You Have Questions. We Have Answers.
Does your practice prescribe pain medications?
The short answer is no.
Christina H Chororos holds a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Education. Additionally, she is a certified Integrative Wellness Life Coach who specializes in chronic pain.
Maria Sikoutris-DiIorio, MA, Ed.S., LPC is the clinical director at Hellenic Therapy Center. Maria also is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, who obtained a Post Master's as an Educational Specialist and Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University.
Though Christina and Maria have advanced degrees and wide-ranging expierience, we do not have a medical license that allows us to offer medical advice or prescribe medications. (Please refer to the FAQ "The Legal Stuff - What You Need to Know" section and read our firm stance on "medical advice").
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Who We Work With
What kind of chronic pain do you address?
Kairos Chronic Pain Coaching is equipped to support most pain disorders. Below, we have provided a short list of pain we address. If you're unsure if we address your specific type of pain, please click here to contact us and ask!
Arthritis pain/ Finger pain
Back pain – in all it’s forms
Chronic noncancer pain (CNCP)
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Gynecological pain - including endometriosis, PCOS, cysts, and fibroids
Headaches, chronic migraines
Neurogenic pain (pain caused by nerve damage)
Psychogenic pain (pain that isn’t caused by disease, injury, or nerve damage)
How do I know if I am (or my loved one) is ready for chronic pain coaching with KCPC?
Regardless of what you may read or have been told elsewhere, the truth of the matter is, CP coaching ISN'T for everyone.
It's important that you understand that we don't work with every client that contacts us, not because KCPC doesn't want to help everyone that reaches out to us; It's quite the contrary.
We want to ensure that chronic pain coaching will be an effective step along your journey- we want you to get a "return on your investment" - we want to be a valuable use of your time.
In order for any kind of coaching to be effective, the client must be open and willing to change, have the ability to conduct honest self-reflection and implement the assignments provided, therefore, KCPC requires that our clients have the ability to work independently.
We offer 90 minutes of complimentary coaching sessions so that we can establish together if you are truly READY for the KCPC chronic pain coaching process.
So, what factors show us your're ready for chronic pain coaching? I can only speak for Kairos Chronic Pain Coaching, but the following will determine your eligibility:
1. If any of the following apply to you or your loved one, it's important to understand we will recommend + encourage a higher level of care BEFORE working with KCPC.
2. If any of the following apply to you or your loved one, It's important to understand we will recommend + encourage you to continue to work with or begin working with a professional/specialist (either in our network of partners or someone else of your choice) WHILE working with KCPC.
If you or your loved one is in one of the difficult circumstances above, please know you can and will get through it! However, you will most likely need an intensive, carefully monitored treatment plan with one or more physicians. If you would like to reach out to us for a recommendation, we will be happy to connect you with one of our partners.
3. Providing, you don't need a higher level of care first, perhaps the biggest factor that will determine your KCPC success...is attitude.
We truly believe there are two, and only two attitudes of someone in chronic pain:
An Unwilling Attitude or A Willing Attitude.
To read more on this subject, please click here.
You are currently taking prescribed medication but are reguarly exceeding the prescribed daily dosage.
ou have decided you'd like to reduce and/or eliminate your prescribed pain and/or anxiety medication.
You have a known physical and/or mental illness and are under the care of a physician.
Go Ahead, Ask! We Can Take It!
If some of the people closest to me can't understand what I'm going through why should I think you will?
My late beloved father, who beat acute promyelocytic leukemia 10 years prior to succumbing to glioblastoma brain cancer would often say to me, "people can't understand immense pain unless they've been in immense pain." I never completely understood his observation until I was riddled with pain...and then...unfortunately, I emphatically agreed.
Credibility and experience are two of the most important qualities any coach should posses. Because pain of any kind (emotional or physical) is subjective, chronic pain sufferers are rightfully skeptical that others can truly understand their experiences.
Comparing pain is unproductive. Your pain is your pain - it's neither better or worse than mine and vice/versa. However, chronic pain unleashed it's cruelty in various ways at various times throughout the course of my life. It is for these reasons that I can confidently say that though I may not know your EXACT pain, I certaintly can understand it.
Can I trust the information + sources provided in the information you provide in coaching sessions and release in all KCPC materials?
Yes! Christina H Chororos has put forth a significant amount of time, effort and attention in ensuring that the information, stastics, data and quoted materials are valid, current and correct (just ask her friends and family who, on a weekly basis, for close to a year would ask, "Aren't you finished yet?" Eye roll emoji anyone?).
Prior to the internet, credible jounalists were required to fact-check. In fact, there were entire teams dedicated to fact-checking. However, in the age of social media and "real-time" reporting, those high standards have begun to fall to the wasteside. The American Press Institute stated it best, "Good decision-making depends on people having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context." (1) Though Christina is not a journalist, it was an absolute necessity that the information provided on KCPC materials was correct (meaning that most, if not all, cited materials were confirmed by two seperate sources).
