How do we treat chronic pain conditions?

You are believed and we don’t think “it’s in your head"

Do you struggle with chronic pain?

After an illness or because of an underlying condition that is not yet diagnosed, you may experience ongoing exhaustion, unexplained symptoms or pain.  You may ‘look normal’ to an observer, but it’s a struggle to keep up the smile some days.

Did you know that Invalidation, the feeling that your pain is disbelieved, is often  reported by people with chronic pain ?

There is strong Evidence supporting the association between invalidation, emotional dysregulation and the development of mental health issues.  In fact, not being believed may be one of the major contributors to the development of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder in people living with ‘invisible illness’ or ‘chronic pain’.

It might seem obvious, but when a person’s experience is validated (e.g., “I can see that this is difficult for you.”), that person is better able to regulate the intensity of their emotions because their expression has been acknowledged and accepted. Conversely, when your experience is invalidated (e.g., “that didn’t hurt you”), emotional reactivity is increased, and emotional regulatory strategies become impaired.

A client talking to a psychologist

Repeated exposure to invalidation is associated with emotional dysregulation and mental health problems

Our psychologists adopt a science backed, evidence based approach to treating invisible illness, along with warmth and understanding.

We help you thrive.

Meet our founder, Allie Mackay

Passionate about guiding individuals through various challenges, Allie Mackay, founder of Due North Psychology (by Allie Mackay Psychology), brings extensive experience as a Registered Psychologist. Allie’s impactful research, published in peer-reviewed journals, demonstrates the effectiveness of her interventions in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, particularly in conditions like multiple sclerosis and migraines. As an AHPRA Board-Approved supervisor, she actively contributes to advancing the field, offering knowledge in Attachment Informed and IFS informed EMDR therapy Supervision. Allie’s special interest lies in the transformative potential of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for various conditions and traumas.

In her practice, Allie often encounters clients with physical symptoms signaling underlying stress, emphasizing the importance of understanding the connection between emotions and physical well-being. Beyond addressing symptoms, Allie delves into the profound impact of self-talk on relationships, including those with oneself. Drawing on her personal transformation through compassion-focused therapy, she guides others toward cultivating kinder internal dialogues and fostering healthier relationships.

Allie Mackay

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