Chronic Pain Therapists in Soquel, CA

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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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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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Chris Davidson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073
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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Monika Martynska
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073
I have ongoing groups focusing on chronic illness, stress reduction, and anxiety.
Congratulations for taking a step towards creating change. Finding a therapist can be challenging and it is important to find one who is right for you. I offer a free introductory session which we use to get to know each other. Clients often come into my office feeling hopeless or nervous, but usually leave feeling more hopeful and relaxed. I love to see people grow and thrive with the support of therapy. My style is warm, empathic, and collaborative. In our work together we draw on your strengths and wisdom and my goal is to empower you to create a more joyful and fulfilling life.
I have ongoing groups focusing on chronic illness, stress reduction, and anxiety.
Congratulations for taking a step towards creating change. Finding a therapist can be challenging and it is important to find one who is right for you. I offer a free introductory session which we use to get to know each other. Clients often come into my office feeling hopeless or nervous, but usually leave feeling more hopeful and relaxed. I love to see people grow and thrive with the support of therapy. My style is warm, empathic, and collaborative. In our work together we draw on your strengths and wisdom and my goal is to empower you to create a more joyful and fulfilling life.
(831) 539-0596 View (831) 539-0596
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Margaret Putnam-Pite
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you or someone you love dealing with a life-threatening illness? Whether newly diagnosed, in active treatment or nearing end-of-life, the uncertainty and fear can be overwhelming. I offer counseling to help you find peace and fulfillment in this experience, to enable you to give and receive love in ways that might previously have seemed impossible. We can explore the impact illness is having on your life and develop strategies for managing the challenges you are facing. I work with families to improve communication and I offer guidance and support to caregivers, enabling them to provide the best care possible.
Are you or someone you love dealing with a life-threatening illness? Whether newly diagnosed, in active treatment or nearing end-of-life, the uncertainty and fear can be overwhelming. I offer counseling to help you find peace and fulfillment in this experience, to enable you to give and receive love in ways that might previously have seemed impossible. We can explore the impact illness is having on your life and develop strategies for managing the challenges you are facing. I work with families to improve communication and I offer guidance and support to caregivers, enabling them to provide the best care possible.
(831) 777-4720 View (831) 777-4720
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Michelle Moses LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073
Do you find yourself up at night worrying? Do you cry in the shower, feel all alone or “not yourself?” My clients tell me they feel supported and safe to process out stress w/ spot focused attention-- this allows for quick relief from physical and/or emotional pain and creates space and energy for creative problem solving and creating your life in alignment!.
Pandemic. War. Existential shock; we can feel lack in our joy and our vitality; we feel overwhelm in body, mind and spirit. We can’t sleep, our relationships don’t feel right and we feel lost in the huge and scary waves of fear and worry about the past, the future and our survival...there is hope! we partner in practices to find compassion and radical acceptance; we dedicate space to cultivate and nourish the growth mindset and ourselves deeply— I hold sacred and safe spaces for womxn who feel stuck in fear and overwhelm so they can reboot and reconnect with their body wisdom and become the best version of themselves. regardless.
Do you find yourself up at night worrying? Do you cry in the shower, feel all alone or “not yourself?” My clients tell me they feel supported and safe to process out stress w/ spot focused attention-- this allows for quick relief from physical and/or emotional pain and creates space and energy for creative problem solving and creating your life in alignment!.
Pandemic. War. Existential shock; we can feel lack in our joy and our vitality; we feel overwhelm in body, mind and spirit. We can’t sleep, our relationships don’t feel right and we feel lost in the huge and scary waves of fear and worry about the past, the future and our survival...there is hope! we partner in practices to find compassion and radical acceptance; we dedicate space to cultivate and nourish the growth mindset and ourselves deeply— I hold sacred and safe spaces for womxn who feel stuck in fear and overwhelm so they can reboot and reconnect with their body wisdom and become the best version of themselves. regardless.
