So Nice to Meet You

This is about You.

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.


Why Us.

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.

You're not Alone .

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.



I have chronic pain.
I try not to let pain define me. So…

My name is Karra and I’m a country girl now living beachside in the city of the Sunshine Coast, on the East Coast of Australia with my husband, Johann and son Joshua. I’m passionate about health & communication. My undergraduate majors were applied linguistics and Japanese language and I hold a Masters degree in Speech Pathology. I am a joint owner and managing director of two private mental health clinics. If I don’t need extra rest time, I also enjoy working as a speech pathologist.
Why would a young person like me need to take rest days you might ask? Well, I’m one of the estimated 20% of adults who suffer from chronic pain. Spondyloarthritis and hypermobility syndrome are the reasons I experience debilitating sacroiliac joint (SIJ), lumbar and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. This is in addition to chronic costochondritis type pain. I experience some level of pain all day, every day, and pain insomnia often. However, like many other chronic pain sufferers, I am young and look well. My greatest fear? That I will broadcast my brokenness and not one person would be helped through my openness. It’s a fear I need to overcome because no body is unbreakable.



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.



Johann and I have been inseparable after first meeting over 10 years ago. Our marriage was always full of adventure and sports. We would run, cycle or gym daily. Early in our marriage we travelled extensively through Europe, UK, North America, Asia and Africa. We spent evenings in rooftop pools in Morocco, cycled the Austrian Alps and sailed to quiet French towns along the East Coast of France. Fast forward a few years to now…we’re hesitant to book a three-hour flight.

My pain has a huge impact on our relationship and lifestyle. For a short time in the beginning, Johann and I let the pain control our emotions, reactions and in the end, our marriage. It didn’t take long though until we committed to reclaiming our passionate marriage and we began researching how to make a marriage flourish when one partner was experiencing chronic pain. Not a lot of information existed that was practical but we tried and tested all advice we came across and combined it with our professional knowledge. We soon found many ways to improve our relationship despite chronic pain that is still not written about often enough or sometimes, at all. So here we are, many years later with a remarkable marriage despite unremarkable circumstances, excited to share with you the top tips.

Our hope is that you’re encouraged by our openness and ultimately, feel empowered to create a fulfilling life and passionate relationships.

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