In this episode, Dr. David Hanscom continues his discussion with Dr. Frances Sommer Anderson, a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst specializing in the treatment of pain. She explains the specifics of her approach to treating pain which include: understanding the patient’s background; getting the patient to talk about their feelings; developing a timeline that connects symptoms with feelings and events; and educating the patient about pain and how to control it. She demonstrates her process in a role play with David Hanscom as patient. For more information, visit: www.francessommeranderson.com and www.pathwaystopainrelief.com
Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP, licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst, has treated mind-body pain disorders for forty years, studying closely with the late John E. Sarno, MD, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Rusk Institute—NYU Langone Medical School from 1979 until he retired in 2012. Her treatment of adults who are in pain integrates psychoanalytic theory of attachment with the neuroscience of pain and trauma and includes techniques learned in advanced training in treating trauma. Recognized internationally for her experiential teaching style, her groundbreaking psychoanalytic publications helped bring the body back into the psychotherapy relationship, reflected in Relational Perspectives on the Body (Ed. with Lewis Aron, 1998) and Bodies in Treatment (2007). In 2013, she co-authored with Eric Sherman, PsyD Pathways to Pain Relief, a book of case studies that illustrate how they treat mind-body pain disorders. .