Common Questions and Concerns
If my friends, family, or Doctor suggests I see a Health Psychologist, does that mean they think my pain, illness or condition is “all in my head?”
Our emotions, behavior patterns, culture and social interactions all affect our health. People with health issues often experience sadness, worry, shock, and guilt. We are learning more about the mind-body connection and its importance in treatment. Medical research shows the best way to treat a chronic health condition is to pay attention to physical symptoms and life experiences. It is important to treat the whole person and not just their symptoms.
Will you talk to my doctor?
Absolutely, assuming you would like us to do so. We believe in coordinated, comprehensive care that includes regular communication between your treatment team. The doctor or clinician who refers you here can be assured that we will provide feedback on your treatment plan and progress. As necessary, our team can also provide psychological evaluations for medical procedures to your doctor (such as pre-surgical psychological evaluations for spinal cord stimulators).
My doctor says I need to quit smoking, lose weight, or learn stress management, but I am having difficulty doing that on my own. Can you help me?
Yes! Making meaningful, lasting lifestyle changes can have a positive effect on your health, but it can be hard to change long-standing patterns, especially when you are struggling physically and emotionally. We have both the compassion and the expertise to help you make these lifestyle changes.