Chronic Pain Therapists in Brooklyn, NY

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Miriam Olenick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11216  (Online Only)
I also have training in mindfulness and pain reprocessing therapy to help treat chronic pain.
Congratulations! If you're checking out therapists that means you've taken an important step towards personal growth. Whatever got you to this point - anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, career frustrations - It would be my honor to support you on your journey. Together we would not only work to manage symptoms and resolve problems, but also to help you understand yourself and your life on a deeper level.
I also have training in mindfulness and pain reprocessing therapy to help treat chronic pain.
Congratulations! If you're checking out therapists that means you've taken an important step towards personal growth. Whatever got you to this point - anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, career frustrations - It would be my honor to support you on your journey. Together we would not only work to manage symptoms and resolve problems, but also to help you understand yourself and your life on a deeper level.
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Rachel Fernbach
Counselor, LMHC, LCAT, LMT
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11238  (Online Only)
Specializing in chronic pain/illness, trauma, relationship dynamics, and life purpose, my approach is pragmatic yet deeply compassionate.
With over two decades of experience, I offer a grounded and intelligent approach to somatic psychotherapy and expressive arts. Integrating evidence-based practices with a deep understanding of human resilience, my practice fosters purpose and lasting change. Through our work together, we'll explore the depths of your life experience, while cultivating self awareness and understanding of your mind, body, heart, and spirit. My aim is to empower you to navigate life's challenges with clarity and confidence, with a sense of purpose and inner peace.
Specializing in chronic pain/illness, trauma, relationship dynamics, and life purpose, my approach is pragmatic yet deeply compassionate.
With over two decades of experience, I offer a grounded and intelligent approach to somatic psychotherapy and expressive arts. Integrating evidence-based practices with a deep understanding of human resilience, my practice fosters purpose and lasting change. Through our work together, we'll explore the depths of your life experience, while cultivating self awareness and understanding of your mind, body, heart, and spirit. My aim is to empower you to navigate life's challenges with clarity and confidence, with a sense of purpose and inner peace.
(646) 863-5451 View (646) 863-5451
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Olesya Lyukevich
MHC-LP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt like things will never get better or that there is no point in trying? Or perhaps you feel that no one can understand your pain, and you berate yourself and feel guilty? Or maybe you are seeing the world through a negative lens, expecting the worst in every situation? Sometimes, when current life stressors or thoughts about our past overwhelm us, it seems that our lives stop. We may feel that we are not the same anymore, and life will never be enjoyable. Sometimes we may experience excruciating emotional pain that seems to never go away. I am here to help you increase the quality of your life.
Have you ever felt like things will never get better or that there is no point in trying? Or perhaps you feel that no one can understand your pain, and you berate yourself and feel guilty? Or maybe you are seeing the world through a negative lens, expecting the worst in every situation? Sometimes, when current life stressors or thoughts about our past overwhelm us, it seems that our lives stop. We may feel that we are not the same anymore, and life will never be enjoyable. Sometimes we may experience excruciating emotional pain that seems to never go away. I am here to help you increase the quality of your life.
(929) 203-4644 View (929) 203-4644
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Eve Mugar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11249  (Online Only)
EMDR, IFS, Mindfulness and Psychodynamic therapy for trauma/PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. Gottman and Mindfulness for couples. On a daily basis many of us feel overwhelmed, stressed, fearful of what the future holds and weighed down by the past. I am here to guide you in a process of uncovering the inner resources that will allow you to ride the waves of life with confidence, ease and flexibility. The journey begins with a willingness to look inside and compassionately witness the stories that have shaped you.
EMDR, IFS, Mindfulness and Psychodynamic therapy for trauma/PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. Gottman and Mindfulness for couples. On a daily basis many of us feel overwhelmed, stressed, fearful of what the future holds and weighed down by the past. I am here to guide you in a process of uncovering the inner resources that will allow you to ride the waves of life with confidence, ease and flexibility. The journey begins with a willingness to look inside and compassionately witness the stories that have shaped you.
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Sean Hershey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11230  (Online Only)
I help lgbtqia+ clients use mind-body work to end chronic pain and live lives of freedom. I know, you’ve been in pain for years. I know, it feels like your body's broken. You've tried everything. You've dedicated so much time. You've spent so much money. You've taken extreme measures. You've gotten your hopes up - again and again. Some things have helped a little...for a little while. But the symptoms always return. All the cures, all the doctors, all the diets, all the stuff that works for everyone else, it doesn't work for you. Now, you're beyond desperate. And you're open to trying something different, something new.
