Daniel A. Coffman, Ph.D.
SKILLS NOT PILLS
My clinical services are provided as a Licensed Psychologist in California (PSY22096), specializing in Behavioral Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, and Health Psychology.
I have provided clinical services in a variety of medical, psychiatric, and psychological settings since 1986. After earning my doctorate in 2001, I completed three years of supervised medical psychology training in an interdisciplinary physician-directed chronic pain rehabilitation medical clinic. I am Board Certified in Biofeedback and Applied Psychophysiology, and hold Senior Fellow status with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA3105).
All services are by appointment, confidential, and solution focused.
My clinical practice provides non-pharmacological treatment for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic pain, with focus on reducing reliance on medications for those who wish to do so. Services are typically reimbursed by medical insurance. Coverage varies by diagnosis and insurer. I do not accept private insurance. However, I do accept Medicare.
Treatment approaches include:
Bio-behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatments for diagnosed medical conditions can improve your functioning and your quality of life, while assisting you in minimizing medication needs.
Cognitive and psychological assessment as well as individual psychotherapy for emotional, psychiatric, or psychological issues can identify personal strengths and weaknesses, assist you in recovery, and help you optimize your daily functioning.
Learning to modify physiological responses and to relax more effectively can reduce many dysfunctional patterns, including insomnia, worry, pain, or difficulties with focus and attention.
Behavioral Health Counseling / Lifestyle Medicine:
Working together we develop a strategy to resolve current health challenges, prevent their recurrence, and improve health using a combination of holistic and conventional treatments that you apply to create changes in your lifestyle and daily activities. Lifestyle Medicine involves four components – Sleep, Stress Management, Exercise, and Nutrition – and all four are important to address for improving our overall health and enjoyment in life.
Examples of Non-pharmacological treatment plans:
Combining Biofeedback facilitated Relaxation Training with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to learn skills to calm the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and reduce anxiety/panic to manageable levels, along with review of lifestyle components including nutrition and exercise.
Combining lifestyle modifications (exercise, nutrition), CBT, and Biofeedback facilitated Central Nervous System (CNS) training to learn coping skills and address issues of meaning and values as needed to restructure perspective and manage depression.
Combining CBT for insomnia with education, reframing, and Biofeedback facilitated CNS/ANS training to improve sleep latency, maintenance, and efficiency.
For Chronic Pain:
Combining Mindfulness and Biofeedback facilitated Relaxation Training to calm ANS/CNS; CBT to reframe and restructure perception of pain, increase stress tolerance, and improve sleep; and lifestyle modifications (exercise, nutrition, pacing) to improve quality of life.
My consulting practice provides counseling for existential and transpersonal issues, with focus on cultivating the growth oriented dimension of personality. Consulting services are typically not covered by medical insurance, unless provided as ancillary to treatment of a diagnosed medical/psychiatric disorder.
The focus of my consulting work is on personal development and transformation through combining psychology, spirituality, psychophysiology, and philosophy to enhance and sustain the deep awareness that Maslow described as Self-Transcendence and the Plateau Experience. Working together we develop an individualized multi-component program that combines the best practices from the human potential movement with perspectives on meaning and values from philosophy and spiritualty that you apply to transform your daily life.
Individual consultations to clarify values, examine options, and implement solutions toward living a balanced and meaningful life. Includes counseling to understand and integrate anomalous experiences or spiritual emergency/crisis.
Personal Development and Psycho-Spiritual Growth:
Individual or small group training to enhance personal performance, encourage spiritual growth, align actions with values.
In addition to conventional training in psychology, research methods, and supervised professional experience that were necessary for becoming a licensed psychologist, my background includes over 30 years of training in a variety of holistic health and transpersonal techniques begun while earning my Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies.
These include study and supervised training in:
Acupressure & Meridian Therapies;
Biofeedback & Applied Psychophysiology;
Interactive Guided Imagery;
Integral Transformative Practice;
Neurofeedback/Neurotherapy & Applied Neuroscience;
Nutritional approaches to Mental Health;
Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong;
Transpersonal/Spiritual Crisis, Spiritual Emergence, & Anomalous Experiences;
While I don’t claim to be an expert in all these areas, I am experienced and knowledgeable with them and include elements from these disciplines when appropriate in developing an individualized treatment strategy.
TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
I have a PhD in Psychology, am a Licensed Psychologist (PSY22096) in California, and am board certified in biofeedback and applied psychophysiology (BCIA-Senior Fellow, BCIA3105).
My post-doctoral training included a three-year residency in health psychology specializing in treatment of chronic pain.
Prior to my doctorate, I earned a MA in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, specializing in Counseling Psychology and Health Education, and an interdisciplinary BPh with majors in Psychology & Philosophy and minors in Mathematics & Physics.
I have worked in a variety of medical, psychiatric, and psychological settings as a therapist, primarily as a psychophysiological therapist, in addition to teaching research methods, statistics, psychology, and health studies at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
My experience encompasses anxiety, mood, and sleep disorders; pain and stress management; and existential-humanistic and transpersonal counseling.
I am a professional member of:
the American College of Lifestyle Medicine,
the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback,
the Association for Transpersonal Psychology,
the Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience (formerly the Biofeedback Society of California), and
the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine.
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