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Pain Recovery – Chronic Pain Treatment Malibu CA

Finding safety via the mind-body connection.

Your thoughts and emotions are key factors in your experience of chronic pain. This is not to say, in any way, that your pain experience isn’t real, but you must understand the mind-body connection in order to recover. AS YOU BEGIN TO FEEL SAFE, YOUR MIND AND BODY WILL LESSEN THE HOLD ON CHRONIC PAIN. This will be the key to freeing yourself from the protective mechanism by which the brain and nervous system HAVE CREATED chronic pain.

These protective mechanisms can cause a host of conditions, syndromes, symptoms, and issues associated with inflammation, which results in chronic pain. Once you discover how to invite feelings to rise to the surface, the body settles into a balanced state (ventral-vagal) that eliminates symptoms triggered in a fight-or-flight (sympathetic nervous system) mode. Calming the nervous system and helping you to feel safe will be your way out of chronic pain. Your treatment at The Pointe Malibu will lead you in the direction of finding this balanced state and feelings of safety which will enable you to create a better life for you and those that are important to you.

MENDA is a protocol you will follow for chronic pain recovery. Clients follow a structured curriculum via app and workbook that includes therapist facilitated education, mindfulness, and movement to reduce nervous system sensitivities.


Our Pain Recovery Team, headed by Dr. Mel Pohl, with extensive experience in the treatment of chronic pain and co-occurring disorders, implements holistic programs that offer you an opportunity to heal as a whole person. With our foundation of Polyvagal Informed approaches, we utilize a dedicated staff to lead you towards your recovery.
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Customized to Yyour Unique Situation

Customized to your unique situation, our treatment programs seek to minimize and/or eliminate your experience of physical pain and alleviate your dependence on habit-forming drugs. Some of the therapies that we utilize include:
  • Physical Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Medical and Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Psychoeducational Program
  • Alternative Therapies (Massage, yoga and mindfulness practice)
  • Medical Specialist
  • Referrals Evaluation
  • Pain Psychologist
These collaborations are so valuable, because we help you to recognize and manage the emotions related to past traumatic experiences that may be aggravating or at the root of your pain. Through therapy we interpret mental and emotional processes, we introduce you to more positive feelings that lessen your pain and improve your function and your relationships.

Chronic Pain Treatment and Recovery Video Series

With Dr. Mel Pohl, Senior Medical Consultant for Chronic Pain Treatment at The Pointe Malibu.

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Comprehensive Review and Assessment Team

To treat your chronic pain, our multidisciplinary team first completes a review of your medical history and designs your individualized evaluation schedule. A team approach is the heart of the program. An experienced group of medical professionals accompanies you on this journey, and they are experts at uncovering what is truly wrong, and what is right, about your body, mind, spirit, and lifestyle. This dedicated team will assess the problems and guide you toward viable solutions. We specifically curate a treatment team to meet your needs and this includes the below experts, as appropriate:

  • Physician
  • Chronic Pain Experts
  • Physical Therapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Trauma Focused Therapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Nutritionist
  • Psychologist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Spiritual Counselors

Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE)

Once your review is complete, our Diagnostic Evaluation brings you closer to understanding pain. The goal is to collect sufficient data to compile and support an accurate diagnosis and create a workable plan for a better life, whatever that may entail for you. Your evaluation team includes experienced, expert medical, health, wellness, and lifestyle professionals.

At The Pointe Malibu Recovery Center you have access to the below resources for assessment:

  • Medical Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Specialty Physicians Consult
  • Neurological Evaluation
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Psychosocial and Trauma Assessment
  • Substance Use Disorder Assessment
  • Spiritual Assessment and Counsel
  • Chronic Pain Evaluation
  • Fitness and Nutritional Evaluation
  • Pharmacogenomics Testing and Diagnostic Panel
  • Medication Evaluation
  • Process Addiction Assessment
Your program will uncover any condition – mental, physical, or emotional – that exists and requires a treatment plan, and will also identify longer-term issues that need to be considered in follow-up care.

Development of Your Comprehensive Plan

Your multidisciplinary team uses the Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation to recommend an individualized treatment plan, incorporating effective medical, psychiatric, and therapeutic strategies appropriate for you. This comprehensive approach to evaluation ensures that your future health and wellness needs are matched with the appropriate treatment modalities and level of care.

Chronic Pain Treatment – Services

These conditions optimally treated require an interdisciplinary team utilizing evidence-based treatment modalities including:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT)
  • Movement: Exercise, Physical Therapy, Hydrotherapy
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Expressive writing
  • Massage and other myofascial release techniques (back hook, fascia rollers, etc.)
  • Nutrition
  • Hypnotherapy, EMDR, individual and group therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mutual help groups
  • Yoga
  • Breathwork
  • Play zone
  • Forgiveness
  • Self-Compassion
  • Gratitude Practice
  • Vagal nerve stimulation (SSP, humming)

A Path to True Freedom

Our holistic strategy aims to promote healing, resilience, and overall well-being.

Personalized Chronic Pain Treatment Plans

The development of effective treatment plans for chronic pain requires the skillful integration of all the components required to improve your quality of life on two tracks:

  • Helping you to develop an understanding of your chronic pain and learn coping skills to better manage your pain and, more importantly, improve your life.
  • Management of your dependence on or addiction to drugs

To address the minimization and/or elimination of the sources(s) of physical pain, we promote access to the below resources and ensure integrated collaboration:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Alternative Therapies (Massage / Acupuncture)
  • Medical Specialist Referrals
We work collaboratively with you. Please note that some select services may incur additional costs or may be covered by insurance.