Dr. Grinstead offers individualized consultation for treatment professionals who want to how to implement effective chronic pain management plans including the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Treatment System. 

Dr. Grinstead provides services that address the unique challenges encountered when working with patients experiencing chronic pain and coexisting disorders including medication use problems or addiction.

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Contact Dr. Grinstead for a free 15 minute consultation to see if his Consultation Services are right for you.

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Since 1996 Dr. Grinstead has conducted Private Professional Training, Conference Key Note Presentations and Conference Workshops for over forty thousand healthcare professionals, therapists and counselors at more than 600 training seminars in key cities across the United States and Canada. 

He can also custom design a presentation geared toward your particular audience and topic.

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Also, you can take Dr. Grinstead's 6  CE Hour Online Course entitled - Freedom From Chronic Pain and Suffering at Psych Seminars.

Empowerment Coaching


Empowerment Coaching is intended for people who, despite their best efforts, have been unable to create and maintain the quality of life they really want. Or for those who choose not to enroll in traditional treatment programs. Many of my coaching clients have completed several traditional treatment programs and either relapsed or were afraid they might.

Empowerment Coaching is very different from therapy or counseling. It is more collaborative and action-oriented than therapy and focuses primarily on the present and immediate future and by setting realistic short and long-term goals.

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Moving Out of The Problem and Into The Solution

Understanding The Stress Pain Connection

In this Video I share why it is important to understand the connection between stress levels and pain symptoms, as well as recognizing how managing stress can decrease the perception of pain. Physically, chronic pain raises stress levels and drains physical energy, while psychologically it affects the ability to think clearly, logically and rationally, as well as how effectively people manage their feelings. Not only that, it can also impact memory. 

Healing The Whole Person


In this Video Blog I cover the importance of healing the whole persona by understanding the Chronic Pain Syndrome™ and how to develop a body mind spirit approach to better chronic pain management and an improved quality of life. I describe the important interventions needed to assist healing in four quadrants – Biological, Psychological, Social/Family and Spiritual. I provide information that can lead to improved functioning in all four quadrants and a much better quality of life.

Differentiating Between Pain and Suffering

In this Video I cover How To differentiate between pain and suffering for more effective chronic pain management. We also explore the four components of chronic pain and I explain why it’s important to learn as much as possible about pain to help stop the suffering.


I also discuss Anticipatory Pain – what you believe it will be like when you experience pain and how it affects your brain chemistry; it can either intensify or reduce the amount of physical pain that you experience. You get what you expect!


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Moving Beyond Anticipatory Pain for Effective Pain Management

By: Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, LMFT, ACRPS

If you’re living with a chronic pain condition like I am you may have noticed that sometimes you are so fearful about doing even the most basic tasks of daily living, that you become immobilized. It can also manifest as overwhelming anxiety, so much so, that a phenomenon gets triggered which amplifies your perception of pain. I call this Anticipatory Pain.

Because you believe you are going to hurt by doing a certain activity, you can activate the physical pain system. Just by thinking about doing something that you believe will cause you to hurt, you will start to feel pain. This can happen before you even do whatever it is you already believe will cause physical pain. All you have to do is to start thinking about doing that thing.

Once the physical pain system is activated, the anticipatory pain reaction can make your perception of chronic pain symptoms worse.

Whenever you feel the pain, you interpret it in a way that makes it feel worse, and you think about it in a way that actually does make it worse. You tell yourself that “this pain is awful and terrible,” and “I can’t handle it.” You convince yourself that “it’s hopeless, I’ll always hurt, and there’s nothing I can do about it.”

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Understanding the Complex Coexisting Chronic Pain Syndrome™

By: Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, LMFT, ACRPS 

When people live with chronic pain for a long time there are various mental health problems and emotional factors that complicate positive treatment outcomes for these people including those coexisting psychological (mental health) disorders including substance use disorders. These patients often become so overwhelmed that their levels of functioning and quality of life are significantly deteriorated. 

When coexisting conditions occur, the family problems also increase synergistically. Effective treatment can be challenging and confusing for therapists and other healthcare providers who may be inexperienced with chronic pain disorders or addiction, but especially problematic for the patients and their families. That is another reason why a concurrent integrated treatment approach is crucial.

Unfortunately, historically chronic pain, psychological and addictive problems have been treated sequentially as separate issues. Pain clinics have had success in treating chronic pain conditions. Addiction treatment programs have had success in treating addiction. If the addiction program also treats coexisting identified mental health problems their success rate with the coexisting psychological conditions increases as well.  

However, the effectiveness the pain clinics or addiction treatment programs often fail when the person is suffering with both chronic pain and other coexisting conditions, medication abuse, misuse or even becoming addicted to their pain medication.

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The Poisoned Arrow Is Suffering

Understanding Suffering

By: Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, LMFT, ACRPS  

In this article I explore some ways of looking at what I mean by suffering. My hope is that it gives you some context for better understanding my philosophy. I do NOT believe it is physical pain that leads people into problems with their chronic pain management – but their Suffering around it! 

The Story of the Poisoned Arrow

I found the following story on the website 

There is a series of texts collected in the Pali Canon that are attributed to Buddha and are known as the Majjhima Nikaya. It contains many stories including this one about the poisoned arrow.

Apparently, Buddha told it to one of his most impatient students. The young man was anxious to get answers to his questions about life after death. So, Buddha told him how there was once a man that’d been wounded by a poisoned arrow. And when his family wanted to find a doctor to help him, the man said no.


The mortally wounded man said that before any doctor tried to help him, he wanted to know who had attacked him. What was his caste and where was he from? He also wanted to know this other man’s height, strength, skin tone, the kind of bow he used, and whether its string was made of hemp, silk, or bamboo.

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