Typically, people think of counseling as a means to treat a limited set of psychological conditions (Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD, e.g.). However, modern psychology offers tools to help deal with physical symptoms related to chronic pain.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is defined as pain persisting for more than 3-6 months. According to the CDC, chronic pain affects 50 million Americans. High-impact chronic pain (pain interfering with work or life most days or every day) affecting approximately 20 million adults. Chronic pain often affects people physically, mentally, and emotionally.
There are numerous strategies and psychological tools that can be useful in counteracting psychological distress associated with chronic pain. The most common strategy utilized by therapists and psychologists is CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
CBT aims to address the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that inform and impact psychological distress. Strategies ranging from mindfulness meditation to exploring the maladaptive cognitions are utilized to help enable the client to see how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impact their current distress.
To learn more specifics about this treatment technique, check out our blog post about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy!
If you are curious about how psychological services can be utilized in your medical treatment, schedule a free discovery visit or appointment with Grant Williams, MS, LPC at Compleo Physical Therapy and Wellness today!