Counselling Service for CRPS
Facing a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) whether that is as a patient, or family member, partner or carer, can be very difficult.
Burning Nights CRPS Support now offers a free confidential online virtual counselling service with a qualified counsellor who is registered with an appropriate organisation such as the BACP and has insurance.
Our counselling service is weekly one to one counselling either online over Zoom or on the phone.
What is Counselling?
Counselling, or talking therapy is where you can come and talk about whatever is troubling you.
Counselling provides a supportive, confidential environment where you can talk about your feelings as you may feel angry, upset or vulnerable. Sometimes by talking to someone who won’t judge you can be helpful. Knowing you’re not going to upset someone close to you can provide you with a sense of security.
Who is the Counselling Service For?
To access the CRPS counselling service you need to:
- be 5 years of age and over (as of August 2021 we are now accepting children and young people affected by CRPS with parental consent)
- either have a formal diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) by a Pain Consultant or be a parent, spouse/partner, family member, sibling or friend of someone diagnosed with CRPS
- live in the United Kingdom (U.K.)
There are some people who aren’t suitable for online counselling as we adhere to the guidance as laid out by the BACP. However our counsellors will first assess you and then will let you know if you’re not suitable after speaking with you at your assessment session.
How Many Sessions Will You Have?
For those people aged 12 and over, you will be entitled to have up to 20 sessions of one hour each. You will initially have an assessment before you start the counselling.
For children aged under 12, you will initially receive 10 sessions of 45 minutes each. You will then be offered a further 10 sessions. Together with your therapist and your parents, it will be decided whether those extra 10 sessions will happen. We will require parental consent for children and young people to attend therapy.
For people aged 18 and over, you will receive an initial assessment and risk assessment. You will then at the end of your 10th session have a review and a Depression and Anxiety assessment with your counsellor. At the 20th or final counselling session there will be another review and assessment. You will then have a 4 week break without any counselling before you have a final review and assessment with your counsellor.
For under 18’s, you will have an initial assessment. For those aged 12 and under, your parents/guardians/caregivers will complete the assessment scoring document for you. You will then have an assessment on session 9.
For counselling or therapy to be most effective, regular attendance is essential, therefore it is important that you can commit to attending appointments arranged.
There is a high demand for this service and places are limited. As a result if you are unable to attend your appointment you must let your Counsellor/Therapist know in advance, ideally more than 48 hours. If you fail to attend 3 appointments, you will lose your counselling place and you will need to be referred again should you want to attend this Service.
Cancellations can only be accepted for very serious reasons.
How to Sign Up
If you are interested in receiving counselling sessions from one of our counsellors please complete the short form below. You will then be contacted by one of our counsellors to set up an appointment with you.
If you are a health or legal professional you are able to refer clients to us, please complete the form below, indicating you are referring someone and you have their permission. You must also have a formal diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) by a Pain Specialist. Please then complete their details in the remainder of the form.
You will then have an introductory session that will enable the counsellor to understand your issues and evaluate you. You will be asked to complete some forms and questionnaires.
If you are a trainee counsellor and are looking for placements or are a counsellor wanting to volunteer with us please complete the volunteering interest form.
If you are a patient you must have a formal CRPS diagnosis by a Pain Consultant to sign up for our CRPS counselling service