In recent decades, neuroscience research has changed our understanding of pain and illness. These new understandings, particularly in the area of how thoughts and emotions impact the brain’s structure, and its chemical messaging to other systems in the body, have resulted in new therapies for pain and illness management. The concept of neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to change its own structure and functioning in response to mental and physical exercises, is at the core of my interventions with patients who struggle with pain and chronic illness. I utilize a wide variety of techniques including heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback training, coherent breathing training, pacing strategies and guided imagery.
These methods are effective in helping you manage the fatigue, pain, sleep difficulties and negative self image that often accompany illness. With your permission, I can collaborate with other healthcare professionals on your treatment.
Some of the illnesses and disorders that I help treat with psychological interventions include: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, neuropathic pain, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, IBS, IBD, Lyme Disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, obesity, chronic subjective dizziness, tinnitus and hyperacusis.