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3 Expert Tips to Reframe Chronic Pain: Finding Liberation in the Midst of Struggle

August 01, 2023 Switch Research Season 1 Episode 69
Therapy Talks
3 Expert Tips to Reframe Chronic Pain: Finding Liberation in the Midst of Struggle
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This week on Therapy Talks, we gain invaluable insights into the modalities used to help clients with chronic pain. From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Our guest Shirvin Lee explains how she tailors her approach to each individual, empowering them to reframe their perceptions and relationships with pain. This transformational journey is crucial to improving their overall quality of life.

Shirvin Lee joins us to explore the common misunderstandings and stigma surrounding chronic pain. Shirvin sheds light on how individuals struggling with invisible pain often face skepticism and judgment from others, making it all the more challenging for them to seek support. She introduces the revolutionary concept of the "Spoon Theory" to help communicate energy levels and limitations to those who may not fully grasp the realities of chronic pain.

In This Episode:

  • The importance of validation and understanding in supporting clients dealing with chronic pain and mental health challenges.
  • Strategies to unlock freedom and live a fulfilling life amidst the challenges of chronic pain and mental health.
  • Shirvin provides profound insights into how different cultures approach and cope with chronic pain.
  • How to use the "Spoon Theory" to foster empathy and build stronger support systems for individuals navigating chronic pain.
  • The power of validation and understanding is highlighted, emphasizing how these elements play pivotal roles in supporting clients dealing with chronic pain or navigating cultural expectations.

Shirvin Lee is a dedicated Registered Clinical Counsellor, offering invaluable support to the team at Pain BC and connecting deeply with clients through her practice, Lee Counselling. Having experienced the pressures of pursuing perfection in a world with limited exposure to mental health, she utilizes her personal journey to empower clients by encouraging reframing, practicing compassion, and embracing imperfections.

Find Out More About Shirvin:
Website: https://shirvin.ca/
Instagram: @therapywithshirvin

Learn More About Switch Research:
Website: https://switchresearch.org/
Instagram: @switchresearch

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