Pain Management Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage pain through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage pain through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
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Learn about pain management

People commonly think about pain as being solely a physical sensation. However, chronic pain, which persists after a period of time in which normal healing is expected to occur, is often the combination of physical, psychological and emotional factors. In fact, a person’s perception of their pain is greatly affected by any negative thoughts and the individual’s outlook. It is not uncommon for chronic pain to lead to depression, anger, anxiety, social withdrawal and loss of sleep. Consequently, effective pain management often requires the combination of physical treatment, such as medications, as well as psychological assistance to manage the associated emotions and thoughts. Understanding and mastering the thoughts and emotions associated with your pain will help to reduce the intensity of the pain, and enable you enjoy life without being restricted by pain.

 

It can be extremely grueling to live in constant pain. If you are attempting to manage chronic pain, you may be frustrated with the absence of a specific diagnosis by a doctor as to the cause or reason for the pain. This, in combination with the mentally exhausting task of trying to ignore the pain, may leave you feeling emotionally drained. You may be finding it increasingly difficult to cope with stressors at work or at home that you were able to manage before you started experiencing the pain.

 

However, it is important to remain hopeful and to seek assistance to effectively manage the pain with a combination of medical, physical and psychological treatment .

 

If you are continuing to experience chronic pain you may recognise the following symptoms of unrelieved pain which include:

Increased heart rate and blood pressure

Higher levels of stress hormones including cortisol and adrenaline

Gastrointestinal problems such as slowed digestion

Musculoskeletal problems such as tension and fatigue

Emotional problems such as anxiety and depression

 

Counselling can help support you to manage the emotional and psychological effects of chronic pain. Understanding the causes of your pain can help reduce your fear and anxiety. Therapy is an effective means of assisting individuals who are experiencing pain that is unmanageable.

 

Your someone.health psychologist can provide support, treatment and counselling in a caring environment. Your psychologist can assist you in pain management by:

 

Helping you to understand the pain you’re experiencing, when it occurs and what factors are affecting it

Exploring and addressing any stressors which may be contributing to the intensity of the pain

Providing you with relaxation techiques

Challenging any unhelpful thoughts or beliefs about your pain

Working with you to increase your coping ability

Addressing any anxiety or fear associated with the pain

Helping you to make lifestyle changes which will enable you to live and enjoy life while minimising the impact of the pain

Addressing insomnia you may have because of the pain

Pain Management Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for pain management counselling. 

Antoinette Adam

Antoinette has over 10 years experience providing psychological services. Antoinette is passionate about workplace health and resilience. She has expertise in supporting executives & leaders explore their own self by bringing about transformation to their lives, through achieving a healthy work/life balance, effective goal setting & working towards self actualisation.

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Bilyana Riley

Bilyana’s 20 years’ experience is vast, having started my career in nursing before embarking on study to become a Clinical Psychologist. She sees people presenting with a broad spectrum of presentations, including trauma, depressive and anxiety based disorders, workplace bullying, phobias, relationship issues, stress disorders, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal behaviour, personality disorders, grief and relationship issues.

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Caroline Gaffney

Caroline is very approachable and believes that positive change is sustainable, working holistically and using practical strategies, developing new skills and psychological interventions to achieve the best outcomes for you. She has been the principal psychologist and proprietor of Pure Gold Christian Counselling and Psychological Services for eight years.

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Celeste Putter

Celeste is an enthusiastic psychologist hoping to positively influence the lives of those with mental health issues. Celeste works with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural or psycho-social issues including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, stress, trauma, anger, self-esteem, enhancing self-regulation, stress management, social and emotional understanding in youth, as well as life coping and adjustments.

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Dee-Anne James

Dee has a practical and logical approach that is delivered with utmost compassion and understanding. Dee has experience working with both children and adults, and has worked with clients across the full spectrum of the lifespan. She has extensive experience working with people living with a disability, including assessment and diagnosis.

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Hamid Waqar

Hamid has a keen interest in working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, phobia, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties. Hamid is trained in several evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

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James Minson

James’ approach to mental health is about mind-body integration and looking at the “whole person”. Mental health influences how we feel, think and move, how we communicate and relate to the world, and can seriously impact our physical health. James will hep make sense of how this all fits together, to explore unhelpful thoughts and behaviour, and identify different options.

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Jeanette McLean

Jeanette has 27 years of experience as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice, as an Employee Assistance Provider (both internal and external) and as a teacher of counselling in a private counselling college.

Jeanette has gained a lot of expertise working in many areas of psychopathology over the years and continues to enjoy ongoing professional development, offering a service of value.

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Jenny Drury

Jenny has been a registered Psychologist since 2005. Jenny’s key areas of interest are stress and health management, mood and anxiety disorders, parenting, managing life transitions, executive functioning and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Joe Guse

Former comedian and current Clinical Psychologist Joe Guse uses humour to help people respond to life’s challenges. Joe strives to help people use humour to respond to lifes emotional choices. He has authored 20 books and appears regularly on American television shows including Biography, Autopsy, and Behind Closed Doors.

