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    Chronic Pain Therapy Group

    The therapy group will offer participants an opportunity to learn coping skills for chronic illness and pain through group problem solving as well as exchange ideas about life's issues impacting pain. Topics:

    • pain medication
    • stress reduction and relaxation
    • mindfulness
    • cognitive behavioral awareness
    • anger management
    • emotional regulation
    The group will foster a positive, nonjudgmental environment where feelings are shared to promote understanding and connection. Isolation often results from chronic pain.

    When: Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Palo Alto Medical Foundation
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
    Palo Alto Center
    795 El Camino Real
    Level 1, Jamplis Building
    Conference room 1B-105
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
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    Fee: $59 per meeting

    Insurance benefit may apply, check with your insurance carrier prior to starting group. Commitment to a three-month session is recommended. Members may be added after the initial start-up date to maintain group size.

    Facilitator: Shellie Hatfield, LCSW, has worked extensively in Bay Area hospitals with cancer patients and patients with other chronic medical disorders. She has facilitated groups for 20 years and understands the power of groups to facilitate coping and healing.

    For further information and registration, please talk with your therapist.