Information & Resources

Find information and resources to help manage your pain.

Get Help & Support

Find the tools you need to
help you manage your pain.

Get Involved

Help make a real difference to people
in the UK living with chronic pain.

About Us

Find out about Pain Concern and how
we can help you.

Airing Pain 19: Family Therapy

How pain affects family members and how family therapy can help

This programme was funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All (Scotland).

Pain can sometimes seem like an ‘uninvited guest’ or ‘intruder’ into family life. In this programme we look at the strain pain places on all personal relationships and how family therapy can help. Clinical psychologist Dr Elaine McWilliams talks about the impact of pain on the sexual and intimate side of a relationship, and she and family therapist Jan Parker also explain the effects of pain on the parent-child relationship. Psychiatrist Dr John Rolland explains how a ‘resilience approach’ can help families to move forward together.

Issues covered in this programme include: Family therapy, relationships, sex, intimacy, cancer, young people and children, parents, communicating pain, communicating feelings, mental health and anxiety.


  • Dr John Rolland, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago and Co-Director, Chicago Centre for Family Health
  • Jan Parker, Association for Family Therapy
  • Dr Elaine McWilliams, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
Rating: 5.00/5. From 1 vote.
Please wait...


Comments are closed.