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Complex Pain Counseling

Individual Counseling for Pain Management in Chicago, Illinois

Chronic Pain Can Make Life Unmanageable

Pain is incredibly nuanced. People who experience chronic pain face more than aches and pains - they experience distress, panic, anxiety, and isolation. It can be hard to talk about it with friends because they won’t understand what it feels like; the advice will be “work through it.” But pain makes it hard to think, feel, or function.

Complex Pain Requires a Holistic, Data-Driven Approach.

People who experience chronic pain experience a loss of control. Unmanaged pain can lead to immediate and severe consequences when it comes to work, health, or personal relationships. Managing your physical help is one piece of the puzzle. Another crucial step is working on our mental health and coping skills for pain.

You may benefit from a holistic approach to pain.  Chronic pain counseling can help you explore the relationship between your pain and your mind.  With custom tailored coping skills and measuring tools to understand your pain, you can regain a sense of control over your life.

Common Causes of Complex Pain

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back surgery
  • Disc degeneration
  • Sports injuries
  • Migraines
  • Sickle Cell
  • Cancer

Frequently asked questions about Complex Pain Counseling:

Q. What happens at my first consultation?

Your first consultation is 80-minutes in length. Your counselor will carefully review your intake paperwork before meeting with you. The first part of the meeting will focus on understanding your goals and values. Your counselor will then spend time assessing relevant background information. In the final part of the meeting, your counselor will offer you a menu of options based on your goals. Your recommendations will include a variety of options, including continuing with counseling, trying out strategies on your own, or pursuing other behavior change resources.

Q. How long will it take to feel better?

Some people can create lasting and meaningful change in as little as 12-20 sessions of weekly counseling. This depends on where you are in your health care journey. Your counselor will always share a sense of how long it will take to achieve your goals.

Q. How can counseling help my physical pain?

Pain is multifaceted and sometimes treating it holistically is helpful. In exploring what your pain looks like, learning coping skills to deal with pain, and processing the stress of being in a body with pain, you can gain a sense of control over your life.

Q. Can I communicate with my loved one’s counselor outside of Collateral Sessions?

We ask Collateral attendees to refrain from communicating directly with the client’s counselor. This is to protect the integrity of the individual counseling process. If you call or email the client’s counselor, the counselor will be unable to acknowledge the communication unless there has been written authorization allowing this form of disclosure.

Q. If I am a Collateral, can I contact my loved one’s counselor if there is an emergency?

The client’s counselor can only communicate with you if you are listed as the emergency contact on file.

Q. Can I request Collateral Sessions after attending one?

If you would like to schedule additional Collateral Sessions, you are advised to talk with your loved one about this, who will then talk with their counselor, directly.