How can psychological services improve the health of patients with medical conditions? In addition to treating common problems such as depression and anxiety, health psychologists can help patients:
- Cope with the effects of their disease
- Reduce the impact of illness on relationships and activities
- Manage common symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and insomnia without the use of additional medications
- Adopt healthier lifestyles to reduce health risks
- Use medications and other treatments appropriately and as prescribed
As a health psychologist, I use theories of learning and behavior to understand how people adapt and adjust to their circumstances. I strive to keep up with recent scientific evidence to guide my assessments and interventions.
Consultation and Therapy Services
As a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine, a significant portion of my time is devoted to clinical services. In general, I provide short-term therapy to help people adjust to serious, chronic, or difficult to treat medical conditions. Some areas of special interest and training include gastroenterology, oncology, and women’s health (OB/GYN).
For more information please click this link to my Baylor College of Medicine profile.
Q: Can you prescribe medication?
A: No. As a psychologist I do not have the appropriate training to practice medicine. However, I do collaborate with physicians to plan treatment, which may include medications and/or other interventions.
Q: How is a psychologist different from a counselor, social worker, or other mental health professional?
A: Each mental health profession has its own standards for training. Psychologists typically complete 4-6 years of training followed by a one-year clinical internship. Most states, including Texas, require an additional year of postdoctoral training to be eligible for licensure. Thus, psychologists usually have more training and supervised experience than most other types of therapists. Psychologists also have strong training in research methods in order to understand the scientific basis for their work.
Q: Do you provide forensic assessment or other forensic services?
A: I do not offer services specifically for forensic purposes. For a referral to a qualified forensic psychologist, please consult the American Board of Forensic Psychology.