Chronic Pain Therapists in Downers Grove, IL

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Carolyn Boyer
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, CCTP
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
My areas of expertise include the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life-stressors, ADHD, and chronic pain.
Counseling is a collaborative process in which you should feel supported in navigating life's roadblocks, stressors, and transitions. The counseling relationship is a unique experience that propels individual flourishing by providing a safe and nurturing environment in which you can develop and practice skills to cultivate resiliency and personal growth. I believe in strength-based counseling, in which individual strengths and resources are developed and utilized to facilitate well-being and client collaboration to promote and achieve personal goals. The framework I utilize favors a cognitive approach with behavioral, mindfulness, and psychodynamic interventions to address specific areas of distress.
My areas of expertise include the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life-stressors, ADHD, and chronic pain.
Counseling is a collaborative process in which you should feel supported in navigating life's roadblocks, stressors, and transitions. The counseling relationship is a unique experience that propels individual flourishing by providing a safe and nurturing environment in which you can develop and practice skills to cultivate resiliency and personal growth. I believe in strength-based counseling, in which individual strengths and resources are developed and utilized to facilitate well-being and client collaboration to promote and achieve personal goals. The framework I utilize favors a cognitive approach with behavioral, mindfulness, and psychodynamic interventions to address specific areas of distress.
(630) 473-9363 x5 View (630) 473-9363 x5
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Dr. Valerie Maty
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, RPT, ATR-BC, SEP, CADC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
If you are a Child, Adolescent, Adult or Parent experiencing a current life challenge, or a chronic medical illness or trauma- HOPE is possible!.
Are you an adult who is trying to manage a traumatic experience, process grief or anxiety/depression at this time in your life? Are you a parent that is looking for an experienced clinician to support you and your child to navigate overwhelming emotions both at home and in school? I am here for you! I am passionate about journeying alongside you with compassion, creating a safe place where you can discover your creative self, and focused upon supporting you as you work towards your unique treatment goals.
If you are a Child, Adolescent, Adult or Parent experiencing a current life challenge, or a chronic medical illness or trauma- HOPE is possible!.
Are you an adult who is trying to manage a traumatic experience, process grief or anxiety/depression at this time in your life? Are you a parent that is looking for an experienced clinician to support you and your child to navigate overwhelming emotions both at home and in school? I am here for you! I am passionate about journeying alongside you with compassion, creating a safe place where you can discover your creative self, and focused upon supporting you as you work towards your unique treatment goals.
(331) 244-4868 View (331) 244-4868
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Nia J Butler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Everyone could use more support these days, if you're ready to make the decision to start therapy then I am here to help. As a licensed clinical social worker, it's my passion to help you facilitate growth, healing and progress. I specialize in anxiety, depression, loss and grief, life transitions, relationship issues and chronic illness.
Everyone could use more support these days, if you're ready to make the decision to start therapy then I am here to help. As a licensed clinical social worker, it's my passion to help you facilitate growth, healing and progress. I specialize in anxiety, depression, loss and grief, life transitions, relationship issues and chronic illness.
(630) 426-3283 View (630) 426-3283
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Stacey A Sanicki
Counselor, MS, LCPC, E-RYT, NBCC
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Yoga therapy is the perfect complimentary therapy and is among the most effective way to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of illness on the physical and mental levels as well as well as the emotional layers in our lives.
Quiet mind open heart, somewhere deep within you, you know you must reconnect with yourself.Integral therapy is a blend of psychotherapy and yoga therapy. Together this combination of therapies refines the mind, clears negative emotions and thoughts, and create a better relationships.Stacey will support the process of therapy through talk, breathing techniques, simple movements and meditation. In this process you can find your center again, and most of all show up as your true self.
Yoga therapy is the perfect complimentary therapy and is among the most effective way to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of illness on the physical and mental levels as well as well as the emotional layers in our lives.
Quiet mind open heart, somewhere deep within you, you know you must reconnect with yourself.Integral therapy is a blend of psychotherapy and yoga therapy. Together this combination of therapies refines the mind, clears negative emotions and thoughts, and create a better relationships.Stacey will support the process of therapy through talk, breathing techniques, simple movements and meditation. In this process you can find your center again, and most of all show up as your true self.
(630) 448-4082 View (630) 448-4082
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LifeMindful Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
This includes community mental health, 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 community mental health, 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.
