Pain Psychology

Through pain psychology classes, individuals learn a wide variety of evidence-based techniques for managing chronic pain. Our goal is to create an engaging, informative and empowering experience focused on the acquisition of effective and practical skills.

New patients referred for pain psychology are required to complete four pain education and coping skills classes (in order) with our pain psychologist prior to beginning individual sessions.

Pain education and coping skills classes for new patients

All classes are taught by Jennifer Kelly, PsyD, pain psychologist, and are 55 minutes long. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings, all classes are currently being held virtually via Zoom. Classes are offered Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. You can choose either the Wednesday or Thursday class, depending on what works best for you.

Class schedule

The class schedule is as follows:

Class Number and Description

Date and Time

1. Pain Neuroscience Education: Neuroplasticity, Gate Control Theory and the Stress Response

First Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. and third Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m.

2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills for Pain Management

Second Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. and fourth Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m.

3. Mindfulness and Relaxation Skills for Pain Management

Third Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. and first Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m.

4. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills for Pain Management

Fourth Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. and second Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m.

Insurance coverage information

Please be sure to call your insurance company to verify coverage for pain psychology services. The insurance codes billed for the classes are: 96164 (1 unit) and 96165 (2 units) to equal 55 total minutes, for a diagnosis of chronic pain (G89.29).

If your plan does not cover the classes, please contact Patient Financial Services at 206-223-6601 for a cost estimate.

If you have any additional questions, call the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation office at 206-223-6746.