Cognitive Restructuring Definition

Cognitive restructuring is a psychotherapeutic technique that emphasizes restructuring thought processes into less stressful terms.

Individuals learn how to recognize maladaptive beliefs in stress-producing situations and then modify their unhealthy thought patterns in an effort to reduce stress and physical ailments related to it.

Cognitive restructuring can be used to treat patients with many types of chronic pain based on the idea that reversing negative thoughts and emotions towards the problem will help the individual alleviate the pain symptoms internally.