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Pelvic Pain

 

Pelvic Pain Psychology 

Your pain is not in your head, and it takes a tremendous emotional toll. In addition to the burden of living with pain, pelvic pain is particularly challenging because it is difficult to talk about with others. This can be an isolating experience.

 

Many health care providers don't have the training to spot and properly treat many types of pelvic pain. The result - patients like you often attend many appointments and undergo many treatments, without obtaining adequate relief from pain. 

The best way to heal pelvic pain is through a whole-person, comprehensive treatment that addresses your biological, psychological, and social parts. I specialize in pain psychology, which is an understanding of how pain works and how to support and guide patients in reclaiming their lives from pain.

 

If you have been searching for support, answers, and relief, I'm here to help.

 

I specialize in the psychology of pelvic pain, including:

  • Dyspareunia - pain during or after sex

  • Vaginismus - inability to have penetrative sex, pain with attempted vaginal penetration 

  • Abdominal pain & bowel pain

  • Vulvodynia - intermittent or constant vulvar pain

  • Pain associated with vaginal atrophy

  • Pain associated with ovarian cysts

  • Endometriosis

  • Rectal pain

  • Bladder pain

  • Prostatitis

Topics addressed in treatment:

  • The what and why of pelvic pain

  • Achieving symptom relief using knowledge of biological processes 

  • Guidance on working with other health providers to get the specialty care you need

  • Communication with romantic partners, potential partners, friends, family, and others

  • Stress and anxiety associated with pelvic pain

  • Mood issues associated with pelvic pain

  • Sexuality and sexual health 

  • Partner education and couples therapy, as appropriate