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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Jeffrey Fisher

M.A., Retired
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Kimi Combow-Gill

M.Ed., RCC
Kimi has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is bound by... Read more

Tami Amit

M.A., RCC
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and EMDR Practitioner with extensive training and experience in the field of Counselling, Coaching and Personal... Read more

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
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My counselling career began over 20 years ago and since then, I have worked in a variety of settings with many different populations, such as youth at risk, children who have been orphaned, young parents,... Read more

Tanya Ward

M.A., RCC
About Me: I have a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and am a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have over 15 years of experience and have... Read more

Andrea Dasilva

M.Ed., RCC
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Andrea’s warm and friendly approach creates a tranquil and welcoming atmosphere for her clients, as they take that important step to building the life they envision for themselves. Andrea brings to Summit... Read more

Salley-Ann Ross

M.A., RCC
Salley-Ann sees the potential in every person; whether it is working with families through divorce, parenting issues, children, youth, trauma, anger, grief or mental health issues. She believes that the road to... Read more

Sandi Bossons

M.A., RCC
Counselling Process Making the decision to seek out counselling is a courageous step towards healing. Often people hesitate to seek out counselling because they feel it is a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it is a... Read more

Jessica Cooper

M.A., RCC
Are you looking to feel less stressed, anxious or depressed? Would you like to feel happier, more empowered and motivated, and more in control of your life?  Jessica can help you. Jessica Cooper, MA, RCC... Read more

Olivia Kienzel

M.Couns., RCC
Olivia works with couples & individuals to transform their relationship to themselves, their lives, and the people they care about. She can help you, gently, get to the root of your challenges—and... Read more

Crystal Arber

M.S.W., RCC
Virtual EMDR Now available.  Complex Trauma and PTSD  for health care workers, first responders, veterans, military, kids and adult survivors of childhood trauma as well as critical incidents. Do you... Read more

Ellie Bolgar

Psy.D., RCC
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Dr. Bolgar has been practicing psychotherapy since 1998. She is also a professor at Adler University, teaching Masters of Counselling students. She has a Doctor of Psychology degree from Southern California University... Read more

Caity O'Neill

M.Couns., RCC
 I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor committed to making quality counselling accessible. I offer sessions on afternoons, evenings and weekends. I have experience treating clients with a wide variety of concerns... Read more

Sue Diamond

M.A., RCC
Sue Diamond, M.A. is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#178) and the Director/Founder of The Good Life Therapy Centre. She has over 25 years experience in the counselling field in a multitude of settings... Read more

Sandy Brooks

M.S.W., RSW
Sandy Brooks is a Registered Social Worker (#03369) approved for private practice.  She has over 30 years experience of helping individuals and families. Sandy draws from her many years of diverse... Read more

Joel Brass

M.A.Sc., RCC
Joel Brass, M.A.Sc., R.C.C. has been an individual, relationship and family therapist for the past 35 years. His areas of expertise and personal passion are the healing and growth of individuals and love... Read more

Johanna Simmons

M.A., RCC
I believe that families are the foundation of any society. As parents you create the future through your children. Occasionally we encounter challenges and need some encouragement to overcome these. I can provide... Read more

Brenda Dineen

M.Ed., RCC
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Brenda is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with an office conveniently located in South Vancouver. Brenda has a rich background of professional experience and personal growth. She has worked in the public and private... Read more

Abby Petterson

M.A., RCC
Abby Petterson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) offering psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals, couples and families. Abby has specialized training and... Read more

Gail Lyons

M.A., RCC
My approach to psychotherapy is informed by the belief that we are meant to grow and develop as individuals throughout our lives. This development requires a dialogue between our conscious self and the unconscious (that... Read more

Iona Monk

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who meets with couples and individuals in private practice in Vancouver. I have been working with couples for almost twenty years in private practice. I am a graduate of both... Read more

Richard Somerset

M.A., RCC
How you doing ?  Does shame ride shotgun in your life? Do you wish your life had more purpose? Are your relationships unfulfilling? Do you wish you could change? I focus my work on helping men... Read more

Jyoti Gill

M.A., RCC
I believe that we ALL have the power to heal ourselves. This means that this power resides in YOU too. If that’s hard to believe, I hope that you will grant yourself the opportunity to discover it. In our work... Read more
My practice is focused on the ability of each individual to discover their own inner resources and reach their own resolutions. Whether it's dealing with a phobia, panic attack, self-esteem, weight and body image,... Read more

Marilyn Beloff

Ph.D., RCC
Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, and in order to protect my clients, as well as our families and community as a whole, I have made the decision to move to a secure on-line fully encrypted format, Icouch.me for... Read more

Tracey Dahl

M.A., RCC
The Journey: Get out of the rut Do you feel unsettled, worried or stuck? Do you have a sense that you are in a rut, created from doing the same things over and over, and not getting different results? Maybe you feel... Read more

Kim Watt

M.A., RCC
** I'm open for business to all new and existing clients, and am offering both video and phone sessions instead of in-person appointments during the COVID-19 outbreak. Free 15-minute consultations are also available... Read more

Milo Wu

M.Ed., RCC
As my client, your well-being will always be my guiding focus. You will be valued, supported and respected in our work together.  Like the roots below affecting the tree above, the inner worlds of our mind and body... Read more

Mary Ann Pelzer

M.A., RCC
Hi Are you struggling to get through each day? Trying so hard and going in circles. Surviving has become your motto, until one day you decide you can’t take it anymore. This scenario is very common. It... Read more

Fay Ferris

M.Ed., RCC
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I have focused my practice on Couples Counselling and Individuals struggling with Depression and Anxiety and relationship isssues. Using research-proven effective approaches, I offer caring, sensitive, and respectful... Read more