Chronic pain is one of the most distressing conditions one can experience, yet medical interventions are limited. Psychological techniques help patients cope with pain, and can reduce pain signals in the body and brain. They may help prevent episodic pain developing into chronic pain. 

Dr Cathcart is at the forefront of latest developments in pain. His research on pain neuroscience has been published worldwide, and his team was the first in the world to trial Brief Mindfulness-Based Therapy for chronic headache (see Resources and Research). 

Pain management psychologist Canberra

Pain management may include: 

  • Developing techniques for reducing pain sensitivity and sensitization
  • Altering pain signal interpretation and physical and psychological response
  • Relaxation training
  • Developing appropriate activity levels and programs 
  • Muscle relaxation 
  • Controlled breathing
  • Strategies for reducing effects of pain on mood, sleep, attention, study, work, etc 
  • Stress management 
  • Mindfulness training 
  • Meditation 
  • Medication management 
  • Strategies for living with pain  
  • Assessment and modification of cognitive and behavioural coping styles 
  • Interpersonal and communication skills (e.g. for dealing with friends, family, and health care practitioners when you are in pain) 
  • Helping to come to terms with chronic pain and assisting with moving forward in life

Please note Dr Cathcart does not consult for Medico-legal, workers compensation, or workplace injury cases. We recommend consulting a psychologist with particular expertise in the above cases. The Australian Psychological Society has a Find a Psychologist service where you can search for a psychologist by location, expertise, etc.