Helping You to Take Back Control and to Be You Again.

Injury and pain can negatively affect how you feel and what you can do in your personal and working life. If these effects continue over time, they can affect your mental, social and physical health, and ultimately, your experience of who you are and how you fit into the world.

Everyone’s experience of injury and pain is different, and only you will know how it feels and effects you. But we can: listen, help you make sense of what you are experiencing, and guide you through the process required to return to normal life as quickly as possible or to enable you to find the new you that can live a fulfilling life despite any continuing restrictions. 

How can psychology help healing and pain?

Acute pain is caused by an injury or disease and typically lasts for a specific period of time before fading as the cause heals. Chronic pain is pain that continues beyond the normal tissue healing time of 3 months and can occur without any physical damage. Our brain’s emotion centre interprets and regulates any pain messages from the body, so how we feel and what we believe and think about our injury and pain can:
 

  • Affect how well and quickly we recover from acute injury and pain.
  • Increase the probability of an acute injury recurring.
  • Lead acute injury and pain to become chronic pain.
  • Lead to chronic pain without any obvious physical damage.

How we interpret and regulate pain therefore has a cyclical effect on our: perceived and real functional ability, mood state, relationships, and thus our subjective wellbeing and quality of life.

How we can help.

Being able to form a trusting relationship with those who help you with your injury or pain is crucial for the best progress. Our personable, BPS Chartered Psychologists are dedicated to understanding you, your experience and needs, and have specific expertise in supporting people with injury and pain.

Guided by research, our proactive approach aims to: strengthen your control of the injury process, your ability to manage pain, and to protect and promote your psychological wellbeing. How we specifically support you will be discussed once we’ve come to understand your situation, but it might include to:
 

  • Increase your awareness of, and challenge, unhelpful pain-related beliefs.
  • Consider and adopt more helpful beliefs and actions.
  • Identify, transfer and develop skills that help you cope effectively with day-to-day emotional and physical demands.
  • Develop and optimise effective social support.
  • Help you come to terms with those aspects of your life that have changed.
  • Develop strategies so that you can look forward positively and with purpose.
  • Gain confidence with a different you.

Our support is flexible to your needs. We offer:  
 

  • Regular 1 hour to one-off half day/day support sessions.
  • Face-to-face and remote support (please note that we are based in London and the SE of England).

We can also co-ordinate with medical professionals as required.

Please note, that our psychologists are bound by the British Psychology Society Code of Conduct and Ethics. As such, we will recommend that any client with signs of clinical mental ill-health be referred to an HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist. Our injury and pain specialists can of course continue to support you alongside any clinical support.

Can we help you? Do you have any questions?
Your situation and needs are unique to you. So please get in touch so that we can listen and then discuss how we can best support you.