Chronic Pain

As a clinical psychologist, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to collaborate with patients. Many patients come to me to learn how to engage in health promoting behaviors. I do my best to employ techniques that are well-matched to an individual’s specific goals and strengths. In addition, to help patients feel more invested in therapy, I incorporate each individual’s preferences into decision-making processes. 

I treat patients with a variety of struggles and disorders, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, body image concerns, sexual dysfunction, and insomnia. 

How I Help Patients Cope with Pain:

  • Be Active. Fearing increased pain can cause people to stop enjoying the activities they love. Remember to stay active, and not to allow pain to take control over your life.

 

 

  • Limit Yourself- as necessary. Be aware of your current physical limitations. Create plans about how to manage pain, and resist the urge to do too much too early- don’t push yourself to do more than you can handle!

 

  • Exercise. Stay healthy and active with low-impact activities like swimming, walking, and yoga.

 

  • Make social connections.  Call family members, invite a friends to lunch, or make a  date with a loved one. It has been proven that those with more social support can be more resilient, and are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it.

 

  • Distract Yourself. Find ways to distract your mind when the pain is acting up. Try visiting a local park, exploring a new hobby, or watching a movie. Positive experiences will help you better cope with pain.

 

  • Maintain Hope. With correct psychological treatment, you will learn to manage your pain and change how you think about it.

  • Follow prescriptions carefully. If medications are part of your treatment plan, only use them as prescribed. This will ensure you avoid dangerous side effects. Psychologists can also help you develop routines to continue recovery, alongside helping you learn how to cope and manage the pain.

 

Interested? Please send an email to Dr. Kolzet at julie@doctorkolzet.com