According to the Institute of Medicine, at least 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine reported that more Americans are affected by chronic pain than diabetes and cancer combined. Unfortunately, sometimes there is no straightforward solution or treatment for chronic pain because it is more complex. Society typically associates pain as a physical sensation, however, there are also biological, psychological and emotional factors that contribute to someone's pain experience. Medical issues and chronic pain are physically and psychologically stressful for a person to experience. Often this stress may lead to anger, frustration, or feeling depressed about your current condition. Therapists are experts in helping people cope with the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are associated with chronic pain or medical issues. Research has shown that psychotherapy can be as effective as surgery for relieving chronic pain (American Psychological Association). To request a new patient appointment click here.