Behavioral Program for Chronic Pain

At Ramos Center for Interventional and Functional Pain Medicine, we understand that living with pmb-headchronic pain can dramatically deteriorate your quality of life. For this reason, we created the Behavioral Health Program to teach our patients and relatives a number of beneficial techniques to improve their ability to live with chronic pain. Through the use of proven Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy, patients receive support and encouragement from their peers to continue a healthy lifestyle. This learning and educational program is aimed to better understand you and how to manage your pain.

Through our “Chronic Pain Behavioral Program”, we assist the mind-to-body interplay between physical pain and depression, anxiety, anger, marital and family stress, insomnia, as well as other challenges that life with pain may present. The underlying goal is to help you live a fulfilled life. You as the patient are our top priority and with your willingness to take an active role in the program, your efforts will be a key to success.

 

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…and having a full and active life may seem impossible. However, it is actually possible to improve your functionality and quality of life while reducing your chronic pain. The key, like anything in life, is to have the right skills, support, and direction. Fortunately, there is a scientifically proven method showing that building a relationship with health care providers and their staff can, if you are willing to take an active role, help you move from an identity of “disabled patient” to an “functional and active person.” The road is not easy, but the rewards are priceless. While traditional medicine has made remarkable advances, chronic pain is still difficult to measure, understand and alleviate. On the other hand, advances in medicine and medical practices have allowed people to manage pain according to their personal needs. Our Multi-Modality Pain Program is designed to help you, as an individual with pain and to become part of the treatment team. The program is an opportunity for you to take an active role in regaining control of your life despite the level of pain. We will focus on you as an entire human being from the mind to the body, not just the pain.
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This means to assess and treat the patient simultaneously in multiple areas related to medical, procedural, interventional, behavioral, nutritional and with physical therapy. In order to provide our Multi-Modality service, we include a team of health care providers to work directly with you, utilizing a variety of measurements, interventions and strategies for self-management. The Multi-Modality service is designed to offer a complete program from assessment, treatment, communication, education, and follow up. The treatment is never focused on just the pain, but rather takes a holistic approach; meaning who you are and how you feel is as much a part of shaping your treatment as your physical limitation. Although traditional pain clinics address specific pain problems, they do not offer the complete package needed to help you regain control of your life. It is important that the program provides you with the physical, emotional, and psychological components which are required to improve how you manage your pain and your overall functional capabilities.

 

Meet Marly…

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Marly Ayala-Ycaza,
M/S PSY. LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Research Coordinator

Marly Ayala-Ycaza, has extensive knowledge and experience in counseling patients with chronic pain, weight and psychological disorders. There is often a distinct correlation between these disorders that can go unnoticed.  Her focus is on patients who experience eating disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, phobias, traumas, and addictions. As a Mental Health Counselor, Marly is a medically trained professional who will help you through life’s changes and challenges.

Marly Ayala-Ycaza started her academic preparation with an Associate degree in Nursing at Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil in Ecuador where she was later an Instructor. Her attraction for the human mind inspired her to pursue a Bachelors degree in General Psychology.

She graduated from Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja and continued her education, obtaining a Master degree in Science of Psychology from the University of Phoenix.  Marly has also dedicated a good part of the last several years working as a research coordinator for several trials. Fluent in French, Portuguese, Spanish and English she is able to provide therapy in any of these languages.

Marly joined the Ramos Center in 2014 and now oversees the Behavioral Therapy Program as a Mental Health Counselor. Additionally, she is coordinating the development of our new Research Department. Marly’s passion for helping others succeed is evident in her role as the Mental Health Counselor. Her ultimate goal is to provide you with the proper treatment, information and tools to help you grow and improve.

 

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Phone: (941) 708-9555 ext 127


Fax: (941) 708-5465


Behavioral Health Services Include:

  • Stress Management
  • Psychiatric Medication Management
  • Biofeedback
  • Visualization
  • Deep Muscle Relaxation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Support and Education
  • Psychological Evaluation (for differential diagnosis of mood)
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation (assesses cognitive functions)
  • Pre-Spinal Cord Stimulator Psychological
  • Evaluation
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation/TMS (for depression accompanying pain) 

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Scheduling/Follow Up:

The Ramos Center will work in combination with Comprehensive MedPsych Systems to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care. Patients that are scheduled for Behavioral Health services will be able to call the office at any time with any questions or concerns.

Cost/Billing:

Just as with all of your medical charges, there is a fee for behavioral health services. If you have Medicare and a secondary insurance, there usually will not be any out-of-pocket charges. If there does happen to be a co-payment, we will work with you to arrange a plan to avoid any financial burden.

Call us at 941-708-9555 for more information about our group and individual psychotherapy for patients with or without insurance.