Chronic Pain Therapists in Denver, CO

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Julie Garczynski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80210
Speaking one's story and processing one's experience is often best done with another. I will provide a safe and compassionate space for you to grow and heal. In my experience, pain and worry decrease throughout the therapeutic process. Life becomes more fulfilling and more manageable. I believe you are your own best expert and my role is to walk alongside you in your path of growth. I am trauma-informed: utilizing mindfulness, EMDR, and somatic interventions. I have been working as a therapist since 2000. I specialize in the treatment of adolescent body image issues, self-harm, depression, anxiety, and parent coaching of teens.
Speaking one's story and processing one's experience is often best done with another. I will provide a safe and compassionate space for you to grow and heal. In my experience, pain and worry decrease throughout the therapeutic process. Life becomes more fulfilling and more manageable. I believe you are your own best expert and my role is to walk alongside you in your path of growth. I am trauma-informed: utilizing mindfulness, EMDR, and somatic interventions. I have been working as a therapist since 2000. I specialize in the treatment of adolescent body image issues, self-harm, depression, anxiety, and parent coaching of teens.
(720) 740-5244 View (720) 740-5244
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Nikita King Somatic Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80211  (Online Only)
If you feel stuck in fight, flight, or freeze responses, we will work together to regulate your nervous system and restore your sense of balance. This process is gentle and body-based. Ideal for individuals navigating trauma, chronic pain, anxiety, attention issues, burnout, or relationship struggles.
If you feel stuck in fight, flight, or freeze responses, we will work together to regulate your nervous system and restore your sense of balance. This process is gentle and body-based. Ideal for individuals navigating trauma, chronic pain, anxiety, attention issues, burnout, or relationship struggles.
(720) 664-4097 View (720) 664-4097
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Melissa A Henston
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
Waitlist for new clients
The focus of my practice is on issues related to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, and chronic pain and other physical health issues.
If you have been seeking solutions to problems without resolution, or you have tried therapy before without success, contact me to discuss a new path. People often look for ways to eliminate bad feelings, or ways to understand their past. You may have declared that you don't want certain things in your life; but as soon as you say that you don't want something the problems expand. I will work with you to find a workable solution - a way to live your life in accordance with your values, and to develop a willingness to be present in your life.
The focus of my practice is on issues related to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, and chronic pain and other physical health issues.
If you have been seeking solutions to problems without resolution, or you have tried therapy before without success, contact me to discuss a new path. People often look for ways to eliminate bad feelings, or ways to understand their past. You may have declared that you don't want certain things in your life; but as soon as you say that you don't want something the problems expand. I will work with you to find a workable solution - a way to live your life in accordance with your values, and to develop a willingness to be present in your life.
(720) 885-9035 View (720) 885-9035
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Mairead Jacobs Dougherty
Counselor, MA, R-DMT, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211  (Online Only)
I am a somatic therapist who works with chronic illness, chronic pain, and trauma.
Life can weigh us down. If you're struggling with anxiety or depression, managing a chronic illness, or feel generally disconnected, I understand how heavy that burden can feel. You deserve to feel empowered. Somatic counseling creates a mind/body connection that helps you release the weight of the past and build a new relationship with yourself. Instead of just surviving day to day, you can start living more fully and freely.
I am a somatic therapist who works with chronic illness, chronic pain, and trauma.
Life can weigh us down. If you're struggling with anxiety or depression, managing a chronic illness, or feel generally disconnected, I understand how heavy that burden can feel. You deserve to feel empowered. Somatic counseling creates a mind/body connection that helps you release the weight of the past and build a new relationship with yourself. Instead of just surviving day to day, you can start living more fully and freely.
