Access Center, Outpatient Psychiatry and Behavioral Health:
A collaborative approach
In addition to medical management of chronic pain, the hospital's Outpatient Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Department
offers individualized behavioral interventions for chronic pain sufferers. These interventions focus on relaxation techniques, motivational enhancers, coping skills, and other interventions that may assist patients in regaining and/or maintaining their quality of life.
Pain can be associated with stress. Helping to relieve tension through relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, can decrease muscle tension, helping break the pain cycle. Regular exercise is one way to help alleviate stress and boost one's mood. Other means include coping skills, such as anger management techniques, and counseling.
Our counseling team includes psychiatrists, APRNs, and psychologists. Counseling can vary from one or two sessions to ongoing services to help maintain progress. Throughout the treatment course, the clinician communicates regularly with the referring physician.
For more information, please contact:
Access Center, Outpatient Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at (860) 224-5804.