Anxiety and/or Panic, Chronic Pain Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Anxiety and/or Panic, 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)

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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Alex Kwee

Psy.D., R.Psych
I am a Psychologist registered in British Columbia (CPBC #1903) and the State of Washington. Currently I am an Assistant Professor at Trinity Western University, where I serve as a core faculty member in the MA in... 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

Ginnie Cramer

MC, RCC
Ginnie Cramer is a BCACC Registered Clinical Counseller with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. Ginnie values each client as an individual and acknowledges his or her unique... Read more

Colleen Wilkie

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Are you disappointed in your relationships?  Do you feel lonely and misunderstood?  Are you feeling depressed or anxious?  Or, you might be someone who has had therapy in the past but needs something... Read more

Laurel Aasen

M.C., RCC
It’s an honour and privilege to get to work alongside people as they make changes to create hopeful and fulfilling futures. I believe that change happens when we have the freedom to explore and expand who we are... Read more

Jennifer Scott

M.A., RSW
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Are you living the life you want? Are you feeling sad, angry, anxious, or scared? Are you stuck, sleepless, or just tired of it all? Are you recovering from a trauma or loss, struggling in relationships, and ... Read more

Dr Joti Samra

Ph.D., R.Psych
Life is not always easy, and it is a core belief that all of us – if we live long enough and go through enough life experiences – will struggle with psychological health difficulties at some point in our... Read more

Janette Sperber

M.Sc., RCC
Janette Sperber, M.S., is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with specialized training in Rehabilitation Counselling and Biofeedback. I can help you better cope with a wide range of psychological, emotional and... Read more

Michael Dayan

Ph.D., RCC
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Here is some basic information about Dr. Michael Dayan: Fluent in CBT and other modalities, theories, & technique (narrative, depth, attachment, family systems, psychodynamic, existential... Read more

Kim Boivin

M.Ed., RCC
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Are you struggling with anxiety? Are you experiencing difficulties in your relationships?  Are you hard on yourself?  I can help.  I offer a compassionate and grounded approach with ... Read more

Andrew Huber

M.A., RCC
Are you hoping to make positive changes in your life but fear is getting in the way? Are you feeling stuck in a familiar pattern of doubt, confusion, indecisiveness, or unsure how or where to begin ... Read more

Judy Zhu

M.Ed., RCC
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or feeling stressed out? Are you also experiencing health issues such as digestion problems, poor sleep, pain and fatigue? I am a registered clinical... Read more

Daria Shewchuk

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a compassionate and well trained professional who values diversity. I have over 20 years of training and experience in the counselling field, working with adults and youths. I knows how vulnerable people can feel.... Read more

Anthony Cave

M.A., R.Psych
About me My private practice consists of psychotherapy services for youth, adults and elders. An appointment usually lasts an hour and takes place in a confidential office setting. I also provide clinical consulting... Read more

Patrick Myers

Ph.D., R.Psych
  Is life pushing you too hard? Do you feel like you can't keep up? Do you worry too much? Is your mind always racing? Do you find you no longer enjoy doing the things you once did? Do you... 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

Kyla Yaskowich

Ph.D., R.Psych
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In my work as a Registered Psychologist in over 18 years of practicing, I have had the honor and privilege to accompany individuals and couples along their journeys to discovering the emotional and spiritual growth... Read more

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC
My greatest joy is watching my clients become more fully themselves. As a counsellor, I offer you a professional relationship that is deeply accepting and non-judgemental, but also objective and truthful. The issues... Read more

Jung-Hwa Suh

M.A., RCC
Jung is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She has over 20 years of experience of working with individuals, couples, children and families.Jung... Read more

Joyce Barwis

, RCC
  Joyce Barwis is a Masters Level Registered Clinical Counsellor providing the support you need to make significant, fundamental, and lasting change in your life. With over 35 years of practice behind her, Joyce... Read more

Josh Slatkoff

Ph.D., R.Psych
COVID-19:  I will not be offering in-person sessions at this time.  If you an existing client, I will contact you about tele/video options. Dr. Josh Slatkoff is a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1774) who... Read more

Chelsea Stenner

M.A., RCC
A common misconception is that you need to hit "rock bottom" before you decide to seek counselling. There are numerous reasons why a person may choose to speak with a qualified professional; everything from... Read more