In these episodes, Dr. David Hanscom talks with psychiatrist Dr. Allan Abbass, founding Director of the Center for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Canada. Dr. Abbass shares his personal experience dealing with chronic pain, how he studied the mind body approach to treating pain developed by Drs. Sarno and Schubiner, and the discoveries he made that led him to using short-term dynamic psychotherapy for the treatment of chronic pain. 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.