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Psychological Services for Injured Workers

At NYU Langone Occupational and Industrial Orthopedic Center, we offer psychological services to help workers manage pain and provide stress management techniques to help break the stress–pain cycle. Our cognitive behavioral approach to pain stresses the interaction between beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and disability. We strive to provide the patient with tools he or she can use to manage pain and stress.

This service is provided to patients who may benefit from an interdisciplinary approach. This includes people who might need additional assistance physical therapy, as well as those who are struggling to cope with chronic pain.

Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management Program

Our psychologist works closely with the physical therapist and physician to provide collaborative care of the highest quality, so that you can return to a productive and satisfying life.

Treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy is usually brief, lasting only about two to eight sessions. However, long-term treatment is also available.

The Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management program starts with a comprehensive assessment conducted by a licensed psychologist specializing in pain management. As part of this program, we offer:

  • evaluation of a person’s stress level, symptoms, and coping skills at home and work
  • education about the relationship between stress and pain, ways of monitoring one's stress levels, and techniques for relaxing, coping, and problem-solving
  • take home exercises and materials to encourage ongoing participation in stress management techniques
  • referrals for people who may need additional support

Presurgical Cognitive Behavioral Program

The idea of surgery can be overwhelming. Our psychologists evaluate the stress levels of people who are preparing for surgery and provide cognitive behavioral therapy to address their specific concerns. Patients attend up to half a dozen 30-minute therapy sessions where they receive pain education; pre- and post-surgery coping strategies, such as relaxation with guided imagery; and planning for after surgery, including identifying sources of support and managing expectations about recovery.

Corporate Stress Management Program

Our team assesses stress levels among company employees through observation or standardized questionnaires. It can then make recommendations for improving overall work satisfaction and productivity.

We can work with a company’s medical and human resources departments to identify teams of workers or those in a particular department who might benefit from stress management. We can then provide customized group seminars in the workplace.

As part of the Corporate Stress Management Program, we offer:

  • education about the relationship between stress and physical, psychological, and behavioral problems
  • self-assessment and monitoring techniques to enable workers to chart their progress
  • relaxation techniques
  • cognitive coping techniques
  • problem-solving strategies

Sessions may also include information about time management and social skills training, when appropriate. We encourage the development of programs that your organization can maintain, and our professional staff is prepared to train select personnel in various aspects of cognitive behavioral education, so that they can serve as resources within your organization.