Chronic Pain Counsellors

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain brings hundreds of people to therapy every week. Many physical and psychological issues can cause chronic pain and it is important to rule out any medical causes and get treatment by speaking to a physician.

Some people experience chronic pain as the result of untreated emotional overwhelm, unexpressed anger, depression or grief. Symptoms of chronic pain typically include headaches; muscle tension, pain or fatigue;  shooting nerve pains, and tension in the back, neck and shoulders.

Many people with chronic pain disorder are reluctant to explore the emotional causes of their pain for fear of being told that they are inventing the symptoms. However, true somaticizing is a very real condition in which the emotions are unable to leave the body.

Another reason why people are loathe to admit the emotional roots of their pain, is that they fear that there would be no medical cure. Chronic pain with an emotional root requires that they confront the emotions that have been hidden away, and this can be challenging.

Therapists and psychologists who do  chronic pain therapy offer a confidential and safe environment in which people can explore pent-up emotions and as a result experience short term and long term relief. Symptoms caused by long term emotional build-up may require long-term treatment and due to the physical changes, some medical intervention and active physiotherapy is often very important as well.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who works with chronic pain you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Judy Zhu

M.Ed., RCC
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or feeling stressed out? Are you also experiencing health issues such as digestion problems, poor sleep, pain and fatigue? I am a registered clinical... Read more

Norma Hoeppner

M.S.W., RSW
In private practice since 2007, Norma has been a dynamic clinical therapist across diverse health settings since 1989. Currently she practices with Clear Counselling Inc. in Vancouver, as well as an office through... Read more
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Life is not always easy, and it is a core belief that all of us – if we live long enough and go through enough life experiences – will struggle with psychological health difficulties at some point in our... Read more

Lu Lam

M.Ed., CCC
My Experience I believe if we can heal our minds, we can heal our worlds. I am a Chinese-Taiwanese trans identified Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (#12193). I... Read more

Alex Kwee

Psy.D., R.Psych
I am a Psychologist registered in British Columbia (CPBC #1903) and the State of Washington. Currently I am an Assistant Professor at Trinity Western University, where I serve as a core faculty member in the MA in... Read more

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC
As a therapist, I offer you a professional relationship that is deeply accepting and non-judgemental, but also objective and truthful. The issues that bring you to therapy likely started in the context of relationship,... Read more

Meagan Maddocks

M.Couns., RCC
This practice is NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS Meagan is a registered clinical counsellor who has over 15 years of expertise in working with clients who live with chronic illneses. Balancing life’s... Read more

Raheel Rahman

M.A., RCC
  Raheel Rahman is committed to providing compassion and support to help you through many life issues.   RAHEEL RAHMAN CAN HELP YOU WITH: Anxiety in adults and children Depression in adults... Read more

Shivani Wells-Shaw

M.A., RCC
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and the owner of Shivani Wells-Shaw Clinical Counsellor. I lead a team of EMDR therapists offering online and in-person appointments in Downtown Vancouver. My practice... Read more

Rebecca Rauscher

M.Ed., RCC
Are you feeling scared because of a new diagnosis or health concern (e.g. cancer, anxiety, depression)?  Is an illness taking over your life?  Are you feeling alone? Hopeless?  Are you having trouble... Read more

Colleen Wilkie

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Are you disappointed in your relationships?  Do you feel lonely and misunderstood?  Are you feeling depressed or anxious?  Or, you might be someone who has had therapy in the past but needs something... Read more

Jill Arnold

M.A., RCC
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Clients describe me as straightforward and kind while being practical, effective and patient. I am available to help you through a secure virtual platform or on the telephone. I want you to feel better. In... Read more

Heather Rattai

M.C., RCC
On-line video and telephone counselling sessions currently available. Hi, my name is Heather Rattai and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has specializes in: Issues with food, eating or body image... Read more

Anthony Cave

M.A., R.Psych
About me My private practice consists of psychotherapy services for youth, adults and elders. An appointment usually lasts an hour and takes place in a confidential office setting. I also provide clinical consulting... Read more

Kelsey Grimm

M.Couns., RCC
At Healing Spaces, it's all about you! We are glad you have decided to invest in your own health and wellbeing. We know this can be a big decision and we are truly honoured to support you in your counselling... Read more

Lori Taylor

Ph.D., R.Psych
Healing from life's difficulties is possible. I am Dr. Lori Taylor, a registered psychologist who sees clients from BC via my online-only practice.  I might be the right therapist for you if: You have a... Read more

Leona Westra

MCP, RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and I received my Master of Counselling Psychology from Adler University and a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology) from Athabasca University. I also have education... Read more

Darlene Cripps

M.A., CCC
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During COVID-19 I provide counselling sessions using secure video. I work with adult individuals who are struggling with emotional regulation and boundaries. Therapy with me helps people acquire skills and resources... Read more

Joelle Prevost

MCP, RCC
Hello! I offer online counselling in the following areas:  - General Counseling (life stress, communication, personal growth, achieving goals, career issues/balance) - Communication and Boundary Setting -... Read more

Jennifer Scott

M.A., RCC
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Please note that during this surreal time of COVID-19 I am now offering virtual counselling by phone or video as well as in-person counselling starting June 5th, 2020. Many clients have found virtual counselling just as... Read more

Jenny Hsu

M.C., RCC
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High relationship satisfaction and a secure bond with an intimate partner can dramatically benefit our physical and emotional health, especially in stressful times.  Unfortunately, on average, it takes about six... Read more

Joelle Lazar

M.A., RCC
I love my work, and am passionate about helping people have more joy and fulfillment in their lives and relationships! I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with extensive training and experience providing... Read more

Marco Ma

MCP, RCC
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC # 17221) under BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. My past work experience and education focused on trauma and familial/relational conflicts. I worked in non-profit... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Ross Laird, PhD RCC is a consultant to organizations on themes of personal development, well-being, and whole-person learning. He has worked extensively in the fields of addiction, interpersonal conflict, trauma,... Read more

Megan Hughes

M.A., Registered Psychology Assistant
*Now offering video and phone sessions.* Megan Hughes has been counselling in private, educational and institutional settings for 20 years. She has worked successfully with a variety of populations, including... Read more

Holly Yager

M.Ed., RCC
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Holly Yager M.Ed., RCC, CCC is a reproductive & sexual health and fertility counsellor in BC. She is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and... Read more

Vanessa Melle

M.S.W., RSW
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Has illness taken away the activities that give your life meaning? Have you had traumatizing encounters with the medical system? Do you find yourself doubting your own experience of your body? Do you feel lazy when you... Read more

Nicole Neufeld

M.C., RCC
Hi, I'm Nicole (she/her). If you're in a space where you're not feeling like yourself, you're not alone. We can all reach moments in our lives where we feel worn down, or alone. The stress we... Read more

Lillian Kelly

M.A., RCC
I see clients online. from anywhere Frustrated? Unhappy with your relationship? Are you repeating painful patterns in your relationship, and in your life? I can help you create the changes that you long for! You... Read more

Josh Slatkoff

Ph.D., R.Psych
COVID-19:  I will not be offering in-person sessions at this time.  If you an existing client, I will contact you about tele/video options. Dr. Josh Slatkoff is a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1774) who... Read more