The physical and emotional experience of pain and chronic medical conditions can have an impact on all areas of an individual‘s life. This includes not only a person’s mood and self-esteem, but also family relationships, social involvement, occupational functioning, and enjoyment of recreational activities. The aim a psychological services at Michigan Neurology and Spine Center is to address the whole person in the treatment of pain and other medical conditions. Interventions are designed to help patients develop specific skills to cope with pain and illness, decrease the experience of suffering and to increase their overall quality of life.

Focus of treatment may include:

  • Psychological assessment of current functioning


  • Relaxation and stress management training


  • Distraction techniques


  • Emotional support


  • Management of symptoms of depression and anxiety


  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy to address the impact that negative thinking can have on the experience of pain and physical limitations


  • Training in the use of Mindfulness Meditation and coping with pain.

Dr. Devin South is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Michigan.  He completed his doctorate degree at Argosy University Chicago with a concentration in Health Psychology.  He completed his internship with the Miami VA Health Care System with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine.  His training included rotations in Primary Care consultation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment, Rehabilitation Services, and Pain Management.  His post-doctoral work was completed at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Dr. South provides services for both individuals and couples, and has experience working with a wide range of psychological concerns including depression, anxiety, anger management, post-traumatic stress disorder, management of pain, and adjustment to illness.