You and I will work as a team to tackle your specific goals for managing your distress and improving your quality of life. The evidence-based treatment approaches I use include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Pain psychology evaluations
I provide assessment and psychoeducation to help you learn more about the psychological factors that can affect and be affected by your pain. I can discuss recommendations for treatments to help you develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral tools for coping more effectively with your pain.
There are many psychological factors that can predict the outcome of surgical interventions. If your medical treatment plans include an intrathecal (IT) pump, spinal cord stimulator (SCS), or other implantable devices, your physician will usually order a psychological evaluation in order to determine whether you are a good candidate for the surgery and help you learn what you can do before and after the operation to improve your outcomes.
Interdisciplinary treatment planning
Pain does not occur in a vacuum. It may magnify preexisting stressors or mental health problems, and create new ones as well. Given that your pain is multidimensional, just like you, it is important to take an interdisciplinary approach that cares for your psychological health in conjunction with your physical health. I am happy to collaborate with your medical team to ensure that we develop a treatment plan that addresses your needs as a whole person.
Behavioral medicine consultations
Although my specialty is chronic pain management, I have an extensive background in general health psychology. If you struggle with other chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes, I can work with you to manage your symptoms, cope with the impact of illness on your daily life, and troubleshoot any challenges you may face with regard to following your treatment plan.
Interested in working with me but cannot come to my office due to time constraints or distance? For your convenience, I also offer the option of video therapy instead of meeting in person. Eligibility for these services may depend on your insurance or clinical factors.