Clinical Health Psychology (Pain Management)
Dr Anne Waters, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (DClin Psychol, CPsychol, Chartered Clinical Psychologist)
Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience and is often associated with reduced physical functioning as well as altered sensory experiences, such as hyper-sensitivity to otherwise ‘ordinary’ sensations, or numbness. It can be very distressing and isolating; people living with persistent pain often feel misunderstood and/or alone.
Living with persistent (or chronic) pain can be exceedingly challenging, impacting upon a persons’ ability to carry out everyday activities, their ability to engage in meaningful, valued activities in life, to enjoy a social life or leisure time and their ability to find employment.
Anne a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialising in persistent pain management, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, a member of the British Psychological Society (Divisions of Clinical and Health Psychology), The British Pain Society and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
Having qualified in 1994, she worked in the NHS for 27 years, initially in Adult Mental Health, later specialising in trauma (PTSD) and physical health. For the last 13 years she specialised in persistent pain management, gaining extensive experience and training in this area. Having worked closely with physiotherapists and occupational therapists specialising in pain management, Anne considers this collaborative, multi-professional approach to be most helpful in improving the quality of life for people living with pain.
As a Clinical Psychologist specialising in persistent pain management, Anne is able to offer help with the following:
- Detailed assessment of all aspects of clients’ difficulties, including cognitive (patterns of thinking/beliefs), behavioural and emotional states
- Explanation and understanding of the physiology underpinning persistent pain – a good understanding of the biological changes and processes that occur when pain persists can enable clients to better ‘tailor’ good self-management strategies into their daily living
- Help and guidance with good self-management strategies, including planning, pacing and goal setting in order to manage pain on a daily and long-term basis
- Support with issues of acceptance, adjustment and/or loss (cognitive and emotional) associated with living with persistent pain
- Issues of identity – loss of sense-of-self or self-worth
- Relationship difficulties
- Teaching, training, supervision or consultation of other professional team members or external bodies
If you would like to discuss any of the above issues further or arrange an initial consultation, please contact Anne by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via one of the Hobbs team.