I elected to make this practice fully telehealth for a few reasons. First, the research has generally shown the results of telehealth and in-person services are the same. You get the same results whether you are in-person or on telehealth. There are some contraindications for telehealth; however, such contraindications typically do not apply to the people I meet with. Given this fact, I sought to make it as easy as possible for patients to engage in telehealth treatment.
Second, patients and providers have told me how difficult it is to find an expert psychologist in New York with the necessary knowledge and experience to address the complex experiences of people with chronic pain and illness. To quote Dr. Beth Darnall, "A lot of psychologists will simply list chronic pain as a specialty. Working with 1-2 people who have chronic pain is NOT the same thing as being a psychologist who is an expert in the field. You want someone who has specialized training and substantial experience in treating chronic pain. " Many people require such expertise to maximize their treatment, and I sought to offer such expertise to as many New Yorkers as possible. A telehealth practice helps me reach more people and improve more lives!
Third, patients with chronic pain and illness encounter times when it is difficult to leave their homes (or even their beds). Before focussing on telehealth, they would either cancel or not show up to appointments on these days. Being a telehealth practice lets them still get treatment and helps me to support you on your toughest days! I have created a patient-friendly system to help you easily join your telehealth appointments. All you need is a computer, phone, tablet, or, other smart device with a camera and microphone. My system has helped many people like you complete treatment successfully and return to their lives via telehealth!
Want to learn more? Check out both my FAQ and the telehealth fact sheet by the US Pain Foundation.
Of note, due to my current licensure, I am ONLY able to provide services to patients in New York State at the time of the appointment. If you want to know more and determine if I can see you, please contact me so that we can discuss this further.
During your first appointment, I will get to know you. This will include discussing your pain and history. From this information, we will determine if you are likely to benefit from treatment with me.
As you can see, I offer several treatments (and more are coming) that we can tailor to your specific needs and goals. Through discussion, we will agree on what your treatment will look like.
Together, we will complete the agreed-upon treatment. These treatment plans, though, can change as life happens. If we both agree on it, we can change the plans as necessary.
Occasionally, we will discuss how the treatment is going, and you will complete some short questionnaires during treatment. These steps are to ensure treatment is actually helping you. If not, we can discuss doing a different treatment, adding a component to your treatment, or ending the treatment altogether.
We work together to create a plan for ending treatment and to help you maintain your improvements. My ultimate hope is that you can return to your life and continue to develop strategies for managing your pain.
Garry Spink, PhD - Spink Psychology, PLLC
PO Box 3115, Liverpool, NY 13089
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