I help lgbtqia+ clients use mind-body work to end chronic pain and live lives of freedom. I know, you’ve been in pain for years. I know, it feels like your body's broken. You've tried everything. You've dedicated so much time. You've spent so much money. You've taken extreme measures. You've gotten your hopes up - again and again. Some things have helped a little...for a little while. But the symptoms always return. All the cures, all the doctors, all the diets, all the stuff that works for everyone else, it doesn't work for you. Now, you're beyond desperate. And you're open to trying something different, something new.
(646) 849-3293 View (646) 849-3293
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Christina Sarno Horner
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Chronic Pain sufferers: I work from the perspective that chronic pain is constructed both physically and psychologically and that awareness of our unique emotions, ideas and expectations about our pain is a principal therapeutic ingredient toward healing.
Sometimes normal life challenges like changing careers, becoming a parent or changes in relationships can contribute to difficult emotions and result in behavior that make us feel stuck, unproductive or even self-destructive. For many, these experiences also leave us feeling anxious, depressed and sometimes struggling with chronic physical conditions. Exploring how your current challenges relate to your temperament, past experiences and needs can give you the tools to feel better. I can provide the support and guidance needed to help you explore, develop awareness and make informed decisions you can feel confident about.
Chronic Pain sufferers: I work from the perspective that chronic pain is constructed both physically and psychologically and that awareness of our unique emotions, ideas and expectations about our pain is a principal therapeutic ingredient toward healing.
Sometimes normal life challenges like changing careers, becoming a parent or changes in relationships can contribute to difficult emotions and result in behavior that make us feel stuck, unproductive or even self-destructive. For many, these experiences also leave us feeling anxious, depressed and sometimes struggling with chronic physical conditions. Exploring how your current challenges relate to your temperament, past experiences and needs can give you the tools to feel better. I can provide the support and guidance needed to help you explore, develop awareness and make informed decisions you can feel confident about.
(347) 587-8448 View (347) 587-8448
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Melanie R. Nevis
Creative Arts Therapist, MA, LCAT, ACC
Not Verified Not Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11238  (Online Only)
I help people CHRONIC PAIN, STRESS OR ANXIETY who have had limited success in seeking help, with powerful leading edge mind- body and neuroscience approaches to heal and decrease symptoms.
Welcome! I know that finding the right therapist or coach can feel confusing or overwhelming. I offer a safe and supportive environment for you to explore your challenges and move towards fully embracing yourself and living the life you desire. My approach brings together Gestalt, Mind-Body Somatic approaches, and over 30 years of therapeutic work with children and adults. I have a passion and expertise for helping HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE understand and embrace both the gifts and challenges of their heightened receptivity, that can lead to overwhelm, overstimulation, and other challenges.
I help people CHRONIC PAIN, STRESS OR ANXIETY who have had limited success in seeking help, with powerful leading edge mind- body and neuroscience approaches to heal and decrease symptoms.
Welcome! I know that finding the right therapist or coach can feel confusing or overwhelming. I offer a safe and supportive environment for you to explore your challenges and move towards fully embracing yourself and living the life you desire. My approach brings together Gestalt, Mind-Body Somatic approaches, and over 30 years of therapeutic work with children and adults. I have a passion and expertise for helping HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE understand and embrace both the gifts and challenges of their heightened receptivity, that can lead to overwhelm, overstimulation, and other challenges.
(347) 407-8692 View (347) 407-8692
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Ariel Gustavo Lachman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11222
If you suffer from complex medical issues, pain management, and/or complications related to obesity, Dr. Lachman may be an especially good choice as a psychotherapist. He specializes in Health Psychology and has extensive training and clinical experience working with patients struggling with these and similar problems. In addition, he has been trained in Clinical Geropsychology and to treat patients with symptoms related to traumatic experiences. Internships within various medical settings, including the Palo Alto VA Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has prepared him to identify the proper course of treatment needed for you.
If you suffer from complex medical issues, pain management, and/or complications related to obesity, Dr. Lachman may be an especially good choice as a psychotherapist. He specializes in Health Psychology and has extensive training and clinical experience working with patients struggling with these and similar problems. In addition, he has been trained in Clinical Geropsychology and to treat patients with symptoms related to traumatic experiences. Internships within various medical settings, including the Palo Alto VA Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has prepared him to identify the proper course of treatment needed for you.
