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Discover how starting chronic pain counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Chronic pain counseling

What is Chronic pain counseling?

Chronic pain counseling in Virginia Beach helps victims of chronic pain manage the mental and emotional challenges that accompany it. This is important because chronic pain can cause depression, anxiety, insomnia, and have other negative effects on one's well-being.

How does Chronic pain counseling work?

Chronic pain counseling works by targeting an individual's unique challenges and needs. Dependent on those, it can help someone improve their sleep, enhance relationships with others, change negative thinking patterns, relieve anxiety, regain confidence, and more.

Is Chronic pain counseling conducted in person or online?

Chronic pain counseling with our therapists at Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Chronic pain counseling last?

Chronic overwhelm counseling with our Thriveworks Virginia Beach therapists can last for a few weeks, months, or longer. It depends on the exact needs of the client as well as the severity of those challenges and other needs or preferences.

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It’s the big game for your brother’s team—the game starts in an hour, and you told them you would be there. The juice boxes and fruit snacks are primed and ready to go. One problem: you are in too much pain to move. Tonight, your chronic pain decided to flare up and now your plans are cancelled. This puts a strain on your relationship with everyone, especially your loved ones. Now, you’re stressed, disappointed, and in an enormous amount of physical pain.

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” –Haruki Murakami

Do you have pain so intense it interferes with your life? Perhaps you missed going to girl’s night or had to cancel your vacation because the pain was too much to handle. You may be so exhausted from the pain you feel hopeless that you will never be able to get relief from the pain—but that doesn’t have to be the case.

There is hope for you and there is treatment available to ease the suffering. Pain counseling at Thriveworks Virginia Beach can help you manage the many harmful symptoms and effects of chronic pain. If you’re suffering with chronic pain and think you could benefit from working with a pain counselor, reach out to Thriveworks Virginia Beach.

How Can Chronic Pain Affect You?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which can be defined as pain that last longer than 3-6 months despite medical treatment. Chronic pain is taxing on your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Some common reasons for chronic pain include:

  • Pain due to injury or ailment that is persistent despite medical treatment
  • Pain related to nerve or spinal problems
  • Inability to do everyday tasks due to pain
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Pain due to chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, Systemic Lupus, and/or diabetes

Common Chronic Pain related symptoms include:

  • Burning pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood fluctuations
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Irritability

The good news is that chronic pain can often be managed through pain counseling. While medical treatment might help you find some temporary relief from your symptoms, the job can be accomplished more completely and effectively when medical treatment is paired with psychological treatment. The counselors at Thriveworks Virginia Beach are ready to administer this treatment and help you find true long-lasting relief from your chronic pain.  

Chronic Pain Affects More Than the Physical

We already covered some of the symptoms that plague those with chronic pain, but there are some less talked about symptoms, which are more psychological in nature including…

  • Anxiety due to constant anticipation of having a pain flare up
  • Depression, hopelessness, or negative thoughts about oneself brought on by the constant pain
  • Strain on relationships because of emotional stress
  • Insomnia or inability to stay asleep due to hours spent worrying or thinking about pain or completely due to the pain
  • Social isolation because it is difficult to enjoy things when in persistent pain
  • Deep anger and frustration at circumstances due to finality of chronic pain or inability to find relief

Chronic pain is often thought of only in physical terms, but it doesn’t just affect your body: it affects your body, your mind, and your overall wellbeing. The moral of the story is you can find help in more ways than one—relief can often be found through creating a psychological pain management plan in addition to your physician’s medical pain management plan.  

What Can Pain Counseling Do for Me?

Your pain counselor can assist you with pain management by…  

  1. Teaching you effective relaxation techniques to allow for better sleep and decrease in symptoms of pain
  2. Working with you on anxiety and/or depression as it relates to your chronic pain
  3. Teaching you to maintain a positive mindset
  4. Helping you to navigate relationship issues brought on by the burden of chronic pain
  5. Equipping you with better coping skills to manage your symptoms of overall body pain

Mental health counseling for pain management provides an alternative type of pain management that works from the inside out. According to the American Association of Psychology, research has shown that psychotherapy can be just as effective as surgery when it comes to relieving chronic pain. This is because psychological treatment can change how our brains process pain.

So, what could be your next step towards healing? If you struggle with chronic pain and coping with the many challenges chronic pain can bring, it may be time to reach out to Thriveworks.  

Call Thriveworks Virginia Beach Today to Make Your Appointment

Here at Thriveworks, we believe you shouldn’t have to wait to start living a happier and more fulfilling life. That’s why we’ll work to get you in as soon as possible—often within 24 hours of your call. We offer evening and weekend appointments to accomplish this mission and to offer flexibility.

We have trained professionals ready and eager to develop a unique pain management plan for you and your needs. Call Thriveworks today at (757) 317-4315 or visit our page to set up an appointment and take the first steps toward living better—together we can begin the process of healing and thriving in life.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Virginia Beach therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Virginia Beach
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.7 Thriveworks Virginia Beach reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Read more I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Virginia Beach Dec 2021
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★★★★★
I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Read more I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Read more I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Read more Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Virginia Beach Jun 2021
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★★★★★
Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
Read more Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
Virginia Beach Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Great session,fair priced and mr. Costigan is very friendly and knowledgable. Great help
Virginia Beach May 2020
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★★★★★
This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
Read more This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
Virginia Beach Apr 2020
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★★★★★
I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
Read more I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
Virginia Beach Sep 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Virginia Beach is located off of S Independence Blvd, in a shopping center right by Lake Trashmore. As you enter this shopping center, you’ll pass Making a Difference Foundation, Inc. on your right. We currently share a building with Interm Healthcare of Virginia Beach, VA, and Bug-Masters.

Phone number

(757) 520-0827

Languages spoken by VA providers

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