(970) 318-4877 View (970) 318-4877
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Meghan Stetson
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, LPCC, MA, MEd, RYT-500
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80222
Living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain can be an invisible, isolating and scary experience. On top of that, the way that our society is structured has all but left these areas out of the realm of psychotherapy and leaves these experiences to the field of medicine alone. If you live with chronic illness or chronic pain, you know firsthand how lacking this model is. In my therapy practice I strive to create space for all aspects of your human experience, while working with you towards the ability to feel safe in your body, access hope and a healthy sense of self, and to transform your suffering into meaning.
Living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain can be an invisible, isolating and scary experience. On top of that, the way that our society is structured has all but left these areas out of the realm of psychotherapy and leaves these experiences to the field of medicine alone. If you live with chronic illness or chronic pain, you know firsthand how lacking this model is. In my therapy practice I strive to create space for all aspects of your human experience, while working with you towards the ability to feel safe in your body, access hope and a healthy sense of self, and to transform your suffering into meaning.
(720) 677-6947 View (720) 677-6947
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Corinne Elaine McLellan
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80203
My clients are seeking a different relationship with their pain and fears that will simply lead to feeling better. They are seeking gentle guidance in a non-judgmental space on their journey to connection and healing. If you are facing challenges in your life that include recovering from trauma, moving through a recent loss and/or coping with anxiety, depression or chronic illness, you are not alone.
My clients are seeking a different relationship with their pain and fears that will simply lead to feeling better. They are seeking gentle guidance in a non-judgmental space on their journey to connection and healing. If you are facing challenges in your life that include recovering from trauma, moving through a recent loss and/or coping with anxiety, depression or chronic illness, you are not alone.
(720) 926-6766 x803 View (720) 926-6766 x803
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Noah Reaven
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80210
I have taught classes on anxiety management, depression, coping with chronic pain, couples communication, living with fibromyalgia, and others.
I approach a client's concerns from a here and now, rapid change perspective. I believe that when we take action to improve ourselves or our circumstances, our attitude and feelings follow suit. I have been in clinical practice for 20 years, and have worked with many types of people and almost every kind of problem. I strive to balance empathy and sensitivity with helping people to move forward in the change process.
I have taught classes on anxiety management, depression, coping with chronic pain, couples communication, living with fibromyalgia, and others.
I approach a client's concerns from a here and now, rapid change perspective. I believe that when we take action to improve ourselves or our circumstances, our attitude and feelings follow suit. I have been in clinical practice for 20 years, and have worked with many types of people and almost every kind of problem. I strive to balance empathy and sensitivity with helping people to move forward in the change process.
(720) 509-9503 View (720) 509-9503
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Patrick Ross Vann
Psychologist, Ed, D
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202
My specialty is the chronic pain patient.
I assume serious intent to address whatever brought the patient to my office in the first place. It is my hope to form the most positive therapeutic alliance possible. The first step is to acknowledge the courage it took to make the call. I have been practicing as a licensed Clinical Psychologist for thirty years. I have also served as a faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder for over twenty years. I mostly see chronic depressed and anxious patients I .have worked across the spectrum from imminently suicidial to the broader existential issues concerning a more meaningful life.
My specialty is the chronic pain patient.
I assume serious intent to address whatever brought the patient to my office in the first place. It is my hope to form the most positive therapeutic alliance possible. The first step is to acknowledge the courage it took to make the call. I have been practicing as a licensed Clinical Psychologist for thirty years. I have also served as a faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder for over twenty years. I mostly see chronic depressed and anxious patients I .have worked across the spectrum from imminently suicidial to the broader existential issues concerning a more meaningful life.
(303) 835-6786 View (303) 835-6786
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Charles J Horowitz
Counselor, MA, PhD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
I have counseled for 28 years with a wide variety of people including those with physical illnesses, disabilities & chronic pain, couples, CEO's, the unemployed, teachers, athletes, writers and returning veterans.
