Chronic pain can lead to suffering and may contribute to other problems such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured, time-limited and research-based psychotherapy designed to help individuals cope with problems such as chronic pain and the emotional distress that often comes with it.
The CBT for Chronic Pain program consists of 8 weekly one-hour group sessions that cover topics such as strategies to remain active while minimizing pain, stress management and relaxation techniques, effective communication about pain with healthcare providers and others, promoting healthy attitudes that can improve coping, and managing emotional distress related to pain, such as depression and anxiety.
The goal of the program is to foster effective coping with chronic pain and decreasing distress using these strategies and other techniques. CBT focuses on behaviors such as engaging in enjoyable and satisfying activities, and ways of thinking (cognitions) that enable people to live full and satisfying lives despite their pain. In addition, the group format of this program provides an opportunity for participants to share ideas and support with others who know from first hand experience what it's like to live with chronic pain.
For more information, please call 413-395-7694.