Brisbane Chronic Pain Psychologist
If you are suffering with chronic pain there’s a good chance it is having a big impact on your emotional well being and overall quality of life.
Psychological treatments are an important part of pain management.
Understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that accompany the discomfort can help you cope more effectively with your pain and better manage your condition.
Get help from an experienced chronic pain psychologist Brisbane – We have psychologists with a special interest and developed expertise in working with people suffering from chronic pain.
We work collaboratively
Together with other health care professionals and offer individualized treatment plans tailored to your condition, degree of pain, your needs and your personal objectives.
We offer practical solutions and strategies with the focus being on helping you manage your chronic pain and improve your:
- Tolerance to pain
- Physical and social activity levels
- Associated irritability, anger, anxiety and depression
- Sleep quality
About Chronic Pain
What is chronic pain?
Everyone experiences pain from time to time due to illness or injury. The pain is usually short-lived, going away naturally after healing or when the underlying cause has been treated.
Chronic pain is a far more complex sensory and emotional experience that lasts beyond the normal time of healing after injury, usually longer than three months. It can be mild or severe, episodic or constant, For some it is merely inconvenient but for many it is incapacitating.
Chronic pain is a common condition. Around 20% of Australians experience chronic pain and this number increases to one in three in people aged 65 years and above.
Causes of Chronic Pain
The most common sources of pain are headaches, joint pain, pain from injury or illness, and backaches.
Other kinds of chronic pain include arthritis, tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck.
Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition.
Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.
Chronic Pain reduces quality of life because it often impairs the ability to sleep, think, concentrate, and interact socially and/or physically.
The Psychological Impact of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can produce emotional and behavioural changes that hinder recovery and functional rehabilitation.
Patients with chronic pain often report:
- Feeling uncertain about ever being pain-free
- Anxiety or anger at the possibility of the pain getting worse
- Responding to pain in ways that worsen the pain experience and further impair function.
- Finding it hard to stop thinking about their pain and their ability to cope, making them feel helpless and leading to a poorer response to pain treatment
- Suffering from excessive self-criticism and self-doubt
- Feeling depressed, anxious, stressed and using alcohol or drugs to cope
Benefits of psychological treatment for chronic pain include but are not limited to:
- Increased self-management of pain
- Improved pain-coping resources
- Reduced pain-related disability, and
- Reduced emotional distress.
Treatment by a chronic pain psychologist
Pain is a complex problem that can have profound effects on your physical and mental well-being.
Our goal is to help you manage your level of pain and decrease suffering, to return you to your maximum level of functioning and independence, and to help you restore your quality of life.
A chronic pain psychologist can help you:
- Develop new ways to think about your pain and alter how your brain processes pain sensations
- Learn relaxation skills to ease tense muscles and unwind the mind
- Learn distraction techniques to focus your attention on something other than pain
- Develop pacing technique to get out of the over activity -under activity cycle
- Deal with any depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders often associated with chronic pain
- Learn new ways to sleep better
- Make lifestyle changes that will allow you to participate in work and recreational activities
12 Reasons to Choose Ahead Psychology
1. All psychologists at Ahead Psychology are outcomes-focused and only undertake evidence-based clinically proven treatments so that you can make real and lasting changes.
2. As a 100% private service so you will receive completely independent, confidential and impartial advice.
The expertise and experience to help you
3. All psychologists are highly trained and experienced. With a combined total of over 80 years’ working in the profession, we have helped hundreds of people to overcome their problems and start living the life they want.
Peace of Mind
4. We take your privacy and confidentiality very seriously and comply with all legal and ethical requirements.
5. You will be treated with courtesy and respect at all times.
6. All Psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and are fully insured.
7. We offer a money back guarantee if our clients are not satisfied with the treatment they receive. We believe in the quality of our services and strive to deliver only the best care possible.
8. Appointments are available weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.
9. As a group practice our psychologists have expertise in a wide range of mental health problems experienced by children, adolescents and adults.
10. We respect your time. We do not overbook or run overlapping sessions.
11. We process Medicare & Private Health insurance rebates refunds on-the-spot.
12. We are in a convenient location with on-site parking, and public transport nearby.
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