Project Description


Our Chronic Pain Treatment Track helps individuals overcome the effects that physical discomfort has on both mind and body. The Chronic Pain Track is offered as part of the Adult PHP/IOP program in Northbrook and empowers adults to take an active role in the management of their chronic pain.


Individuals on the track participate in weekly skill-based groups, psychiatric management and individual sessions. Groups focus on an array of ACT, CBT, and DBT skills, with a particular emphasis on acceptance of pain, increasing movement and activity, mindfulness, and challenging negative pain appraisal and fear-avoidance beliefs.

Appropriateness for weekly individual meetings is determined by multiple factors, including: chronicity of pain, the degree to which pain is a primary contributor to decreased functioning, and relevance of track interventions to each patient’s unique challenges. Individual sessions consist of personalizing and applying skills, and setting weekly goals related to management of chronic pain.

Group Topics:

  • Introduction/Psychoeducation
  • Mindfulness
  • Values
  • Myths and Misconceptions
  • Time-Based Pacing
  • Communicating
  • Flare-Up Planning


  • Increasing awareness of the impact of chronic pain on thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Reintroducing movement and mindfully pacing physical activity
  • Providing a complement to interventions such as surgery or physical therapy
  • Accepting the reality of chronic pain in order to move toward values and goals

All Compass programs include a family/support therapy session once a week or as clinically indicated.  External support is essential for successful treatment and is proven as a comprehensive approach to mental wellness.

Schedule Appointment


  • Northbrook, IL


Monday – Friday
8:30am – 6:00pm

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