Behavioral Medicine Program for Chronic Pain

What is Behavioral Medicine?

Behavioral medicine represents the intersection of physical and mental health. In contrast to the illnesses that were highly prevalent at the turn of the last century, most of the health problems of today are caused by the way we live our lives and the choices we make.  Behavioral Medicine focuses on this interaction between behavior and health. The CARD Behavioral Medicine program teaches people ways of making changes to health-relevant behaviors, and improving ways of thinking that can positively impact both physical and mental health.

Conditions We Treat

  • Chronic Pain
  • Stress Management
  • Insomnia

We Serve Adolescent and Adult Populations

We have experience working with individuals of all age groups. We help pre-teens, teens, and adults who are experiencing chronic musculoskeletal and/or neuropathic chronic pain conditions. 

How Treatment Works

CBT for chronic pain is short-term and goal-oriented therapy that is designed to give our patients skills that they can use. Patients do not need to stop taking their current pain medications to participate; however, people who participate in CBT for pain often report that they are able to reduce their reliance on pain medication.

Behavioral Medicine Program Director:  John Otis, Ph.D.

Dr. John Otis has more than 20 years of experience providing therapy to help individuals cope with a variety of mental health concerns.   He has specialized in helping individuals gain greater control over their chronic pain.  He is the author of Managing Chronic Pain, an evidence-based treatment manual that guides treatment of chronic pain in clinics across the country.

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