(646) 759-0762 View (646) 759-0762
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Jeffrey T. Wentzel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11217
My specific areas of expertise include relationship problems, identity issues, anxiety, depression, and a range of psychophysiologic conditions--chronic pain, GI issues, and hypertension--that can often benefit from improved self-awareness, more flexible and effective ways of coping with stress, and increased security and stability in one's relationships.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have worked extensively with individual adults, adolescents, and couples in New York City for more than 20 years. I work collaboratively with each of my clients to strike the right balance between providing relief in the short-term from the types of symptoms and difficult circumstances that may have led to an interest in psychotherapy, while also attempting to facilitate an ongoing process that promotes greater self-awareness and an increased sense of self-confidence in defining and achieving a more productive and satisfying life.
My specific areas of expertise include relationship problems, identity issues, anxiety, depression, and a range of psychophysiologic conditions--chronic pain, GI issues, and hypertension--that can often benefit from improved self-awareness, more flexible and effective ways of coping with stress, and increased security and stability in one's relationships.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have worked extensively with individual adults, adolescents, and couples in New York City for more than 20 years. I work collaboratively with each of my clients to strike the right balance between providing relief in the short-term from the types of symptoms and difficult circumstances that may have led to an interest in psychotherapy, while also attempting to facilitate an ongoing process that promotes greater self-awareness and an increased sense of self-confidence in defining and achieving a more productive and satisfying life.
(646) 553-4203 View (646) 553-4203
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Michael Maher
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, OCD, OCD spectrum disorders, mood disorders, adult ADHD, health anxiety, and chronic pain.
I realize that it takes great courage to look for help. In working together with you, I will listen carefully to your problems and goals. It is my aim to make you feel comfortable, to understand your challenges, and to provide you with the most effective solutions available based on current research and expert practices. To do this I use evidence based treatments that have been tested to ensure they are effective while tailoring these to your own needs and goals. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, mindfulness meditation, and motivational training to help clarify and accomplish your goals.
Areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, OCD, OCD spectrum disorders, mood disorders, adult ADHD, health anxiety, and chronic pain.
I realize that it takes great courage to look for help. In working together with you, I will listen carefully to your problems and goals. It is my aim to make you feel comfortable, to understand your challenges, and to provide you with the most effective solutions available based on current research and expert practices. To do this I use evidence based treatments that have been tested to ensure they are effective while tailoring these to your own needs and goals. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, mindfulness meditation, and motivational training to help clarify and accomplish your goals.
(917) 652-6957 View (917) 652-6957
Rose Soussan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Also patients with chronic pain and chronic physical health issues being addressed using a biopsychosocial approach.
Dedication, education and experience are the qualities that will contribute to an active exploration of your unconscious and conscious mind in a safe and secure analytical framework. This therapeutic process is thrilling as one hears, listens and gains conscious knowledge of the wisdom of the unconscious. Psychoanalytical psychotherapy requires commitment, time, and an over riding desire for wellness. It does not promise a false, temporary relief, a quick fix, and/or health gained by following a therapist's directives under the false premise that others have the answers. The unconscious owns the answers and wellness.
Also patients with chronic pain and chronic physical health issues being addressed using a biopsychosocial approach.
Dedication, education and experience are the qualities that will contribute to an active exploration of your unconscious and conscious mind in a safe and secure analytical framework. This therapeutic process is thrilling as one hears, listens and gains conscious knowledge of the wisdom of the unconscious. Psychoanalytical psychotherapy requires commitment, time, and an over riding desire for wellness. It does not promise a false, temporary relief, a quick fix, and/or health gained by following a therapist's directives under the false premise that others have the answers. The unconscious owns the answers and wellness.
(718) 569-8588 View (718) 569-8588
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Lisa Rosenzweig, PhD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Chronic pain or illness didn't stop for the pandemic. In fact, it was harder to get to doctors, you may have felt more isolated, and you may have wanted to move on like everyone else but find yourself still struggling. And your physical health may still be affecting...everything. Are you having trouble managing symptoms of illness, side effects from treatment, chronic pain, infertility, or the emotional burden of your own or a loved one's diagnosis? Medical diagnoses and how we feel physically can profoundly impact our emotional health, family lives, and so much more. It can be a lot to handle on your own and you don't have to.
