Dr Shelley Bennett – Clinical Psychologist

Dr Shelley Bennett
DClin Psych, MSc, BSc, PGCert

Pain Management Support

“Helping individuals to rebuild their lives with a compassionate and holistic approach”

I am a Clinical Psychologist who has worked for many years supporting people who are faced with living with physical health problems. I have developed a special interest in persistent pain, in terms of why it comes about; the impact it can have on people’s lives, and what we can do about it.

What is Persistent Pain?

Pain that continues beyond the ‘normal’ healing process in our body (which averages 3-6 months) is usually referred to as persistent or chronic pain.  It can have debilitating effects on a person’s life; their physical activity, mood, relationships, work and social life.  Finding the right support can help people to rebuild their lives.

What are the Common Problems that can arise?

Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Loss of confidence, Loss of identity, Poor sleep, Avoidance of activity, Overdoing activities on a ‘good day’, Loss of / or increased appetite

What is Pain Management?

Pain management usually involves a combination of approaches that are aimed at improving the individual’s understanding of pain, improving their mobility, and enhancing mood.  By enabling the person to reduce the negative impact that persistent pain has on their life, can improve their quality of life and indirectly improve their pain experience.

Common Misconceptions about talking to a Psychologist

“They think my pain is all in my head”  “They think that I am going mad”

“It means I’m failing and not coping”  “It means I’m weak”  “They will make me talk about things I don’t want to”

Important to Know!

  • Everything you wish to share is kept confidential and you are not obliged to talk about anything you do not want to.
  • Your pain is real, we take it seriously.
  • It is understandable and common for pain to affect an individual’s well-being.
  • It takes strength and courage to reach out and ask for support.  You are not a failure!

How Can I Help?

My goal with people is not to reduce their pain but to help reduce the negative impact that pain has on their lives. There are different therapeutic models that I draw upon including cognitive behavioural therapy and compassion focused therapy, but most importantly I tailor my approach to the individual and the needs and priorities they present with. My emphasis is on empowering people to regain control over their lives rather than their pain, and this requires a commitment and openness by them to making changes.

What Happens Next?

If there are issues highlighted on this leaflet that you feel apply to you or if you want to find out other ways in which I might be able to help we can arrange to meet by you simply emailing or calling the contact details below. I normally meet people for a 90 minute or 1 hour assessment initially.  You may feel that one session is enough, however normally, several sessions are more effective for establishing progress.

 Tel: 01392 952890


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