Living with Chronic Pain

Living with Chronic Pain is an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)-based support group for students struggling with chronic pain.

This group provides an opportunity to learn about chronic pain, utilize pain management and coping strategies, reflect on your experience with chronic pain and connect with other students who also live with chronic pain. This group will explore:

  • Information regarding physical, psychological and cognitive symptoms associated with chronic pain
  • Coping strategies such as mindfulness, self compassion, acceptance, thought reframing and the identification of, and commitment to, value guided behaviors 
  • Resources for chronic pain

About the Facilitators

Sarah Parkes

Sarah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Sarah is committed to providing her clients with a collaborative, safe and nurturing space that honors their unique experiences, culture, histories, and identity. Sarah is passionate about helping her clients recognize their personal strengths, cultivate a more compassionate relationship with themselves, and develop key skills and strategies that will help them address their concerns and move towards their unique personal goals.

Anne-Marie Sylvester

Anne-Marie is a Counselling Psychology practicum student completing her Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia. Her approach is a blend of cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Anne-Marie strongly values providing a safe and non-judgemental space for students to feel as comfortable as possible in their counselling experience. While exercising warmth, acceptance, patience, and some humour, Anne-Marie is passionate about helping students to recognize their personal strengths and to cultivate skills that can help them achieve the changes they aspire to make in their lives. Anne-Marie’s personal philosophy includes an acknowledgment that struggling and suffering are key human experiences, and that doors can still open even after others have closed.



Every Monday

February 1 to March 29


2:30 to 4:00pm


Online via Zoom


To register for this program, please contact Sarah Parkes at with your name and email.