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Behavioral Medicine Clinic

We offer a broad range of clinical services to a wide number of patient groups including Transplant surgery, Bariatric surgery, Chronic Pancreatitis, Psycho-oncology at Hollings Cancer Center, Cystic Fibrosis, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and chronic pain with an emphasis on coping and adjustment to chronic health conditions, health behavior change, adherence behaviors and management of co-morbid psychiatric conditions. We primarily serve adults, though we do occasionally see pediatric patients for select services We offer individual and group therapy to facilitate improvement of mood and well-being secondary to physical illness, improvements in health behaviors, and reduction of physical symptom experience (e.g., pain) while improving quality of life. Therapy session typically last 30-60 minutes and patients are seen anywhere from weekly to monthly depending on individual needs.

Services Offered

The Division of Bio-behavioral medicine provides empirically-based individual and group psychotherapies along with medication management to patients diagnosed with a variety of medical conditions. Tertiary care clinics and most frequently seen medical conditions in our Division are listed below:

Transplant Surgery

(Divisions: Nephrology, Hepatology, Pulmonology, Cardiology)

  • Conduct pre-surgical psychosocial¬† evaluations for heart, liver, lung, kidney, living donor candidates
  • Provide¬† evidence-based individual and group therapeutic services for patients both pre and post-transplant including psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies
  • Treatment focuses on adjustment to chronic health conditions, health behavior change and adherence behaviors, management of co-morbid psychiatric conditions

Bariatric Surgery

  • Conduct pre-surgical psychosocial evaluations for patients seeking weight-loss surgeries (WLS)
  • Provide evidence-based therapeutic services for patients both pre and post-WLS including psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies
  • Treatment focuses on treating co-occurring psychiatric conditions, successful adjustment to WLS, optimizing adherence and health behavior change
  • Integrated behavioral medicine clinic focused on brief, solution-focused interventions at follow-up clinic

Chronic Pancreatitis Management

  • Conducts pre-surgical psychosocial evaluations for patients seeking
  • Total Pancreatectomy with islet auto-transplantation (TPIAT)
  • Provides evidence-based therapeutic services for patients both pre and post-TPIAT and also with chronic pancreatitis including psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies
  • Treatment focuses on improving coping with chronic medical condition, coping with chronic pain, and management of co-occurring psychiatric conditions

Chronic Pain

  • Provide pre-surgical evaluations for patients being considered for spinal cord stimulators
  • Provide Comprehensive Pain Management Program for select patient group within GI surgery including opioid management
  • Opioid medication evaluation, monitoring and outpatient detoxification
  • Behavioral and psychological approaches to pain management
  • Provide evidence-based therapeutic services for patients experiencing chronic pain due to wide range of etiologies including fibromyalgia, orthopedic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, pancreatitis, headache, etc.
  • Provide evidence-based group treatment for chronic pain

Pain Rehabilitation Program

  • 3-week intensive, daily program for management of chronic pain with opioid tapering

Psych-oncology

  • Provide co-located and integrated psychotherapeutic and pharmacotherapies at Hollings Cancer Center
  • Conduct pre-surgical evaluations for patients being considered for bone marrow transplant (BMT)
  • Maintain the Distress Screening program for Hollings Cancer Center
  • Provide evidence-based therapeutic services for patients diagnosed with cancer and their families

Cystic Fibrosis

  • Integrated behavioral medicine services within cystic fibrosis clinic for adult and pediatric patients
  • Outpatient therapeutic services including psychotherapies and pharmacotherapies
  • Telemedicine visits are available as needed

Cardiac Rehab

  • Integrated behavioral medicine clinic focused on brief, solution-focused interventions

Other General Chronic Medical Conditions

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Migraine, Tension and Cluster Headaches
  • Non-epileptic Event Disorder
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Orthopedic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Somatization Disorder
  • Conversion Disorder

Treatment typically involves 6 to 12, 30-minute visits. Most insurance is accepted.