(630) 412-7825 View (630) 412-7825
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Dawn Kroencke
Psychologist, PhD, LCP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
If you have been newly diagnosed with an illness (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.), or if your illness has worsened or changed, you may feel confused and overwhelmed. You may find yourself struggling with sadness, grief, worry, and even irritability. I can help you navigate this landscape. I have specialized in working with people with complicated medical histories and treating co-occurring symptoms like anxiety, depression, grief/loss, sleeping and eating problems, relationship difficulties, and care-giving issues since the beginning of my career. I am also well-versed working with couple relationship problems and life transitions.
If you have been newly diagnosed with an illness (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.), or if your illness has worsened or changed, you may feel confused and overwhelmed. You may find yourself struggling with sadness, grief, worry, and even irritability. I can help you navigate this landscape. I have specialized in working with people with complicated medical histories and treating co-occurring symptoms like anxiety, depression, grief/loss, sleeping and eating problems, relationship difficulties, and care-giving issues since the beginning of my career. I am also well-versed working with couple relationship problems and life transitions.
(630) 360-8489 View (630) 360-8489
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Maureen P Tamillow
Counselor, LCPC, RDDP, PEL
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Waitlist for new clients
I work with all aged clients. I have long -term school experience: teacher, counselor, administrator. I enjoy all ages.Many people enjoy my mix of therapeutic and personal coaching styles. During the years, I have advanced my training into divorce mediation and custody mediation. I have also expanded my clientelle to include people who have long-term illness with pain. I work with health issues to help people learn to better adapt to their condition while also finding and concentrating on creating healthy lifestyle choices and personal calmness. I consider my background in addiction as a pathway to help people achieve wellness.
I work with all aged clients. I have long -term school experience: teacher, counselor, administrator. I enjoy all ages.Many people enjoy my mix of therapeutic and personal coaching styles. During the years, I have advanced my training into divorce mediation and custody mediation. I have also expanded my clientelle to include people who have long-term illness with pain. I work with health issues to help people learn to better adapt to their condition while also finding and concentrating on creating healthy lifestyle choices and personal calmness. I consider my background in addiction as a pathway to help people achieve wellness.
(708) 274-7892 View (708) 274-7892
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Labyrinth Counseling and Consulting
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Physical symptoms (Chronic pain, tension, fatigue, sleep issues etc.
I specialize in treating Trauma (single event, long-term and attachment) with experiential therapies, including EMDR & Somatic Experiencing. These interventions recognize the need to go beyond changing your thoughts and focus on helping people regulate the body sensations and emotions that continue to be experienced. For example: a person may know that a traumatic event is over and yet continue to feel the emotion of anxiety and the body sensation of muscle tension (never truly relaxing or feeling safe). This can activate an impulse to run away from situations, become angry/defensive or shut down (depressed/ avoidant/dissociative)
Physical symptoms (Chronic pain, tension, fatigue, sleep issues etc.
I specialize in treating Trauma (single event, long-term and attachment) with experiential therapies, including EMDR & Somatic Experiencing. These interventions recognize the need to go beyond changing your thoughts and focus on helping people regulate the body sensations and emotions that continue to be experienced. For example: a person may know that a traumatic event is over and yet continue to feel the emotion of anxiety and the body sensation of muscle tension (never truly relaxing or feeling safe). This can activate an impulse to run away from situations, become angry/defensive or shut down (depressed/ avoidant/dissociative)
(630) 504-0254 View (630) 504-0254
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Valerie A Jencks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LCPC
Verified
7 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
With over 30 years of clinical experience, Valerie takes a collaborative and direct approach to effectively create a safe space for families who face issues associated with chronic illness, divorce, eating disorders and addiction recovery. Some situations are best handled with traditional “talk” therapies, while other concerns may need more active interventions to modify an unproductive behavior pattern or lifestyle.
With over 30 years of clinical experience, Valerie takes a collaborative and direct approach to effectively create a safe space for families who face issues associated with chronic illness, divorce, eating disorders and addiction recovery. Some situations are best handled with traditional “talk” therapies, while other concerns may need more active interventions to modify an unproductive behavior pattern or lifestyle.
(630) 946-6715 View (630) 946-6715
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Laura J Wolfe
Counselor, MSEd, LCPC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60516
An Invitation to come as you are...Sometimes it's easy to forget or move away from who you are and your story. There are many life circumstances that may impact and influence how you feel about and perceive yourself as well as others. Shame, guilt, fear, anxiety, anger, disappointment, sadness, illness, grief, loss and broken relationships are a part of many peoples' life stories yet sometimes it can be difficult to accept those parts of one's journey. I invite you to come with all the pieces of who you are and share your story.
