Rachel Zoffness PhD

Pain Psychologist


Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a pain psychologist, consultant, writer and educator in Northern California's East Bay specializing in chronic pain and illness. She is the author of  The Chronic Pain and Illness Workbook for Teens, a guide to pain management for youth, parents and health providers. Dr. Z is medical educator at the UCSF School of Medicine, where she teaches pain neuroscience to medical residents and interns. Dr. Z sits on the Steering Committee of the American Association of Pain Psychology and founded their Pediatric Division. In her private practice, she provides therapy, parent coaching, trainings and workshops. Dr. Z was trained at Brown, Columbia, UCSD, Mt. Sinai-St. Luke's Hospital, the NYU Child Study Center, and the Mindful Center. She works with tweens (ages 12 and up), teens, and young adults.  


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 you are 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