For the past 13 years, I have provided clients with a wide range of psychological services tailored to fit the needs of each individual. Listed below are some of the services I offer.
Psychological assessments and evaluations are recommended for various reasons. Often, they are recommended to determine if an individual needs psychological treatment or is an appropriate candidate for surgery. The following are some of the types of evaluations provided:
Pre-treatment psychological evaluations
Presurgical psychological evaluations
Screening for opiate management
It is my goal to provide comprehensive, individualized, supportive care that is tailored to each individual client.
My specialty areas include:
Long term medical illness
Adjustment to work related injuries
Problems associated with life changes such as divorce, bereavement, injury and job loss.
The primary contribution of the psychologist to the multidisciplinary team approach to pain management is individual psychotherapy sessions that are tailor made to the needs of the patient and address the following areas:
Education about chronic pain and pain mechanisms.
Relaxation training to reduce stress and assist with coping.
Relationship issues in chronic pain and illness.
Mood management and emotional well being.
Setting goals and 'winning back territory' from the pain.
Discussions to help people examine their thoughts and beliefs about pain; and how these thoughts influence what they are able to achieve.
These sessions maintain a close focus on helping better manage pain and increase activity, community involvement and quality of life.
Besides providing treatment, I enjoy presenting lectures and seminars on various topics in psychology to patients, health care providers, students and the general public. Some of the topics I have presented on include:
Healthy sleep habits
Decreasing reliance on opiates
Coping with chronic pain
Healthy eating habits
Strategies to improve compliance with treatment
The role of psychology in pain management