Chronic Pain Therapists in Minneapolis, MN

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Kathleen Anderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55416  (Online Only)
Living with, and adjusting to, a life with chronic pain, autoimmune disease, chronic health conditions and disability, can be complicated. Even the inevitable process of aging, comes with its adjustment challenges. We will work together to build new coping strategies. I am familiar with the myriad of feelings that can result from a diagnosis; feelings such as anger, isolation, powerlessness and betrayal. I will help you challenge thoughts that are not helpful and develop new ways to think about issues and find solutions.
Living with, and adjusting to, a life with chronic pain, autoimmune disease, chronic health conditions and disability, can be complicated. Even the inevitable process of aging, comes with its adjustment challenges. We will work together to build new coping strategies. I am familiar with the myriad of feelings that can result from a diagnosis; feelings such as anger, isolation, powerlessness and betrayal. I will help you challenge thoughts that are not helpful and develop new ways to think about issues and find solutions.
(612) 662-7089 View (612) 662-7089
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Kavita Desai Dakoji
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55416
I have seen how dismissive medicine - and psychology- can be when it comes to pain and other physical health concerns.
I have worked with kids, teens, and young adults who are experiencing persistent pain and health conditions that disrupt their life for the past 11 years. I help people get back to what they want to be doing by teaching people how to overcome distressing physical symptoms, establish healthy routines (even sleep!), and teaching effective stress management. I tailor psychological science to you using humor, sarcasm, and direct, no-nonsense conversation.
I have seen how dismissive medicine - and psychology- can be when it comes to pain and other physical health concerns.
I have worked with kids, teens, and young adults who are experiencing persistent pain and health conditions that disrupt their life for the past 11 years. I help people get back to what they want to be doing by teaching people how to overcome distressing physical symptoms, establish healthy routines (even sleep!), and teaching effective stress management. I tailor psychological science to you using humor, sarcasm, and direct, no-nonsense conversation.
(612) 778-3827 View (612) 778-3827
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David Swarthout
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Psychotherapy involves working together to build connections where safe communication can occur. Most of my patients seek a guide, confidant, teacher, or objective bystander who can help identify difficulties in relationships & devise strategies/build skills to help them cope with struggles in life. I work primarily w/ adolescents/young adults who struggle with "launching" into the adult world of school & work, with adults who have a hard time managing pain & chronic health problems, with people who have struggles related to sexual health, and with people experiencing grief & loss. Contact me directly via my office cell number at (612) 396-6949.
Psychotherapy involves working together to build connections where safe communication can occur. Most of my patients seek a guide, confidant, teacher, or objective bystander who can help identify difficulties in relationships & devise strategies/build skills to help them cope with struggles in life. I work primarily w/ adolescents/young adults who struggle with "launching" into the adult world of school & work, with adults who have a hard time managing pain & chronic health problems, with people who have struggles related to sexual health, and with people experiencing grief & loss. Contact me directly via my office cell number at (612) 396-6949.
(612) 223-6436 View (612) 223-6436
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Kevin McCarthy | Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
SEP, CAR
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55403
I am a trauma-informed bodyworker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner offering a body-centered approach for the healing of trauma and chronic pain. Traditional therapy approaches often have difficulty addressing the bodily effects of trauma, anxiety and depression. Habits and patterns that get "stuck" in the body can keep these types of issues from resolving, even after many years of successful therapy. As an adjunct to traditional therapy, my body-centered approach to Somatic Experiencing provides a unique opportunity to support the physical integration of mental and emotional change that help people recovering from trauma to truly FEEL better.
I am a trauma-informed bodyworker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner offering a body-centered approach for the healing of trauma and chronic pain. Traditional therapy approaches often have difficulty addressing the bodily effects of trauma, anxiety and depression. Habits and patterns that get "stuck" in the body can keep these types of issues from resolving, even after many years of successful therapy. As an adjunct to traditional therapy, my body-centered approach to Somatic Experiencing provides a unique opportunity to support the physical integration of mental and emotional change that help people recovering from trauma to truly FEEL better.
