Living with chronic pain, whether from an injury or other chronic medical conditions, can influence one’s life in a variety of ways. Feeling isolated, anxious, or depressed can influence our family life, our social life, and how we view the world and ourselves. Learning to cope with chronic pain can be a difficult adjustment for many people. Psychological counseling, in conjunction with medical treatment, can help improve one’s effectiveness with managing pain as well as life’s stressors.
Evidenced-based psychological treatments for chronic medical conditions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT, or talk-therapy) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), can help one manage life stressors and learn new skills to better manage the effects of chronic medical conditions. In brief, these treatments emphasize understanding one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to help create greater engagement in one’s daily activities and goals.