Integral Psychotherapy -
Pain Management

Acute and chronic pain can greatly reduce the quality of life -- it can lead to depression, anxiety, loss of libido, sleeplessness along with sleep deprivation, and isolation.

Generally, pain arises from medical issues. One may also have pain, or exacerbate pain, due to mental processes.  However, how one one experiences the pain can be altered through various techniques.  

  • Hypnosis is most often used for pain management. It allows the client to learn to manage pain by changing the way the brain interprets the pain.  It can be used to stop or reduce acute pain, to reduce chronic pain through analgesia, or to change how the pain is experienced.  Pain hypnosis relies on a client's developing the skills to use self-hypnosis in managing pain symptoms.  This practice is assisted by using recordings made during sessions.

  • EMDR is often used to change the emotional experience of pain.  By reducing the strong negative emotions around the pain, the quality of the pain changes.  Instead of focusing on one's dislike of the pain, which generally worsens it, a client can learn to neutralize the emotions, changing how the pain is experienced.

  • Mindfulness meditation has proven very helpful for pain management as the client learns to stop judging and identifying with the pain.  Rather than it being my pain, and bad, it becomes simply pain -- a sensation that arises, which changes constantly, and passes.  The rising and falling of pain can be constant. However, by not judging or identifying with it, it is neutralized.  It becomes a sensation that is experienced, like other sensations.  One can pay attention to it, or not.  The pain is something that is simply there, it doesn't belong to anyone, it is neither good nor bad, and as a result, one doesn't attach negative emotions to it -- worsening both the psychological and physical suffering.