Integrated Behavioral Health
Regardless of the health of your body, your mind can be the true determination of your quality of life. Whether you are in chronic pain or have disabilities, or you are able-bodied, you can take control of your life. Psychotherapy is a useful tool for anyone who wants to find a more positive outlook for their life, especially those living with health issues or chronic pain. As part of our multiple-disciplinary approach at Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer psychotherapy services for our patients seeking a better quality of life. Our psychologists consider the connectivity of mind, body, and spirit to truth and balance the person as a whole.
At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, our extensive medical team of surgeons, doctors, therapists, and other specialists realize the path to wellness is different for each patient. We personalize our treatment plans for each patient based on their medical issues, lifestyle, preferences, and other factors. Chronic pain and disabling injuries are more than physical problems – they can impact every aspect of your life. Our treatment plans include options to heal the body, as well as therapies for mental wellness, including psychotherapy modalities to benefit your state of mind.
What Is Psychotherapy?
Some patients have a knee-jerk reaction to suggestions for seeking psychotherapy. It is important to understand what psychotherapy is and how it can help improve your wellness journey. Psychotherapy is simply a tool to help patients understand and identify emotions, reactions, and behaviors, then learn skills to help you overcome your struggles, through individual or group sessions with a psychotherapist/ or a psychologist. While psychotherapy is used for mental illness, people from all walks of life can benefit from using the tools learned through this type of talk therapy. For those recovering from a serious injury or living with chronic pain, or dealing with stress, psychotherapy can have a significant impact on the emotional well-being of the patient.
Therapies for Improving Mindfulness and Mental Health
Wellness is not a physical state of being, but a journey to your best state of physical, mental and emotional health. Psychotherapy can be a tool to help patients identify and manage their feelings and frustrations, as well as learn new ways to handle stressful situations or problems. There are different aspects of psychotherapy that can be useful to patients in their wellness journey, depending on their situation. Some of the evidence-based treatments we offer at Allied Pain & Spine Institute include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Mindfulness- Meditation
- Stress management techniques
- Solution- Focused Psychotherapy
For those living with disabilities and chronic pain, mindfulness and mental health are essential to ensuring a better quality of life. It is common for patients to try to suppress or overcome their pain or disabilities, which can be counterproductive in some cases. Psychotherapy interventions like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) are beneficial to give patients new tools to manage their feelings, frustrations, and to cope with pain. Instead of pushing away their pain, or catastrophizing pain, learning ways to accept and manage their emotions and behaviors can improve their state of mind.
Mind and Body Treatment Plans
At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we do not treat health conditions; we treat people. You are not “chronic back pain” or a “torn rotator cuff,” you are a person living with a condition that impacts your ability to enjoy your life fully. Our treatment plans incorporate cutting-edge medical treatments for your physical injury, disease or disability, and options to improve your mental state. There are limits to healing the body, but the mind can have a much more dramatic impact on your quality of life.
If you are living with chronic pain, physical disabilities or overcoming a serious injury, you can trust our medical team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute in San Jose and our other clinics in the greater Bay Area. We offer psychotherapy in tandem with our wide variety of medical treatments for chronic pain and musculoskeletal injuries – contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and exam.