Do you suffer from chronic pain? We’re so glad you found us! If you’re a partner, friend or professional supporting someone with chronic pain, welcome! We’re so excited you found us. Chronic pain is devastating and a lot of the time invisible. We hope our openness, practical strategies and events validate your struggles and encourage you to find your new, fulfilling, normal.
We are a couple of health professionals with a real understanding of life and love with chronic pain. Our mix of professional and personal experience along with our passion for research led us to share information as The Chronic Pain Couple.
It’s estimated 100 million people in America, 28 million in the UK and approximately four million Australian’s suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is difficult. It doesn’t mean finding joy or having a great relationship needs to be.
Johann is a sought-after, clinical psychologist who has helped thousands of individuals and couples cope with life changing events. Johann was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and moved to Australia at the age of 18. He completed his Professional Doctorate in Psychology at the University of Queensland and has been counselling for over 10 years now. Johann is also a surfer. He is humble about his abilities but dominates the bigger waves the other men are quick to dive under. Most importantly though, he is a fabulous husband. Johann has worked to find a new ‘normal’ and drawn on his professional knowledge to guide the chronic pain couple to where we are now. He enjoys sharing his tips on caring for someone with chronic pain and how to take care of yourself when you’re caring for a loved one.