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Health Psychology Services

Susan Labott, PhD, ABPP ; Sarah Shelby, PhD; Nancy Beckman, PhD; Marisa Feldman, PhD

The Health Psychology Service provides clinical psychological services to adult patients and their families who are dealing with serious medical diagnosis and treatment including:

  • Cancer
  • Surgery, including evaluation and preparation for weight loss surgery
  • Chronic Pain
  • Pain management
  • Treatment for insomnia and other sleep problems
  • Stem cell or organ transplant preparation

Clinical health psychology offers a unique treatment approach that takes into account a patient’s biological, psychological, and social factors. Treatment is determined based on the “whole person” and their life situation; it is not limited to their illness, social situation, or psychological symptoms.

The Health Psychology Service is staffed by professionals who have experience in the psychological issues associated with various medical problems. Comprehensive care is provided through collaboration with the patient's physician, or through consultation with other services in the Department of Psychiatry (e.g., for psychotropic medications or cognitive assessments).

Many clients are struggling to manage stressful medical situations that arise from anxiety, depression, marital/family problems, end-of life issues, or difficult lifestyle adjustments. Others find it hard to comply with medical regimens, or need an evaluation before making treatment decisions. Following an initial evaluation of biological, psychological, and social factors, an individualized treatment plan is developed to help the client cope with or adjust to the problems he/she is facing.

Our goal is to help people improve their quality of life. We will help in finding new and better ways of coping, and new ways of behaving and thinking to help manage issues. Individual therapy may be recommended to help work on these areas as well.

For more information or to schedule an initial evaluation, please call our appointment line at: (312) 355-3463

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