Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 385–393 | Cite as

Paining Out: An Integrative Pain Therapy Model

  • Mirko Pavlek
Original Paper


This article describes and evaluates an integrative pain therapy model as a beneficial form of pain-management for chronic pain. The author based his model on cognitive-behavioral modalities, progressive relaxation combined with art therapy, sensory awareness combined with indirect clinical hypnosis, formal clinical hypnosis and self-hypnosis. Those techniques were applied in small group settings to systematically alter pain perception, pain interpretations and response to pain for the group participants’ benefit. As a result, the group participants gained a greater sense of control over the pain, eased or abolished the pain, and decreased the stress, anxiety and depression associated with chronic pain. The techniques used were synthesized into ten group therapy sessions. A small data sample suggests that the model has clinical utility and maintained its benefits in a 6- to12-month follow-up.


Pain-management Mind-body Chronic pain Integrative therapy Clinical hypnosis Group therapy 



The author would like to thank Paul Lounsbury, Nancy Winston, Angelko Bota and other members of the advanced group at The Forum for Psychotherapy Cybernetics for facilitation of creative ideas and expansion of author’s frames of reference. He would also like to thank his wife Lucy, Toney Teague and Andrew Roffman for editing and support and the clinical staff at Glens Falls Hospital OBHU for the collaboration and encouragement that made this paper possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CorinthUSA
  2. 2.OBHUGlens Falls HospitalGlens FallsUSA

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