Pain management counselling
Pain management counselling. Joanna Bourke, writing in her book, “The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers” describes how our views of pain and pain management have changed along with our expectations of cure, the efficiency of science and the decline of religion.
One of the things she talked about was how doctors in centuries past were explicitly encouraged to develop a relationship with their patients. This relationship was seen as one of the keys to the success of treatment. She described how over the years this relationship has fallen from being a key to treatment to being a non-necessary option.
Listening to this I realised that pain management ounselling, that prizes the relationship between therapist and client, has a long history that goes back to a time when trust and faith and understanding held more sway in our culture than science which was simply a tool to a better life rather than, as it is today, the gateway to a better life.
Pain can sometimes be unquantifiable and unmeasurable and sometimes we can view sufferers of pain with some suspicion and perhaps a little impatience. Like anxiety, pain is real and it tells the sufferer that they are unwell. If it can’t be fixed and it won’t go away we simply live with it and incorporate the unpleasant sense of it into our existence, being worn down by it and having our life limited by it.
Pain management counselling accepts pain and does not need to try and see if it is real. Counselling knows it is. If you would be interested in talking to me about your pain I will listen and learn from you about your experiences and how they have shaped you and how you would like to move forward.
Please get in touch for more information about my services, I have considerable experience supporting people live with chronic pain and CRPS and helping them find new and more effective ways of managing their pain themselves. Thank you for reading this article.