Pain Is Real | Pain Is Stress-Related | Pain Is a Biopsychosocial Phenomenon
In group CBT, the assumption that each patient's
pain is real is critical and should be made explicit at the outset.
This is particularly important to patients who have been referred
to mental health practitioners for pain management. Such referrals
often carry the implication that patients' pain is "in
their head." Reassuring patients that their pain is real
may remove some resistance to a psychosocial or cognitive-behavioral