Chronic pain detracts from our ability to lead our day-to-day lives, and can carry an emotional toll as upsetting as the physical toll. Having to worry about and treat pain takes us away from the things we care about and enjoy. This can diminish motivation for our day-to-day. Further, worsening or unrelenting pain can cause us to hold negative beliefs about the future. Not surprisingly, many people dealing with chronic pain develop co-occurring symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The treatment of chronic pain through talk therapy can prevent people from having their lives be further derailed by anxiety or depression. I help people develop healthy perspectives on how to cope with their struggles that allow them to remain motivated and on track with their goals. I also help people develop techniques to manage the pain itself.