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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 mea ningful 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 for assistance with finding a CBT-CP clinician near you.



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

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

Brief CBT-CP was developed to address the need for a brief, focused non-pharmacological intervention for chronic pain in primary care. Ask your Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) provider or you Primary Care Physician about how this treatment option can help you.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Headache Diseases (CBT-HA)

CBT-HA was developed to better address the needs of Veterans with various types of headaches. Learn more about how CBT-HA can help you by watching this video:

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

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