Rachel Zoffness PhD

Pain Psychologist


Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a Clinical Psychologist, medical consultant, educator and author in Northern California's East Bay. She specializes in chronic pain, medical illness and injury. Dr. Z provides therapy, parent coaching, trainings and workshops. She is a Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine where she teaches pain education to medical residents. Dr. Z was trained at Brown, Columbia, UCSD, the NYU Child Study Center, and the Mindful Center. She works with tweens (ages 12 and up), teens, and young adults. She sits on the Steering Committee of the American Association of Pain Psychology and founded their Pediatric Division. Dr. Zoffness is the author of The Chronic Pain and Illness Workbook for Teens, a guide to pain management for youth, parents and providers.


As an integrative doctor, Dr. Z provides a safe space for teens and adults to work through physical and emotional pain. She integrates biological, psychological and social factors affecting health and wellness, so that your child is viewed as a whole person rather than just an injury or illness. Treatment is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and other evidence-based approaches. 


Issues treated include:

  • Migraines, headaches
  • Concussions, TBI, sports injuries
  • Stomachaches, nausea, vomiting, IBS, IBD
  • Chronic and amplified pain conditions (CRPS, fibromyalgia, post-surgical pain...)
  • Chronic illness (pediatric rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme, Lupus, POTS...)
  • Anxiety, mood dysregulation, sleep issues
  • Academic and social difficulties

For more information about Dr. Z, please see the about page.  To apply for a spot in Dr. Z's practice, please complete this contact form. For trainings, presentations and consults, please click here