The Advanced Pain Care Behavioral Health program includes a brief clinical interview with the patient to determine, specifically, whether or not the patient is experiencing depression, anxiety, fear and avoidance behaviors that may impact the patient's pain and the potential for prescription abuse. This will also assist in determining whether or not the patient understands the purpose of and the appropriate use of medications, and compliance with physician recommendations.
Director of Behavioral Health Services
Bruno is a professional counselor with 17+ years of experience. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Mediator, and a Certified Critical Incident Debriefing facilitator. He is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including EMDR, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance commitment therapy. These modalities are proven to help patients cope with a variety of problems and crises. His approach to treatment is collaborative,...more
Jarron is a professional counselor who joined the Advanced Pain Care team in 2014. Before coming to Advanced Pain Care, he worked as a Rehabilitation Specialist for Austin Travis County Integral Care. Jarron holds a Master’s degree in Family Psychology and is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor – Intern. He has experience and training in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, and a variety of other therapeutic modalities. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors,...more
As a long time self-explorer in the many ways to make a difference in this world – both big and small, Lisa Skalla, a licensed clinical social worker and registered yoga teacher at the 500 level, incorporates mindfulness, creative expressive arts, movement and play into her work with clients. She received a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and has over 10 years professional experience working in a variety of settings, with individuals and in groups. Prior to moving back to the Austin area in 2015, she spent several years working with survivors...more
Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over four years experience providing therapeutic counseling and crisis intervention to individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ages and cultures. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts and from Texas State University with a Master of Social Work. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and has specialized training on the short and long term effects of trauma and how to heal...more
Sally is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, mindfulness, and compassion focused therapy. She engages easily with most people and approaches people using a strength based perspective. She believes that each person is the expert in her or his own life, and loves to work with people and help them unlock their own wisdom to make the changes...more
Sandra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of experience. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive practice in working with people with major depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and chronic pain. She incorporates a variety of therapeutic approaches including Interpersonal Neurobiology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, and Emotional Transformation Therapy. She believes all humans have the capacity to heal, change and become their best self. She incorporates a holistic, mind-body...more
The interview also gives information on the patient’s view of the rehabilitation process and their perception of the likelihood of recovery. We determine whether the patient is focused on pain, how they deal with it and if they are emotionally distressed (depressed and/or anxious). With this information, the team can design a specialized, effective treatment plan for each patient and help the staff identify the patients that are most likely to benefit from multidisciplinary services in conjunction with their medical treatment.