Re: Has anybody had counselling?
We found that pain management counselling, such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), as part of an overall pain management program, was helpful. Training on self hypnosis, biofeedback and specific guidance on how to remain productive in the presence of pain was helpful.
General counselling such as individual or family counselling was not helpful. In fact, general counselling was detrimental. It cost time, energy and money, and was an exercise in wandering down the rabbit hole. And, many counselors don't "believe" in fibromyalgia, which can affect the quality of the counselling services that they provide.
If you have a specific family issue, such as "My husband has no understanding of how severe my illness is and we are about to get divorced over it", and you can find a competent counselor who understands chronic pain, counselling *might* be helpful. Otherwise, counselling could add enough additional strain to your relationship to make that divorce a reality. It's a crap shoot. The only way to know for sure is to go for a few sessions, take it with a grain of salt, and then assess whether your counselor is an idiot, or whether you feel there is some improvement resulting from your sessions.