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Oval Hall - Bulgarian Red Cross

CBT with chronic pain patients

Chronic pain imposes limitations and changes in lifestyle. The psychological impacts may be important with a large range of emotions. Living with pain means both accept changes or losses and 'fight' to engage itself in daily life.

We could address different frequent topics of the therapeutic work with chronic pain patients such us :

  • engaging the patient in the therapeutic process or helping him to talk about his emotion and thoughts

  • engaging the patient in his daily life: how to adjust behavioural activation

  • dealing with anger: there are so many reasons for feeling anger when with chronic pain

  • helping the patient to surpass the losses and to build a meaningful life

  • dealing with pain itself

We could also discuss the role of beliefs and avoidant behaviours in maintaining the difficulties and the models useful for the patient.