Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience arising from tissue damage or from a disturbance of neurophysiological systems. As such, to treat chronic pain successfully, sensory, emotional and cognitive components must be addressed. Therefore we require all patients referred for comprehensive pain management to be evaluated by a specialist in pain psychology who works closely with our practice.
Psychological services include:
- Comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning.
- Pain management psychotherapy including cognitive therapy, clinical hypnosis, EMDR, relaxation training, coping skills development, interpersonal problem solving and strategic psychotherapy.
- Pain Management Group Counseling. Meetings provide patients with the opportunity to learn from each other, support each other and benefit from the input of specialists in pain management.
- Bio/neuro-feedback modalities: EEG, EMG, HRV, TEMP, and GSR
Cycles of pain, depression, anxiety, anger and interpersonal disturbance are treated in the context of pain management psychotherapy. Additional areas that may be the focus of treatment include trauma resolution, secondary gain, return to work issues, appetite and eating disturbances.