Shepherd Pain Institute
2020 Peachtree Rd, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-352-2020

A Way of Life

We believe in fostering each individual's healing power to improve their well-being. Our goal is to integrate the best of conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary treatments so that we may approach healing with a method that considers the whole person in body, mind and spirit.

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Psychophysiological treatments may include:

  • Comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluations
  • Presurgical evaluations
  • Psychophysiological pain management including:
    • Active biofeedback treatment with muscle retraining
    • Relaxation and mindfulness-based training techniques
  • Pain management psychotherapy
    • Cognitive behavioral restructuring
    • Integrative psychotherapy that is brief, solution-focused (Referral for long-term psychological care is given if necessary)
  • Groups
    • Pain management seminar
    • Mindfulness meditation-based, advanced pain management seminars
What can psychophysiological treatment do for me?
Individual and group treatment will provide a forum where you’ll develop skills that can help you cope with and manage your pain. Your therapist will help you navigate your treatment through understanding:
  • How your body reacts physically to stress and how that affects pain and illness
  • The purpose of stress, "good" vs. "bad" stress
  • How to decrease physical muscular tension to improve pain management
  • How to sleep better
  • How to learn new relaxation techniques
  • How to change your body habits to improve pain management
  • How to get support from others in dealing with your pain
  • How to make your thoughts work more effectively to manage and cope with pain
  • Use complementary treatment to reduce pain medication
  • How to increase physical activity and related functioning in various areas of life
Who might benefit from psychophysiological services?
We treat a wide variety of conditions, symptoms, concerns and needs. As a participant in treatment, you will learn how to deal with your pain. You’ll also learn how to decrease your pain using techniques that don’t involve medications or injections. These methods do not take the place of your medications, but work with them to give you better results. In many cases, people using these techniques can decrease their use of medication. If this is one of your goals, we’ll work with you and your doctor to achieve it in the safest, most effective way.

Some of the conditions that we treat include, but are not limited to:
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Headaches
  • Raynaud's Syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression, anxiety and panic disorders
  • Repetitive Strain Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Myofascial pain
  • Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related to accidents or injuries
  • Cancer
How long does it take?
This varies for each individual and their special pain concern. Most people find that they can learn what they need in 8 to10 sessions. Sometimes people participate in a combination of group and individual treatment. The good news is that your effort is essential in determining the success of your treatment. You have control over your progress by practicing the techniques and completing assignments between sessions.

What you can expect to achieve will depend on your effort and goals. Some people want to get more relief from their health problems than they have received with other treatments. Other people simply want to rely less on medications.

How do I know which services are right for me?
You’ll meet with the pain psychologist for an individualized assessment of your specific needs. Together, you will decide on a treatment plan that is right for you. Just ask your pain management specialist or family doctor to refer you.

Scheduling an Appointment for psychophysiological services:
Physician referral is required to make an appointment. Currently we are not accepting any external Medicaid patients, only internal Medicaid referrals. All external non-Medicaid referrals must have a physician referral and records. The contact is Andriea Washington at (404) 603-4203. Call 404-352-2020 and schedule a new patient appointment. Click here for New Patient information and forms.