Watch The Tiger at the Door: The Relationship between Trauma and Chronic Pain

The Tiger at the Door: The Relationship between Trauma and Chronic Pain

While having a history of trauma in one’s life does not predict the development of chronic pain, the two are highly correlated by both research and clinical practice. Learn what trauma is and isn’t, one theory of how it develops, and how it impacts the nervous system, increasing the risk of developing not just psychological struggles later but also physical ones including chronic pain. A brief overview of treatment options for both is also discussed. There is also Q&A at the end with a ton of great information.

Babette Reeves, MA, MSW, LCSW, is a Behavioral Medicine Specialist who is also living with dermatomyositis.

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About Babette Reeves, MA, MSW, LCSW

Babette Reeves, MA, MSW, LCSWBabette Reeves is a Behavioral Health Specialist at South River Community Health Center, specializing in work with patients with chronic pain and trauma. Her training includes completion of Level I in trauma specific Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, PA, and internship in integrated care at St. Anthony North Hospital and Family Practice in metro Denver. She has worked in medical education, emergency departments, hospice, addiction services, private doctor’s offices, and intermediate care facilities.

Babette has spoken at national, regional, state, and local conferences as well as been a poster presenter at the Oregon OPAT Pain Conference and at the American Academy of Pain Medicine. She earned her MSW from the University of North Dakota, MA in Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, and BA in Psychology from Queens University. Oregon is the eighth state that she has called home, but her accent remains from her growing up years in metro Atlanta.

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