Chronic pain or illness didn't stop for the pandemic. In fact, it was harder to get to doctors, you may have felt more isolated, and you may have wanted to move on like everyone else but find yourself still struggling. And your physical health may still be affecting...everything. Are you having trouble managing symptoms of illness, side effects from treatment, chronic pain, infertility, or the emotional burden of your own or a loved one's diagnosis? Medical diagnoses and how we feel physically can profoundly impact our emotional health, family lives, and so much more. It can be a lot to handle on your own and you don't have to.
(917) 338-4798 View (917) 338-4798
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Jennifer Brown
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFA, RDT
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11222  (Online Only)
With a focus on diverse populations, addiction, and holistic pain management, I offer a unique blend of narradrama, music, and technology to help you reshape your narrative.
Are you seeking a therapist who empowers you to rewrite your own story? Imagine finding a space where your creativity thrives, guided by a therapist who understands the power of self-expression. I specialize in helping diverse clients – from survivors to adolescents – navigate their healing journeys. Using drama therapy, you become your own guide in reshaping your narrative, fostering supportive self-talk and self-image.
With a focus on diverse populations, addiction, and holistic pain management, I offer a unique blend of narradrama, music, and technology to help you reshape your narrative.
Are you seeking a therapist who empowers you to rewrite your own story? Imagine finding a space where your creativity thrives, guided by a therapist who understands the power of self-expression. I specialize in helping diverse clients – from survivors to adolescents – navigate their healing journeys. Using drama therapy, you become your own guide in reshaping your narrative, fostering supportive self-talk and self-image.
(929) 543-5823 View (929) 543-5823
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Hannah Neumann
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11211  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of what are often interconnected problems (mood and anxiety disorders, chronic pain, and trauma), as well as the treatment of behaviors that can develop in response, such as substance use (in an effort to self-medicate). I believe we all do the best we can to cope with pain, using whatever skills we have available. And yet sometimes our best efforts to avoid suffering can serve to keep us stuck retreading the same paths. Step by step, let's venture forward in our work together, letting suffering subside as we uncover meaning, learning to live more full and valued lives.
I specialize in the treatment of what are often interconnected problems (mood and anxiety disorders, chronic pain, and trauma), as well as the treatment of behaviors that can develop in response, such as substance use (in an effort to self-medicate). I believe we all do the best we can to cope with pain, using whatever skills we have available. And yet sometimes our best efforts to avoid suffering can serve to keep us stuck retreading the same paths. Step by step, let's venture forward in our work together, letting suffering subside as we uncover meaning, learning to live more full and valued lives.
(908) 648-3769 View (908) 648-3769
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Ellen Block
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11208  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with chronic pain or illness and feel as though it's stopping you from living the life you want? Are you facing a major transition, stressor or anxiety? Hi, I'm Ellen and I'm glad you've found me! As a member of the disabled community, I understand the challenges that can arise when we don't feel heard or understood. I also have experienced how rewarding finding the right therapist to help me tackle these challenges could be. I'm here to listen and help you overcome barriers, no matter the problem. We will work together to develop a plan with skills-training and achievable goals that help you flourish.
Do you struggle with chronic pain or illness and feel as though it's stopping you from living the life you want? Are you facing a major transition, stressor or anxiety? Hi, I'm Ellen and I'm glad you've found me! As a member of the disabled community, I understand the challenges that can arise when we don't feel heard or understood. I also have experienced how rewarding finding the right therapist to help me tackle these challenges could be. I'm here to listen and help you overcome barriers, no matter the problem. We will work together to develop a plan with skills-training and achievable goals that help you flourish.
(315) 496-6306 View (315) 496-6306
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Laura Meli
PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11238
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and chronic pain.
At times, it can feel challenging to navigate growth and change on your own. I'd like to help you find clarity and relief. I see therapy as a collaborative space to increase self-understanding, practice healthy communication, and build self-compassion. In session, I lead with warmth and curiosity and love to connect with my patients through humor. Together, we can work to observe and deepen awareness of thought patterns and emotional experiences. Through this practice of self-reflection, we'll harness your strengths and bring new perspective to unhelpful thoughts, difficult or uncomfortable emotions, and unhealthy behaviors.
I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and chronic pain.
