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How can therapy help my pain?
There are two different types of pain:
Primary Pain: pain caused my physical damage to tissue in the body. Can sometimes turn into chronic pain. An example of this would be arthritis
Secondary Pain: also known as suffering. This pain refers to the physical and mental anguish that results from the primary pain
These pains get very intertwined, like an old ball of yarn found deep in the attic. Through counseling we work on untangling these pains so eventually when you feel primary pain the suffering doesn’t follow. By separating primary and secondary pain you can learn to take your life back and eventually begin to lessen your primary pain as well. Each session is also tailored to every client’s individual needs and goals to ensure maximum progress.
To learn more visit: https://chronichopecounseling.com/why-therapy-for-pain%3F
What is chronic pain/illness counseling?
Chronic pain counseling is similar to “typical” counseling you may see in other offices, but it’s very different as well.We have the same education and licensure as most counselors in the field, we just specialize in working with people in pain. We look at things like anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD and other mental health struggles through the unique lens of chronic pain/illness. We look at the pain/illness and its effect on an individual’s mental health.
In addition to this Jennifer Sutton, the owner and counselor of Chronic Hope Counseling has had chronic pain since she was a teenager and has been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Lyme Disease and a few more things making her truly understand and relate to the people who seek us out for help. She counsels from a place of true empathy and understanding.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment?
No, you absolutely do not! You can call or message us directly to make an appointment.
Do you treat things like anxiety and depression?
Yes we do. We work with clients with all sorts of different mental health struggles/diagnoses, we just consider how pain/illness may be affecting your mental health.
What does grief have to do with chronic pain?
Grief is a complicated emotion. We find that most people with chronic pain/illness experience grief at some point and in some capacity. At first you may have trouble even identifying what you are experiencing as grief, but in time it all makes sense. People who struggle with chronic health issues often find themselves grieving the healthy life they expected and the healthy self they dreamed to be. This grief is complicated and hard for a lot of people to understand and process. Jennifer Sutton, the counselor at Chronic Hope Counseling, is a grief certified counselor and can help you identify, process and begin to move past this grief.
How can I become a part of the chronic pain/illness community?
Simply reach out to us! We offer a free monthly support group and (when there isn’t a pandemic) we also offer a free monthly community connection even where people in the chronic pain/illness community can gather and get to know each other. You are always welcome at any/all of these events!
What insurance do you take/how do your fees work?
Currently we accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and self pay clients. Don’t let this scare you if you are out of network! We offer sliding fee scales based on income, payment plans and other things to help make our services affordable. If you are looking for chronic pain/illness counseling please reach out to us and we will discuss payment options.
Do you offer groups?
Yes we do! Check out our group counseling page for more information.
Still have questions? Send us a message!