Psychological Services for Pain, Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Trauma
Pain is a complex issue that is both a sensation and emotion, a physical as well as a mental malady that can be affected by many factors, including childhood events, environmental, social, economic, mental, and physical traumas, as well as actual injuries to or diseases of the body. Chronic pain can affect our ability to participate in certain activities, work, how well we sleep, and our relationships with others. It can also contribute to unhelpful feelings and behaviors that may worsen our pain and our quality of life. OSC offers psychological counseling as part of a comprehensive interventional pain management program to provide emotional support and to address the need for additional life skills and cognitive coping resources which can provide additional pain and emotional relief. Our Psychologist, Dr. Andrew Martin, PsyD, can provide the therapeutic counseling needed to help patients learn new ways of thinking and behaving to dramatically change their relationship with pain.
Anxiety and/or Depression often appear with chronic pain, but each may develop alone or in combination without painful symptoms. Anxiety and depression may arise after a traumatic life event, such as the death of a child, a divorce, the loss of job, a move to another state, starting a new position with a new company, etc. Sometimes, these conditions may materialize, seemingly without reason. Though the symptoms of each of these conditions may be different, they can be difficult to overcome without professional assistance and therapy. There are effective, time-limited treatments for each of these conditions offered by our clinical psychologist, Dr. Andrew Martin, PsyD. You do not have to suffer with never-ending depression, suicide ideation or anxiety. There is help available.
Stress and/or Trauma – We all experience stress in our daily lives, like driving in rush hour traffic, dealing with others socially, paying our financial obligations, meeting work deadlines, etc. In the rare occasion that we face a life-or-death situation, our body floods with special chemicals and hormones that prepare us to run for our lives or fight to the death – the “fight or flight” response. Sometimes, our brain mistakes everyday stress for danger and keeps us in this heightened state of awareness and vigilance – ready to react at the slightest perceived threat. Over time, this overactive stress response becomes detrimental to our bodies and can seriously affect our health.
You don’t have to be a combat soldier or a first responder to experience trauma. Anyone who has experienced or witnessed mental or physical abuse, violence, injury, natural disaster or a crime can experience trauma symptoms. Trauma can happen during one event or situation (acute trauma) or can happen over a long period of time (chronic trauma) as in bullying, family abuse or from a war. Trauma symptoms can range from mild to severe and can be life-altering and disabling, as with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). OSC’s Clinical Psychologist, Andrew Martin, PsyD, is an expert in the treatment of Trauma and Stress and specialized in this area for the United States Navy and Marine Corps for 20 years. He can effectively diagnose and treat patients who suffer from stress and trauma disorders with time-limited, evidence-based cognitive therapy.
Mindfulness & Meditation for Chronic Pain
Make an appointment for Psychological Services
To schedule an appointment for Psychological Services, please call 757-596-1900. You do not have to be an Orthopaedic or Interventional Pain Management patient at OSC to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin.
What Our Patients Are Saying
- Dr. Bob Snyder fixed my bunion on January 19th, 2019. I waited 8 months to evaluate my results because that is about normal for total healing. It came out perfectly – exactly in accordance with what Dr. Snyder told me was going to happen. Pain is gone. I’m wearing shoes I thought would never fit again. My foot looks normal. His patient engagement and care are just right. One reason I went to him for surgery was his interaction with me as a person versus just another foot surgery. In… Read More
Tony Cerri – Bunion Repair Surgery
- I have nothing but the highest regard for Dr. Joel Stewart, as well as the staff I have encountered at Orthopaedic and Spine Center, and the people who cared for me on the day of my surgery at Sentara Princess Anne hospital. My surgery has gone remarkably smoothly, and less than two weeks afterwards I am completely back to normal – oh, except without that horrible, painful bump on the bottom of my foot! I am so grateful to everyone, but especially to Dr. Stewart for his expertise,… Read More
Diane Kyrus – Mass Removal Surgery
- I just returned from my one year follow-up appointment, what a difference a year makes! My case was complex, and the patient (me) high-maintenance…and Dr. Joel Stewart took it all on! Dr. Stewart thoroughly examined me and my ankle and laid my options out in a practical and precise manner…he listened to what I wanted in terms of outcome and really helped me to make some difficult decisions. He tailored the operation according to my specific needs…I felt like he was not making me fit into… Read More
Sandee Darden – Total Ankle Replacement, tendon repairs and lengthening
- I had a great toe fusion on my left foot. One week after surgery, I was doing great. My foot looks excellent. I have never had a Dr./surgeon like Dr. Joel Stewart. He is very caring, has compassion for his patients, has an excellent bedside manner and a good personality. He also is very professional. He explains your diagnoses and what is the best treatment for you. I am and will keep on referring people to him. I give him a ten stars. I also give his staff and nurses a 10. They are very… Read More
Lora Harrell – Great Toe Fusion Surgery
- I had a lumbar fusion on June 8th of this year, performed by the McFarland team. Every step of the way exceeded my expectations. Dr. Mark McFarland listened to me, answered questions, and explained in a way that made me comfortable with the whole process. I had a lumbar fusion six years earlier (different hospital and doctor), my leg and foot have bothered me ever since. Don’t get me wrong, that surgery was necessary, and I was much better off after the 1st procedure than before. However,… Read More
Bill LaManque – Lumbar Fusion Surgery
- During the summer of 2012, I ruptured my right Achilles Tendon. Physical Activity is a big part of my life, so I sought the best solution and Orthopedic Surgeon in the community. I was referred to Dr. Boyd Haynes. After my visit with Dr. Haynes we set a date for surgery. Dr. Haynes informed me that he was having great success in placing the patient in a boot only and not the traditional casting and immobilization. I was excited to hear this optimism and the news that I could be up and moving… Read More