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), Solution Focused Therapy

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..

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Sarah Becker

Ph.D. (cand), RCC
I believe that my role as a counsellor involves walking alongside my clients while offering an objective and informed perspective. Because I often see people who are seeking change, my goal is to help my clients... Read more

Sarah Hickinbottom

Ph.D., RCC
Counselling for Individuals Facing Significant Personal and/or Professional Transitions Sarah's practice is focused on working collaboratively with clients facing unexpected changes, difficult transitions, or... Read more

Monique Silverman

M.A., RCC
  My Approach My work is primarily relational, experiential and emotion-focused. This approach is called Accelerated Experiential Psychodynamic Therapy (AEDP) and seamlessly encourages you to engage with your... Read more

Eva DeHaas

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Eva DeHaas, Registered Psychologist (#2074) Eva brings warmth, compassion and self-awareness to the therapy room. She draws from a broad skill set ranging from shorter term, skill based interventions to more in-... Read more

Dianne Leitch

M.Couns., RCC
Dianne Leitch, BComm, Master of Counselling, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in North Vancouver. She welcomes individuals and couples facing concerns with infertility, relationships,... Read more

Lisa McLellan

M.A., RCC
If you are looking for a practically based down-to-earth counsellor with over 30 years of experience in helping others,  you have arrived at the right place. Making the decision to enter into counselling ... Read more

Dee Gill

M.A., RCC
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed and stuck in life that you have no idea what to do next? Do you worry about making a wrong decision that could make things even worse?  I can help you change your thoughts and... Read more

Delyse Ledgard

M.A., RCC
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To be understood, seen, feel the comfort of another’s presence is the heart of therapy.  With over 30 years of experience I have encountered and worked with people from all walks of life... Read more

Klaus Klein

M.A., RCC
Klaus is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC. He provides counselling and therapy to parents who are feeling overwhelmed or helpless trying to raise their teen. Parenting teens can be exhausting. Klaus... Read more

Derek Swain

Ed.D., R.Psych
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Dr. Swain became a Registered Psychologist (#1006) in 1991. His education includes the following degrees: Bachelor or Arts (1970); Teaching Certificate (1973); Master of Physical Education (1977); and Doctor of... Read more

Karen Ergas

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Karen Ergas is a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working with individuals who have eating disorders. She worked at St. Paul's Hospital Eating Disorders Program from 1994-2011.... Read more

Daphne Gelbart

M.A., RCC
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Daphne Gelbart, MA, RCC, is a Vancouver clinical counsellor registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (Registration # 3290). Daphne is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC... Read more

Donna Steadman

M.A., RCC
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As a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Langley, my job is to help you feel better.    Whether you are struggling with relationship issues, suffering from the pain and paralysis of depression, or... Read more

Nancy Nigro

M.S.W., RCC
I am a Psychotherapist in private practice with over 30 years of clinical experience. I have specialized training in Relationship issues, Self Esteem, Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss, Trauma, Life Transitions. If you... Read more

Avraham Cohen

Ph.D., RCC
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Avraham Cohen, Ph. D., RCC, CCC holds the designations of Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Counsellor Certification (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling... Read more

Paula Wise

M.A., RCC
Paula is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with people... Read more

Corrina Arnold

M.C., RCC
Corrina believes that healing growth and change happen in the context of relationship. Therefore, choosing the right counselor to guide you through your personal work is a critical aspect of the therapeutic process.... Read more

Andrea Yeo

M.Ed., RCC
Andrea Yeo is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC, a Child Interviewer for BC Hear the Child Society, a Secondary School Teacher with North Vancouver School District, a Certified Parenting Facilitator and... Read more

Alison Bell

M.A., RCC
I am pleased to offer in-person, video and phone session to individual, families and couples. I have been providing counselling services for over 20 years and I have worked in private practice in the... Read more

Mark vanVliet

M.Div., RCC
I work with clients struggling with pornography and sex addiction. I drawn upon my training as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and my experience as an addictions counsellor at a premier addictions treatment clinic... Read more

Thea Jardine

M.C., RCC
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Thea Jardine is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with locations in Vancouver. Her main training is in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses a variety of other styles to meet the individual needs of... Read more

Jo-Ann Majcher

Ph.D., R.Psych
Jo-Ann Majcher works with children and adults to help them cope with life challenges.  She helps children who are experiencing difficult life transitions (e.g., separation, blending families, grief, school... Read more

Shaila Patel

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and I practice in Vancouver & Coquitlam.  I am originally from New Zealand and moved to Vancouver in March 2000.  This was one of several significant transitions in my... Read more

Mary Lang

M.A., RCC
  Counselling is a profound collaboration between you and your counsellor to create a safe relational space in which you can engage in radical acts of both change and self-acceptance.  I offer... Read more

Aigin Larki

M.Ed., RCC
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Are you struggling with any of the following: -Feelings of Loneliness or Disconnection -Anxiety or Low Self Confidence -Low Mood/ Unhappiness/ Irritability/ Anger -Strained Relationships at Work,... Read more

Katherine White

M.Sc., RCC
I believe that families and the family systems we come from give us great insight into what we are up against in life.  The families we grow up in are the first places we learn how relationships and people function... Read more

Paulo Matos

Ph.D., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a combined 25 years education and experience in counselling. I have a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counselling Psychology and master's degrees from Harvard University (Ed.M.) and... Read more

Shawn McNabb

M.Ed., RCC
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"If change and results are what you need then let's talk about it." "I realize that making that call or writing that email is a big decision. What I hope when you meet with me is that you feel... Read more

Jeff Darcy

M.S.W., RCSW
I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) who holds a master's degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. I see clients at my office on Broadway near Burrard as well as... Read more

Hajera Rostam

Ph.D., R.Psych
Please note that during the COVID-10 crisis, I am only able to provide clients virtual/phone counselling and consultation. Thank you!   As a registered psychologist, I believe in my clients’ resilience... Read more