"I have not met a more wholehearted counselor than Dr. Horowitz in 40 years of working with so many," wrote author Stephen Levine. Your courageous reach for help is the first, hardest step. I have been through a number of disasters, incl. 2 large fires, 1 earthquake, deaths & my sister's psych hospitalization, & that's helping me to help folks adjust to CVIDS-19. Whether you are suffering from anxiety, depression, anger, grief, or pain, you can be helped via research-based tools. We'll first revisit your positive attributes: your accomplishments, talents, & passions are fuel for growth & change. We humans can re-learn, thankfully.
I have counseled for 28 years with a wide variety of people including those with physical illnesses, disabilities & chronic pain, couples, CEO's, the unemployed, teachers, athletes, writers and returning veterans.
"I have not met a more wholehearted counselor than Dr. Horowitz in 40 years of working with so many," wrote author Stephen Levine. Your courageous reach for help is the first, hardest step. I have been through a number of disasters, incl. 2 large fires, 1 earthquake, deaths & my sister's psych hospitalization, & that's helping me to help folks adjust to CVIDS-19. Whether you are suffering from anxiety, depression, anger, grief, or pain, you can be helped via research-based tools. We'll first revisit your positive attributes: your accomplishments, talents, & passions are fuel for growth & change. We humans can re-learn, thankfully.
(720) 794-5687 View (720) 794-5687
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Christine Archer | Pain Reprocessing Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LPCC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238  (Online Only)
I help high-achieving, do-it-all women overcome chronic pain, anxiety and burnout to live a more joyful and restful life. Often, our bodies give us cues that it’s time to slow down while our minds push us to keep going. We have learned that expectations, responsibilities and productivity take priority over our own care and needs. Maybe you have tried to power through your body’s cues over and over again only to feel stuck, exhausted, and unsure of how to find relief. Our work together will empower you to come back to yourself, to tend to your body and nervous system and to feel more present, connected and at ease.
I help high-achieving, do-it-all women overcome chronic pain, anxiety and burnout to live a more joyful and restful life. Often, our bodies give us cues that it’s time to slow down while our minds push us to keep going. We have learned that expectations, responsibilities and productivity take priority over our own care and needs. Maybe you have tried to power through your body’s cues over and over again only to feel stuck, exhausted, and unsure of how to find relief. Our work together will empower you to come back to yourself, to tend to your body and nervous system and to feel more present, connected and at ease.
(530) 454-8523 View (530) 454-8523
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Mita M Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, LMFT, LAC, BCTHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80209  (Online Only)
Do you feel pain? Emotional and psychological pain are as damaging to a person as physical pain. And, avoiding pain through unhealthy distractions never works. The roller coaster ride associated with trauma can be very overwhelming – leading to feelings of pain. Drugs and behavioral addictions, risky behaviors, and unhealthy thinking only act as a temporary Band-Aid – they are not the solution to the difficulties and pain you are facing.
Do you feel pain? Emotional and psychological pain are as damaging to a person as physical pain. And, avoiding pain through unhealthy distractions never works. The roller coaster ride associated with trauma can be very overwhelming – leading to feelings of pain. Drugs and behavioral addictions, risky behaviors, and unhealthy thinking only act as a temporary Band-Aid – they are not the solution to the difficulties and pain you are facing.
(719) 631-1994 View (719) 631-1994
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Abigail Akpobiyeri
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80204  (Online Only)
I specialize in various areas, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, sports and performance psychology, eating disorders, and self-esteem.
I want to commend you for prioritizing your mental health—it's a significant step towards self-care. As a first-generation Nigerian-American therapist, I bring a unique perspective to our therapeutic journey. I earned my master's degree from the University of Denver in Sport and Performance Psychology and am now pursuing my PsyD at Mercer University. I strive to create a safe and inclusive space where you can feel understood, validated, and supported. Together, we'll work collaboratively, drawing from evidence-based techniques and my expertise, to navigate the challenges you face. Let's embark on your path to growth together!
I specialize in various areas, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, sports and performance psychology, eating disorders, and self-esteem.