In addition to obtaining her certification as an Integrated Wellness Life Coach, and bringing a licensed mental health professional, Maria Sikoutris-DiIorio who studied with The Bowen Center's best and brightest (The Bowen Theory aka family systems theory is a guiding foundational principle of KCPC) on-board full-time, Christina relied only on accredited, responsible, professional organizations like NIH (National Insitutes of Health), The Journal of Pain (published by Elsevier Inc., and is the official journal of the American Pain Society), Medscape (for glossary definitions provided on the KCPC website) and credible chronic pain specific organizations like The American Pain Society, The U.S. Pain Foundation, The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), Clincial Pain Advisor, PAINWeek and The American Academy of Pain Medicine, just to name a few. We have highlighted some of these resources here.
Furthermore, because Christina graduated with her BS in Human Development + Education, continuing education has always been significantly important to her. Therefore, Christina has joined the following professional organizations:
The elements of journalism. (2013, October 09). Retrieved June 27, 2018, from https://www.americanpressinstitute.org/journalism-essentials/what-is-journalism/elements-journalism/
Member of U.S. Pain Foundation and a proud "Junior Pain Ambassador"
Member of American Pain Society,
Member of Association for Contextual Behavior Science
Member International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
What exactly IS a certified integrative wellness life coach?
A traditional (or general) life coach is someone who typically is known for helping their clients reach a goal or make a change in their life and is customarily defined as a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with personal challenges.
The word integrative as defined by the dictionary is: Combining allopathic and complementary therapies and/or serving or intending to unify separate things.
An Integrative Wellness Life Coach is certified to help their clients reach a goal or make a change in their life and counsel and encourage their clients on matters having to do with personal challenges - BUT unlike traditional life coaches, an Integrative Wellness Life Coach is trained to help their clients gain freedom from the past, by healing core issues and overcoming negative habits and patterns - while empowering their clients to change their life with effective tools, techniques, and specific action steps.
What if I can't find something on your website- does that mean your practice doesn't offer it?
We will be continually adding important info so if you can't find something it doesn't mean we don't offer it or address it.
We continue to optimize our mobile version and publish the remaining pages...so it's very likely you may have seen something on our desktop version that is not yet published on our mobile version.
In the meantime, please visit us on your desktop + on our published mobile pages take a look around to click, connect, contact, follow, tweet, sign up, like, share...
well...you get the idea!
If you can't find something or want to tell us what you'd like us to add to our website, please click here.
Don't forget to check back in with us!
What is your cancellation policy?
Kairos Chronic Pain Coaching is committed to providing all of our patients with exceptional care.
We will do our part by reminding you of your scheduled appointment 48-hours in advance via phone and email. We ask that you do your part and notify us within the time frames listed below via phone.
We understand that there are times when you must miss an appointment due to emergencies or obligations for work or family. However, when you do not call to cancel an appointment, you may be preventing another patient from getting much needed treatment. Conversely, the situation may arise where another patient fails to cancel and we are unable to schedule you for a visit, due to a seemingly “full” appointment book.
To view our cancellation policy, please click here.
Upon becoming a "new member" you will receive a "welcome packet" which includes copies of all signed paperwork between you and KCPC. Specific penalty costs will be included on the "Welcome Packet- Cancellation Policy" page.
How do you pronounce your business name? Why did you choose a name so difficult to pronounce?
Eh, just to mess with everyone!
No! There was a TON of thought that went into choosing the business name.
Click here to learn how to pronouce Kairos.
Click here to see why I chose Kairos.
What is YOUR biggest challenge with chronic pain?
My biggest challenge with chronic pain is the compromise I have to make with exercise and, the concessions I have to make in my social life.
Exercise, specifically running, had always been a big part of my life. I loved overcoming my perceived limitations of my body (and mind), how accomplished I felt afterwards and how I was able to clear my mind. After being diagnosed with deep infiltrating endometorisis, I, like many chronic pain sufferers, grappled with fear-avoidance. I was afraid to exercise fearing I would make my pain worse. It wasn't until I attended the chronic pain and recovery center that I learned exercise can actually HELP chronic pain. Every day, we were required to work out with a physical therapist who taught us exercises we could do based on our specific conditions. Running 5 miles a day wasn't going to be possible, however, daily exercise would be. Today, I incorporate modified exercises into my daily life but, I still struggle with my "new normal"...a decade later.
Additionally, I have to pick and choose my social engagements. My friends now know plans can change at the last minute, my family now understands my desire has nothing to do with my presence and my dating life comes with disclaimers. Energy is limited and so, I've had to learn to carefully pick + choose any and all social activities. Acceptance, self-respect and patience is fundamentally key.
Has anything good come from your plight with chronic pain?
Yes! I know for some of you, your eyes are already rolling...but it's the truth!
Chronic pain has taught me so much about myself, strenghthened the bonds I have with my family (though this took work) and perhaps, most importantly, has taught me to be grateful for the little things in life.
