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Alicia B Batson MD

Alicia B Batson MD
Psychiatry
230 Venture Circle
Nashville, TN 37228
United States
615-788-3557
alicia.bond.batson@gmail.com
www.aliciabatsonmd.com
License No.
37539
Treats via video
No
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

Despite her dual-training, it was not until Dr. Batson herself developed chronic pain and anxiety that she began her journey in truly understanding how the mind interacts with and controls the body’s physiologic systems in the creation of pain, disease and healing. With the help and guidance of other medical providers in the PPD community, she was able to overcome 10 years of chronic pain and pain equivalent symptoms.

Dr. Batson’s training in the treatment of chronic pain and pain-equivalent symptoms was obtained through successful recovery from her own symptoms, shadowing Dr. Howard Schubiner in his chronic pain clinic in Detroit, MI, extensive discussions with Alan Gordon, LCSW of the Pain Psychology Center in LA and attending a 2 day PPD Practitioner Training in Chattanooga, TN taught by Dr. Schubiner and Alan Gordon.

Dr. Batson has been guiding patients in their own recovery from chronic pain since 2014. Her program includes a review of a patient’s personal, family and medical history including prior medical evaluations and testing to determine the probability that some or all of their pain could be caused by stress-induced learned neural pathways, an educational component explaining the neurophysiology of chronic anxiety and pain, a cognitive behavioral component which offers tools and techniques to change how one interacts with one’s pain in order to break the pain-fear-attention cycle and finally, an emotional processing component which addresses past traumas. Dr. Batson emphasizes the importance of an understanding of the triggers that are keeping the sympathetic nervous system activated including adverse childhood experiences, adult traumas and certain personality traits which, while helpful at times, may also keep our minds in a state of danger and hyper-vigilance.

Thomas L. Pini MEd

Thomas L. Pini MEd
MA Counseling
Street not listed
Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States
201-452-8623
thomaspinilpc@gmail.com
none
License No.
NJ LPC 37PC00111200; NJ LCADC 37LC00070700
Treats via video
No
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

My experience with the treatment of PPD is a very personal one. I had been generally aware of Dr. Sarno’s books on psychosomatic back pain for some time when, in 2008, after recommending Mind Over Back Pain to a patient, I began to experience the constant physical discomfort which I would later come to know as TMS. I read Dr. Sarno’s latest and last book, The Divided Mind, and subsequently had a consultation with Dr. Sarno, attended his lecture series, did all the exercises, yet still had no relief. He then recommended psychotherapy, to which I was no stranger, and thus began my work with Dr. Eric Sherman.

A few hours after my first session with Dr. Sherman, I began to experience the most severe pain I’d ever had, ten-times worse than anything I’d felt previously; I knew then that there was work to be done. As therapy progressed and the pain syndrome abated, I continued to work with Dr. Sherman, seeking a deeper understanding of the dynamics of PPD. I began seeing my own clinical patients’ issues, including substance abuse disorders, in new ways. My ongoing supervisory work with Dr. Sherman has inspired me to become a more visible proponent of the treatment of PPD, to bring this message to the ‘blue collar’ population so much in need of pathways to pain relief.

From my personal TMS treatment journal:

‘Hovering near and within, separate yet a part of, Mind, made corporeal in the guise of pain, the body speaks of the rage within…’

‘The Mind and Body, separated by chasms, echoing with some ghostly sound, the images of technology whir and click, yielding only spectral forms utterly disconnected from our unconsciousness. Divided by doubt and dogma, we dare to delve within, to bridge the false duality.’

Nancy Julius, PhD, ABPP

Nancy Julius, PhD, ABPP
Psychology
150 East 37th Street
Lobby A
New York, NY 10016
United States
212-387-0803
Nancy@nancyjulius.com
nancyjulius.com
License No.
NY 8408
Treats via video
Yes
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

I have worked with those with somatic and psychosomatic problems through my experience in a physical rehabilitation center.  I take Medicare and private pay, but no other insurance.  Therapy by video is done on a case-by-case basis; I would do so only if I felt this was in your best interest. 

Sharon K. Farber, Ph.D.

Sharon K. Farber, Ph.D.
MSW/LCSW
142 Edgars Lane
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
United States
914-478-1924
Sharonkfarber@gmail.com
www.Drsharonfarber.com
License No.
PR 012797
Treats via video
No
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

She worked at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine at N. Y. U. Medical Center and has become quite interested in the phenomenon of dissociation, which allows an individual to dissociate or disconnect the psychological source of pain and experience it instead as physical pain, a dissociation of mind and body. She has written about this in both of her books.

Susan Farber, MA MFT

Susan Farber, MA MFT
LMFT
22 West Micheltorena, Suite B
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States
805-886-5538
farbermft@yahoo.com
susanfarbermft.com
License No.
LMFT 39125
Treats via video
Yes
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

Ms. Farber received clinical training at the Family Service Agency where she was first introduced and trained in the concept of the mind/body connection.  Initially, she was somewhat skeptical about the concept of denied emotion being manifested in bodily symptoms.  However, through her own psychological and physical recovery from a traumatic bicycle accident, she became open to the mind/body connection and was able to own and then free herself of negative beliefs and emotions manifesting in physical pain.  This recovery process cemented her belief in the interconnection between one's body and emotion.  Ms. Farber furthered her training via webinars,  mind/body conferences, clinical consultation, and academic study. 

