Individual Pain Psychology Sessions

The pain psychologist works with patients one-on-one to teach skills to improve control over pain and ways to decrease the impact of the pain.

Chronic pain may cause an increase in irritability, depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. This often leads to decreased ability to tolerate pain and affects personal relationships and lifestyle.

Individual psychotherapy can address these issues and help patients develop positive pain coping strategies.

Pain also can lead to increased muscle tension, which in turn increases pain, spasms, fatigue, and sleep disturbance. The pain psychologist can teach relaxation techniques and sleep improvement tools. Biofeedback training is used to determine a patient's ability to decrease muscle tension in painful areas.

Support Group Pain Psychology Sessions

The pain psychologist offers support group sessions to discuss topics related to dealing with pain. The goals of the group include:

  • having a group of people learn from and support each other and to realize that you are not alone in dealing with this health challenge
  • providing information about positive pain coping tools in a group setting so there can be discussions among the group members
  • allowing group members to discuss common experiences related to dealing with pain
  • providing a supportive environment for people who live with pain

Group discussion topics may include:

  • pain coping tools
  • ways to manage emotions related to having pain
  • ways to get the family involved and to be supportive
  • stress management training
  • depression management tools
  • anger management tools
  • assertiveness training

Read more about what a pain psychologist can do for you.