(612) 254-1626 View (612) 254-1626
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Caryl E Boehnert
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55415  (Online Only)
I believe that therapy can greatly help with coping skills, with dealing with long- standing problems; and with stress and pain management. During COVID, many people have been focused on day to day issues relating to depression, anxiety, and PTSD; and are trying to cope with these in the best possible way. All types of mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain and illness, and transitions feel more pressing. Some months I have not been able to accept new patients due to high demand for services and a full waiting list; other months I am able to accept 1-2 new patients.
I believe that therapy can greatly help with coping skills, with dealing with long- standing problems; and with stress and pain management. During COVID, many people have been focused on day to day issues relating to depression, anxiety, and PTSD; and are trying to cope with these in the best possible way. All types of mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain and illness, and transitions feel more pressing. Some months I have not been able to accept new patients due to high demand for services and a full waiting list; other months I am able to accept 1-2 new patients.
(763) 325-8229 View (763) 325-8229
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Dr. Amanda R. Donnelly
Psychologist, PhD, LP, LPCC, BCB, NCC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55449  (Online Only)
Do you feel as though pain, anxiety, or depression is in the driver’s seat of your life? You want to take part in activities, but that feels close to impossible, or maybe your desire to do anything has faded altogether. Even what seems like small tasks feel overwhelming and if you complete them, afterwards you then have to rest for days. You might be irritated easily and often, and maybe people you care about are experiencing the consequences. You have likely attended countless medical appointments and attempted various treatments. I would like to try to help you increase your quality of life.
Do you feel as though pain, anxiety, or depression is in the driver’s seat of your life? You want to take part in activities, but that feels close to impossible, or maybe your desire to do anything has faded altogether. Even what seems like small tasks feel overwhelming and if you complete them, afterwards you then have to rest for days. You might be irritated easily and often, and maybe people you care about are experiencing the consequences. You have likely attended countless medical appointments and attempted various treatments. I would like to try to help you increase your quality of life.
(651) 615-9079 View (651) 615-9079
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Connie G. Palacio
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA, LMFT, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55439
That is the way I like to approach my sessions – as a team, addressing challenges together to become free from judgment, criticism, and pain; to change our negative perceptions and to live a joyful and peaceful life.
Helping those experiencing personal, emotional, relationship, family, traumatic experiences or psychological struggles. Therapy is a journey of growth and self discovery. Let's embark on that life journey together. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. As you get ready to start this journey, I will be there to support and empower you. My counseling style is warm, patient, kind and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels.
That is the way I like to approach my sessions – as a team, addressing challenges together to become free from judgment, criticism, and pain; to change our negative perceptions and to live a joyful and peaceful life.
Helping those experiencing personal, emotional, relationship, family, traumatic experiences or psychological struggles. Therapy is a journey of growth and self discovery. Let's embark on that life journey together. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. As you get ready to start this journey, I will be there to support and empower you. My counseling style is warm, patient, kind and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels.
(612) 662-6560 View (612) 662-6560
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Sherry Merriam
Counselor, MA, LPCC, TCHI
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408
You're sure the average therapist can't handle or accept you, because that's what you get everywhere else you go. School, work, almost everywhere, it's been an uphill struggle to fit in and feel understood -- IF you even bother anymore. If you DO find YOUR people, YOUR tribe, you spend the whole time secretly terrified they'll figure out you're not good enough and kick you out. You've been burned a few too many times, which just reinforces your belief that you'll never belong. All that rejection and pain sits in your body and spirit, grinding you down every day. But there's still part of you that believes you can find your place.
You're sure the average therapist can't handle or accept you, because that's what you get everywhere else you go. School, work, almost everywhere, it's been an uphill struggle to fit in and feel understood -- IF you even bother anymore. If you DO find YOUR people, YOUR tribe, you spend the whole time secretly terrified they'll figure out you're not good enough and kick you out. You've been burned a few too many times, which just reinforces your belief that you'll never belong. All that rejection and pain sits in your body and spirit, grinding you down every day. But there's still part of you that believes you can find your place.
