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Why is there a Psychologist on the Programme?

Sometimes people are concerned because there is a psychologist on the PMP, and wonder if we might think that their pain is “all in the mind”. This is not the reason. We understand that the pain is real.

However, as well as affecting you physically, pain can have an effect on your thoughts and feelings. Thoughts and feelings can also have an effect on pain experience. The way we think and feel also affects the way we respond to pain, and can change the way we manage the difficulties that living with pain bring.

Having pain may also have an effect on those around you. The psychologist is there to help you to find different ways of looking at things, in order to address some of the additional difficulties that can occur.

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We welcome correspondence and telephone calls in Welsh or English. Welsh language correspondence will be replied to in Welsh, and this will not lead to a delay. This page is available in Welsh by clicking ‘Cymraeg’ at the top right of this page.