“Somewhere inside that hurting body, there is something better, something stronger, something real.” ― R. M. Drake
According to the National Institute of Health, over 60 million people live with pain. Pain is one of the most common reasons why someone goes to the doctor. The American Pain Society recently hosted leading psychologists who "presented compelling clinical evidence that cognitive therapies are safer and often more effective than opioids in fostering chronic pain relief." Tess offers ACT Therapy; Acceptance Commitment Therapy, a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. ACT helps you accept that parts of your life are difficult, and helps you get a new perspective on life. The goal of living life fully even if you are in pain is reachable. This is good news if you are suffering from chronic pain. It means you can learn how to manage your symptoms and get your life back.
Many times living with pain contributes to depression and/or anxiety, stressing your relationships. You know it is taking its toll on you. You may find that you are irritable, hopeless or angry. There is a danger of becoming habituated or dependent on opioids. Counseling can help you recognize the symptoms, taking an honest look at whether or not you are making the best choices for you. As you begin to recognize danger signs, you can take back your life. You can be there for your loved ones, and find joy in your life. As you begin to process and accept where you are in your life, you will begin to experience purpose and peace.