(612) 473-3190 View (612) 473-3190
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Tamara Statz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, FT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Currently accepting new clients for telehealth in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida as well as Supervisees in MN who are seeking LMFT/LPC/LPCC licensure. My clients are often either grieving, caring for a parent or spouse, or experiencing their own chronic or terminal illness. Oftentimes I help families have hard conversations about end-of-life decisions and potential moves into residential long-term care. It's true, there is always something more pleasant to talk about. And these conversations need to happen, too.
Currently accepting new clients for telehealth in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida as well as Supervisees in MN who are seeking LMFT/LPC/LPCC licensure. My clients are often either grieving, caring for a parent or spouse, or experiencing their own chronic or terminal illness. Oftentimes I help families have hard conversations about end-of-life decisions and potential moves into residential long-term care. It's true, there is always something more pleasant to talk about. And these conversations need to happen, too.
(612) 223-7492 View (612) 223-7492
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Molly L Nicholson
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55408
I have the honor of working with people experiencing a wide variety of concerns including: depression; anxiety; grief/loss; life transitions; chronic illness; postpartum depression; sexual abuse; relationship problems; low self-esteem; family of origin; stress and more. My relational approach is based on the belief that within the framework of a trusting relationship with a therapist, clients can explore patterns of behavior and emotions which may relate back to earlier relationships. Once a better understanding of the origins of these patterns is developed, people often find lasting freedom from their hold over their lives.
I have the honor of working with people experiencing a wide variety of concerns including: depression; anxiety; grief/loss; life transitions; chronic illness; postpartum depression; sexual abuse; relationship problems; low self-esteem; family of origin; stress and more. My relational approach is based on the belief that within the framework of a trusting relationship with a therapist, clients can explore patterns of behavior and emotions which may relate back to earlier relationships. Once a better understanding of the origins of these patterns is developed, people often find lasting freedom from their hold over their lives.
(612) 204-2823 View (612) 204-2823
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Susan Ann Gustafson
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55414
I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, eating disorders, ASD, ADHD, PTSD, gender identity disorder, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain, grief, sexual abuse and other trauma.
My commitment is to help you make positive life changes. There are times when we are faced with obstacles and difficulties that interfere with growth and development, preventing us from achieving goals and aspirations, and diminishing our happiness and wellbeing. Psychotherapy provides a safe, nonjudgmental setting to discover solutions to challenges. With the powerful tools of communication and insight, I will help you identify counterproductive patterns and habits preventing you from living an optimal life. Together we will recognize and build upon your strengths and skills, develop new resources and strategies, and discover beneficial, healing ways of approaching your life.
I treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, eating disorders, ASD, ADHD, PTSD, gender identity disorder, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain, grief, sexual abuse and other trauma.
My commitment is to help you make positive life changes. There are times when we are faced with obstacles and difficulties that interfere with growth and development, preventing us from achieving goals and aspirations, and diminishing our happiness and wellbeing. Psychotherapy provides a safe, nonjudgmental setting to discover solutions to challenges. With the powerful tools of communication and insight, I will help you identify counterproductive patterns and habits preventing you from living an optimal life. Together we will recognize and build upon your strengths and skills, develop new resources and strategies, and discover beneficial, healing ways of approaching your life.