An Invitation to come as you are...Sometimes it's easy to forget or move away from who you are and your story. There are many life circumstances that may impact and influence how you feel about and perceive yourself as well as others. Shame, guilt, fear, anxiety, anger, disappointment, sadness, illness, grief, loss and broken relationships are a part of many peoples' life stories yet sometimes it can be difficult to accept those parts of one's journey. I invite you to come with all the pieces of who you are and share your story.
(708) 462-4967 View (708) 462-4967
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Dimitria Vandarakis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I have worked with individuals and families in the areas of anger management, anxiety, behavioral issues, career counseling, depression, grief, pain management, problem solving skills, self-esteem, suicidal ideation, stress management and more.
People are compassionate beings and I treat each with care, support and respect. Over the years, I have learned to treat the whole mind and whole body. I have learned you can not treat one without the other. Understanding the interconnectedness of the mind and body has been my life's passion. In the 24 years of providing clinical treatment, I take a multidisciplinary approach to therapy. I use an innovative array of therapies and techniques depending on your situation and way of learning. I believe every one experiences life differently and every one is a teacher to each other.
I have worked with individuals and families in the areas of anger management, anxiety, behavioral issues, career counseling, depression, grief, pain management, problem solving skills, self-esteem, suicidal ideation, stress management and more.
People are compassionate beings and I treat each with care, support and respect. Over the years, I have learned to treat the whole mind and whole body. I have learned you can not treat one without the other. Understanding the interconnectedness of the mind and body has been my life's passion. In the 24 years of providing clinical treatment, I take a multidisciplinary approach to therapy. I use an innovative array of therapies and techniques depending on your situation and way of learning. I believe every one experiences life differently and every one is a teacher to each other.
(630) 503-6686 View (630) 503-6686
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AFC Counselors
Counselor, PsyD, LCPC, LCSW
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60516
We offer many different areas of specialty, including depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, grief and loss, co-dependence, addictions, self harm, marriage/relationship issues, abuse, eating disorders, chronic pain, women's issues, men's issues, and issues of faith and spirituality.
AFC Counselors are passionate about providing an environment of safety and integrity for you (children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families) to find and sustain your path to emotional health and well-being. We understand that seeking help isn't always easy, so we make every effort to make you feel welcome as you take this important step for yourself or your loved one.
We offer many different areas of specialty, including depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, grief and loss, co-dependence, addictions, self harm, marriage/relationship issues, abuse, eating disorders, chronic pain, women's issues, men's issues, and issues of faith and spirituality.
AFC Counselors are passionate about providing an environment of safety and integrity for you (children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families) to find and sustain your path to emotional health and well-being. We understand that seeking help isn't always easy, so we make every effort to make you feel welcome as you take this important step for yourself or your loved one.
(630) 733-1495 View (630) 733-1495
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Dr. Patricia A Pimental : Neuropsychologist
Psychologist, PsyD , ABN, FACPN
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Neurobehavioral Medicine Consultants, Ltd. and Dr. Pimental wish you a warm welcome to this unique lifespan practice (ages 3-90) offering advanced services in neuropsychological testing and lifelong brain health. We offer therapy in the areas of clinical, health and medical psychology, pain management, rehabilitation psychology, neurocognitive rehabilitation, sports neuropsychology, and integrated mind-body, nutritional, exercise, spiritual and brain health programs (Brainsmart sm) for individuals and families. Public speaking for wellness programs in health, business, nursing facilities, and private groups is also available.
Neurobehavioral Medicine Consultants, Ltd. and Dr. Pimental wish you a warm welcome to this unique lifespan practice (ages 3-90) offering advanced services in neuropsychological testing and lifelong brain health. We offer therapy in the areas of clinical, health and medical psychology, pain management, rehabilitation psychology, neurocognitive rehabilitation, sports neuropsychology, and integrated mind-body, nutritional, exercise, spiritual and brain health programs (Brainsmart sm) for individuals and families. Public speaking for wellness programs in health, business, nursing facilities, and private groups is also available.
(630) 491-8363 View (630) 491-8363
Bradford Czochara
Psychologist, PsyD, LPC, CGP
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in testing, Tavistock groups, grief groups, social skills groups, support groups, and chronic medical illness/chronic pain groups.
I take a holistic approach to clients. I work with clients using an integrated approach focusing on symptom management and working towards goals to help clients reach their full potential. I provide neuropsychological assessment and provide neuropsychological services when needed. Please contact me by email for more information regarding my approach to clients and how I can help you.
I specialize in testing, Tavistock groups, grief groups, social skills groups, support groups, and chronic medical illness/chronic pain groups.
