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Welcome!

My name is Carla and I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Chronic Pain Coach, and Certified Teacher. I live in Kelowna, BC, Canada and work virtually with children, teens, and adults to manage their pain well so that they can get back to enjoying life again.

Some of the conditions my clients are manage include:

 
  • migraines
  • back pain
  • arthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • gastro-intestinal pain
  • EDS, PCOS, CRPS AMPS and many other medical acronyms!

 
I know how overwhelming life with chronic pain can be.

I know how hard it is to not be able to make plans because you don't know how you are going to feel tomorrow.

 
I know that change can seem impossible when you are overwhelmed and barely holding it
together. 

I know because I've been there. 

I have migraines and I parent a child who has chronic pain.
 

How can counselling make a difference?

 
I remember the first time my neurologist suggested that I go to counselling for my migraines and I thought, "What?!  Why?!  How will counselling fix my migraines?  Does she think that my pain is psychological?  It's this pain that makes me anxious, not anxiety that is causing my pain!"

I have since learned how helpful chronic pain counselling can be.

 

Understanding Pain

First let me reassure you that going to counselling for chronic pain in no way suggests that your pain is 'all in your head'. Your pain is absolutely real. 

 

However, pain is more than just biological. In fact, it is biopsychosocial, meaning that there are biological, psychological, and social factors that can amplify or decrease pain.  

Some of these factors are:

  • overdoing it on the days you feel better,

  • fear of flare-ups,

  • loud sounds & bright lights,

  • being in 'fight or flight' mode,

  • the stresses of parenting, work, and relationships

  • poor sleep

  • not feeling believed or understood by your doctor, boss, or family members

  • feeling anxious and hopeless


 

Learn more about how counselling can help chronic pain
 

What clients are saying...

"Finally, someone who understands what it's really like to live with chronic pain.  I wish I had found you years ago!"
"We were drowning and we finally feel hopeful again! Our daughter is increasing her time at school and spending time with friends again and we are all so encouraged!"
"After all these years I am finally making progress.  What a relief!"
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