I want to commend you for prioritizing your mental health—it's a significant step towards self-care. As a first-generation Nigerian-American therapist, I bring a unique perspective to our therapeutic journey. I earned my master's degree from the University of Denver in Sport and Performance Psychology and am now pursuing my PsyD at Mercer University. I strive to create a safe and inclusive space where you can feel understood, validated, and supported. Together, we'll work collaboratively, drawing from evidence-based techniques and my expertise, to navigate the challenges you face. Let's embark on your path to growth together!
(678) 257-3458 View (678) 257-3458
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Brain Integration Therapies - Janet L. Wisinger
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC, BCB, NCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80203
Calm relationships and controlled responses should not be luxuries reserved for those with unlimited time and money. Learn to return yourself to a life of reason, without the internal voices of judgment, distraction, and indecision propelling you through sleepless nights and physical and emotional pain. It's time to quiet the chaos - in your mind, in your life, and in your world. Integrate your brain - Eliminate the chaos.
Calm relationships and controlled responses should not be luxuries reserved for those with unlimited time and money. Learn to return yourself to a life of reason, without the internal voices of judgment, distraction, and indecision propelling you through sleepless nights and physical and emotional pain. It's time to quiet the chaos - in your mind, in your life, and in your world. Integrate your brain - Eliminate the chaos.
(214) 466-2521 View (214) 466-2521
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Jennifer Koriath
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80014  (Online Only)
Chronic pain/illness can be exhausting and frustrating.
At Thrive Counseling & Wellness, I have had extensive experience working with adults who experience chronic anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress, relationship problems, self-esteem issues. I tend to take a client centered perspective; I utilize different therapies to suit each individual client's needs. It's not always about the specific theory but more about what can I do to assist the client in achieving the perspective, growth and success that they desire. My ultimate goal is to "walk with the client" as he/she processes, experiences and implements the tools needed to effect helpful change.
Chronic pain/illness can be exhausting and frustrating.
At Thrive Counseling & Wellness, I have had extensive experience working with adults who experience chronic anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress, relationship problems, self-esteem issues. I tend to take a client centered perspective; I utilize different therapies to suit each individual client's needs. It's not always about the specific theory but more about what can I do to assist the client in achieving the perspective, growth and success that they desire. My ultimate goal is to "walk with the client" as he/she processes, experiences and implements the tools needed to effect helpful change.
(847) 565-2851 View (847) 565-2851
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Michelle Kukla
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80014
Feeling better is no longer a mystery. This is fantastic news! We no longer need to be stuck in negative mood states, feel paralyzing levels of anxiety & debilitating emotional/physical pain. Instead, our brain can be transformed when the right combination of therapy skills and techniques are utilized. My 15 years of extensive training as a psychologist has uniquely equipped me with the ability to apply integrative and evidenced-based interventions to achieve maximum results. I blend compassion focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral methods, eastern practices and cutting-edge neuroscience to help you rewire the brain for a healthier you! There is hope!
Feeling better is no longer a mystery. This is fantastic news! We no longer need to be stuck in negative mood states, feel paralyzing levels of anxiety & debilitating emotional/physical pain. Instead, our brain can be transformed when the right combination of therapy skills and techniques are utilized. My 15 years of extensive training as a psychologist has uniquely equipped me with the ability to apply integrative and evidenced-based interventions to achieve maximum results. I blend compassion focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral methods, eastern practices and cutting-edge neuroscience to help you rewire the brain for a healthier you! There is hope!
(847) 906-2513 View (847) 906-2513
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Kimberley S Roberts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80014
Is chronic pain effecting your mental health? Do you often feel anxious and overwhelmed? Is depression taking a toll on your relationships? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are in the right place! For the past 32 years I have utilized my expertise in social work, mental health and in-patient psychiatric to truly improve the quality of life in my patients. I have worked in some capacity with all age groups throughout my social work career, and specialize in individual, family and group therapy. Other areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, stress, relationship issues, and pain management.
