060
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
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Sharon Vaughn
MPH, RN, Couples, Coach
Verified Verified
Scotts Valley, CA 95060
I love helping people realize how good they really are rather than staying stuck in their low self-esteem. To be blunt, I’m a smart, deeply experienced, super kind, caregiving Coach. What I really love to do is help women and men solve their anxieties and recover their joy. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. If you're looking for extra support and help through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
I love helping people realize how good they really are rather than staying stuck in their low self-esteem. To be blunt, I’m a smart, deeply experienced, super kind, caregiving Coach. What I really love to do is help women and men solve their anxieties and recover their joy. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. If you're looking for extra support and help through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
(831) 215-3273 View (831) 215-3273
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Jenna E Wolfson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, C-PAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scotts Valley, CA 95067
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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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
Santa Cruz, CA 95060  (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
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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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Chris Davidson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Not accepting new clients
My therapeutic style is personal, respectful and practical. I can help you create and notice positive changes in your life and relationships and adapt to changing conditions as necessary. I'll work with you to achieve tangible results towards your goals in therapy. We'll focus on what works to notice positive change as it happens. Although I treat people with a wide range of issues, some areas of particular focus in my practice are: helping individuals and relationships that are affected by Chronic Physical Illness and/or Pain, Depression and Anxiety.
My therapeutic style is personal, respectful and practical. I can help you create and notice positive changes in your life and relationships and adapt to changing conditions as necessary. I'll work with you to achieve tangible results towards your goals in therapy. We'll focus on what works to notice positive change as it happens. Although I treat people with a wide range of issues, some areas of particular focus in my practice are: helping individuals and relationships that are affected by Chronic Physical Illness and/or Pain, Depression and Anxiety.
(831) 824-4924 View (831) 824-4924
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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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Jennifer McKay
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
I have worked with many professionals in law enforcement, first responders, families who either battle addiction, mental illness or are going through the heartbreak of watching a loved one battle addiction and or mental illness.
Welcome! I want to commend you on taking the first step toward getting to a healthier you. I look forward to working together in a safe place free from judgment, life's busyness, isolation, past trauma, and overall stress. Do you want to work with someone who really gets you and where you are coming from? I know that is very important to me as I feel one is able to open up with the right person. Ultimately, the goal is to help you get past life's past hurts, hang ups and negative habits. I look forward to helping you find more joy in your life!
I have worked with many professionals in law enforcement, first responders, families who either battle addiction, mental illness or are going through the heartbreak of watching a loved one battle addiction and or mental illness.
Welcome! I want to commend you on taking the first step toward getting to a healthier you. I look forward to working together in a safe place free from judgment, life's busyness, isolation, past trauma, and overall stress. Do you want to work with someone who really gets you and where you are coming from? I know that is very important to me as I feel one is able to open up with the right person. Ultimately, the goal is to help you get past life's past hurts, hang ups and negative habits. I look forward to helping you find more joy in your life!
(831) 246-9228 View (831) 246-9228

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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.