Being a chronic pain sufferer takes grit, strength, courage, and determination. It has shown me that I am much stronger than I once believed and that I'm capacble, independent and powerful.
This isn't to say that I haven't grappled with great sadness, deep anger, immense discouragement, exceptional frustration and tremendous suffering.
A life in chronic pain can be tormenting.
BUT, it doesn't have to remain that way - I promise you...because I've done it.
To read more about my story, click here.
Do you have any tattoos? If so, which one is your favorite?
I do! I actually have a "half sleeve" on my right forearm! Each one has significant meaning.
One of my favorites is the one around my left forearm, which reads, "darkness reminds us where light can be." It happens to be one of my favorite lyrics from the Christina Perri song, "I Believe." (Actually, the full lyric is, "I believe darkness reminds us where light can be," but I only had so much room!)
I got the tattoo soon after graduating from the chronic pain recovery program to serve as a reminder of the strength, perseverance, and, courage it took for me to find light in such a dark place. Years later, it still helps me to remember that no matter what dark challenges life may bring, I will forever be able to find the light.
The Legal Stuff - What You Need to Know.
What if I see an article or quote on your site that either my organization or myself published that wasnt cited correctly?
First, I'd like to personally apologize.
I guarantee you that it wasn't done purposefully.
It is important to our practice that we share relevant, current research and statistics on chronic pain with our client and subscriber base.
If in fact, you do find a mistake of any kind, though I assure you it was simply human error, it is something we take very seriously will immediately correct.
Please click here to email us and simply copy and paste the article or quote in question and and I will personally correct it, or take it down if you'd prefer.
Is everything we discuss confidential?
As an Integrative Wellness Life Coach and under New Jersey Mandatory Duty to Protect/Duty to Warn Laws, it is my legal responsibility to report if you are a harm to yourself or someone else and/or threats of violence have been made against you or someone else. In the below cases, HIPAA Regulations DO NOT prevent information disclosure if the following circumstances were to take place. HIPAA allows health care professionals to share mental health information by notifying the spouse/family/caregiver; • call the patient’s psychiatrist or primary care doctor to review medications and develop a plan for voluntary or involuntary hospitalization or other treatment; • call 911, if emergency intervention is required; and /or • notify law enforcement, if needed in order to prevent harm when the provider believes that it is necessary and the information is shared with someone who can help lessen the potential harm.
• Any threats of violence that have been communicated to you by another person.
• Any threats of violence that have been communicated to you against another person.
• Any threats of violence you have communicated against another person.
• You are in danger of harming yourself (meaning, you want to die, you are contemplating suicide, you have a plan to commit suicide or you are engaging in other self-harming activities like cutting.
• Concerns that a minor/child is a victim of abuse (of any kind).
• You may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose.
Who Does This Include?
• For those who are not yet KCPC clients but express such statements as above, I am, by law, required to contact the appropriate authorities.
• Every KCPC client that is under my care will sign a waiver stating that they have been informed of this legal obligation.
What IS Confidential?
Everything else. As long as there is no imminent danger, HIPAA Laws protect confidentiality.
Is KCPC HIPAA compliant?
KCPC fosters centralizing and streamlining your health care. In order to do so, we will ask your permission to speak to your physicians. Typically, because these exchanges are conducted in writing, it was imperative to KCPC that any sensitive information discussed, is properly and responsibily protected.
Failure to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the HIPAA Security Rule can result in civil and criminal penalties.
Furthermore, KCPC uses email encrytion mitigating the chances of your Protected Health Information (PHI) from being stolen.
Is your website secure?
KCPC's website is secure. It is protected by McAfee. Which means:
At the bottom right corner of any page on the KCPC website you will see the McAfee trustmark letting you know that we are a safe site to interact with.
You will receive free identity theft protection when conducting any kind of transaction on the KCPC website.
The McAfee trustmark will appear whenever asked to fill out forms.
KCPC is listed in a compendium of companies that are safe to do business with.
Upon search engine results, McAfee SiteAdvisor will alert you that the KCPC's site is SECURE in Google, Yahoo and Bing results before clicking into our site.
Can I use the information found on your website, social media or coaching session discussions as medical advice?
No! Christina H Chororos is NOT a licensed medical physician, Therefore, the KCPC website and KCPC social media posts are intended only for educational and awareness purposes.
Any information, data, statistics or quoted material included is meant to help explain, clarify and/or support Kairos Chronic Pain Coaching's foundational treatment methods.
Though we encourage you to use the information we provide as a means to help you ask important questions, receive greater clarification about a subject matter or open/further conversations with your current treating physician, it is vital to understand that it should NOT be used to change or self-manage your current treatment plan without your doctors consent.
Though rare, any advice suggested in your coaching sessions that is specific to your illness or injury will be discussed with your current treating physicians first.
Christina H Chororos, Kairos Chronic Pain Coaching and the Kairos Chronic Pain Coaching Partners believe it's our vigilent responsibllty to ensurie we DO NOT engage in the unauthorized practice of medicine.
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