(612) 223-6458 View (612) 223-6458
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Amanda McGovern
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55426
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, couples and families. I have an expertise in evaluating and treating anxiety, depression, trauma, current life stressors and transitions, grief, loss, and relationship difficulties. I also have specialized training and experience in working with mental health issues across the female lifecycle, chronic illness, and pain. Before moving to Minnesota, I served as faculty at Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center in New York and Case Western School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, couples and families. I have an expertise in evaluating and treating anxiety, depression, trauma, current life stressors and transitions, grief, loss, and relationship difficulties. I also have specialized training and experience in working with mental health issues across the female lifecycle, chronic illness, and pain. Before moving to Minnesota, I served as faculty at Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center in New York and Case Western School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
(612) 255-9267 View (612) 255-9267
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Leah Bonine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55415
My areas of professional interest include: anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic illness, chronic pain, sexuality, gender expression, gender identity, chemical dependency/substance use.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I work from a trauma-informed, harm reduction, sex positive, attachment-based lens. I specialize in working with adults from diverse backgrounds, particularly the LGBTQ+ community. I see clients for individual therapy. I especially enjoy working with creative people and have a deep understanding of the creative process. I am trained in EMDR, AEDP and DBT.
My areas of professional interest include: anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic illness, chronic pain, sexuality, gender expression, gender identity, chemical dependency/substance use.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I work from a trauma-informed, harm reduction, sex positive, attachment-based lens. I specialize in working with adults from diverse backgrounds, particularly the LGBTQ+ community. I see clients for individual therapy. I especially enjoy working with creative people and have a deep understanding of the creative process. I am trained in EMDR, AEDP and DBT.
(612) 800-0486 View (612) 800-0486
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Rachel Mira Hoff
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Not Verified Not Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55408  (Online Only)
Through my own experience of loosing my vision and adjusting to new normals to my experience of helping people through their pain I have cultivated empathy and understanding.
I am a visually impaired Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am trained and certified in Early Childhood Mental Health and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I believe that we are all created for relationships and the current world we live in fosters isolation and individuality. I seek to provide children, families, and adults effective mental health care that teaches them how to heal and recreate healthy relationships.
Through my own experience of loosing my vision and adjusting to new normals to my experience of helping people through their pain I have cultivated empathy and understanding.
I am a visually impaired Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am trained and certified in Early Childhood Mental Health and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I believe that we are all created for relationships and the current world we live in fosters isolation and individuality. I seek to provide children, families, and adults effective mental health care that teaches them how to heal and recreate healthy relationships.
(612) 888-8683 View (612) 888-8683
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Gayle Sherman Crandell
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55410  (Online Only)
I work with people experiencing transition in their lives because of life-threatening illness, grief, coupling or uncoupling, issues surrounding parenting (including choosing not to have children, infertility and adoption), our bodies getting older, our dreams for the future.
I've had the honor of journeying with hundreds of people over the last 35 years who are facing difficult life transitions. I value people's strengths, experience, knowledge and dreams in THEIR counseling, and I believe deeply that we all can change in profound ways.
I work with people experiencing transition in their lives because of life-threatening illness, grief, coupling or uncoupling, issues surrounding parenting (including choosing not to have children, infertility and adoption), our bodies getting older, our dreams for the future.
I've had the honor of journeying with hundreds of people over the last 35 years who are facing difficult life transitions. I value people's strengths, experience, knowledge and dreams in THEIR counseling, and I believe deeply that we all can change in profound ways.
(612) 564-4215 View (612) 564-4215
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Xavier Schmitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Issues addressed may include: depression, anxiety, fear of exercising outdoors, trauma recovery, climate distress, gender identity, relationship concerns, sexuality, identity development, chronic illness, and life transitions.
Whether you’re a nature lover or nature avoider, love to move your body or can’t stand to break a sweat, this therapy is for you. With today’s stressors, we all need nature more than ever. Take your therapy outdoors and gain the benefits of moving your eyes off the screen, engaging your senses, and really feeling your body in nature...all while addressing your personal goals.
Issues addressed may include: depression, anxiety, fear of exercising outdoors, trauma recovery, climate distress, gender identity, relationship concerns, sexuality, identity development, chronic illness, and life transitions.
Whether you’re a nature lover or nature avoider, love to move your body or can’t stand to break a sweat, this therapy is for you. With today’s stressors, we all need nature more than ever. Take your therapy outdoors and gain the benefits of moving your eyes off the screen, engaging your senses, and really feeling your body in nature...all while addressing your personal goals.
