Chronic Pain Counselling
Session Fees: $185+HST
Pain is a universal experience. The degree to which you feel pain and how you react to it, however, are the results of your own biological, psychological and cultural makeup. Past encounters with painful injury or illness also can influence your sensitivity to pain.
Chronic pain is often classified as pain that persists for a period of a month or more beyond the normal recovery time of an illness, or pain that persists for several months or years as a result of a chronic condition, and can be of any intensity. Even low-level chronic pain can be debilitating. Acute pain is a short-lived condition within the normal experience of an acute illness or injury.
When pain persists beyond the time expected for an injury to heal or an illness to end, it can become a chronic condition. No longer is the pain viewed as just the symptom of another disease, but as an illness unto itself.
Many people who live with pain find that they sink into depressing thought patterns. When pain is ongoing, it becomes physically and emotionally exhausting. It can lead to loss of zest for life in general. But counselling can help. Counselling methods can help those on medication as well as those who don’t want to continue to use pain medication or for those that find that pain meds no longer work.
What is pain?
Pain is your body’s warning mechanism and it lets you know something is wrong and that your attention is needed. It alerts you very quickly to situations that could potentially be very harmful to you, such as touching something hot. It also reminds us when we have an existing injury, to take care and not do anything which may make the injury worse.
It is therefore extremely important not to turn off or reduce the pain without first identifying and treating the underlying cause. Therefore it is essential that you have consulted with your doctor before making an appointment.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) may help Fibromyalgia symptoms.
It is a self-help approach that assists patients in understanding the way we think and feel. It is said that NLP can be a helpful fibromyalgia treatment by helping the sufferer find freedom from underlying emotional issues that contribute to chronic pain and other symptoms. NLP is described as “the study of the structure of subjective experience”.
“Neuro” refers to how the brain works. “Linguistic” is defined as how language interacts with the brain. The word “Programming” describes how we use this interaction to get the results we want for ourselves and others. NLP is a blend of cognitive and behavioral science.
NLP can be used to help people with quitting smoking, weight loss, performance, confidence, anxiety, anger management, stress relief, chronic pain, addiction, phobias, negative self-perception, insomnia and depression.
PSYCHOLOGICAL, PSYCHOSOCIAL AND MEDICAL CO-MORBIDITY
While treatment of pain is important to the chronic pain patient, good literature demonstrates little success in treating their chronic pain with passive therapies alone. Part of the reason for this is that chronic pain patients often also suffer from co-morbid psychological, psychosocial or medical problems that need to be addressed.
Psychosocial problems may include low self-esteem, family discord, workplace or financial stress, etc. Patients may also present with medical co-morbidities such as obesity, diabetes, sleeping disorders, and alcoholism/addictions.
Using the NLP approach, your practitioner will help you learn how to consciously alter the thought patterns that contribute to your pain, as well as to unconsciously turn these new patterns into automatic reactions that help reduce or eliminate pain. It’s important to note that not all cases of chronic pain respond fully to NLP; however, your practitioner will make every effort to find the combination of techniques that is most likely to provide you with relief.