Is chronic pain effecting your mental health? Do you often feel anxious and overwhelmed? Is depression taking a toll on your relationships? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are in the right place! For the past 32 years I have utilized my expertise in social work, mental health and in-patient psychiatric to truly improve the quality of life in my patients. I have worked in some capacity with all age groups throughout my social work career, and specialize in individual, family and group therapy. Other areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, stress, relationship issues, and pain management.
(720) 893-9537 View (720) 893-9537
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Lilla Jones
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80002
Are you facing stigma, discrimination, or identity challenges within the LGBTQ+ community? Or perhaps you're struggling with chronic pain or illness. These issues can profoundly impact your relationships, work, and overall well-being. If you're feeling overwhelmed, know that you're not alone. I offer personalized support to help you navigate these challenges and find your path to healing and well-being.
Are you facing stigma, discrimination, or identity challenges within the LGBTQ+ community? Or perhaps you're struggling with chronic pain or illness. These issues can profoundly impact your relationships, work, and overall well-being. If you're feeling overwhelmed, know that you're not alone. I offer personalized support to help you navigate these challenges and find your path to healing and well-being.
(970) 427-0990 View (970) 427-0990
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Ginny Swem
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, CH, NLC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Does your happiness and self-worth yo-yo up and down depending on the current circumstances of your life? When something which you have no control over goes wrong, do you tend to blame yourself even when you know, logically, that it isn't your fault? The pain of low self-esteem and perfectionism can be hard to live with and sometimes hard to escape from. I love to work with people to improve their feelings of self-worth and lessen the pull of perfectionism.
Does your happiness and self-worth yo-yo up and down depending on the current circumstances of your life? When something which you have no control over goes wrong, do you tend to blame yourself even when you know, logically, that it isn't your fault? The pain of low self-esteem and perfectionism can be hard to live with and sometimes hard to escape from. I love to work with people to improve their feelings of self-worth and lessen the pull of perfectionism.
(303) 747-4763 View (303) 747-4763
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Elena V. Dvoskina
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80230
Waitlist for new clients
Are you afraid of being abandoned? Do you try to avoid being alone? Do you have unstable and intense relationships? Are you often confused about who you are as a person? Do you often feel bored, empty, or in deep emotional pain? Do your emotions and moods change frequently? Don't hesitate to call for help. I have over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist and specialize in personality issues. I will work with you to tailor a therapy style that is comprehensive and sensitive to your needs.
Are you afraid of being abandoned? Do you try to avoid being alone? Do you have unstable and intense relationships? Are you often confused about who you are as a person? Do you often feel bored, empty, or in deep emotional pain? Do your emotions and moods change frequently? Don't hesitate to call for help. I have over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist and specialize in personality issues. I will work with you to tailor a therapy style that is comprehensive and sensitive to your needs.
(720) 706-2526 View (720) 706-2526
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Maddy Trainor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80211
I support whole person healing from stressors, traumas, life changes, and chronic mental health concerns. I specialize in anxiety, depression, stressors and life transitions, relationships, as well as chronic illness support and burnout for those in health and helping professions. I have experience in PTSD/trauma work, mild to moderate substance use, self-harm, suicidality, and other mood disorders. No two clients are the same, and we can collaborate to create a plan that best fits your needs, benefits include healthier, improved ways to navigate challenges, as well as a reduction in symptoms and improved wellbeing.
I support whole person healing from stressors, traumas, life changes, and chronic mental health concerns. I specialize in anxiety, depression, stressors and life transitions, relationships, as well as chronic illness support and burnout for those in health and helping professions. I have experience in PTSD/trauma work, mild to moderate substance use, self-harm, suicidality, and other mood disorders. No two clients are the same, and we can collaborate to create a plan that best fits your needs, benefits include healthier, improved ways to navigate challenges, as well as a reduction in symptoms and improved wellbeing.
(720) 912-5489 View (720) 912-5489
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.