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.
Sage earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from West Texas A&M University in 2012 and 2013, respectively. During her studies, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad in Turkey, Costa Rica, India, Spain, and Morocco. Sage has worked with patients in hospice care, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient mental health clinics, and private practice.
Sage is a native Texan and was raised on a cotton farm. She is the proud wife of an Army veteran who also works in health care. Sage is blessed with a bonus son, James, and a...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 Kline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated with her B.A. in Liberal Arts from The College of Wooster. She then went on to receive her Masters of Social Work at the University of Maryland. With her 25 years of experience, she provides psychosocial assessment and diagnosis, individual and group therapeutic intervention to high-risk populations including service members pending medical discharge, services members who have been wounded in action and families of service members killed in action. Michelle’s specialties include but are not limited to, depression, anxiety,...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.