The Relationship between Trauma and Chronic Pain with Brandon Yuenger

[The Intentional Clinician Episode 63]

Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews  Dr. Brandon Yuenger about his work as a physical therapist. Dr. Brandon Yuenger graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012. Since then, a variety of experiences have led him to specialize in chronic pain. Dr. Yuenger has developed a system of rehabilitation that is based on the understanding that the human body is not a collection of individual parts; rather, it is one integrated unit of being. He uses this concept in his work and is excited to share his passion through both practice and education.

Paul and Dr. Yuenger also discuss the current state of healthcare in the United States and how dualism has affected the way we practice Western medicine. These views have also shaped how insurance companies reimburse providers, and Dr. Yuenger gives his perspective on why this can be detrimental to the quality of care that patients are receiving.

Some questions Dr. Yuenger answers include:

  • What is the link between trauma and chronic pain?
  • How is physical therapy related to the field of psychology and mental health?
  • How do you help someone calm their nervous system?
  • Could you teach someone physical therapy techniques virtually?
  • Could you teach someone to start “self-healing” their body?
  • What discoveries have some physical therapists made regarding people’s experience with trauma and pain in the body?

Through research and anecdotal stories, Paul and Dr. Yuenger answer these questions and more. Most recently, Dr. Yuenger has started his own coaching business called Step Forward Wellness, and he also works as a physical therapist in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency” [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Helpless Circumstance” from At George’s Zoo by Cool Ghouls (Spotify)

“The Way I Made You Cry” from At George’s Zoo by Cool Ghouls (Spotify)


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