Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:
BOTTOM LINE: Helpful in processing the psychologically based causes of my chronic pain, but hasn't eliminated my physical pain.
After greatly reducing my pain through John F. Barnes myofascial release (JFB-MFR) intensive physical therapy/bodywork (when I discovered the impact past trauma had on my physical pain), I hoped that working with a psychologist might help me finally resolve my continuing pain.
I have been through about sixteen non-consecutive months of talk therapy with either a psychologist or a social worker (in fact ninety-four sessions, but who's counting?). This excludes ten months (about forty sessions) I've had since November 2015 with a therapist who uses eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing (SE™) combined with talk therapy.
The talk therapy has helped me process past trauma, but it has not eliminated my pain (which I honestly was hoping it would do, particularly after I acknowledged the connection between emotions and pain).
I found that talk therapy and bodywork (JFB-MFR treatment) complement one another, but the latter helped me get to the source of the tension in my body much faster than talking. After more than forty years of perfecting denial, I was very good at talking around sensitive issues; but in MFR therapy, my body didn't have the same defenses and somehow I would tap into my emotions much faster while I was on the physical therapist's treatment table. I took a break from JFB-MFR and I began EMDR and SE™) combined with some talk therapy in late 2015 and the first half of 2016. Both these approaches also expose the link between my emotions and my physical reactions much faster than talking alone does.