With chronic pain it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint a cause and treat it. Research has shown that using cognitive behavioral therapy can help. We now offer cognitive behavioral therapy at Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic Associates.
What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to identify and modify patterns of behavior and thinking that may be perpetuating difficulties. CBT focuses on beliefs, images, thoughts, and attitudes (cognitive processes) to help the patient recognize how these patterns can change to produce better feelings.
Unlike other forms of therapy, CBT is not an ongoing process. The patient may work with their therapist for just five to 10 months for most problems. Sessions are usually weekly, lasting about an hour.
What issues can cognitive behavioral therapy treat?
Cognitive behavioral therapy has been used for many years to help people manage emotional and psychological problems such as depression and anxiety. At Summit Healthcare, we now use CBT to help patients manage pain.
Research is showing that CBT provides significant benefits in a variety of situations by facilitating:
- Better emotional regulation
- Maximum effects from medication or other therapies
- Coping strategies for stress management
- Conflict resolution within relationships
- Better communication skills
- Coping skills for stress and chronic illness
Studies have shown CBT can improve quality of life and engagement in daily activities. This therapeutic technique can help improve chronic facial pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and joint pain.
Maybe cognitive behavioral therapy could be a good tool for your chronic pain. Call Dr. Trujillo and our team at Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic, (855) 768-4968, and let’s discuss your options.