Skip to content
Raising the bar for excellence in CBT. Enroll in Beck Institute CBT Certification today!

Category: Chronic Pain

The Road to Freedom: CBT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

By Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA In Part One of this two-part piece focused on CBT for Chronic Pain and Opioid Use, I discussed my past personal reservations about working with clients of this type and the strategies I used to counteract my own related automatic negative thoughts. In this post, I’d like to share the story of a particularly remarkable client who benefited from CBT techniques and the way…
READ FULL ARTICLE

Difficult Rewards: Chronic Pain and Opioid Use

By Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA Many therapists tell me that they don’t want to work with clients who have chronic pain, particularly clients who rely on opioids to manage their pain. They cite the complexities of understanding the cases, the attitudes of the clients, and poor outcomes as reasons to avoid working with these cases when there is an abundance of other “easier” cases with which to work. To…
READ FULL ARTICLE

Depression and Chronic Illness

CBT for Medical Conditions By Norman Cotterell, PhD Depression is sometimes regarded as the common cold of psychiatric conditions. It is a debilitating condition, sapping individuals of their desire for life, for hope, for movement. This article will describe the negative effects depression has on chronic illness, how to recognize it, and how to encourage clients toward self-care. Aaron Beck’s cognitive therapy was developed specifically as a treatment for depression. When…
READ FULL ARTICLE

How Cognitive Therapists Can Contribute to Patient Well-Being

CBT for Medical Conditions By Francine Broder, PsyD Patient adherence to treatment for type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems is a great source of concern for physicians.  Physicians often look to mental and behavioral health professionals to help care for their patients with chronic illnesses, while grappling with how to increase adherence to treatment. What are the possible obstacles patients face? The complexity of treatment can influence adherence.There may…
READ FULL ARTICLE