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Pain Management - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)

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VETERANS - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) as an effective treatment for reducing the negative impacts of chronic pain on Veterans’ lives.

CBT-CP equips individuals with an active, problem-solving approach to manage and decrease the challenges associated with chronic pain. By understanding helpful strategies, it is possible to change one’s pain experience, physically and emotionally. 

The goals of CBT-CP are to help Veterans:
  • Increase participation in meaningful activities
  • Manage pain flare-ups more effectively
  • Decrease pain intensity
  • Reduce worries about increased pain or injury
  • Improve overall quality of life.

By focusing on self-management of pain through shaping expectations, increasing activity, and improving mindset, the “volume” on pain can be turned down.

CBT-CP is available to Veterans throughout the VA health care system. Speak to a member of your health care team (including your primary care provider, your pain management provider, a member of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team, your therapist, or your psychiatrist) to learn more about how to access care today.  Feel free to share the CBT-CP Clinician Fact Sheet (below) with your provider when asking for a referral to CBT-CP. 

If your provider is not sure who offers CBT-CP treatment at your facility, please have them contact your VA’s Local Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Coordinator who can help facilitate a referral for treatment.  You may also contact the VA CBT-CP National Training Program at CBT-CPStaff@va.gov for assistance with finding a CBT-CP clinician near you.

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ATTACHMENTS

- CBT-CP Veteran Brochure  (pdf)
- CBT-CP Clinician Fact Sheet  (pdf)


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) Resource Topics

 Veterans-Public CBT  Provider CBT    

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