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Assumptions of a Cognitively Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach to Pain Management

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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 approach.

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