Survey Response: Daniel G. Lyman, MSW
This survey was last updated in July 2014.
Degrees/Licenses Held: Master of Social Work, Master of Public Administration (Mental Health Systems Focus), Associate Social Worker #60897
Number of years in practice helping people with TMS: Three
Number of clients you have seen who have had TMS: 100+
What is your association to the TMS community? I currently work at the Pain Psychology Center, so all of my clients come to me for help regarding TMS. I’ve been working exclusively with the TMS population for 3 years.
Have you ever suffered from TMS? If so, how did you recover? (optional) In brief, my own TMS symptoms have been dealt with through many of the techniques that Sarno teaches, as well as the work that I’ve done on my own with my Vipassana meditation practice.
What insurance plans do you currently accept? none
Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? Yes.
Are you able to conduct sessions over the phone and/or via internet video services (i.e. Skype or FaceTime)? Yes – many of my clients are seen through Skype, FaceTime, etc.
What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
Beyond the experience that I’ve gained through working within the TMS population, I’ve read many of the TMS books that have been published, attended seminars by the PPDA, and worked extensively with Alan Gordon (my supervisor), Director of the Pain Psychology Center.
What mindbody books do you recommend to your patients? In particular do you recommend Dr. Sarno's books?
I recommend all of the books by Dr. Sarno (especially The MindBody Prescription) as well as Unlearn Your Pain by Dr. Howard Schubiner.
As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself.
The complex dynamics that exist between the body and mind can yield unexpected physical and emotional turmoil. Daniel G Lyman, MSW is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA who specializes in the treatment of those complex dynamics and their relation to chronic pain. He earned both a master’s degree in Social Work and in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Daniel also specializes in working with the LGBT population, including couples and family issues. He has guest lectured at the graduate level, and led workshops and trainings at local colleges. (Copied from the Pain Psychology Center website)
Questions Specific to Therapists
What is your general psychotherapeutic treatment approach?
The treatment of TMS in particular is hands-on and involves psychoeducational techniques combined with elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My goal in therapy is to provide a safe place to challenge our current beliefs and behaviors regarding our pain (TMS). The process is two-fold: The first part is changing the nature of our relationship to our symptoms, and the second part is discovering why the symptoms are there in the first place. These concurrent paths help to decrease the symptoms in the present as well as discourage the symptoms from recurring in the future.
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