Complex pain is when a person experiences persistent severe and debilitating pain as part of a medical condition. One example is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) but it also occurs in many other conditions and syndromes.
EMDR is an acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing'
EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro. It is not simply the use of eye movements. Rather it is a comprehensive therapeutic approach with principles, protocols and procedures with the goal of reducing distress in the shortest period of time. As well as per the NICE recommendation for the treatment of PTSD It can be used to help people with medically unexplained symptoms including complex pain.
David Pike is a Consultant Clinical & Health Psychologist (Chartered) and HCPC Registered. He is an accredited EMDR Practitioner. He worked for 11 years in NHS Pain Clinics, where he devised and lead Pain Management Programmes, and now specialises in using EMDR in order to help people with complex pain.
While a complete elimination of pain cannot be guaranteed there is much that EMDR can do to ease suffering, increase a sense of acceptance and help people understand and value themselves despite such distressing conditions.
People can be referred, or self-refer, to David’s Complex Pain Psychology Clinic at SMCC on application to EducarePartners or SMCC, see contact details above.
People will be assessed individually and then treated individually or participate in a Pain Management Programme (PMP). The PMP will introduce a comprehensive package of psychological techniques for managing pain conditions with the added advantage of mutual support from group members.