Our approach to
CBT for pain management has the following basic elements:
What is the Pain Management Programme (PMP)?
Our programme teaches coping skills training through a wide
variety of cognitive and behavioral pain coping strategies:
Relaxation training techniques, guided imagery and cued
Activity pacing and pleasant activity scheduling are used to
help patients increase the level and range of their activities
and return to more "normal" activities and levels of activity in
a helpful way.
Training in distraction techniques such as pleasant imagery,
counting methods, and use of a focal point helps clients learn
to divert their attention away from episodes of severe pain.
Cognitive restructuring is used to help patients identify and
challenge overly negative pain-related thoughts/images and to
replace these thoughts/images with more helpful coping
Problem solving methods are taught to enable clients to consider
and develop plans for dealing with sudden pain episodes and
other challenging situations.
Specific techniques to maintain what has been learnt whilst
attending the PMP are also taught.
How are clients referred?
Clients can be referred by their GP, Case Manager or be
What happens following referral?
Initially clients attend an individual initial assessment with a
therapist to ensure the PMP has the potential to assist in
developing skills to manage pain. Following this initial
assessment we offer small group sessions of 4 to 12 patients
that are held weekly for 8 weeks. Each small group session last
about 2 hours.
The groups are typically led by a therapist.
Initial assessment sessions and take place at our consulting room at:
97 Wood Lane, Harborne, Birmingham, West Midlands. B17 9AY
PMP group sessions usually take place in the West Midlands
area at a suitable venue.
How much does it cost?
Please contact us to discuss any question you have including our
current charges. Please telephone 0121 427 7292 / 07850 990 711