Dr. Michele Kinderman and Dr. Kelly Yanek will share how their revolutionary Dual Therapist Model works with pain reprocessing therapy to help children and adolescents get relief from chronic pain, including migraines, muscle pain, POTS and pediatric fibromyalgia.
They will present a 45-minute session as part of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association 2023 Conference, being held virtually Oct. 23 to 27, 2023. Their prerecorded presentation will be shown Oct. 24, and they will be available Oct. 26 for a live Q&A.
“Pain reprocessing therapy is a mind-body approach to treating chronic pain,” Dr. Kinderman explains. “The belief is that certain types of chronic pain or health issues are neuroplastic in nature, meaning they’re not structural. They’re not breaks or tears in bones or tendons. It’s a matter of rewiring the nerves.”
“It involves retraining your brain to interpret pain signals differently,” adds Dr. Yanek. “We cover ways to incorporate activity-based techniques, and build rapport and trust. We will be talking about adapting the strategies of pain reprocessing therapy to children and adolescents.” When working with children and adolescents, professionals need to include caregivers, who play an important role in effective treatment, Kinderman and Yanek note.
Dr. Kinderman has long embraced a mind-body approach in her therapy practice, incorporating traditional psychotherapy techniques with music, movement, humor, animals, and nature to assist clients in building their strengths, achieving their goals, and living a content, pain-free life. Dr. Yanek, too, has long incorporated mindfulness and nature in her practice, which includes cognitive behavior and adventure therapies, mindful hikes, yoga and breath work.
Together, Drs. Kinderman and Yanek co-founded Wellness Outside the Box – Therapy Redefined, which utilizes the Dual Therapist Model to treat children and adults struggling with chronic pain and life stressors.Through this innovative approach, they provide more effective, personalized and comprehensive treatment, ultimately changing the lives of individuals facing mental health challenges.
The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to end the chronic pain epidemic and opioid crisis by advancing the awareness, diagnosis and treatment of stress-induced medical conditions that affect millions worldwide. This year’s conference includes 29 speakers and offers 12 CE/CME hours for physicians, nurses, psychologists and social workers. For more information, https://ppdassociation.thinkific.com/courses/the-2023-ppda-conference