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Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain – The Emotional Effects

By Estee Goren, MFT, M.A.

Unlike temporary pain, chronic pain is an intense and constant companion. The longer we suffer, the higher the chance that we will feel helpless, lonely, and angry. Some patients become depressed and anxious. They may also experience insomnia, and cognitive impairment. Frequently, the patients’ thought process will change and become negative. They may become easily irritated, impatient, and frustrated. As a result, in addition to the physical pain, chronic pain will also affect the patients’ sense of self and their relationships with family, friends and coworkers. Psychotherapy can help patients to better understand the emotional impact of the pain and gain insight into their natural response. In Cognitive Behavior Therapy patients learn to identify negative thought patterns and reframe them into more realistic ones. In supportive counseling, the patients can learn how to better communicate their feelings, and practice mindfulness and relaxation skills. Consequently, patients will gain sense of safety and control, experience less emotional distress, and improve their overall well-being.

Estee Goren, M.A., is a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC 50146). She specializes in life-threatening illnesses, grief & loss, relationship issues, life transitions, and growth. Her goal is to help others gain a new perspective, improve their quality of life, overcome difficulties, and pursue personal development.

Estee Goren, MA, MFT
MFC 50146

425 El Pintado Road, Suite 101
Danville, CA 94526

(925) 399-1177