Counselling for Physical Pain

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 chronic pain.  This explains why treating only the physical aspects of pain for example with analgesics does not bring relief.

Who Can Counselling for Physical Pain Help?


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 our counselling services to help with the management of your physical pain.

A Recent Testimonial

“I am a British expat living abroad and I decided I wanted some counselling sessions in English. I decided to see whether such sessions would be available remotely from UK. Specifically I wanted to explore the psychological aspects of chronic pain that I had been experiencing over a long period of time. The dedicated counsellor who was assigned to me was great. They provided me with a structure with which to help analyse my situation, some valuable insights into my issues and some techniques to help me cope with them”.
Abigail - Online/Skype

What Does Therapy for Physical Pain Involve?

Step 1

In your first therapy session you will meet with one of our Therapists to discuss the nature of your pain, how you currently deal with pain management and how it impacts on your life. Your Therapist 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 2

Your Therapist will then show you how the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that accompany your pain influence the impact on your life.

Step 3

You will then work with your Therapist 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.

Step 4

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 relief from future pain flare ups.


Prices can be found on our Fees Page. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to call 0800 002 9068 or fill out a contact form.


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All of our Therapists offer counselling for Physical Pain, click here to view the team.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Physical Pain

Evidence suggests that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, often referred to as CBT, can significantly reduce the physical and psychosocial disability experienced by people suffering from both chronic physical pain (e.g. low back pain, sciatica) 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 the CBT approach:

More Reading on this Subject

Should you wish to find out more about Physical Pain then you can check out our physical pain related blog articles here.