Clinical Psychology at the Center

Many patients who are in pain feel the emotional effects of suffering along with the physical aspects of pain. These may include feelings of anger, sadness, hopelessness or despair. In addition, pain can alter ones’ personality, disrupt sleep, interfere with work and relationships and often have a profound effect on family members. Support and counseling from a psychologist, combined with a comprehensive pain treatment program, may be needed to help you manage your condition.

Research has shown that psychological factors are important in a patient’s response to pain and behavioral therapy is a significant factor in the successful treatment of many pain syndromes.


The Center for Pain Medicine is the only Kansas City pain clinic that staffs a full-time psychologist to assist the patient in developing specific skills that relieve the suffering of pain thus their quality of life.

Dr. Ravi Sabapathy is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with additional training in pain management. Dr. Sabapathy is a full-time associate of the Center for Pain Medicine staff. He specializes in treating chronic pain and the psychological effects of dealing with it. Long-term pain can reduce a patient’s quality of life, disrupt normal activities and lead to a variety of psychological disturbances. Dr. Sabapathy assists the Center for Pain Medicine in not only treating the pain, but treating the whole person, both physically and mentally. He performs psychological testing, stress management, goal setting, cognitive behavioral modification and biofeedback.

Dr. Sabapathy completed his undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. He also completed a one-year clinical practicum at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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