What is Health Psychology?

Health psychology focuses on helping you manage your health and improve quality of life. Together you and your clinician will work to to better your unique situation both physically and mentally. Health psychology can help with:

  • Struggling to follow doctor recommendations
  • Anxiety about symptoms that effects your quality of life
  • Irritability due to diagnosis or chronic pain
  • Stress & worry about overall health
  • Seeing a physician more frequently than necessary
  • Depression over changes a health issue has caused
  • Feeling alone or without a support system
  • Overwhelmed about making medical decisions
  • Adjusting to life with a diagnosis or chronic condition

Who does Health Psychology help?

Health psychology is for any individual or loved one of any individual with a life-altering diagnosis or condition, with chronic illness or pain, or with any health or medical issue that is effecting quality of life. Some common conditions and concerns health psychologists work with are:

  • Evaluations for Medical Processes & Procedures
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Childbirth
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Infertility
  • Performance Related Enhancement
  • Pre-surgical Preparation
  • Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery
  • Transplant

Why Health Psychology?

Health psychology is an important piece to your treatment process and health.  Health psychology can help you:

  • Shorten recovery time
  • Reduce the amount of pain medication needed
  • Shorten hospital stays
  • Enhance medical treatments
  • Learn coping skills to better manage illness
  • Be a better collaborator or member of their own healthcare team
  • Save time and money on health care

Learn more about Clinical Health Psychologist, Dr. Marc Oster.