Pain management is a psychological approach used to treat short term or chronic pain. Pain, although a valuable indicator of physical distress in the body is also associated with depression, fatigue, anxiety and disruption in social and occupational functioning. Pain can also lead to sleep disturbance, significant changes in appetite, energy levels, emotional dysregulation, muscular tension, gastrointestinal problems, abuse of pain killers and sedatives.
Pain is a powerful reminder of the mind-body connection. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost a third (31%) of adults with severe or very severe pain experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress. This figure is around six times the rate for those with no pain (5%).
One in five (20%) Australian adults with severe/very severe pain also suffered from depression or other mood disorders. This is more than double the national average (9%) and four times the rate for people without pain (5%).There are two categories of pain:
Research indicates that not only does pain impact on psychological well-being but psychological well-being influences how we experience and tolerate pain. Our attitudes to pain, sense of control, trauma, expectations of self, resilience, and understanding of the causes of our pain all shape how we cope with pain.
Counselling can be very useful in strengthening an individual’s inner resources as well as developing and supporting the implementation of external strategies to increase a sense of agency over the experience of pain. Counselling can also assist in addressing and coping with the original causes of pain whether that be injury, medical illness, and/or psychological distress.
We prioritise the use of effective psychological therapies in the context of a quality therapeutic relationship. The relationship between you and the therapist involves being supported in an alliance focused on your healing and growth. The therapeutic relationship allows for the direct experience of a healthy relationship that promotes self-inquiry and exploration in a non-judgmental manner. The therapeutic relationship promotes self-understanding and relationship skills such as healthy boundary setting, assertion, self-esteem, and the capacity to give and receive care, while addressing the specific issues you wish to resolve. At Integrative Psychology we provide counseling services for a wide range of issues including but not limited to:
Couples counselling can address a range of relationship issues to determine whether to stay and repair and enhance a relationship or separate amicably. Specific examples of issues addressed in couples counselling include:
Family counselling (otherwise known as Family Therapy) involves a number of family members together attending counselling to address a range of issues, which can often be long standing. Family therapy can be directed at assisting a family to clarify and better manage relationships amongst family members as well as assisting families in dealing with major changes or distressing circumstances or events, such as grief and loss or mental or physical illness. Dealing with past family based trauma can also be a focus. As with all therapies a counsellor is there to assist the individual, couple or family to gain their own clarity about a situation and develop better ways of managing that situation. The counsellor is not there to guide the individual or family members toward values or beliefs personally held by the counsellor. Counselling is non-judgemental and respectful at all times. At Integrative Psychology our therapists are trained in a variety of approaches to assist with a range of relationships.
Group therapy can be a very effective way of overcoming feelings of isolation and hopelessness while facilitating change in a relatively short duration of time. Group therapy can differ according to length, size of group and criteria for inclusion. Groups may also differ in the degree of group participation required; generally therapeutic groups require greater group participation than psycho-education seminars and workshops. If you have any concerns about group participation please discuss these with the nominated contact person for the group you are considering, prior to registering for that group program. Group programs available at Integrative Psychology: