Treatment plans are individualized and developed for each patient by Compass’ multidisciplinary team. Evidence-based therapies used to help patients develop more effective coping skills include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with a particular emphasis on acceptance of pain, increasing movement and activity, mindfulness, and challenging negative pain appraisal and fear-avoidance beliefs.
When indicated, patients will have meetings with a chronic pain therapist to personalize skills and set goals. Group therapy may be offered to provide patients with opportunities to normalize their experience, gain feedback from peers, and practice effective coping skills together.
Families are encouraged but not required to participate in family therapy as it greatly facilitates the patient’s improvement.