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Managing Chronic Pain, with CBT Therapist Sheena Rydings

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In this episode, Sarah talks to Sheena Rydings, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and founder of Sheena Rydings Psychological Therapy.

They explore the role psychological therapy plays in the management of pain, along with explaining the  Pain Gate Theory, the mind-body connection and how cognitive behavioural therapy can help with chronic pain conditions. Practical advice,tips and resources are shared throughout the episode.

Hear how the brain is key to experiencing pain at around 11 minutes, what psychological treatments are recommended for pain at 20:53, and what you can expect if you come to a CBT therapist for pain treatment at 23 minutes.

Find out more about Sheena at

Find a BABCP accredited therapist here

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Books mentioned - 
Overcoming Chronic Pain: A Books on Prescription Title, by Frances Cole
Outsmart Your Pain: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Chronic Pain Behind, by Christiane Wolf
The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living, by Russ Harris
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
Mindfulness for Health (Enhanced Edition): A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing by Danny Penman and Vidyamala Burch

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This episode was written and presented by Sarah Rees. It was edited by Big Tent Media and Produced  by Emily Crosby Media.