Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the most well-known and well-researched psychological treatment for chronic pain. This approach is based on a conceptualization that chronic pain is maintained or at least exacerbated by maladaptive thoughts, feelings and behaviors and that changing these can alleviate pain and the psychological distress that it causes. The main elements of CBT treatment of pain are challenging negative beliefs, relaxation training, activity scheduling (pacing) and goal-setting (Turner & Keefe, 1999) CBT is generally regarded as having a strong research base. A recent meta-analysis concluded that there is “good evidence” for the effectiveness of CBT in the treatment of chronic pain (Morley, Eccleston & Williams, 1999).  Read more

This is a research summary regarding EMDR in the treatment of various types of pain conditions.  Read more

This is a 12 page downloadable PDF document about Neuropsychology, Chronic Pain and EMDR.  Read more