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. 

    Simon Dann

    Areas that he has worked in extensively are treating Depression/Anxiety, Alcohol and Drug issues and Clients presenting with Employment and Personal relationship relationship issues.

    He has a research interest in managing major mental illness through therapeutic treatment addition to medication. He also has an interest in Aboriginal and first nation’s health.

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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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    Ilan Cohen

    Ilan has worked as senior clinical psychologist in some of Sydney‘s best known clinics including Bronte’s Sydney Clinic, St Vincent Hospital and numerous medical centres. He has worked with all population groups including children, adolescents, men and women of all ages.

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    Michelle Kelly

    Michelle is experienced working with clients presenting for depression and anxiety in addition to those experiencing issues relating to substance use, emotional regulation and relationship challenges.

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    John Capon

    John supports clients to overcome life challenges and to develop the psychological flexibility they need to be well and thrive. John has a keen interest in supporting people experiencing workplace issues and challenges in their professional life. He is passionate about working with athletes to help them to overcome challenges and achieve peak performance.

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    Kate Lemerle

    Kate has been working with people from many different walks of life, struggling to make many different changes in their lives, for over 40 years. Her work now is primarily with people overcoming anxiety and depression, with a special area of interest in counselling trauma from a positive psychology perspective.

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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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    Wendy Foers

    Wendy will work with you to develop the skills necessary to effectively manage challenges and enhance your emotional wellbeing. Wendy has developed methods that assist clients to empower themselves and restore their quality of life. She has seen first hand how patients become empowered with improved emotional intelligence and psycho-education.

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    Nicole Walker

    Nicole has worked in a broad range of settings. She is a proud military psychologist with over 30 years total service in the Australian Army in various roles. She is a Solomon Islands and Afghanistan veteran. She has a particular professional interest in providing intervention to people suffering from anxiety and anxiety-related concerns.

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    Emma White

    Emma has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a range of presenting concerns. She has extensive experience working with clients who may be struggling with adjustment and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, eating and body image concerns and psychotic illnesses.

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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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    Tracey Larkin

    Tracey has been a registered psychologist for more than 20 years and has worked with clients of all ages presenting with a range of personal, health, relationship and career concerns.

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    Louise Brealey

    Louise has gained a wealth of experience working with clients from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, seeing clients ranging from school age to the elderly population. Louise is passionate about working with anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionistic/obsessive, compulsive traits, sleep difficulties and interpersonal issues.

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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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    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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