At times, it can feel challenging to navigate growth and change on your own. I'd like to help you find clarity and relief. I see therapy as a collaborative space to increase self-understanding, practice healthy communication, and build self-compassion. In session, I lead with warmth and curiosity and love to connect with my patients through humor. Together, we can work to observe and deepen awareness of thought patterns and emotional experiences. Through this practice of self-reflection, we'll harness your strengths and bring new perspective to unhelpful thoughts, difficult or uncomfortable emotions, and unhealthy behaviors.
(646) 846-8740 View (646) 846-8740
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Emily Julia Weinrebe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11226  (Online Only)
Therapy gives us the opportunity to express ourselves to the fullest extent without fear of judgment or retaliation. My background in left social movements grounds my practice in abolitionist and anti-oppressive frameworks. I particularly love working with adults and adolescents navigating trauma, peer conflict, OCD, AuDHD, TBI, and queerness. I am also passionate about supporting folks dealing with political and activist stress, chronic illness and ableism. I am emotions-focused, relational, and direct, and use a mix of talk therapy, IFS, somatic work, and am certified in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Therapy gives us the opportunity to express ourselves to the fullest extent without fear of judgment or retaliation. My background in left social movements grounds my practice in abolitionist and anti-oppressive frameworks. I particularly love working with adults and adolescents navigating trauma, peer conflict, OCD, AuDHD, TBI, and queerness. I am also passionate about supporting folks dealing with political and activist stress, chronic illness and ableism. I am emotions-focused, relational, and direct, and use a mix of talk therapy, IFS, somatic work, and am certified in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
(332) 239-2482 View (332) 239-2482
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Rebecca Ross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Focus includes: depression, anxiety, grief, loss of desire; relationship conflicts over personal values, attitudes, behaviors; sexual identity; non-monogamy and open relationships; orgasm; sex-related pain; trauma and other sexual disorders.
Choosing a therapist can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if you need to discuss issues related to sexuality or gender. I have a transparent, practical and easy-going style that is compassionate, culturally-attuned and helps my clients feel understood and at ease. The commitment to psychotherapy is challenging, vulnerable and courageous. It is not about aiming for perfection, but appreciating the ways in which you have continued to persist and fight for what you value and those you care about even in the face of all the messiness, conflict and struggle. My work is tailored to individuals, couples or networks.
Focus includes: depression, anxiety, grief, loss of desire; relationship conflicts over personal values, attitudes, behaviors; sexual identity; non-monogamy and open relationships; orgasm; sex-related pain; trauma and other sexual disorders.
Choosing a therapist can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if you need to discuss issues related to sexuality or gender. I have a transparent, practical and easy-going style that is compassionate, culturally-attuned and helps my clients feel understood and at ease. The commitment to psychotherapy is challenging, vulnerable and courageous. It is not about aiming for perfection, but appreciating the ways in which you have continued to persist and fight for what you value and those you care about even in the face of all the messiness, conflict and struggle. My work is tailored to individuals, couples or networks.
(718) 550-8292 View (718) 550-8292
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Kristie Redfield
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11231
All are welcome with specialties in trauma, anxiety, depression, family and relationship concerns, oncology, cancer survivorship, bereavement, chronic illness, and infertility.
If you are seeking a therapist with an integrative approach, I offer relationship-based psychotherapy that is rooted in mindfulness. My style is compassionate, caring and collaborative. Together we can work towards your therapeutic goals and strengthen your connection to your vitality.
All are welcome with specialties in trauma, anxiety, depression, family and relationship concerns, oncology, cancer survivorship, bereavement, chronic illness, and infertility.
If you are seeking a therapist with an integrative approach, I offer relationship-based psychotherapy that is rooted in mindfulness. My style is compassionate, caring and collaborative. Together we can work towards your therapeutic goals and strengthen your connection to your vitality.
(646) 679-7545 View (646) 679-7545
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Leslie Feigenbaum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11216  (Online Only)
Relationships aren’t easy. We all bring pain and patterns from our past into current relationships, making them feel loaded, tense, and stuck at times. It can be overwhelming trying to navigate strong emotions, betrayals, challenging life events, or just everyday disagreements. But with awareness and understanding we can let go of the constraints of the past and make changes in our interpersonal lives.
Relationships aren’t easy. We all bring pain and patterns from our past into current relationships, making them feel loaded, tense, and stuck at times. It can be overwhelming trying to navigate strong emotions, betrayals, challenging life events, or just everyday disagreements. But with awareness and understanding we can let go of the constraints of the past and make changes in our interpersonal lives.
(347) 836-5614 View (347) 836-5614
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.