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  • Writer's pictureAverie McCauley, LCSW-BACS

Treating Chronic Pain with Brain-Body Psychotherapies

Chronic Pain is one of the many, often unseen, aspects of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD). People living with chronic pain due to these and other complex health conditions are commonly faced with challenges such as:

  • Advocating and investigating

  • Navigating a healthcare system that is not designed to address their multi-systemic needs

  • Being dismissed, undiagnosed, and/or misdiagnosed by medical providers

  • Medical and healthcare trauma

  • Struggling with fundamental daily activities

  • Sensitization to pain (nervous system loop)

  • Grieving limitations and lost abilities

  • Isolation due to feeling unwell, not understood, and guilty about complicated needs

  • Overwhelm, anxiety, and exhaustion related to all of the above

While each individual’s experience is unique, this helpful infographic shines light on what a chronic pain experience can look like.

Brain-body psychotherapies like Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting (BSP) can help by:

  • Treating the medical trauma

  • Easing chronic pain symptoms

  • Creating clarity around physical sensations of embodied trauma

  • Reframing negative beliefs

  • Improving energy and mood

  • Helping to create a different relationship with pain so that it does not define the person experiencing it

Read more about these modalities here, and get in touch to learn whether our offerings may be a good fit for you.


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