Sean Mackey, MD
Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for many medical conditions. In some cases, it shows improvements similar to or greater than most medical treatments! It can help address the suffering regardless of the cause of your difficulties. Best of all, it has no side effects, as opposed to many other treatments. Several types of therapy may be helpful for individuals with chronic pain and chronic illness, and it is important to speak with your providers to know what is likely to help you best.
It's important to note that therapy is only part of a treatment plan that will likely include other medical treatments. To better support you, you may be asked to provide permission to allow your medical team to work together with you. It's also important to work with a mental health professional who is an expert in treating your specific conditions. Such providers will be better equipped to improve the quality of your life.
Therapy in the context of medical illnesses has gotten a bad rap. Many view treatment by a psychologist as only "changing your thoughts." Others view it as indicating that your symptoms are "all in your head." However, both are simplifications of your complex nature, your symptoms, and possible treatment options.
Are you ready to conquer your suffering and start living?
I offer psychological treatments backed by research showing they can help. We work together, using my knowledge and experience alongside your self-knowledge to choose the treatment that is best for you. At the current time, the treatments are provided on an individual basis and include:
I occasionally offer group programs focused on helping you cope with your illnesses including pain, sleep, and weight loss, as well as helping support loved ones who have chronic pain. Please contact me to obtain more information.
Health is linked to several lifestyle factors including sleep difficulties, lack of physical activity, and smoking. When you typically attempt to improve your health, you may encounter psychological barriers (e.g., stress, habits, thoughts, etc.) to change. I provide support and coaching which to address the psychological barriers preventing such changes in health behaviors. This helps you live a healthier life and will help you to better manage your symptoms and stress.
Some people want to understand how psychological factors could impact their health and well-being. They may be interested in losing weight, increasing their physical activity, or just living a healthier life. They may not require formal therapy in the traditional sense, and may only wish to know how their psychology impacts their health. If this is you, I have an option.
I offer appointments to discuss concerns and provide direction for your own guided self-discovery. This consultation process will likely begin with an evaluation, will be less intense than traditional treatment, and is guided by you and your goals. It is an opportunity for you to obtain knowledge relevant to my areas of expertise to help you live a better and healthier life.
For providers, I offer consultations and education. These can include providing a better understanding of psychological and risk factors impacting a specific patient's presentation. I also provide education to providers and medical offices on a variety of psychology-relevant topics. Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss a patient or education opportunity.