Behavioral Therapy Services
Our physicians understand the tremendous impact chronic pain can have on a patient’s ability to enjoy all that life has to offer due to pain. At South Lake Pain Institute, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, which includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychological counseling, addiction therapy and more. Our goal is to alleviate patients’ pain so that you can focus on healing. We work collaboratively with your team of physicians, pharmacist, physical therapist, chiropractor and mental health team to develop a treatment plan unique to you. Stephanie McShan, LCSW, MEd offers the following in-office services to both patients of our pain practice and outside patients who only want behavioral services. The behavioral services offered include:
· Bio-Psychosocial Assessments
· Medical Assessments-Battery for Health Improvement 2
· Anxiety Screenings.
· Depression Screenings PHQ-2, PHQ-9
· Alcohol abuse
· Mental health evaluations
· Case management
· Spinal Cord Stimulator Clearances
Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Mood Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, ODD, OCD and more are available through the following: Individual Therapy and Family Therapy
*What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?*
CBT encourages the development of strategies to decrease and cope with pain, and helps you reclaim control when pain seems to be in charge.
Chronic pain can have a significant impact on more than just physical pain, such as relationships, self-esteem, and the ability to function at work. The goal of caring for your mental health is to improve the pain experience and restore function by addressing the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social factors that contribute to the stress of pain.
CBT focuses on the relationship between thoughts (what's happening in your head), feelings (emotions + physical sensations), and behaviors (how you act) - a cycle that can maintain and exacerbate pain. For example, the thought, "I'm broken, I'll never get better" might trigger feelings of sadness, hopelessness and fear. Emotions then manifest physically: for example, stomach "butterflies," nausea, and headaches are common physical manifestations of stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety, natural consequences of being sick or in pain, subsequently trigger and exacerbate physical symptoms and pain. These thoughts, negative emotions, and physical feelings then lead to unhealthy behaviors like staying in bed, missing work or school and isolating from friends - which ultimately make pain worse. Research shows that the experience of pain is mediated by multiple factors, including stress, anxiety, mood and attention. High stress, high anxiety, low mood, and focusing on pain actually, make pain feel worse. The converse is also true: being relaxed, happy and distracted can help pain feel less bad.