James Keyes, PhD, has specialized in the area of chronic pain and worker’s compensation treatment over the past 20 years, working both in CARF accredited multidisciplinary comprehensive treatment programs and in integrated primary care/medical centers. He has presented at national conferences (Ericksonian Congress and Brief Therapy conferences); as well as in the training programs for resident physicians and with mental health providers. He is on faculty with the University of Washington as a clinical instructor, supervising clinical work. He completed a specialized track in his doctoral program at Loyola University of Chicago and an internship at Denver Health & Hospitals for clinical child and adolescent psychology, in addition to training on clinical psychological treatments, later getting Board Certification in this area. However, in the changes of life (moving cities) an opportunity became available to work in a comprehensive pain program with provides who had 40 years’ experience in the treatment & management of chronic pain, Dr. Keyes added this treatment area to his base of skills, by joining this hospital-based program.
Dr. Keyes primarily describes his theoretical orientation as a cognitive behavioral therapist, because the approach he goes to first are those with the strongest research backing. However, in the course of training, he was exposed to the work of Milton Erickson, the psychiatrist who integrated strategic family therapies; hypnosis; and uncommon therapies (Haley) approaches to help patients individually reach their desired goals. Working with this background, in a patient centered approach, Dr. Keyes has worked over the years in multidisciplinary settings to assist patients who present.