How is Coaching different than Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy focuses on helping the client to explore and understand the unconscious mind and how it affects your beliefs and actions. While cognitive behavioral therapy is very effective for pain management, it tends to focus more on the "why" and is likely to be more long-term.
Coaching helps you identify where you're at presently, what you really want and how to attain it. A coach helps you develop skills, clarify goals and create an action plan to obtain those goals. A successful coach will keep you on track and hold you to a level of accountability. Pain coaching also helps to identify your priorities, stressors, and triggers for flares, empowering you to make healthy choices to better manage your challenges.
It is crucial to have a coach who is intimately acquainted with and knowledgeable of the psychology of chronic pain management. Without this background, a typical life coach is going to push you through a "No Pain-No Gain" mentality which will inevitably set you up for a vicious cycle of flares. A pain coach will help you to identify why this is self-sabotaging and work with you to identify ways to break this cycle and minimize the three dimensions of flares (intensity, duration and frequency).