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Persistent Pain

Persistent pain can have a debilitating impact on your life. It can affect your ability to think, function and relate to others, in both your personal and professional life.  Some examples of persistent pain are: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Chronic Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Regional Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).  Persistent pain often presents with additional emotional issues such as:

If you suffer from persistent pain, whether or not it has an obvious cause, you′ll know that there are some things that tend to make pain worse and some things that tend to ease it. For example, our experience of pain is usually worse when we are tired or low in mood. Also, in moments of enjoyment, we tend to notice our pain less.

How psychological therapy can help

Psychological therapy can help you understand the patterns of thought and behaviour that affect your experience of pain. Your therapist will work with you to manage and reduce the effects of persistent pain. Whilst psychotherapy can′t take your pain away, effective pain management skills will help you feel more able to cope, so that your quality of life improves. Therapy can also help to resolve the emotional issues that often present with persistent pain such as anger or depression.

What′s involved

There are several ways to help you manage and resolve persistent pain. Your therapist may use specific approaches, tailored to your circumstances, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

What do I do next?

Connect can help you find the most appropriate therapist for your circumstances, in a location convenient to you. If you live in Bath, Bristol, North Somerset, West Wiltshire or South Gloucestershire, please contact us for a free discussion. Call 01225 344 171 or email

Psychotherapy is often additional and complementary to other treatments for persistent pain, such as medication and physiotherapy, and we recommend that you speak with your GP and treating clinicians where appropriate.

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