Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Understanding how to cope and maintain a positive outlook during challenging episodes of your life is a valuable tool. Those who are dealing with chronic pain, injury recovery or chronic disease can benefit from medical treatment and psychotherapy that gives them coping and behavioral management tools. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer advanced pain and injury medical care as well as psychotherapy services like cognitive behavioral therapy at our clinics throughout the San Jose and Bay Area region.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Talk therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy, is one of the most common types of psychotherapy used. This type of treatment can benefit a wide range of people – while it is used to treat mental disorders like depression, anxiety and substance abuse, it can be beneficial to those affected by chronic pain or any challenging phase in their life. Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, focuses on giving patients the ability to recognize negative or ineffective thought processes and the tools to change how they respond or behave to these situations.
CBT can be performed in individual or group sessions with effectiveness. The format tends to be structured, and many patients can benefit from attending only a few sessions that target their specific issues. Learning to identify harmful thoughts and behaviors that contribute to creating a negative outcome and learning new ways to process these thoughts can have a dramatic and quick impact on the quality of life. CBT methods can be used to better manage almost any stressful situation and how it affects your life.
Benefits of CBT for Chronic Pain Management
Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches patients to live in the present and how to regulate their emotions. This can be a valuable tool for those living with chronic pain. Instead of suppressing the pain, CBT gives patients a new perspective on how to live with pain and achieve their goals despite their pain. CBT offers a “retraining” of the brain to handle challenges differently and more effectively, especially when living with pain or long-term disabilities.
For many patients with disabilities, injury recovery or chronic pain, negative thoughts can overcome their daily lives. CBT is a present-focused technique that helps patients learn to respond to real-time challenges and manage their thoughts and actions. With practice, CBT can help patients with chronic pain or other physical illnesses obtain:
- Less pain
- Improved anxiety or depression
- Better daily function
- Higher quality of life
- Reduced use of pain medications
CBT is usually performed in sessions that last 50-minutes to an hour, but the therapy can vary depending on the individual. Most patients begin seeing results from their CBT sessions quickly and can use these tools to manage their pain and daily life challenges for years to come.
San Jose CBT and Pain Management Treatment
Our team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute includes spine surgeons, pain management doctors, orthopedic specialists, physical therapists, psychotherapists and many other medical professionals. We believe that a multi-disciplinary approach to pain management and injury recovery offers our patients the best chance to live a happier, fulfilling life. Cognitive behavioral therapy and other forms of psychotherapy are offered as components of a comprehensive treatment plan for our patients with the goal of improving their quality of life.
If you have struggled with chronic pain or are living with a disability, cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT, may be a tool to help you improve your quality of life. To learn more about the cutting-edge medical treatments and psychotherapy options we offer at Allied Pain & Spine Institute, contact one of our clinics in San Jose or the greater Bay Area to schedule an appointment.