Survey Response: Suzanne Engelman, PhD

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This survey was last updated in December 2013.

Degrees/Licenses Held:
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Board Certified in Biofeedback, Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement; Animal Assisted Therapy

Contact Information:
30131 Town Center Drive, Suite 292, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 460-4908

Number of years in practice: 30 years

Number of years in practice with patients who have TMS: 30 years

Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS: hundreds

What is your association to the TMS community?
I work with referrals from TMS physicians specifically, but also physicians in general who think their patients may have a psychophysiological component to their pain. I am on the medical staff at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange.

Have you ever suffered from TMS? Yes

Are you able to conduct therapy sessions over the phone? No

What insurance plans do you currently accept? I am an in network provider for Aetna PPO and out of network for Blue Cross PPO

Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? Yes

What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
I take the annual course work when offered, and continuing education on psychophysiologic disorders and mindfulness whenever I can. I am Board Certified in Biofeedback which specializes in mind/body health, so I am active all the time increasing my knowledge base to better assist my patients and their families.

As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself:
I having been working in the field of psychophysiologic disorders for 30 years, and currently have two office locations in Orange and Laguna Niguel. CA. I work with patients with chronic pain where there may be a significant psychophysiologic component, or with people with serious physical illness or those in the end of life, who have pain that is exacerbated by emotional responses to their illnesses or fears. My approach includes mindfulness, biofeedback and other mind body approaches to working with pain. I also conduct Animal Assisted Therapy.

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