Dr Barry Mason is a family, couple and individual psychotherapist in private practice in London. He is a former Director of The Institute of Family Therapy in London. He has a particular interest in chronic pain both from a personal perspective (he has ankylosing spondylitis), and a professional perspective - his clinical practice is, both, with people in pain, and with their close family members/carers. His research on the management of pain has addressed how pain is managed within relationships. He believes that the management of pain has to go beyond only looking at the individual who has a pain condition.