Friday, December 11, 2015

Healing Fibromyalgia w/CBT

Behavioral Therapy Group As a therapist, I am seeing more of my patients that are dealing with chronic pain, fatigue & Fibromyalgia and many sessions get stuck on how to cope as they are in crisis mode. I have made a proposal to my clinic on starting this new plan to better serve this population by offering an 8 week intensive program. I would like your feedback. Please see below… Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain/FatigueFocus Group Length: 8 wks 1 hr sessions (Tentatively) may need 1.5 hrs Background Information CBT increases patients’ belief in their ability to manage their condition, and it helps them change pessimistic thoughts and negative feelings regarding symptoms like pain, fatigue, and sleep problems. “Through CBT, fibromyalgia patients learn techniques that help them to manage their symptoms better and develop a different attitude towards pain — more of acceptance and less catastrophizing,” Cognitive Therapy Behavior means thinking about changes that can improve your life. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will never take the place of a solid diagnosis and medication, but it can help you examine your life to identify problem areas where you can exert control. Objective To provide a supportive learning environment for Individuals to react differently to physical and emotional stress, and identify daily habits that may increase negative responses in the body to elevate pain. To assist the individual(s) to learn tools to improve his or her overall ability to cope and function better on a daily basis. Week- 1&2 Introductions – Group Expectations Week- 2&3 Intro to CBT –The Midfulway to Cope Week- 3&4 Depression & Anxiety Week- 5&6 Taking Charge of your Life Week- 7 Taking charge of your life continued Week -8 Wrapping up and Evaluation (discussion of support Group to meet 1 @ month for follow) After reviewing this post, please provide feedback and tell me what you think. I would greatly appreciate it…..