Ms. Farber utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach in treatment and helps clients become aware of beliefs that are limiting their life experience.  She helps clients understand that beliefs are learned and that they can figuratively clean house,  keeping only those that serve them and enhance well being.  Ms. Farber's work also encompasses a mind/body perspective.  She helps clients understand that many physical ailments have an emotional and stress component and that their body is a wealth of often underutilized information.  Client's are taught to use their body as a barometer to gain valuable insight into denied emotions and painful issues.  In taking responsibility and ownership of their physical self, a sense of empowerment emerges, enabling them to experience relief from pain and make positive life changes.  
 

Laurel Steinberg, Ph.D.

Laurel Steinberg, Ph.D.
Psychology
225 E 47th St, Suite 1B
New York, NY 10017 (2nd Office at 102 Maple Street, Great Neck, NY 11023)
United States
917-574-0825
DrLaurelSteinberg@gmail.com
www.LaurelSteinberg.com
License No.
004642
Treats via video
Yes
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

Dr. Steinberg is a regular attendee of the PPD Master Classes in New York City and has intensively studied Dr. Sarno's work, as well as the books written by his disciples. Dr. Steinberg herself had TMS and has been symptom free since 1998, after overcoming years of headaches and body pain. Previoulsy, her father suffered from chronic back pain until working with Dr. Sarno. "I understand the sadness, worry, isolation and frustration that one can experience from PPD/TMS no matter how it manifests. If you are suffering with PPD/TMS, I want you to know that you, too, can overcome whatever symptoms you are currently experiencing!" Dr. Steinberg is an integrative therapist who custom-tailors the work approach to best meet patients’ individual needs.  She is available to meet in person in New York City (or Great Neck, NY) or to meet via telephone or FaceTime/Skype for counseling/coaching consultations.  

Michelle Gottlieb, Psy.D., MFT, LPCC

Michelle Gottlieb, Psy.D., MFT, LPCC
Psychology
305 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 202
Fullerton, CA 92832
United States
714-879-5868 x5
drmichelle@michellegottlieb.com
www.michellegottlieb.com
License No.
MFT 32271 LPCC 76
Treats via video
Yes
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

I was trained in PPD treatment in 2010 and have been working with this population since then. I am EMDR certified, a very useful therapy for this population to deal with the underlying traumas.
I am willing to treat via video if the client is in California. I also like to meet with them in person at least once.

Will Baum, LCSW

Will Baum, LCSW
MSW/LCSW
4448 Ambrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
United States
323-610-0112
will@willbaum.com
www.willbaum.com
License No.
LCS25970
Treats via video
No
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

I have worked for several years helping people with PPD using a combination of traditional talk therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Some articles and interviews I’ve done on the subject are collected here.

Daniel Ratner, Psy.D.

Daniel Ratner, Psy.D.
Psychology
50 Lexington Avenue, LL2
New York, NY 10010
United States
347-677-3406
dgratner@yahoo.com
License No.
68 016987
Treats via video
Yes
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

I work collaboratively with patients, often in a more relaxed manner, using humor, warmth, and openness to build strong connections. I focus on helping patients gain flexibility in their emotional worlds and self-concept and have found this long-standing sense of interactions to be a good fit with thinking about PPD as well. I have long had an interest in psychosomatic issues, but have now read several books by Dr. Sarno. I am currently reading Eric Sherman and Fran Anderson's book, Pathways to Pain Relief. I have plans to read the full range of literature in this regard, including Dave Clarke, Howard Schubiner, etc.. I also am currently in supervision with Eric Sherman, which has been of immense help. I have found, to my pleasure, that my way of thinking about these issues fits with much of the literature quite well and adds to my confidence in my work.
When meeting with PPD patients, the first phase of therapy involves correct diagnosis and beginning to understand how to think about the body and mind in light of the diagnosis. Because I am not a medical doctor, I make sure that doctors have seen the patient and, at the very least, disconfirmed any clear or dangerous medical issue that could account for the symptoms. I am now building an active relationship with Dr. Ira Rashbaum and have referred several patients to him already for proper PPD diagnosis, which adds to the patient’s, and my own, level of certainty about this being the correct path. I then work psychoeducationally to orient the patient to their own bodies and minds and how TMS works. I discuss physical triggers and frequent misconceptions people have about their bodies and then help them to see the direct links they have between their emotional life and physical pain (of all kinds). Once this is established, I find that the symptoms lessen or disappear altogether, at least for a time. Then begins the work of the therapeutic work I do more generally, as the complicated emotional life that is revealed requires some processing and adjustments. In other words, we first work to gain flexibility and a new self-concept in relation to the body and how it talks to us and then extend this to all nuances of emotional life.

Jane Parkinson NMC UKCP

Jane Parkinson NMC UKCP
Psychology
14 West Hill St
Brighton, Sussex, BN1 3RR
United Kingdom
0044 1273 739281
janeparkinsonpsychotherapy@gmail.com
www.tmspsychotherapy.com
License No.
UKCP 00932589
Treats via video
Yes
PPD Training, Experience and Approach

I work by exploring the effects of early attachment relationships on patients current lives, looking at how they manage stress and current relationships.
My attachment theoretical background has been an influence in my work especially understanding fear of abandonment.

I work with clients either face to face or via Skype.  If possible I suggest a face to face contact for the assessment session.

My patients have all consulted a medical practitioner regarding their medical diagnosis prior to commencing our work together.  I also work with a back physician who I can consult regarding physical symptoms.

I attended the PPD conference (When Stress Causes Pain) in New York NY in October 2012 to learn about innovative treatment for psychophysiologic disorders.

I have consulted Dr Frances Sommer Anderson about my work and in April 2013 was invited to meet Dr David Clarke when he came to the UK.