Pain Psychology

Although there is no magic pill to completely eliminate chronic pain, it is possible to change the way it affects our well-being and relationships.

Chronic pain can be a source of depression, anxiety, frustration, fatigue, poor work performance and concentration, and relationship difficulties. Psychological services such as psychotherapy can help people to better understand how the pain impacts their thoughts, feelings, and relationships and to develop effective coping strategies.

Manhattan Pain Medicine’s pain psychologist, Jennifer Wolkin, PhD, works with patients to to reframe longstanding maladaptive patterns of thinking in order to improve coping and functionality. Dr. Wolkin also introduces a mindfulness-based therapeutic approach which promotes psychological flexibility through teaching mindfulness practice, identifying and reconnecting with personal values, and developing acceptance of unwanted experiences which are not in one’s control.

Acupuncture in treating pain

Dr. Barbiere incorporates Traditional Oriental Medicine including Acupuncture, Biomedicine, and Chinese Herbology in her psychology practice. She has been a practicing psychologist for over 25 years and has a wide range of experience in schools, hospitals, and outpatient settings. She integrates both health psychology and eastern modalities in the management of physical and emotional stress, especially in the treatment of chronic pain and illness.