I am a licensed psychologist (NYS # 023878) who helps people cope with and learn to live with chronic illnesses. I created this practice in 2022 to provide a local resource to provide the highest-quality care in a professional environment. My practice is centered around helping you learn about, understand, and cope with the psychological parts of your illness. In our work together, we will focus on decreasing various behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that have been found to worsen your symptoms and interfere with your life.
I have spent the past two decades learning how best to help you, and believe that my unique expertise alongside your expertise on yourself can help you get your life moving. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology. My master’s and doctoral degrees are in clinical psychology from Syracuse University, where I focused my work on health psychology and personality. I completed my internship and post-doctoral experience at Rochester Regional Health through the Rochester Institute of Technology Consortium. Following licensure, I worked at Rochester Regional Health running the psychology training program. For the past several years, I have worked with many hospitals in Upstate New York, and with specialties including pain medicine, neurology, gastroenterology, bariatrics, rheumatology, cardiology, family medicine, and palliative care. In addition to my work with patients, I provide education and consultation to several hospitals, providers, residency programs, and colleges throughout New York State on the psychological and social aspects of pain and illness. I provide many media interviews on these topics. I thoroughly enjoy helping patients, providers, and the public learn more about pain psychology and the psychology of health. I hope to have an opportunity to discuss the topic with you.
You likely know how complex pain and health can be! Even trying a new healthy behavior (i.e., eating healthier) has many biological and psychological components that can impede success. Due to this complexity, the scientific literatures on pain, health, and psychology grows fast! To better serve you and work with your other providers, I have found it beneficial to keep up-to-date on the research and science of many areas and not just psychology. However, such understanding requires ongoing training and learning, leaving little time for other pursuits. Given these facts, I opted to focus exclusively on pain and illness for my practice to provide you with the best possible care. Another useful tool resulting from my focus is my exposure and collaboration with many useful people, tools, and providers. During these interactions, I have obtained many resources that can help you on your journey. You can check out some of these by visiting my resources page.
There are also personal reasons why I focus on illness and pain. Personally, I find great meaning and enjoyment in helping people who have struggled with chronic illness. This passion dates back to my prior career in the pharmaceutical industry and in my graduate education where I focused my training on the intersection of mental and physical health. Lastly, I enjoy working with other providers from different specialties to find the best treatment for you. Working with you and your providers to understand the complexities of your illness and your experience, and seeing you grow beyond your illness. I find my work with people such as you personally rewarding and enjoyable.
Garry Spink, PhD - Spink Psychology, PLLC
PO Box 3115, Liverpool, NY 13089
P: 315-691-0900 ; F: -315-691-0910
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