Identifying Emotional Issues
Our physicians understand that chronic pain and emotional difficulties are often closely intertwined. In diagnosing your pain problem, your Kaplan physician will take time to assess not just your physical symptoms and your overall physical health, but also your emotional state, your cognitive functioning, and your situational-stress level.
Sometimes emotional issues have become so bound up with a physical disorder that psychotherapy or stress management is essential to a patient’s recovery. The Kaplan Medical Team includes Jodi Brayton, a psychotherapist who helps patients work through a wide range of emotional issues from anxiety, grief, anger, and post-traumatic stress syndrome, to work and family difficulties. So, when a patient needs or wants to address the emotional components of their pain, the Center has a variety of services available, including supportive therapy, psychodynamic and cognitive therapy, pain-management therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing).
Psychotherapy can help individuals become more aware of their own thought processes, so they can begin changing negative thoughts and more effectively manage stressful life situations, such as family and interpersonal issues, including dealing with difficult colleagues or supervisors at work.
Using a pain-management protocol, our counselors can help patients learn ways to reduce their perception of pain, including the frequency, intensity or quality of painful sensations. This therapeutic approach strives to help patients both resolve their emotional pain and reduce their perception of their physical pain. After participating in pain-management therapy, patients often find themselves feeling well enough to return to the activities that they enjoy and that give meaning to their lives.
Your emotional well-being is an important component of your attaining optimal health.
At your first appointment, your Kaplan physician will assess several components of your health, including your emotional well-being.
Our Emotional Well-Being Assessment allows your physician to understand your emotional life – including how your medical problems may have affected your ability to work, engage in relationships, and enjoy recreational activities. It is important for your physician to know if a chronic illness has undermined your self-esteem or if emotional problems have contributed to your physical problems.
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Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment please call: 703-532-4892 x2