I take a holistic approach to clients. I work with clients using an integrated approach focusing on symptom management and working towards goals to help clients reach their full potential. I provide neuropsychological assessment and provide neuropsychological services when needed. Please contact me by email for more information regarding my approach to clients and how I can help you.
(815) 261-4035 View (815) 261-4035
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Rev. Liz Casaclang Melo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CADC, SAP
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar, post traumatic stress disorder, difficulties with daily stressors, LGBTQ, feeling stuck, having difficulties with transitioning or substance use disorders, then together we can find coping skills and achievable goals which will help you have a more satisfying life.
If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar, post traumatic stress disorder, difficulties with daily stressors, LGBTQ, feeling stuck, having difficulties with transitioning or substance use disorders, then together we can find coping skills and achievable goals which will help you have a more satisfying life.
(720) 594-4772 View (720) 594-4772
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Jessica Larson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, LMFT, LPC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Hello! I am Jessica Larson, the owner of Nest Counseling LLC. I graduated with my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2007. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Illinois and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado. I have passionately helped individuals, couples, and families for over 15 years. My professional experience includes working with adults, children, and adolescents both individually and in family settings. I have extensive experience working with couples in all stages of their relationship including dating, premarital, and in conflict.
Hello! I am Jessica Larson, the owner of Nest Counseling LLC. I graduated with my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2007. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Illinois and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado. I have passionately helped individuals, couples, and families for over 15 years. My professional experience includes working with adults, children, and adolescents both individually and in family settings. I have extensive experience working with couples in all stages of their relationship including dating, premarital, and in conflict.
(708) 998-4741 View (708) 998-4741
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Meg Childress
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I help people of all ages who are dealing with stress, a significant loss, obstacles to achieving important goals, a mental health concern or difficulties in their relationships with others. Do you find yourself feeling anxious, frustrated, sad, or overwhelmed much of the time? We can work together to help you with that. Therapy provides a safe, designated space to work on feeling better, more satisfied, and "less stuck." I offer a caring and non-judgmental approach which appreciates that each person is unique, as is their life path and goals for treatment.
I help people of all ages who are dealing with stress, a significant loss, obstacles to achieving important goals, a mental health concern or difficulties in their relationships with others. Do you find yourself feeling anxious, frustrated, sad, or overwhelmed much of the time? We can work together to help you with that. Therapy provides a safe, designated space to work on feeling better, more satisfied, and "less stuck." I offer a caring and non-judgmental approach which appreciates that each person is unique, as is their life path and goals for treatment.
(630) 518-4014 View (630) 518-4014
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Ellie Mental Health- Chicagoland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
2 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Ellie Mental Health is all about being authentic while providing a safe, compassionate and inviting space for our clients. We strive to provide exceptional ethical, compassionate care that meets people where they are, demonstrates empathy and recognizes whole person care.
Ellie Mental Health is all about being authentic while providing a safe, compassionate and inviting space for our clients. We strive to provide exceptional ethical, compassionate care that meets people where they are, demonstrates empathy and recognizes whole person care.
(630) 528-0691 View (630) 528-0691
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Stone Catchers Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Although there are times when we feel broken, hopeless, and unsure of the future, there is hope. Stone Catchers Counseling will help you take the first step to finding meaningful change. We are not defined by our worst moment, or even by a series of hard times. Regardless of how long you have been struggling, Stone Catchers Counseling can help. Your recovery can mean atonement and redemption; but, mostly freedom. Freedom to feel joy again, to live the life you want. We tailor an exclusive approach for every client based on individual needs. We honor and respect the uniqueness of each person we treat.
Although there are times when we feel broken, hopeless, and unsure of the future, there is hope. Stone Catchers Counseling will help you take the first step to finding meaningful change. We are not defined by our worst moment, or even by a series of hard times. Regardless of how long you have been struggling, Stone Catchers Counseling can help. Your recovery can mean atonement and redemption; but, mostly freedom. Freedom to feel joy again, to live the life you want. We tailor an exclusive approach for every client based on individual needs. We honor and respect the uniqueness of each person we treat.
(630) 324-4760 View (630) 324-4760
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Whitney Bruni
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I have experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Using a client centered approach I work with the client helping them reach both their short and long term goals. A majority of my clients suffer with anxiety and depression but I work with other diagnoses as well. I am solution focused and like to see improvements and an increase in self esteem.
I have experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Using a client centered approach I work with the client helping them reach both their short and long term goals. A majority of my clients suffer with anxiety and depression but I work with other diagnoses as well. I am solution focused and like to see improvements and an increase in self esteem.
(331) 214-3240 View (331) 214-3240

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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.