(831) 888-1594 View (831) 888-1594
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Patrice Hamilton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073
“Why?”, you ask, “does my life seem so hard?” Anxiety and depression, constant companions, you wonder why you aren’t feeling better after all the hard work you have done on yourself. The voices in your head - “You’re not good enough” or “No one cares” are getting louder - again. You are certain others will see through you and your “imposter syndrome”, get annoyed, and eventually leave. Most of the time you're taking care of others' needs. Often a welcome distraction, you're tired of feeling invisible to those closest to you.
“Why?”, you ask, “does my life seem so hard?” Anxiety and depression, constant companions, you wonder why you aren’t feeling better after all the hard work you have done on yourself. The voices in your head - “You’re not good enough” or “No one cares” are getting louder - again. You are certain others will see through you and your “imposter syndrome”, get annoyed, and eventually leave. Most of the time you're taking care of others' needs. Often a welcome distraction, you're tired of feeling invisible to those closest to you.
(831) 278-3257 View (831) 278-3257
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Claire Wilkinson Girczyc
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Soquel, CA 95073
Do you feel stuck, unhappy, and dissatisfied? Having problems in relationships? Does each day feel like too much to handle? Take the first step toward making positive change in your life by calling to schedule an appointment. Working together, we can identify your goals and desires, recognize and capitalize on your strengths, find strategies to relieve your stress and anxiety, improve your mood, reinvigorate your relationships, and increase your life satisfaction. I provide caring, supportive, non-judgmental, confidential therapy for adults, teens, children, and couples online, and in my welcoming, comfortable office.
Do you feel stuck, unhappy, and dissatisfied? Having problems in relationships? Does each day feel like too much to handle? Take the first step toward making positive change in your life by calling to schedule an appointment. Working together, we can identify your goals and desires, recognize and capitalize on your strengths, find strategies to relieve your stress and anxiety, improve your mood, reinvigorate your relationships, and increase your life satisfaction. I provide caring, supportive, non-judgmental, confidential therapy for adults, teens, children, and couples online, and in my welcoming, comfortable office.
(650) 753-6234 View (650) 753-6234
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Catherine Cervantes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Soquel, CA 95073
Waitlist for new clients
I trust your capacity for moving toward healing, change and growth. My holistic training in applying mindfulness to trauma and anxiety can allow you to experience a new relationship with all the parts of yourself and with others, which helps you feel more at ease. As a somatic psychotherapist, I use a mind-body approach to help you compassionately discover unconscious patterns in your nervous system, body, and mind that keep you from living your life as you wish. Somatic-based therapy has you deeply listen to all parts of yourself, which allows access and support to places in you that talk therapy does not reach.
I trust your capacity for moving toward healing, change and growth. My holistic training in applying mindfulness to trauma and anxiety can allow you to experience a new relationship with all the parts of yourself and with others, which helps you feel more at ease. As a somatic psychotherapist, I use a mind-body approach to help you compassionately discover unconscious patterns in your nervous system, body, and mind that keep you from living your life as you wish. Somatic-based therapy has you deeply listen to all parts of yourself, which allows access and support to places in you that talk therapy does not reach.
(831) 920-0791 View (831) 920-0791
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Richard Litvak
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073
After 25 years of hearing from clients that I help them to grow, change and solve the problems that bring them into therapy, I take pride in being a caring, compassionate and skilled therapist. Research has demonstrated that successful therapy depends upon the relationship between the therapist and the client. You can trust me to respect you, understand you and guide you in a collaborative therapeutic process. You can safely bring your frustrations, sadness, anxiety, shame or other feelings into therapy as we work through them in ways that improve your happiness and sense of well being.
After 25 years of hearing from clients that I help them to grow, change and solve the problems that bring them into therapy, I take pride in being a caring, compassionate and skilled therapist. Research has demonstrated that successful therapy depends upon the relationship between the therapist and the client. You can trust me to respect you, understand you and guide you in a collaborative therapeutic process. You can safely bring your frustrations, sadness, anxiety, shame or other feelings into therapy as we work through them in ways that improve your happiness and sense of well being.
(831) 216-0350 View (831) 216-0350
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Aimee Pomerleau
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Soquel, CA 95073
I am currently only accepting new neurofeedback clients through the Santa Cruz Neurofeedback Center, www.scneurofeedback.com. I will be supervising a LPCC Associate starting Fall 2023. + + Feeling overwhelmed or stuck? I can support you in the process of moving forward. Using present moment experience, we'll explore how you relate with yourself and others. In this way, you can learn to set boundaries, expand your emotional capacity, as well as give and receive love more deeply.
