Pain Counselling

Do you struggle with constant pain that affects your quality of life?

Are you feeling overwhelmed, isolated, depressed or anxious?
Do you worry that your pain is interfering with your relationships?

Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Migraine, Chronic Back Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Adenomyosis, Endometriosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), Sciatica, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Trigeminal Neuralgia, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Shingles (Postherpetic Neuralgia), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Sickle Cell Disease, Interstitial Cystitis, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Phantom Limb Pain, Psoriatic Arthritis, Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Pelvic Pain, Tension Headaches, Chronic Sinusitis, Coccydynia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Herniated Disc, Vulvodynia, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Chronic Pancreatitis, Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Lyme Disease, Whiplash, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Complex Bowel Disorders, Chronic Appendicitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Chronic Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), Chronic Post-Surgical Pain, Hemophilia-related Pain and many more, including undiagnosed pain. 

I am an experienced and supportive pain counsellor and happy to meet you online or in person.

There are many benefits in learning more about your pain and talking about its impact on your life. These include

  • reducing how much pain you feel
  • increasing what you can do
  • improving your quality of life

Let me reassure you that all pain is real, and your pain experience will always be respected by me. I have studied with the Pain Preprocessing Therapy Centre in the USA, and my clients have experienced the benefits of exploring their pain.

Pain is both a sensory and emotional experience, and can become distressing for many reasons. You may have had pain for decades, you may have scans that show no obvious structural issues but have severe pain, or you may have pain that moves around your body, or comes and goes. Whatever your experience, studies show the benefits in talking about your pain and its impact on your life.

There are many different ways we can approach pain counselling. I have training in numerous therapies listed below, and the person-centred approach means we explore what is most effective for you. This means I accept you as you are, will not judge you. Your pain is real and impacting your life. We can work together, whether you are working with others, if you are taking medications or not, if you have a plan of action or if you feel lost.

I also have lived experience of chronic pain and realise how pain affects our lives, and life affects our pain.

Approaches to Pain Counselling

I keenly study effective, science-based pain management therapies. Some of these include:

  • Pain Reprocessing Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based Pain Relief
  • Person-centred Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapies
  • Cognitive & Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Person with dark hair in bun sitting on bed with left hand holding neck like in pain and looking upwards

PAIN REPROCESSING THERAPY

There are numerous ways we can reduce pain distress, including Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT). I am a certified practitioner (Advanced Application) of Pain Reprocessing Therapy.

Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) is a system of psychological techniques that retrains the brain to interpret and respond to signals from the body properly, subsequently breaking the cycle of chronic pain. Whilst we are all different, many people experience great improvement in their pain through PRT.

A randomized controlled trial at the University of Colorado Boulder validated Pain Reprocessing Therapy as the most effective current treatment for chronic pain. In the study, there were 100 chronic back pain patients. Half of them received PRT twice a week for four weeks, and half of them received treatment as usual. In the PRT group, 98% of patients improved and 66% of patients were pain-free or nearly pain-free at the end of treatment. These outcomes were largely maintained one year later. Read the study in JAMA Psychiatry here.

For Pain Reprocessing Therapy sessions, you can book weekly, as needed, or in a structured 8-part program.

Pain Reprocessing Therapy has five main components:
1) education about the brain origins,
2) gathering and reinforcing personalised evidence for the brain origins and potential reversibility of pain,
3) attending to and appraising pain sensations through a lens of safety,
4) addressing other emotional threats, and
5) gravitating to positive feelings and sensations.

MINDFULNESS-BASED PAIN RELIEF

Mindfulness is not only a practice – it is a state of awareness, a behavioral trait, an intervention, an act of self-care, and a way of living that can dramatically shift the nervous system toward homeostasis, or a state of internal equilibrium. Reduced pain, depression, anxiety, and distress are some common observed benefits of mindfulness interventions.

Research shows even just a few minutes of practice has substantial impact. And, exercises can be practiced anytime, anywhere. For these reasons, mindfulness-based pain relief can be easily adapted into a variety of pain care practices. Together, we explore different techniques to find what works for you.

Some ways mindfulness helps us explore our pain is through:

  • reducing stress and reactivity
  • guided visualisations
  • compassion meditations
  • emotion focused meditation
  • exploring positive emotions, such as gratitude, joy, and kindness
  • cultivating a deeper connection with body, emotions, and relationships with others

In Person


All sessions are currently online. In person sessions will be available from August 2024, in my counselling office in Sydney Australia.

Online and Phone


It’s easy for us to connect wherever you are in the world.
Phone and video consultations are safe, private and convenient.