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Karen McFarlane

aren has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), procrastination, phobias, grief and loss, low self-esteem and interpersonal difficulties. Karen has recently completed postgraduate studies in the field of psychological neuroscience (brain science).

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Linda Harrison

Linda provides psychological support to adults and young people (16+) presenting with complex issues including anxiety, depression, gender/sexual identity, and general stresses of school and relationships. She is also very experienced in working with parents to facilitate positive relationships with their children in difficult times.

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Manya Scheftsik

Manya is experienced in helping people change behaviours that form part of a chronic condition whether physical or psychological. These changes include becoming more physically active and fit; pain management; feeling in control of your eating; the moderate consumption of alcohol; and cessation of smoking & problem gambling. She also has extensive experience helping people exit a substance abuse lifestyle.

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Marie Parperis

Marie works with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people with disabilities, including intellectual disability and Autism. Marie has a keen interest working with people experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Martin Pearce

Martin is best known for his humour and pragmatism. Martin has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents, adults and families. Martin has spent recent years working in a mental health clinic for people living with addictions, trauma and mood disorders.

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Melanie Stevens

Melanie has a keen interest to work with women and men who are stuck in a rut and feel like they have no thing left but want to build a life of happiness and enjoyment . Your the right candidate to work with Melanie of your keen to get working on yourself!

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Michelle Popovski

Michelle works comfortably within an eclectic mix of therapeutic modalities to provide a framework to suit individual needs, including incorporating psychodynamic principles with evidenced based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She is passionate about helping people reach their full potential in life and offers a respectful, and compassionate therapeutic relationship.

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Nick Rayner

Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.

Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Nicola Carter

Nicola is a warm and accepting psychologist. She helps people to feel a greater sense of confidence and control, as they begin to discover for themselves that they can change their lives for the better. She is experienced and successful in assisting people experiencing depression, anxiety, many forms of trauma, relationship, self esteem, and life transition and adjustment difficulties.

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Paulette Gayton

Paulette has trained in a range of evidence based approaches and values assisting with the impact of trauma particularly in the Frontline Services, having volunteered and worked in that sector. Using psychology and supporting day to day, life challenges is one of the keys to assisting people transition through events and she enjoys the satisfaction in helping others.

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Sanja Cajic

Sanja’s approach is positive, warm, explorative, and solution-focused. Sanja has worked with adult clients struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, chronic pain, trauma and PTSD, anxiety and depression, stress management, parenting issues, relationship and life transition issues.

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Shelley Amity

Shelley is a kind, cultural-sensitive and engaging psychologist with a genuine passion to help individuals from all walks of life to function optimally and live meaningful life. She strives to approach every individual with compassion, integrity, respect and perseverance. Shelley focuses on Trauma counselling and provides ongoing support and treatment for adults (18+) that are struggling with trauma, addiction, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Simon Coyle

Simon is a qualified primary school teacher as well as a registered psychologist. Simon has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and behaviour and emotional disorders in children. He has a relaxed, easy going nature and likes to provide people with the skills to manage life’s challenges.

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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to work diversely with relationship issues family issues depression and anxiety faulty thinking self esteem learning difficulties stress performance management parenting and pregnancy including IVF.

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Steven Kose

Steven is experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults presenting with anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment issues, post-traumatic stress, anger management, workplace stress, grief/loss and relationship/marital difficulties. He has been practicing as a consultant psychologist for the past 14 years and provides therapy in both English and Turkish.

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Suraj Samtani

Dr Samtani is a researcher and clinician providing high quality care for children, adolescents and adults. He has extensive experience helping adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Bipolar Disorder and other mental health issues.

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Teresa Caruso

Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.

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Tony Nguyen

Tony supports people with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment difficulties, grief and loss, addictions and work-related conditions such as burnout and career transition. Tony can also provide support in a high performance context (for example athletes & executives, start-up founders). Having lived in multiple continents and being from a multi-cultural background, Tony is able to support those who have a migrant background or is of east/south-east Asian descent.

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Trevor Hatten

Trevor provides therapy for men – he understands guys have a need for specialised male focused interventions for mental health. Trevor has experience supporting male clients with impulse control matters such as anger management, mood regulation, phobias, relationship distress, financial management and internet usage. He also treats addictive behaviours including overuse of pain killers, illicit drugs, gambling and alcohol.

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Trisha Nowland

Trisha has experience working with a diverse range of clients including children, community from different cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and LGBT+ community.

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Winifred Asare-Doku

Winifred has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, work-related mental health problems, perfectionism, procrastination, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties. She focuses on being empathetic and supports clients on their journey. Winifred believes in creating a comfortable and safe environment where you feel you can talk openly about any issue.

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