I am a California licensed clinical psychologist currently accepting new clients for telehealth therapy (phone or video).
Clinical Psychologist in California
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is generally the most effective therapy for treatment of chronic pain. Rather than fruitlessly fighting against our pain (often without improvement or benefit), ACT helps us accept what aspects of the pain we can manage, work with rather than against them, and results in an overall increase in functionality and quality of life. We can't always remove pain completely, but we can almost always improve the ways in which it affects one's life.
CBT is recognized as the gold-standard for a great number of psychological symptoms and conditions, including stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, social phobia, insomnia, and many, many more.
Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based behavioral technique that helps to guide you towards improving beneficial behavior or eliminating problematic behavior. It was originally developed for treatment of addiction, but is very helpful for any sort of behavioral change one might wish to make (losing weight, eating/sleeping better, increasing exercise, etc.) The therapist doesn't direct the treatment, but rather acts as a guide to help you determine the best course of action.
These are remarkably stressful times and stress affects people in different ways. You might be feeling more anxious or depressed; you might have trouble sleeping; you might find yourself feeling restless or irritable or having relationship difficulties. Any of these experiences (and more) can feel hopeless, overwhelming, or that you're the only one who is suffering - DON'T BELIEVE IT! All of these issues can and do improve with skills and support.
Sleep difficulty is one of the most common symptoms of depression, anxiety, or overall stress. It's also one of the most troublesome -- if you're not sleeping well, it almost doesn't matter what else you do because you're probably feeling lousy for that reason alone. Most people treat insomnia with medication, which can be effective, but insomnia can also be very effectively treated via cognitive behavioral therapy (with or without medication), with better chances for long-term improvement.
The bad news is that living your life while managing chronic pain or other chronic medical conditions is one of the most difficult skills that we may need. The good news is that these skills can SIGNIFICANTLY improve your quality of life and have direct positive impacts on both your physical and mental health. You need not suffer in silence -- with practice and support, therapy can help you improve your overall functioning and help you continue to do what is most important to you.