For many women and men who have had chronic pelvic pain for any duration of time, they likely have heard in one form or another that their pain is in their head. They have had every test known to man performed, likely more than once, and no source of their pain has been found. They are left frustrated, intimate relationships suffer, work can be negatively impacted, and their own self worth may be affected leading to anxiety and depression. Here at Inner Balance we absolutely do not participate in the "it's all in your head" mentality when it comes to pelvic pain but we do recognize that persistent pelvic pain oftentimes has an emotional component. Just as stress can contribute to tension in the neck and shoulders triggering tension headaches and migraines, similar events can trigger tension in the pelvic floor muscles. Treating the physical and emotional impact of chronic pelvic pain is a comprehensive approach that we recommend to gain the best understanding of the pain process and the path necessary for one to be free from or be able to minimize their physical and emotional pain.
Working with a psychotherapist can help us to recognize how our emotional events and patterns in our lives impact our pain process. Negative or traumatic experiences can be suppressed which can create an emotional block manifesting itself as pelvic tension. Our bodies are adept at suppressing and avoiding that which either hurts us emotionally or physically. Addressing one without the other is oftentimes unsuccessful.
We are pleased to be able to have both Teresa Johnson, PhD and Maura Sullivan Psy.D here at Inner Balance to assist our clients on their journey to wellness. Appointments can be made with either one by contacting them through phone number, email or website directly.
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Self esteem issues
Body image issues
Sexual Intimacy issues including pain, low desire
Private, Couples or Group Counseling offered