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Psychology

Pain Neuroscience Education

Learn to manage your pain effectively with our Pain Neuroscience Education service, offered by our qualified psychologists.

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Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) is a service offered by our qualified psychologists that helps individuals understand the nature of chronic pain and how it can be managed more effectively. Chronic pain is a complex condition that is influenced by a variety of factors, including physical, psychological, and emotional components. PNE aims to provide a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of pain and how it can be influenced by thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. By educating patients on pain science, PNE helps them develop new strategies and coping mechanisms to manage their pain, reduce their reliance on medication, and improve their overall quality of life. This approach can be particularly beneficial for those suffering from chronic pain conditions, such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Fibromyalgia, and others, which can be difficult to treat through traditional methods.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Empower yourself to self-manage your chronic pain with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for chronic pain management, offered by our expert psychologists.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological therapy offered by our trained psychologists that can help individuals with chronic pain conditions manage their symptoms more effectively. CBT is based on the idea that the way we think and feel about our pain can influence how we experience it. Through CBT, individuals learn to identify and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs related to their pain, and replace them with more positive and realistic ones. They also learn coping strategies, such as relaxation techniques, and ways to manage stress, which can aggravate pain symptoms. By addressing the psychological aspect of chronic pain, CBT can reduce the impact of pain on daily life, improve mood and quality of life, and potentially decrease the need for pain medication. Additionally, when used in combination with other treatments such as exercise physiology and physiotherapy, it can be a powerful tool for long-term pain management.

A.C.T

Transform your pain experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain management, offered by our expert psychologists.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychological therapy offered by our trained psychologists that can help individuals with chronic pain conditions manage their symptoms more effectively. ACT is based on the idea that it is not possible to completely eliminate pain, but that it is possible to change the way we respond to it. The focus of ACT is on helping individuals develop psychological flexibility, which involves accepting pain as a part of life, and taking action towards meaningful goals despite the pain. ACT teaches individuals to focus on the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, and to cultivate values-based living. Through ACT, individuals learn to let go of attempts to control or eliminate pain, and instead focus on living a life that is fulfilling and meaningful, despite the pain. This can help individuals improve their overall quality of life and reduce the negative impact of pain on their daily lives.

Schema Therapy

Transform your negative patterns with Schema Therapy for chronic pain management, offered by our expert psychologists.

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Schema therapy is a psychological treatment offered by our trained psychologists that can help individuals with chronic pain manage their symptoms more effectively. It is based on the idea that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours are interrelated, and that negative patterns in these areas can contribute to the maintenance of chronic pain. Schema therapy aims to identify and change these negative patterns, often referred to as “schemas,” that may be perpetuating pain. These schemas can include themes such as abandonment, mistrust, or entitlement, and are often formed in childhood as a result of negative experiences.

Schema therapy also helps individuals identify and challenge their maladaptive coping mechanisms, also known as “modes,” which may be making their pain worse and leading to negative self-talk or self-sabotaging behaviours. Through schema therapy, individuals will learn to recognise and challenge their schemas, which in turn can help reduce the negative impact of chronic pain on their lives. It helps individuals learn to identify the positive aspects of their lives, and use it to change the negative thoughts and emotions they have that contributes to chronic pain.

EMDR Therapy

Overcome traumatic pain with EMDR therapy. Our expert psychologists have a special interest in treating chronic pain and trauma.

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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that can be used to help individuals who are experiencing symptoms related to past traumatic events. Our expert psychologists offer EMDR therapy to help individuals with chronic pain overcome the emotional and psychological effects of the traumatic experience. EMDR therapy is based on the idea that traumatic memories can be stored in a different way to regular memories. When an individual experiences a traumatic event, the information can be stored in a way that is difficult to process, resulting in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and chronic pain. EMDR therapy aims to help the brain process these traumatic memories and integrate them into regular memories. This can lead to a reduction in symptoms, such as chronic pain, as well as an improved overall sense of well-being and quality of life. EMDR therapy can be effective in treating conditions such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and chronic pain conditions that are related to a past traumatic event.

Couples & Small Group Therapy

Find support and understanding in our small group therapy sessions. Our expert psychologists specialise in treating chronic pain.

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Small group therapy is a service offered by our expert psychologists that aims to provide support and understanding for individuals who are living with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a lonely and isolating experience, and small group therapy can help individuals feel less alone in their struggles. The groups are typically composed of 2-4 individuals who are living with chronic pain conditions and are led by a therapist. This allows individuals to connect with others who are experiencing similar struggles and to learn from their experiences. Participants in the group can help each other by providing emotional support and practical advice, as well as by working together to develop new strategies to manage chronic pain. Small group therapy also allows individuals to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment, which can be beneficial for emotional and mental well-being. Group therapy can provide an experience of understanding and validation, which can provide a sense of hope, that can lead to change in those who are suffering from chronic pain. The sessions help provide the individuals with a sense of community, understanding and new coping mechanisms for pain management.

Psychologists

David Batten

Psychologist