As a part of your evaluation, you may meet with one of our Pain Psychologists. The role of the Pain Psychologist on the Pain Management team is to help you to learn things that you can do to manage your pain and to improve your overall quality of life. Our philosophy is that we need to treat the whole person, because we know that pain that is chronic can affect everything in your life: your ability to work at your job, work around the house and yard, and engage in activities that you do for fun.
The psychologist can work with you in different ways:
- Initial Assessment: to assess your pain and how it affects you personally so that a customized pain management approach can be developed for you.
- One-on-one Meetings: individual sessions with the psychologist – available on a regular or as-needed basis – allow you to work on the issues that are most important to you.
- Family Sessions: sessions with a spouse, other family members, or friends are designed to help other people in your life to understand your pain, and to help you to communicate more effectively with them.
- Group Programs: these programs consist of weekly sessions with eight to 12 people who also have chronic pain, covering topics such as managing stress, managing depression, and learning how to pace your daily activities. Group sessions also provide opportunities for people to learn from each other about more effective ways to manage their chronic pain. Click here to learn more about the group program.