During her graduate studies, Dr. Clark-Sienkiewicz researched psychotherapeutic approaches to chronic pain. She was a research therapist for a study observing the impact of a couples-based approach to chonic pain . She was also under the mentorship and supervision of other prominant researchers in the field of chronic pain interventions. See her approaches and research citations below.
This evidence-based approach to pain management that focuses on addressing negative thoughts associated with pain. In recognizing and changing your thoughts, you may be more likely to act in ways that help you manage pain.
This research-supported approach focuses on teaching mind-body awareness and learning to sit with difficult pain experiences while aligning your actions with valued activities limited by pain.
An ACT approach addressing the impact of partners on pain for when one or both partners suffer from chronic pain. This is an ACT treatment delivered in a couples therapy format developed by Dr. Annmarie Caño, my research advisor and mentor at Wayne State University.
This trauma-based approach incorporates psychodynamic, experiential, and exposure-based techniques for reducing and at times eliminating chronic pain that is in part due to a traumatic or emotionally charged event. This treatment shows evidence that it may be as effective or more effective than alternative approaches. I was given the unique opportunity to train under Dr. Mark Lumley at Wayne State University and also attend a full day workshop with Dr. Howard Schubiner, co-creators, practitioners, and researchers of EAET. Watch the trailer for a documentary on EAET, This Might Hurt, with the link below!
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