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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:

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.

Our Patient Reviews

Allied Pain & Spine Institute

Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accommodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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