April 5, 2023
Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital
The group is led by a registered psychotherapist and facilitated by physiotherapists who treat the mental and physical components of chronic pain. The group uses a range of evidence-based techniques to help you better understand and express your feelings and helps enable you to progress along your healing journey with more knowledge, confidence and support.
Are you living with chronic pain and finding it challenging to cope? You are not alone. You are invited to participate in a group specially designed to address the challenges of living with chronic pain. The group is led by a registered psychotherapist and facilitated by physiotherapists who treat the mental and physical components of chronic pain. The group uses a range of evidence-based techniques to help you better understand and express your feelings and helps enable you to progress along your healing journey with more knowledge, confidence and support. Research has found that understanding, assessing, and treating the psychological factors associated with chronic pain are effective means of a pain management plan and shortening the length of suffering.
Why group therapy?
Working in a group has some important advantages including:
• Learn valuable skills and techniques relevant to chronic pain and your emotional state
• Share experiences and learn from other people dealing with the challenges of chronic pain
• Groups are cost-effective and practical, and are run in a safe and secure, nonjudgmental environment
• Groups enable people to learn about themselves through guided reflection, and can instill hope and motivation
• A multi disciplinary approach to chronic pain has been well supported and documented in the literature
– Age 19 +
– Stage of Recovery- chronic pain lasting greater than 3 months
– Currently receiving treatment at ALPHA Health Services, can be from different health disciplines (referred from RMT, physio, ND etc.)
Group structure and content
The physiotherapy team will introduce some important aspects of chronic pain recovery including:
• Education on what is pain and the science behind it
• Provide strategies to help manage chronic pain, complete outcome measures- can reassess at the end of the program to determine improvement
• Guide participants through rhythmic movements, or gentle mobility The psychotherapy team will lead the group in a diverse program including:
• Building skills related to mindfulness, resilience and distress tolerance through facilitator comments and resources, reflection exercises, art creation and discussions.
• Exploring and addressing your fears about recovery and addressing them through cognitive behaviour therapy exercises
• Leveraging your imagination to assist in your healing through art making. Participants will use range of materials including clay and masks to express, release and frame their feelings
• Groups run 7-9 pm at the Alpha Health Services midtown location for each of the four Wednesdays in April 2023
• The group is closed, meaning no new participants can join after the first week
• Art materials are supplied. No art experience is required (in fact, no art experience is ideal!)
• Cost for the 4 sessions is $600
• Phase 2 details to be outlined at the end of Phase 1
DTATI, MES, BA (she/her)
Stephanie Thorson is a registered psychotherapist who is trained in a range of techniques including cognitive and dialectic behaviour therapies, existentialism, somatic and art therapy. She has led groups serving a range of populations and offers sessions to individuals online and at Alpha Health Services midtown.
Registered Physiotherapist (he/him)
Daniel completed his Masters of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Toronto following the completion of a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with Honours at York University.
CALL IN TO RESERVE YOUR TICKET - 647.670.3454 - This is an in-person event and will be capped at 15 attendees. Please call to ensure a spot. Remember this is a 4 week event. April 5, 12, 19th and 26th.