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. 

Kate Row

Kate enjoys working with clients on skill-building across all areas of life including social skills, communication skills and assertiveness. This may include values clarification, behavioural activation, working towards improving mood and implementing healthier coping strategies. Kate works with people from diverse walks of life, from children through to senior adults.

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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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Louise Hooper

Louise has experience in return to work services, rehabilitation and organisational development consulting where she supported staff to build change, resilience and leadership skills. Experienced and skilled in working with those living with anxiety, depression, a lack of self confidence, she especially loves working with people who need to adapt to a change in circumstances, or need to make a breakthrough in their life in some way.

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Nina Shapiro

Nina has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship and family difficulties, gender identity issues, work stress, low self-esteem, anger issues, survivors of sexual abuse and other childhood trauma. She is trained in several evidence based approaches, including CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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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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Nisha Bothra

Nisha has worked with a diverse range of adults from different ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds. She has extensive experience working with people struggling with depression, perfectionism, procrastination, shame, and negative early life experiences. She also has a keen interest in supporting people with health-based presentations such as cancer and chronic pain.

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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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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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Kate Laughton

Kate has over 15 years experience working primarily with children, adolescence, adults and families and has experience working with complex presentations and behavioural issues. Kate’s area of expertise includes working with a range of mental health issues such as anxiety, panic disorders, depression, trauma, school refusal, substance abuse, self-harm, bipolar disorder, OCD, selective mutism, transgender issues, ADD and Autism.

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Eyleia Saleeb

Eyleia has worked with a broad range of people presenting with different life experiences and problems. Eyleia has worked with children who suffer from internal problems such as anxiety and depression, as well as external issues such as ADHD and ODD.

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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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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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Chris Santalucia

Chris has experience working with a diverse range of clients. This includes working with people with anxiety and depression, PTSD and trauma related recovery, relationship issues, family dysfunction, grief and loss, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties and much more.

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Ari Goldberger

Ari doesn’t just rely on “talk therapy” but also works with the subconscious and body. He utilises a variety of techniques including guided meditation, visualizations, somatic experiencing, brainspotting, and emotion-focused release to let go of trapped negative energy keeping you “blocked” in an unwanted state of consciousness as a result of past trauma. Ari focuses on treating adults and does not see children and adolescents.

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Dimple Bathla

Dimple work with clients from different cultural backgrounds including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people having drug and alcohol addiction, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, development delays, workplace stress, and burn out. Dimple is multilingual and can support clients in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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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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Christine Craig

Christine has extensive experience working with a diverse range of clients from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Her work has involved working in private practice, in schools and as a therapist for children, adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

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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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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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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients of all ages, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to support you with with relationship issues, family issues, depression and anxiety, faulty thinking, self esteem, learning difficulties, stress, performance management and parenting.

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