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About Empowered Relief™

Training your brain away from pain

Empowered Relief™ was developed by Beth Darnall, Ph.D., and has been embedded into clinical pathways at Stanford University since 2013. In August 2020, as reported in JAMA Network Open (Journal of the American Medical Association), noted the results of the NIH-funded randomized trial conducted on adults with chronic low back pain. The findings revealed that the single-session class conferred broad and clinically meaningful benefits across multiple outcomes at three months post-treatment.  The factors that improved included pain intensity, pain interference, pain catastrophizing, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and fatigue. 

The two-hour presentation is now available for all patients virtually, for anyone with a smart-phone, computer, or tablet. It has been developed into a manualized format and available only through Stanford-trained and approved instructors. The effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for chronic pain is well-established. However, it is typically presented in a format that is too lengthy and is often not readily available. Empowered Relief™ condenses these important skills into a two-hour class, making it reasonable and accessible for most to attend.


The service rendered is a 2-hour class where three important goals are addressed:

  1. The participant will learn how pain is processed in the brain and how best to manage it;

  2. The participant will learn simple skills that can be used immediately and then practiced daily;

  3. The participant will create a personalized plan for long-term relief. 

Under the resources tab, there are several links to articles and papers describing the benefits of Empowered Relief™. 



Empowered Relief™ should not replace any medical evaluation. Empowered Relief™ is educational and informational and does not represent medical treatment. It is interactive and includes a participant Q&A. Empowered Relief™ is an educational class and attendance does NOT establish a therapist-client (or treating) relationship with the instructor.

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