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.

Mary Munro

M.C., RCC
I can help. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor practicing in downtown Victoria.  Counselling can help you function better: to feel calmer and more effective, to give you insight, to help you meet challenges... Read more

Sherri Calder

M.A., RCC
Sherri has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler University of Professional Psychology. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3580) and a member of B.C. Association of Clinical... Read more

Claudette Alain

M.A., RCC
Claudette's emphasis is on helping individuals and families understand themselves better so that they can live more fully and with greater meaning in life. Trauma, Male and Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse... Read more

Parminder Mann

M.A., RCC
Parminder Mann is a registered clinical counsellor who has offices in Surrey and Burnaby.  Life can be very stressful at times.  Some people may have jobs to juggle, or new careers to manage, some may have... Read more

Marcia Moitoso

MC, RCC
I have specialized training in working with people affected by trauma, anxiety, sexual concerns, relationship issues and difficulties with emotion regulation. Many of my clients come in with a combination of... Read more

Rob Roy

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered clinical psychologist based in Vancouver. Thanks to modern technology, I am also available through secure, online video. I provide assessment and treatment services for people with psychiatric... Read more

Toby Macklin

M.A., RCC
My primary focus is on helping men live more satisfying and meaningful lives, often in the face of trauma. We men often try to push problems aside, but some are hard to ignore. You may feel painfully anxious or... Read more

Kate Steele

M.A., RCC
I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Victoria, BC (BCACC #11659). I work with children, youth, adults, and families. I use a strength-based approach, and draw on the theories of narrative, response-based,... Read more

Michelle Coulombe

M.A., RCC
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**I am not currently accepting new clients.** Video and telephone counselling available.  I have a BA in Psychology, as well as an MA in Counselling Psychology (family specialization) from UBC. I have... Read more

Renee Bartkiewicz

M.A., RCC
  Renee Bartkiewicz is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor and an Art Therapist. In her inclusive, creative, and collaborative practice, she sees individuals that present with a variety of  issues... Read more

Sara Klinkhamer

M.A., RCC
Sara has a background of working on the downtown eastside in Vancouver for more than 10 years, which has given her much experience working with addiction and mental health issues, particularly trauma issues. Sara has... Read more

Carla Dassinger

Psy.D., R.Psych
Dr. Dassinger will be providing secure online video counselling during COVD-19. Dr. Carla Dassinger graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology from Midwestern University in the greater Chicago area. She has... Read more

Myriame Lyons

M.A., RCC
By cultivating a sense of togetherness, I work with individuals living with chronic illnesses, and those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief & loss, burnout, trauma, and life transitions. I have a passion for... Read more

Michelle Mann

Ph.D., RCC
Michelle Mann (PhD RCC) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a therapist providing counselling, therapy and coaching to children, youth, adults and families. Trust, respect, warmth and empathy are key elements in Dr... Read more

Carly Dobson

M.A., RCC
Carly is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and she holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Emphasizing a counselling approach that integrates the concepts... Read more

Lynn Superstein-Raber

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Superstein-Raber is a Registered Psychologist (#01364) and Psychoanalyst who has been providing psychotherapy to actors, dancers and musicians for over twenty years. Fifteen of those years were spent in Los Angeles... Read more

Lillian Kelly

M.A., RCC
I see clients in So. Surrey, B.C. 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 can... Read more

Laura Vander Steen

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Your body and mind communicate clearly when something has been overwhelming. So many experiences can knock you off kilter and effect how we feel. You have likely landed here because your symptoms have become intrusive.... Read more

John Taylor

M.A., RCC
Relationships make the world go round; they can also make your world miserable when things aren't working. I am a trained marital therapist with the skills and passion to help you improve your... Read more

Lydia Hamilton

M.Sc., RCC
Lydia's works with individuals and couples who are supporting a loved one on their recovery journey from mental illness or addictions. She brings 20 years of experience to her practice as well as training in various... Read more

Keri Povall

M.A.Sc., RCC
Increase your emotional well-being, decrease your anxiety and stress and increase your enjoyment of life. My counselling practice in Burnaby provides a safe, confidential and compassionate space to explore your areas of... Read more

Nicklas Ehrlich

M.S.W., RCC
Have you felt frustrated or stuck? Have you struggled to follow through on goals you've committed to? Have you experienced frustration when your actions haven't matched your best intentions? These are very... Read more

Colleen Wilkie

Ph.D., R.Psych
    • Video on profile
COVID-19 impacts all of us as we respond to multiple changes in our lives.  Do your connections with others feel out of balance? Too much connection with those you live with, not enough with others?  Are you... Read more

Megan Sutherland

M.S.W., RCSW
Warm, accepting, inclusive and practical best describes my personal therapeutic style. I also place a high value on careful listening, empathy, professional ethics and accountability.  I believe that all people... Read more

Sabrina Blasberg

M.A., RCC
I have experience addressing a wide range of issues that bring people to counselling, such as depression, anxiety, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. I create a warm and genuine relationship with people... Read more

Jonathan McVicar

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Jonathan McVicar, MA, PhD (UBC), Registered Psychologist has been working with adults (ages 17+) and couples for over 17 years. During this time, he has focused his practice on relationship / marriage... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Please note: Ross Laird does not provide individual counselling. He only works with organizations and groups.  Ross A. Laird, PhD is a best-selling author and award-winning scholar. He is a teacher of... Read more

Eva Helpard

Ph.D., RCSW
We all encounter challenges and difficulties that at times frustrate and overwhelm us. They may prevent us from living our lives the way we truly want. But these struggles also present us with a Time for Change- an... Read more

Serina Islam

Ph.D., RCC
If you are considering to begin counselling or making a decision about which therapist might be right for you, I hope this website will be an informative starting point. If you still feel uncertain after reading through... Read more
    • Video on profile
    • Article(s) on profile
Who am I? I’m a psychotherapist in private practice in West Vancouver. I do FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom sessions on a regular basis. I work with individuals, couples, and families in the following practice areas... Read more