In this episode, Dr. David Hanscom continues his discussion with psychiatrist Dr. Allan Abbass, founding Director of the Center for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Canada. Dr. Abbass shares details of his approach—short-term dynamic psychotherapy—to treating chronic pain which includes: helping patients become aware of the emotions they have around their physical symptoms; understand how these emotions impact their symptoms and behaviors; and help them to experience their emotions in the moment so they can remove the anxiety around them and begin to heal.
Dr. Allan Abbass is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and founding Director of the Center for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Canada. He is a leading teacher and researcher in the area of Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy, having provided over 300 invited presentations and 250 publications. HIs most Recent book, Hidden from View: Clinicians' Guide to Psychophysiologic Disorders is now published in several languages.