Pain psychology is an important part of our interdisciplinary team approach to helping people with chronic pain. We recognize that chronic pain can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life, including physical functioning, relationships with family and friends, and financial security. Many people who develop chronic pain also develop problems with depression, anxiety, or panic. Those negative changes in emotional functioning can then, in turn, make the pain worse and contribute to a vicious cycle of pain. That is why we believe treating each person as a whole is important.
Our pain psychologists are trained to help people with chronic pain using evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), relaxation training, and supportive psychotherapy. You may choose to work with one of our pain psychologists in individual sessions or in our group pain management program. Both individual and group sessions focus on helping you to learn more effective ways to manage your pain and work toward a less stressful and more gratifying life.
Assistant Professor and Pain Psychologist, Sarah Buday, PhD, was recently featured in the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology.
Patients turn to psychologists for new chronic pain strategies in the COVID-19 era
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