Coordinating Your Care
Medical Psychology Center’s
Pain Management Program, directed by
Dr. Dennis Upper, coordinates the patient’s care by working closely with
referring medical professionals and practices. The treatment team consists of physician pain specialists, nurse practitioners, primary care physicians, physical therapists, and psychologists.
What Is CBT?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a widely researched, time-limited psychotherapeutic approach that has been shown to be effective for a variety of mental and behavioral problems.
CBT works by changing people’s attitudes and their behavior by
focusing on a person’s thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes
and how these relate to the way a person behaves, as a way of
dealing with emotional problems. The patient and therapist work together to understand what the problems are and to develop
new strategies for tackling them. Patients are then introduced
to a set of techniques and principles that they can apply whenever they need to, and that will last them a lifetime.
CBT treatments have been successfully applied to
managing chronic pain, either delivered alone or as a component
of an integrated and interdisciplinary pain management program.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Our Pain Management Services
offer a unique Assessment Program which can include a whole-person assessment, encompassing all aspects of an individual’s life.
In conjunction with medical, psychiatric, and psychological evaluations, this assessment may address the areas of:
In addition to whole-person assessments, specific assessments which may be done include:
Dennis Upper, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Upper is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Upper received his Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. With 35 years of clinical experience, he understands the importance of creating a therapy connection with a foundation of trust and safety for his clients.
To schedule your first appointment,
please call Silva Misho at
(978) 921-4000 x14.
Medical Psychology Center
100 Cummings Center,
Beverly, MA 01915