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Chronic Pain Therapy Services

About Chronic Pain Therapy

Dr. Jessica Leavell, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified pain reprocessing psychotherapist based in the Boston Metro-West area who provides care for residents of Massachusetts. With a compassionate approach and a commitment to evidence-based practices, Dr. Leavell specializes in the psychotherapeutic treatment of chronic pain, anxiety, and many other stress-related illnesses. Through her practice, Dr. Leavell provides a beacon of hope for those suffering from chronic pain, guiding them through tailored therapy sessions designed to calm the mind, heal the body, and restore quality of life.


Chronic pain affects millions globally, presenting not just a physical challenge but also a psychological one. Let’s dive deeper into the world of chronic pain therapy, exploring various treatment options and strategies to manage and alleviate pain. 

Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is pain that persists beyond the usual course of an acute illness or healing of an injury. It might not respond to typical pain management and can significantly affect one's quality of life.

Types and Causes of Chronic Pain

  • Nociceptive Pain: Caused by damage to body tissue.

  • Neuropathic Pain: Resulting from nerve damage or a hypersensitive central nervous system.

  • Psychogenic Pain: Pain affected by psychological factors.

Impact on Quality of Life

  • Physical Limitations: Restricts mobility impacting essential daily living skills and participation in beloved activities.

  • Psychological Impact: Can lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.

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If you need help managing chronic pain call Dr. Leavell  at 781-777-3167

Psychological Approaches to Chronic Pain

Understanding the psychological aspect of chronic pain is crucial. Treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) have proven to be an effective way to treat chronic pain.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

CBT helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their pain and teaches coping mechanisms.  Dr. Jessica Leavell utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to help her patients manage chronic pain by addressing the thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes that influence their pain experience. Through CBT, she teaches individuals strategies to cope with pain, alter maladaptive thinking patterns, and develop healthier behaviors, thereby reducing pain's impact on their daily lives and enhancing their overall well-being.

Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

Techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and guided imagery can help alleviate pain by reducing stress and improving emotional regulation.

Patient Education and Self-Management


Educating patients about their condition and pain management techniques is vital. Self-management includes activity planning, stress management, and understanding medication.  This is another suite of helpful tools that Dr. Leavell helps her patients with.

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Key Takeaways on Chronic Pain

  • Chronic pain therapy encompasses a variety of treatment options, including medication, physical therapy, and psychological approaches.

  • Understanding the underlying causes and types of chronic pain is crucial for effective treatment.

  • Recent innovations in pain therapy include neuromodulation techniques and integrative holistic approaches.  It is important that you work with a professional to diagnose and evaluate your pain issues who can also help you come up with a treatment plan.

Questions and Answers About Chronic Pain Psychotherapy

  1. 1. What is chronic pain psychotherapy?
    Chronic pain psychotherapy is a psychological approach to managing chronic pain that involves understanding and treating the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of pain. It includes various therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and biofeedback to help patients cope with pain, reduce stress, and improve their quality of life.

  2. How does Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) help in chronic pain management?
    CBT helps patients with chronic pain by changing how they perceive and react to pain. It teaches them to recognize and modify negative thoughts and behaviors related to pain, develop coping strategies, and reduce stress and emotional distress, leading to improved pain management and a better quality of life.

  3. Can psychotherapy actually reduce the sensation of pain?
    While psychotherapy primarily targets the psychological and emotional aspects of chronic pain, it can lead to a perceived reduction in pain. By addressing anxiety, depression, and stress, which can exacerbate pain sensations, psychotherapy can help diminish the overall pain experience and improve coping mechanisms.

  4. Is psychotherapy effective for all types of chronic pain?
    Psychotherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of chronic pain conditions, including back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain. However, the effectiveness may vary depending on the individual, the specific pain condition, and other treatment modalities being used. It's often most effective when integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that includes medical and physical therapies.

  5. What should I expect in a psychotherapy session for chronic pain?
    In a psychotherapy session for chronic pain, you can expect to discuss your pain experience, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. As a therapist I will work with you to identify patterns that may be contributing to your pain and help you develop new coping strategies, relaxation techniques, and problem-solving skills. The goal is to empower you to manage your pain more effectively and improve your daily functioning and quality of life.

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Explore the transformative possibilities of chronic pain therapy therapy with Finding Light Psychological Services, your trusted anxiety therapist servicing the greater Boston region. Contact me today to start on your journey towards peace of mind and a fulfilling life.

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