Your health is both physical and psychological (such as stress, emotions, and expectations). In fact, the International Association for the Study of Pain describes pain as having both physical and emotional components that need to be addressed for improvement. Most medical treatments fail when they do not target both the mind and body leading to ongoing pain and continuing suffering. Psychological treatments target your beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and actions that can improve and worsen your symptoms and lead to suffering. These treatments can have as large of an effect (or even more) than other treatments, regardless if your symptoms are "medically explained" or not. Conditions such as chronic pain, headaches, diabetes, neurological disorders, and many more have research supporting their effectiveness. Health and Human Services suggests providing more specialized psychological treatment options and education can improve pain management. On the other hand, leaving psychological aspects unaddressed can lead other treatments to being ineffective, continued pain, and prolonged suffering. Treatment from a psychologist with expertise in your concerns can improve your pain, reduce its burden, and end your suffering.
Discover the root causes of your pain and work towards lasting change
Just because you experience pain, does not mean you have to continue to suffer! This video talks about one way to end your suffering.
Our brains treat emotional and physical pain alike! That is why we use similar words to describe emotional pain (hurting due to a breakup) and physical pain (hurting your hand when hitting it with a hammer). Although you may feel pain in part of your body, it occurs in your brain due to complex interactions between your brain and body. What occurs in your brain is a reflection of your psychology, personality, and way of being. To improve your symptoms and reduce your suffering, you may need to address the psychological aspects of your pain.
Demand for psychological support is continuously growing. The supply of knowledgeable experts has not kept pace with the demand, making it difficult to find support and treatment. I created this practice to provide such a resource to people in New York State. If you live outside of New York, you can still contact me and I will try to find someone who can help! I strive to provide and connect you with the highest quality and evidence-based care. I focus my practice on many health concerns, including chronic pain, headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Functional Neurologic Disorder (FND), health anxiety, and diabetes, while supporting you in reaching your goals, becoming healthier, and getting your life on track.
Lisa Feldmann Barrett, Ph.D.
Want to learn more or figure out if I can help? I offer free new-patient consultations for those located in New York State. This 30-minute appointment allows you an opportunity to learn about what I offer and decide if I am someone you want as part of your team before committing to treatment. I will also answer your questions, provide you with information about my practice, and allow you to better understand my approach and what it is like to work with me. It is like getting a free sample before deciding to buy. It also allows me a chance to understand your pain, illness, specific concerns, and difficulties; such information allows me to better determine if I am the best person to help you on your journey. Although I am centered in Syracuse, NY, I serve people all over NYS.