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Alicia B Batson MD
230 Venture Circle
Nashville, TN 37228
United States
License No.
Treats via video

Dr. Batson graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed her residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, receiving dual-training in both internal medicine and psychiatry. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. During her career she has had the opportunity to work in adult primary care, inpatient psychiatry consult-liaison services and in outpatient community mental health care settings.

Dr. Batson’s professional interests include the treatment of severe and persistent mental illness as well as the understanding and treatment of anxiety, depression and chronic physical symptoms, including pain, caused by learned neural pathways. She currently works as an adult psychiatrist at Centerstone community mental health center in Nashville, TN where she provides medication management of mental illness and offers an educational and psychotherapy-based recovery program for chronic pain, anxiety and depression.

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.