I have many years of experience treating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, in both adults and adolescents. I am the only therapist in Israel specializing in adolescent onset of fatigue illness. I use a cognitive-behavioral approach, focusing on providing immediate relief from symptoms and improving quality of life, and then progressing to deeper emotional work if appropriate. I use a team approach as well as a multi-modal treatment paradigm. I have written two books on this subject and both teach and speak on this topic.
John F. Kennedy University (now CSPP)
Facing an overwhelmed and frustrating medical system, the growing trend is for physicians – both primary care and pain specialists – to refer these patients for CBT. While this is great news in many ways, many practitioners are lacking specific tools for breaking the cycle of chronic pain.
Teenagers are suffering from stress-related and stress-induced illnesses like never before
once the fear kicks in, bringing a host of physical and psychological responses with it, all of that preparedness just sits there, making us anxious. And, this makes the pain even worse!
For Fibro patients, they are often caught between the body’s desire to stay still — as interpreted through the amount of pain being perceived, and the knowledge that motion may relieve pain.
Fibromyalgia is a painful condition. Doctors offer their Fibro patients many things that have been proven to help, and are dismayed when the patients don’t take advantage of these offerings. We need a new model for Fibro care, and CBT has it.
Adolescence (ages 16-21)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Family Systems Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)