(651) 333-8206 View (651) 333-8206
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Miranda Campbell
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55447  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals who have complex medical conditions or are experiencing health problems; women's health issues (pregnancy/post-partum/infertility); as well as those experiencing chronic pain.
Do you find yourself wishing your life was different in some way, but you're unsure of how to get there? Are you struggling to manage feelings of anxiety, sadness, or to cope with the stressors of everyday life? Perhaps you need someone to hear you, walk beside you, help shed light on a new perspective, motivate you, help you manage difficult emotions, or to help you make positive behavioral changes. I would be honored to be that person for you and am confident I could help you get to where you want to be.
I specialize in working with individuals who have complex medical conditions or are experiencing health problems; women's health issues (pregnancy/post-partum/infertility); as well as those experiencing chronic pain.
Do you find yourself wishing your life was different in some way, but you're unsure of how to get there? Are you struggling to manage feelings of anxiety, sadness, or to cope with the stressors of everyday life? Perhaps you need someone to hear you, walk beside you, help shed light on a new perspective, motivate you, help you manage difficult emotions, or to help you make positive behavioral changes. I would be honored to be that person for you and am confident I could help you get to where you want to be.
(612) 482-9994 View (612) 482-9994
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Jac Stringer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55403  (Online Only)
I am a trans-genderqueer femme, disabled radical activist & social worker. I practice trauma-focused feminist therapy exclusively for trans youth & young adults ages 13-25. I provide healthcare letters for all ages, youth and adults, in one 30 min session. My specialties surround gender & sexuality, & trauma survivors experiencing depression, bipolar, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, disability, chronic pain, multiples/alters, dissociation, sexual assault, & histories with abuse & violence. I am body, sex, & kink positive, poly-inclusive, value accountability, & recognize the intersectional impact of systematic oppression.
I am a trans-genderqueer femme, disabled radical activist & social worker. I practice trauma-focused feminist therapy exclusively for trans youth & young adults ages 13-25. I provide healthcare letters for all ages, youth and adults, in one 30 min session. My specialties surround gender & sexuality, & trauma survivors experiencing depression, bipolar, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, disability, chronic pain, multiples/alters, dissociation, sexual assault, & histories with abuse & violence. I am body, sex, & kink positive, poly-inclusive, value accountability, & recognize the intersectional impact of systematic oppression.
(612) 439-2225 View (612) 439-2225
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Jenny Arth
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55409
I'm not able to take new clients at this time! My passion is relationships. I love to explore how systemic and societal power structures influence how we connect with our partners, family members, and friends. I work with couples, families, and individuals in areas such as polyamory, boundaries, personal power, queerness, gender identity, sex and sexuality, trauma, stress, life transitions, chronic illness, and anything else that affects our ability to be authentically and safely ourselves.
I'm not able to take new clients at this time! My passion is relationships. I love to explore how systemic and societal power structures influence how we connect with our partners, family members, and friends. I work with couples, families, and individuals in areas such as polyamory, boundaries, personal power, queerness, gender identity, sex and sexuality, trauma, stress, life transitions, chronic illness, and anything else that affects our ability to be authentically and safely ourselves.
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Heather B Trangsrud
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55402  (Online Only)
I have special interest and expertise working with university students, comorbid chronic pain & mental health concerns, grief & loss, multicultural issues & identities (e.g., individuals who are racially/culturally diverse or identify as LGBTQ), life adjustments such as parenthood, relationship concerns (friendship, family, and dating including sexuality/intimacy), career transitions, family of origins issues, identity concerns, personal growth, & trauma.
I have special interest and expertise working with university students, comorbid chronic pain & mental health concerns, grief & loss, multicultural issues & identities (e.g., individuals who are racially/culturally diverse or identify as LGBTQ), life adjustments such as parenthood, relationship concerns (friendship, family, and dating including sexuality/intimacy), career transitions, family of origins issues, identity concerns, personal growth, & trauma.
(612) 260-6637 View (612) 260-6637


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.