Chronic Pain Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain brings hundreds of people to therapy every week. Many physical and psychological issues can cause chronic pain and it is important to rule out any medical causes and get treatment by speaking to a physician.

Some people experience chronic pain as the result of untreated emotional overwhelm, unexpressed anger, depression or grief. Symptoms of chronic pain typically include headaches; muscle tension, pain or fatigue;  shooting nerve pains, and tension in the back, neck and shoulders.

Many people with chronic pain disorder are reluctant to explore the emotional causes of their pain for fear of being told that they are inventing the symptoms. However, true somaticizing is a very real condition in which the emotions are unable to leave the body.

Another reason why people are loathe to admit the emotional roots of their pain, is that they fear that there would be no medical cure. Chronic pain with an emotional root requires that they confront the emotions that have been hidden away, and this can be challenging.

Therapists and psychologists who do  chronic pain therapy offer a confidential and safe environment in which people can explore pent-up emotions and as a result experience short term and long term relief. Symptoms caused by long term emotional build-up may require long-term treatment and due to the physical changes, some medical intervention and active physiotherapy is often very important as well.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who works with chronic pain you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological approach that deals with the way in which clients think about themselves, other people and the world. The outside world affects how we think and feel about ourselves and as a result, our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help a person to change the way they think about thoughts and feelings, but it is not like other types of talk therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on current issues and challenges that affect the client right now. It doesn't consider the past issues that caused distress, but rather looks for solutions that can improve the client's state of mind in the moment. Much of CBT involves looking at thought distortions that can affect mood and are affected by mood, and helps client examine and challenge distorted thinking patters.

CBT can help a range of problems, from OCD, PTSD, bulimia, stress, phobias and other issues that might seem overwhelming to the client, by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Motivational Interviewing is a short term treatment approach, which is specifically aimed at strengthening the client's commitment for, and motivation to change. This approach is widely recognized and is used in a number of applications, including substance abuse, rehabilitation, social work, criminal justice, schools, coaching and in health promotion.

During a Motivational Interviewing session, the therapist will make sure that the client feels understood and supported. The therapist will also assure the client that his or her emotions are normal and expected, in anticipation of the great changes ahead. The key to Motivational Interviewing is to juxtapose the client's goals and behaviours that may stand in the way of success. Motivational Interviewing  can help a client recognize behavioural issues that are not conducive to success.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Motivational Interviewing, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Lara Ellison

M.S.W., RSW
Lara Ellison, MSW, RSW Lara Ellison MSW, RSW has been professionally involved in various mental health programming since 2006.  Starting her work at Peak House, a youth residential alcohol and drug treatment... Read more

Michele Maurer

M.Sc., RCC
Find Your Resilience! Professional Counselling for Women, Youth, Couples & Families I've been working as a counsellor for 30+ years and still, I love my job! You deserve to live life to the fullest, even... Read more

Norissa Mongrain

M.S.W., RSW
Kwey kwey- hello!   I am a Registered Indigenous Social Worker with focus in health and training in Feminist Psychotherapy modalities (talk therapy). To enhance my practice, I have also taken training in... Read more

Sherri Calder

M.A., RCC
Sherri has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler University of Professional Psychology. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3580) and a member of B.C. Association of Clinical... Read more

Cristina Ciccone

M.A., RCC
Allow me to introduce myself, I am Cristina Ciccone and I have been providing individual, group and relationship counselling services in Vancouver since the mid 1980's.  In addition to... Read more

Jaminie Hilton

M.A., RCC
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I am available for telephone appointments as well as in office. My approach is compassionate with individuals - adults and adolescents; couples; and parent-child communication, including parenting after separation... Read more

Pardeep Atwal

M.C., RCC
Pardeep Atwal, CCC, RCC, holds a Master’s degree in counselling psychology. Pardeep continues her professional development and has recently acquired further trauma training acquiring her EMDR and Sensory Motor... Read more

Colleen Stewart

M.S.W., RSW
*For Covid-19:  Now offering telehealth /videoconferencing through doxy.me, a secure site!   Therapeutic Approach Colleen’s training and therapeutic approach stem from an anti-oppressive lens... Read more

Lee Cassels

M.A., CCC
Lee Cassels is a Canadian Certified Counsellor who sees clients in her office which located in the Port Moody area.    Often people find themselves drawn to counselling sites when they have reached a... Read more

