Health psychology focuses on how biology, psychology, behaviour and social factors influence health and illness. I use a biopsychosocial model of health to inform my assessment and treatment of chronic health problems.
Pacing and overactivity/rest cycles
A pacing approach linked to pain management involves monitoring activities using observation diaries to try and ensure a balance between activity and rest is achieved. This tends to be a typical pattern for relapsing remitting conditions, and the difficult part to manage.
Mindfulness and CBT for Pain Management
A mindfulness CBT approach can be helpful to manage pain. It encourages the individual to tune into bodily sensations, monitor their thoughts and beliefs about their pain, but not engage in them. It is an approach aimed at helping to recognise habitual patterns of negative thinking which can be self – limiting. In cognitive behavioural terms, this is known as a thinking distortion. The links with bodily sensations, behaviours, mood and thought processes are explored using a Mindfulness CBT approach.