I have recently come across Coherence Therapy (previously called 'Depth Oriented Brief Therapy), devised by Bruce Ecker and Laurel Hulley. Although they dont focus specifically on chronic pain, the assumptions underlying their approach are identical to the TMS model, ie. symptoms serve a function in protecting us from other more threatening emotional truths which are lurking around in our unconscious. They do refer to working with chronic pain, but in the material i've read so far (Ecker, B. & Hulley, L. (1996). Depth oriented brief therapy: How to be brief when you were trained to be deep, and vice versa.) they havnt given any in-depth treatment of chronic pain specifically. I have completed a couple of small training programs they have available over the net, and have ordered their treatment manuals for further perusal. But at this stage, it appears to me that they are completely on the right track, and the method which they use for overcoming the emotional truths (which the symptoms are generated/maintained for) appears to be excellent. You can hear an interview with Ecker on Shrink Rap Radio (a series of interview podcasts), in which he is discussing his recent book on memory consolidation. His description of the therapeutic work used in Coherence Therapy is a little light weight in the interview, but reading his 1996 book spells it out in much more detail. I think this approach could be extremely helpful for sufferers of chronic pain. Has anyone come across it before, or are utilising this approach? I'm interested in any comments people may have about it. Thanks.