Chronic Pain has a multitude of causes, many of which are not well understood or effectively treated by medical therapies. Individuals with chronic pain often report that pain interferes with their ability to engage in occupational, social, or recreational activities. Their inability to engage in these everyday activities may contribute to increased isolation, negative mood, and physical deconditioning, which in turn can contribute to their experience of pain.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been proven effective at managing various chronic pain conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, chronic back pain, and tension/migraine headache. This therapist guide distills many empirically validated techniques into one convenient volume that no clinician can do without. It provides session outlines, sample dialogues, and homework assignments for each technique, as well as addresses assessment and relapse. Designed to be used in conjunction with the corresponding workbook, this therapist guide offers a complete treatment program for the successful management of chronic pain.