Dr Anna Clarkson PhD, PG Dip Clin Psych, MNZCCP

Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Human Potential, Nelson, NZ

Anna trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Auckland, attaining a PhD in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. Anna has a particular interest in the psychological treatment of trauma. She also specializes in the treatment of insomnia, and has worked closely with the New Zealand Respiratory and Sleep Institute. Anna’s work in psychological rehabilitation has involved extensive work with physical injuries, pain and psychological management of pain including interventions to address sleep difficulties associated with pain 

Intervening in the Cycle of Pain and Insomnia

It is widely accepted that sleep and pain are associated and a bi-directional relationship has been assumed. However more recently, in examining the directionality and mechanisms underlying sleep and pain, studies suggest that sleep difficulties may precede and predict pain emergence and exacerbations. This suggests that sleep impairment may affect processes and mechanisms which foster vulnerability to emergence and maintenance of chronic pain. Research will be reviewed and discussed together with clinical implications and interventions for addressing insomnia within the context of chronic pain.