John T. Sorrell, Ph.D.

A graduate of West Virginia University with clinical and research interests in chronic pain and anxiety disorders, Dr. Sorrell completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System broadly specializing in behavioral medicine with an emphasis in chronic pain management. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at the San Diego VA Health Care System and UC San Diego where he continued to focus in clinical and research endeavors within the area of chronic pain.

After joining the San Mateo Medical Center in 2005, Dr. Sorrell provided clinical care to HIV patients with chronic pain and assisted in the design and institution of the Chronic Pain Management Clinic. He became part of the interdisciplinary team at Stanford University Medical Center Pain Management Center in September of 2009 before moving on to full time private practice in 2012 at Behavioral Health Psychology Services in South San Francisco, CA. Currently, Dr. Sorrell is the founder and director of the Chronic Pain Psychology Center. He possesses an enthusiasm for therapies targeted at helping patients live more fully and consistently with what is deeply important to them. Through cognitive behavioral and acceptance and commitment therapies, Dr. Sorrell assists individuals to loosen the grip of chronic pain, live more, and suffer less. Click here to read Dr. Sorrell’s full Curriculum Vitae.


Treatment Philosophy

Everyone has the ability to live a meaningful and fulfilling life based on purpose. Barriers of various forms often get in the way and can distort behavioral focus and movement towards life goals. The result is physical struggle and emotional suffering. Those who seek help can establish and meet realistic goals of behavior change towards living an empowered and value-driven life by:

  • Mindful Awareness
  • Physical Movement
  • Psychological Flexibility
  • Spiritual Connection
  • Functional Balance

My primary goals as a therapist are to help clients gain perspective and a mindful awareness of their barriers and struggles, clarify life values and set goals consistent with them, manage chronic pain using every resource available, and ultimately do the things that are most important to them on a daily basis.