I am currently only accepting new neurofeedback clients through the Santa Cruz Neurofeedback Center, www.scneurofeedback.com. I will be supervising a LPCC Associate starting Fall 2023. + + Feeling overwhelmed or stuck? I can support you in the process of moving forward. Using present moment experience, we'll explore how you relate with yourself and others. In this way, you can learn to set boundaries, expand your emotional capacity, as well as give and receive love more deeply.
(831) 425-9168 View (831) 425-9168
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Marc L'Ecluse
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073
I support you in remembering yourself and allowing your inner healing intelligence to return you to connection with your wholeness.
I support you in remembering yourself and allowing your inner healing intelligence to return you to connection with your wholeness.
(831) 353-3975 View (831) 353-3975
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Elizabeth Kovacevich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
Soquel, CA 95073
For over 30 years I have been helping my clients to discover new ways to deal with their problems and to begin thriving rather than merely surviving in their lives. My greatest strength is moving people from crisis to change. My openness and forthright style with clients provide them the opportunity for understanding, personal growth, and change. I view therapy as an educational as well as therapeutic experience. My style is primarily interactive. I am supportive, caring and process oriented. I have extensive experience with mental health, hospitals and schools. I love working with people in all stages and ages of their lives!
For over 30 years I have been helping my clients to discover new ways to deal with their problems and to begin thriving rather than merely surviving in their lives. My greatest strength is moving people from crisis to change. My openness and forthright style with clients provide them the opportunity for understanding, personal growth, and change. I view therapy as an educational as well as therapeutic experience. My style is primarily interactive. I am supportive, caring and process oriented. I have extensive experience with mental health, hospitals and schools. I love working with people in all stages and ages of their lives!
(831) 272-4983 View (831) 272-4983
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Loic John Jassy
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Soquel, CA 95073
I can help you solve your problems and achieve the quality of life and love that you seek. I believe in your potential and the potential of your relationships to go to the next higher level of functioning. I can help you with practical solutions (behavioral changes) to relationship, career and parenting issues as well as personal issues that lead to anxiety and depression. Insight, emotional healing, and inner wisdom are the deeper forces that you can access in our healing work together. Advanced psychotherapeutic techniques (EMDR Trauma Reduction, Somatic, Transpersonal, Mindfulness) are available as well as supportive, nurturing counseling.
I can help you solve your problems and achieve the quality of life and love that you seek. I believe in your potential and the potential of your relationships to go to the next higher level of functioning. I can help you with practical solutions (behavioral changes) to relationship, career and parenting issues as well as personal issues that lead to anxiety and depression. Insight, emotional healing, and inner wisdom are the deeper forces that you can access in our healing work together. Advanced psychotherapeutic techniques (EMDR Trauma Reduction, Somatic, Transpersonal, Mindfulness) are available as well as supportive, nurturing counseling.
(831) 479-3424 View (831) 479-3424
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Zoe Gordhamer Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Soquel, CA 95073
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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Elizabeth Ariel Clark
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Soquel, CA 95073
Welcome to a sanctuary of healing! I help people repair their relationships with themselves and others through mind-body connection and relational healing. Most of us have been hurt by someone in the past. We might have integrated their beliefs as our own and made their stories the ones we tell ourselves about who we are and what we are capable of. I help you get to the root of who you are, a compassionate and loving being who came to this world to make a difference.
Welcome to a sanctuary of healing! I help people repair their relationships with themselves and others through mind-body connection and relational healing. Most of us have been hurt by someone in the past. We might have integrated their beliefs as our own and made their stories the ones we tell ourselves about who we are and what we are capable of. I help you get to the root of who you are, a compassionate and loving being who came to this world to make a difference.
(805) 316-7381 View (805) 316-7381

More Therapists Nearby

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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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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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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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Peter Adler PhD Licensed Psychologist, Inc.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Capitola, CA 95010  (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
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.