Have you been told you’ll “just have to live with” chronic pain? That sure sounds like “abandon all hope,” doesn’t it! I’m here to tell you there IS hope: instead of learning to live with the pain, you can learn to live fully again. To be clear, living fully might look somewhat different than before your pain, but you can live a full and satisfying life again. Your doctors can only impact one of three targets for changing your chronic pain: the biological. With therapy, we can work on all three. This gives you more methods to address the pain. Research is clear: this kind of therapy is at least as effective as pain medications. And, by the way, I’m not going to tell you that you can’t use your pain medications. I’m not going to try to talk you out of them, either, although I will tell you that opioids can actually lead to increased chronic pain and that working with your doctor to taper off slowly can actually decrease the amount of pain you are experiencing.
If you are interested in participating in one of my chronic pain groups, please call/text me at (816) 226-4678 or email me. Groups have a couple of benefits. The first benefit is they allow you to get the therapy at a reduced rate. But another very important aspect of the group is the support you’ll get from other people who know what it’s like to have the frustration and hopelessness that can be a part of living with chronic pain. The group members will cheer you on as you start applying what you learn and seeing benefits. And, finally, you are likely to pick up some useful tools from other group members as people share what has or hasn’t worked for them. I know some of you have social anxiety and are skeptical that a group would be right for you. These are small groups of no more than 10 people and we’re together for 8 sessions, so it’s the same people each time.
Call/text me at (816) 226-4678.