Gail Krivel-Zacks

Ph.D., RCC
Dr. Gail Krivel-Zacks has helped hundreds of students overcome challenges to achieve success.  A Registered Clinical Counsellor, Dr. Gail received her doctorate in Educational Psychology and... Read more

Grant McMahon

M.C., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC # 11135) and psychotherapist working in Vancouver.  I can help you if you are struggling with low mood, depression, anxiety/panic, or problems in your marriage or intimate... Read more

Nadine Jans

M.A.Sc., RCC
Free 45 min in person or video session.  Dementia, Negative thoughts (like self-loathing), Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Emotional eating, Shame, Guilt and Self-esteem issues are the areas in which I have... Read more

Heather Bach

M.A., CCC
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In response to COVID-19, we provide VIRTUAL COUNSELLING keeping you and the community safe. For over 20 years, Heather Bach of Bach Counselling Group brings clinical expertise to working with those who... Read more

Agata Burdziuk

M.A., RCC
Agata holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and... Read more

Katy Strachan

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Katy Strachan has been a Registered Psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1994. She has specific interests in women’s counselling, relationship issues, parenting issues, victim’s assistance,... Read more

Shelley Gordon

M.S.W., RCC
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Shelley Gordon has been an Imago Relationship Therapist since 1996, and a Therapist since 1983. She has over 25 years of experience, and is an advanced clinician with Imago Relationships International. Shelley is... Read more

Banafsheh Sadeghi

M.A., RSW
Banafsheh is a registered social worker with a Master's degree in Social Work and a Bachelor's degree in General Psychology with more than 20 years of experience in counselling students, individuals, couples,... Read more

Sarina Kot

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered psychologist with specialized training to work with children and families. I use play therapy to understand children and help them cope. As play is the natural language for children, I create a... Read more

Megan Hughes

M.A., Registered Psychology Assistant
*Now offering video and phone sessions.* Megan Hughes has been counselling in private, educational and institutional settings for 20 years. She has worked successfully with a variety of populations, including... Read more

Heather Hennenburg

M.Ed., CCC
*During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am offering remote video counselling so we can all stay safe and a sliding-fee scale for those whose incomes are impacted by social distancing measures. As, always, I... Read more

Cynthia Ehl

MC, RCC
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You're probably reading this because something you want some help with something (it could be spirituality, obesity, being overweight, anxiety, depression, grief, relationships, communication, trauma, or stress).... Read more

Tanya Elez

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Tanya Elez is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist who sees clients at her office in New Westminster downtown. She offers counselling services to diverse couples,... Read more

Lorne Pierce

M.A., R.Psych
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I have been in private practice since 1999 providing counselling services to individuals, couples and familes. I have over 20 years experience in the helping professions in both government (federal and provincial)... Read more

Maureen McEvoy

M.A., RCC
Maureen McEvoy, MA, RCC has been in private practice for more than 20 years. She works with individuals, couples and groups. Maureen uses Imago Relationship Therapy in her work with couples. As an Imago therapist,... Read more

Jan Fleming

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 15 years of experience as a therapist helping people improve the quality of their lives. With my unique combination of training and experience I help people see their... Read more

Heather Price

M.C., CCC
Hello. My name is Heather Price and I have had a private practice in the downtown area of Nanaimo since 1997. Starting out as a music therapist, I later went back to school and received a Master’s Degree in... Read more

Nicole McLeod

M.A., RCC
Life can feel overwhelming.  It can get complicated.  It’s easy to feel stuck, powerless and empty and sometimes it feels impossible to see past that.   My name is Nicole McLeod, I’m a... Read more

Sherri Inouye

M.C., RCC
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Hi, I’m Sherri.  People come to see me for a variety of reasons but ultimately they are looking to experience life differently.  You may be struggling with current life challenges, living with the... Read more

Max Innes

Ph.D., RMFT
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Max Innes, Ph.D., a family therapist with a general practice, has provided services for individuals, couples and families, including children and youth, throughout the Lower Mainland during the last fifteen years.In... Read more

Peter Silin

M.S.W., RSW
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I  have been bringing  warmth and compassion to my counselling with individuals and couples since 1980.  I believe the key to effective therapy begins with  building safe relationships where  my... Read more