Psychotherapy Services in South West London

Managing Pain

Professor Owen Hughes, Consultant Counselling Psychologist and Head of Pain and Fatigue Management despite living with a chronic pain condition himself discuss how to manage chronic pain. He said that after being told that they are going to have to live with pain for the rest of their lives many believe that they are going to be miserable for the rest of their lives. There is a metaphor which is often used in acceptance and commitment therapy of the tramp at the party: A man is about to hold a huge party to celebrate his birthday. He has decorated the house, completed the catering and ordered the entertainment; just as the party is about to start he discovers that a tramp has moved into the shed in the garden. He now has a choice, he can focus his attentions and energies on trying to get the tramp to leave or he can accept that the tramp is there and is doing no harm and enjoy the company of his friends. Chronic (non-malignant) pain is like the tramp, and people can be helped to accept it and focus their energies on enjoying the rest of their life.

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