... At Whitson Family Therapy, we offer services to assist those dealing with issues of chronic pain lead a more satisfying life ...

Pain Management

Dealing with chronic pain is excruciating. Not only can the physical pain be intolerable, but the psychological pain can be just as unbearable. Chronic pain increases the chances of depression, and anxiety, and substance abuse issues. Individuals suffering from chronic pain are often irritable, moody, and depressed. Family members often have the same issues. The situation can feel hopeless. This is why seeking help is so important. At Whitson Family Therapy, we offer services to assist those dealing with issues of chronic pain lead a more satisfying life.

Individual therapy: Traditional talk therapy can greatly assist individuals in dealing with the issues associated with chronic pain, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been found to be the quickest and most effective therapy for dealing with and resolving these issues. Combined with relaxation training, CBT can be a very effective way to manage pain. At Whitson Family Therapy, we have several therapists trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and relaxation training that can assist you.

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a quick and effective therapy that often helps individuals with chronic pain actually FEEL LESS PHYSICAL PAIN. The process is also effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, often associated with chronic pain.

Hypnosis: What was once thought of as an alternative, experimental intervention is now an accepted method of dealing with issues such as chronic pain. At Whitson Family Therapy, we have therapists trained in hypnosis who can guide clients through the process to help reduce pain and improve overall functioning.

Stress Management / Coping Skills Training: If anything will cause stress in a person, it is dealing with chronic pain. Learning new, effective stress management and coping skills techniques can greatly improve one’s ability to deal with the issues associated with chronic pain. Emotional reactivity can be lowered and increased functioning can be achieved. This is recommended for anyone who is having difficulty coping with the stress of chronic pain.

Family Therapy: When a family member is dealing with chronic pain, it impacts the entire family. Patience can be low, irritability can be high, and relationships can and often do deteriorate. Family therapy can help the family learn how to communicate better, assist each other in dealing with the stressors caused by chronic pain, and greatly improve family functioning.