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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sue has experience working with many people of different ages across the lifespan, children, adolescents, and adults – including ‘seniors’. The diverse range of challenges she has provided support and counselling for include people with work and relationship issues; helping parents find joy in their relationship with their children, including those with behavioural difficulties or medical and disability concerns.
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.
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.
Ilan has over 27 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist and offers a nonjudgemental and confidential space on the telephone or via video for effective, practical counselling. Ilan has worked with all population groups including children, adolescents, men and women of all ages.
Belinda has completed a PhD and has published extensively in the academic literature locally and internationally and regularly attends conferences. Belinda trained in evidence-based approaches at the University of Melbourne, in particular CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Relaxation techniques. Belinda has experience in delivering assertiveness training and improving self-esteem.
With over 22 years experience as a psychologist and executive leader, Ross has developed a highly professional suite of organisational and clinical skills to provide compassionate, caring and committed evidence-based psychological services to individuals and couples that makes a real difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.