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HT051 - Chronic Pain
Peggy Di Vincenzo, LPC, MFT
Chronic pain is very difficult to diagnose and treat. Many people with chronic pain experience medical professionals who may see them as malingering. These often misunderstood clients appear on the door step of professional counselors, often having been referred by a medical doctor who thinks the chronic pain is “all in their head”. Listen to Peggy Di Vincenzo describe her way of diagnosing and treating this important client group.
Peggy Di Vincenzo, LPC, MFT has been a clinical counselor for over 20 years. Peggy has been licensed as a Professional Counselor in Virginia (since 1993) and as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia (since 1997). She completed multiple courses of study in the use of meditation in psychotherapy, including those with Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction), Ronald Siegel, at The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and at the Institute for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
Rebecca Daniel-Burke asks the following questions, among others:
- How prevalent is chronic pain in the U.S. today? How is chronic pain defined in medical terms?
- What are the most common types of chronic pain people experience?
- What misunderstandings exist about people who suffer from chronic pain?
- What is the connection between chronic pain and depression or anxiety?
- Is someone who has both a mood disorder and chronic pain at higher risk of suicide?
- What is the risk for addiction when someone is taking pain medicine for his or her chronic pain, and how can addiction be avoided? How does addiction differ from dependence?
- What are the types of psychotherapeutic interventions that are effective for working with people who have a co-occurring mood disorder and chronic pain?
- Is exercise effective in ameliorating chronic pain?
- How does meditation help with chronic pain?
- Are there other alternative and complementary approaches to treating chronic pain that are effective?
Running time: 52:2