I am a NYS licensed psychologist (NYS 023878) who is committed to helping you take your life back from your chronic pain or illness. My work helps you to decrease various behaviors, thoughts, and emotions which have been found to worsen your symptoms, as well as interfere with the effectiveness of your medical treatments. I provide you with the latest research on pain psychology while taking a collaborative approach to identify the approach for you! It is my belief that to best help you, providers need to listen to and learn from your experiences I also serve most of New York State via telehealth appointments.
In addition to my work with patients, I provide education and consultation to several hospitals, residency programs, and colleges throughout Upstate New York on the psychological and social aspects of pain. I thoroughly enjoy helping both patients and providers learn more about pain and pain psychology.
I chose to focus exclusively on supporting patients with chronic pain and illness for a few reasons. First, the difficulties, concerns, and questions of these patients are unique. In order to best support people like you, I believe providers need to focus efforts on staying up to date on several lines of research including psychology, pain medicine, neuroscience, physical therapy, and the list goes on. This focus allows me to better collaborate with your other providers (e.g., pain medicine, rheumatology, gastroenterology, physical therapy, etc.), as well as be better informed about your treatment. It also allows me to know many more resources that can help you on your journey (feel free to check out my resources page for some examples)
Second, I find great meaning and enjoyment in helping people who have struggled with chronic pain and illness get their life back. I want to really understand what you gave up, and what you want back so that we can tailor your treatment toward getting you unstuck and back into your life.
Lastly, I enjoy working with other providers from different specialties to find the best treatment for you. That is the reason why I get releases for several of your providers during the first appointment so that we can collaborate to optimize your treatment.