I'm with you ruggedtoast. My pain shrink includes a certain amount of CBT with me, and you're right. It's more about identifying "stinkin' thinkin'" and turning it off than anything else. Sometimes you just have to find a therapist you click with for therapy to be beneficial. Will therapy magically get rid of your pain? Nope. But it does give you some more tools to work with when meds don't work, and has helped me see that my life isn't over because of my pain. My pain is not ME, and I refuse to allow the people in my life to see me that way. Pain is just a part of my life; it is not the whole of my life.
Living in the Republic of Texas minus a gallbladder, a couple of cervical discs, appendix, uterus, and 18" of colon; but still alive and living with my husband, 2 dogs, 1 cockatiel, 1 quaker parrot and 2 gold fish.