Philip Appel, PhD, Director Emeritus of Psychological and Neuropsychological Services, now Senior Resource Clinician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine has been with the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network since 1987, working with individuals who experience persistent pain that interferes with their performance and obtaining quality of life. Dr. Appel works to help individuals adjust to the life challenges that are brought on by disability and chronic illness or injury. He teaches a variety of mental practice techniques to enhance performance through learning mentally the movement patterns needed to execute a complex motor pattern. Self-hypnosis, guided imagery, relaxation, and meditative techniques are all used to provide the individual with a greater awareness of self and ability to regulate performance and influence desired outcome.
Dr. Appel obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his M.S. at Boston University, and his PhD from the United States International University in 1983. He completed his clinical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also completed his Post-Doctoral Training Institute in Hypnosis at Maryland Psychological Association Foundation in 1987.
Dr. Appel has written extensively about the use of hypnosis in enhancing performance in rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a past president of that organization, is listed in the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology, he has a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and is licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Appel specializes in pain management, adjustment to illness, injury and disability, behavioral medicine, consultations, performance enhancement, and executive health coaching.