Psych Assessments and Treatments

Mt Rainier

Those who suffer from chronic pain often have co-incident psychological struggles.  This may be due to the presence of chronic pain alone, or the experience of persecution due to having chronic pain or to using opioids to treat the pain, or due to unrelated psychological issues that complicate the treatment of chronic pain.

Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, and sleep problems are very common in chronic pain patients. They need to be identified and treated to optimize pain management. Several diagnostic instruments help to identify these conditions.  Treatment may require the use of appropriate psychiatric medications, and/or referrals to a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be helpful for pain management.

I offer other methods to cope including instructions on self-hypnosis, meditation, and guided imagery.  Energy field work such as Reiki, which I provide, is helpful to provide quick relief of some symptoms. I may refer you to instructors of yoga, chi kung, Tai chi, or other Asian techniques for self management.