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Counselling for Physical Pain
The experience of chronic or persistent physical pain is not just the result of the underlying physiological cause but a combination of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that accompany the pain. This explains why treating only the physical aspects of pain for example with analgesics does not bring relief.
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Who is it for?
Do you feel overwhelmed by your pain? Does your pain interfere with your ability to meet your responsibilities and commitments? Does your pain make you feel hopeless about the future? Does your pain make you feel anxious? Does your pain make you feel angry? Do you feel you need more support than your friends and family can offer you?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions you may benefit from some counselling for your physical pain.
A Recent Testimonial
Rebecca - East Dulwich“I cannot comment positively enough on the psychologist I saw at The British CBT & Counselling Service. She provided a structured yet flexible framework for discussing my issues, was insightful and at times necessarily firm and challenging which was exactly the sort of counsellor I had hoped to be paired with”.
How It Works?
The first step is to meet with one of our Psychologists to discuss the nature of your pain, your current ways of coping with it and how it impacts on your life. Your Psychologist will also ask you some more general questions about your life, relationships and commitments and what you would like to achieve during your therapy in order to ensure that the treatment programme they prescribe helps you to meet your goals.
Step 2Your Psychologist will then show you how the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that accompany your pain influence the impact on your life.
You will then work with your Psychologist to learn a combination of physical and psychological strategies to develop thoughts, feeling and behaviours that diminish the intensity of the physical pain rather than exacerbate it.
Finally, you will learn techniques that will ensure your coping strategies are applied over the longer term along with problem solving skills and the development of plans for future pain flare ups.
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All of our Psychologists offer counselling for Physical Pain, click here to view the team.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Physical Pain
Evidence suggests that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can significantly reduce the physical and psychosocial disability experienced by those suffering from both chronic physical pain (e.g. low back pain) and disease related pain (e.g. cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis), not by taking away the physical cause but by changing the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that influence its salience.
The following clip is from the DVD “10 Minute CBT in practice: Physical Health and long-term conditions” and demonstrates this approach:
Should you wish to find out more about Physical Pain then you can check out our physical pain related blog articles here.