Do you suffer from, or care for someone with chronic pain? We are so glad you found us! If you are a friend or professional supporting someone with chronic pain, welcome! We are so excited to connect with you. Chronic pain is devastating and a lot of the time invisible. We hope our openness and practical strategies 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 and passion for research has given us such a large collection of practical strategies for couples dealing with chronic pain, that really work, we decided it was time to start sharing them with others. This is when The Chronic Pain Couple was formed.
It is estimated 100 million people in America, 28 million in the UK and around four million Australian’s suffer from chronic pain. If you are willing to be brave and open, we are confident people from all parts of the world, can build a strong community with us and share this journey. Chronic pain is difficult. It doesn’t mean finding joy 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 experience 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.