Medical psychology is a specialized field that is dedicated to helping individuals with illness, disease or traumatic injury. The focus is on the interactions between the mind and the body and the powerful ways in which biological, psychological and social factors affect physical health and wellbeing. Medical psychologists can help patients stick to their treatment plans, manage their symptoms, promote healthy behaviors and generally, adjust to their physical illness.
Our medical psychologists offer the following services:
Our medical psychologists provide outpatient treatment in addition to inpatient consultations. They work closely with your healthcare team to provide well-coordinated and integrated care and serve on various multidisciplinary treatment teams within Meriter.
Both individual and group treatment is offered at Meriter. Individual outpatient treatment is typically brief and involves no more than eight to ten sessions. The goal is to teach skills and coping strategies that can be incorporate into daily life to improve health and optimize well being.
Our medical psychologists have advanced training and expertise in the psychological issues associated with various medical problems. They treat patients with a variety of conditions, including, but not limited to:
Meditation, guided imagery and deep breathing can all have important, healing effects on your health. In order to promote the use of these simple exercises, Dr. Gretchen Diem recorded tracks that will walk you through these relaxation techniques. We encourage you take advantage of the following exercises each day.
Making an Appointment
Health Psychology: To be refferred to a Health Psychologist, a patient should:
Have a referral from a physician (required)
Be seeking therapy focused on behavioral management of, or adjustment to, a medical condition
Be at least 18 years old
Referrals can be faxed to the West Washington Clinic at (608) 417-8301. Upon receipt of referral our office staff will review the referral and obtain any additional information our physicians require. The West Washington Clinic staff will call the patient to schedule an appointment with a Health Psychologist. For more information, call (608) 417-8300.
Rehabilitation Psychology: To be referred to a Rehabilitation Psychologist, a patient should:
have a referral from a physician (required)
be seeking health behavioral or pain management therapy focusing on a medical condition
be at least 18 years old
Referrals can be faxed to the Rehab Medicine Clinic at (608) 417-6687. Upon receipt of referral, our office staff will review the referral and obtain any additional information our physicians require. The Rehab Medicine Clinic staff will call the patient to schedule an appointment with the Rehabilitation Psychologist. For more information, call (608) 417-6175.
Most insurance policies cover all or a portion of the services offered. Meriter is happy to assist you in verifying your benefit coverage with your insurance company. Please contact our offices for assistance.