Thoughts From A Counselor On Getting the Most Out of Your Counseling Sessions

As a counselor, I am always interested to hear people talk about their experiences with other counselors – their perceptions of the process, the fears they bring into the counseling room, and the frustrations that arise over the course of treatment. I see how frustrating it can be. You pay a large co-pay or session […]

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The #1 Reason your Healthy Friends Misunderstand your Chronic Pain

Hi friends, today’s article is another repost, originally posted on Life in Slow Motion back in 2014. Over the next few months, I plan to do reposts about once a month,  bringing back some of my favorite articles that were written when I had much fewer readers. I hope you enjoy them!  Many communication barriers exist […]

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12 Questions to Ask Yourself When Going to Work Feels Difficult or Impossible Due to Chronic Pain or Illness

I am not an expert when it comes to managing employment in the midst of chronic pain or navigating work when you have a disability. This is a complex topic that plays out in different ways depending on the individual and the situation. At the same time, I have some personal experience in this area. […]

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Coping Skills to Manage the Emotional Stress of Chronic Pain

I have seen a line of thinking in some Christians circles that sees coping skills as dangerous because they are just a means of avoiding the real or underlying issues. “Distracting yourself is dangerous, because you will never deal with what is actually going on in your heart.” “Why would you use relaxation techniques when you could […]

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Why I Won’t Stop Writing About Chronic Illness and Pain

At some point, I want to broaden my writing. I am contemplating starting an additional blog that will function as more of a professional website where I will write more generally and more broadly about various counseling and mental health issues. Awhile back, I considered turning this blog into my professional blog since I already […]

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Life in Slow Motion’s Top Ten Posts of 2016

It’s exciting to have another year of blogging under my belt. This year I wrote a number of posts about managing pain through visualization and harnessing the brain’s neuroplasticity. I did a lot more reading, which led to some book recommendations and reviews. And throughout were updates on my life, thoughts on faith and chronic […]

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How Writing Brings Healing to Individuals with Chronic Illness and Pain (With Healing Writing Prompts)

When I first started to blog, I had no idea the immense amount of healing it would bring into my life. I can’t really remember what prompted me to begin posting online. All I remember is sitting down one day and writing about telling our chronic pain stories and my personal description of chronic pain. […]

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Book Release! – When Chronic Pain and Illness Take Everything Away: How to Mourn Our Losses

Pause for a moment and consider all that you have lost to your chronic illness or pain. Perhaps you lost a job or thriving career. Maybe friends or family members  left when they realized your suffering wasn’t going away. Perhaps you lost your financial stability, emotional calm, or even your faith. Perhaps all of your […]

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Understanding Why Individuals with Severe Pain and Illness Die by Suicide. And What We Can Do About It.

It is an undeniable fact that individuals with chronic pain have a higher prevalence rate of suicide than the general population. Tang and Crane (2006) summarized the results of 12 articles examining correlations between suicide and chronic pain, concluding that individuals with chronic pain are twice as likely to die by suicide than the general […]

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Thoughts from “Being There” by Dave Furman

David Furman is a pastor who has disabling nerve pain in both of his arms. Through his personal experience of physical suffering, he writes a manual for those who care for others. I appreciate the topic of this book. When you are constantly struggling with pain and difficult symptoms, life can easily become self-focused. When […]

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Four Questions to Consider Before Quitting Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

It seems important to start this post with a disclaimer. As you read, please remember that I am not a doctor and everything I write here comes from my personal experience. This post should not be taken as medical advice, and you should consult a doctor before attempting physical therapy. In addition, there are certain […]

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Releasing My First Book!! — But God, Wouldn’t I Be More Useful to You If I Were Healthy?

For anyone who has lost a career because of chronic pain. For anyone who has ever felt devastated, confused, or less-than because your health prevents you from working a formal job. For anyone who is stuck at home, imprisoned in bed, feeling unable to do much of anything for anybody. For anyone who gets up every day to take care of your […]

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