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. 

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 or persistent 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.

Our Expertise

  • We are post-doctorate, British Psychological Society (BPS) Practitioner Psychologists (Sport & Exercise Psychology) with HCPC practitioner registration, Enhanced DBS and safeguarding training.
  • We have personal experience of how injury and pain can effect the ability to work and perform as usual, and personal, professional and/or athletic identity.

How We Help You
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.

Please note, we unfortunately can not help:

  • Children under 18, vulnerable adults, and those with mental health concerns (please see FAQs below for details of mental health concerns).
  • Those who live in a US State that does not allow health care from outside of your State or a country under UK sanctions.

 
Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if you live in the UK.
We can also offer longer face-to-face sessions, e.g., 1/2 or full day.
Please contact us to discuss how we can best support you. Cost depends on session length and our travel: We are based in the SE England.

It is normal to experience negative thoughts, feelings and emotions whilst injured or in pain; we can help you with these.

We cannot help you if you are experiencing mental health concerns as these are known to reduce the effectiveness of our support methods. We can however, support you alongside any mental health support, so please see your GP or a mental health professional for help before approaching us.

Examples of Mental Health Concern: You should first seek support from their GP or a mental health professional, if you:

  • Feel unhappy, sad, or irritable most of the time.
  • Feel worried, nervous, overwhelmed, and/or anxious most of the time.
  • Have emotional struggles that are interfering with your ability to function at work, at school, at home, or in relationships.
  • Have thoughts of harming yourself and/or others.
  • Struggle with substance abuse or other addictions.
  • Experience a significant life change or loss, e.g., the illness or death of a loved one or the loss of a relationship.
  • Have an eating disorder and/or struggle with body image.
  • Have experienced abuse or trauma at any time in your life and are struggling with how that affects you now.
  • Have difficulty with your sexual orientation.
Yes. Psychology support alone can help you with your injury and pain, but I work alongside other health professionals as appropriate. E.g.:

  • If you have been referred to us by a health professional, e.g., a pain management consultant or physiotherapist, I can work with them to help you get integrated support.
  • Sometimes I need assurance of your physical or mental situation to ensure our support is complementary. In this case, I ask for written confirmation from your physio, etc.
  • If you are receiving mental health support, I can work alongside them to help you specifically with your injury or pain.

Yes. Whatever you say in your sessions is private and confidential. Confidentiality will only be broken when:

  • We are required to do so by law.
  • I have serious and immediate concerns that you are a risk to yourself or others.
  • When you have given me permission to discuss specific information with other health care professionals who are helping you.
Yes. We can help your organisation:

  • Better support individuals with injury or pain.
  • Create a safer and more supportive injury and pain-related culture.

Please follow these links for information of our presentations and workshops and our overall psychological approach to organisational injury and pain support, and contact us to discuss how we can best help.

No, as this is a support service. If you are seeking a psychological assessment for these purposes, we advise you to contact the main psychological association within your country for a register of qualified psychologists who can assess your situation. Within the UK, please go to the British Psychological Society Website or Tel: 0116 254 9568.

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