Do you suffer from an Chronic Pain?
The way an individual experiences chronic pain or disability encompasses many different areas and is influenced by just as many factors. Conditions such as auto immune dysfunction, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal problems and cancer can all present significant challenges with regards to our roles, responsibilities, quality of life and relationships. Being "functional" means more than the ability to complete a task or activity. It also includes attendance at significant events, employment issues, intimate partner concerns and avoiding social isolation. Living with pain or disability can often lead to loneliness, anxiety and depression.
How can therapy help?
Once a trusting and collaborative relationship is developed with a qualified clinician, together you can begin to explore and identify coping mechanisms for living with pain. Adapting to limitations in activity levels requires a period of adjustment which produces stress. Therapy can lessen these reactions. Clients can be helped to identify new meaning and purpose regardless of their ability to work, move freely, or be active. Coping with pain is a constellation of many acts rather than any single one, and is highly individualized. Working with a therapist can help to identify new and stronger mechanisms, and restore psychological equilibrium.