Chronic Pain and Illness


Chronic pain and illness can be life-altering experiences. In addition to dealing with physiological challenges in our bodies, many of us struggle to keep our lives  active and fulfilling. Through my years of work and research, I have found the key component to well-being is understanding each client's strengths, goals and values. Working collaboratively, we can then build a pain or illness management program that helps you regain the life you want to lead. 

Services Offered:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pain Management (CBPM)
  • Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) 
  •  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 
  •  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) 
  •  Psychotherapy support for pain medication reduction 
  •  Support for caregiving issues 
  •  Developing mindfulness to reduce pain and stress 
  •  Positive Psychology to identify and increase personal strengths 
  •  Motivational Interviewing to break road blocks to well being 
  •  Interdisciplinary collaboration  

In addition to individual psychotherapy, I also offer a four week workshop (1.5 hours per week, small classes) titled "Rebuild Your Life While Living With Chronic Pain."  (This workshop is currently conducted via Zoom.) This interactive workshop offers the following learning objectives: 

  • Learn about the different types of chronic pain
  • Understand the mechanisms of how chronic pain works
  • Learn about the science behind pain signals -- when to attend to and when to ignore
  • Understand the links between pain, behavior, thoughts and emotions
  • Learn how diet impacts our mood and pain
  • Improve sleep
  • Considerations and help to increase exercise
  • Learn how meditation can help with pain (and life!) management
  • Learn how to build and maintain healthy relationships while living with chronic pain
  • How to find motivation for change
  • Challenge unhealthy thought patterns
  • Understand how emotions are created and how to incorporate into your daily life
  • Reduce pain-related disabilities
  • Improve quality of life 

Please contact me directly to learn more about the workshop or individual psychotherapy.