Chronic pain is not merely a symptom. The many years of working within the mental health and mind-body sector has revealed to me that people who struggled with chronic pain tend to report much higher rates of having experienced trauma in their past. This is a consistent finding within research and something that I have […]
Our anxieties are almost always due to thoughts about how something in our lives shouldn’t be the way it is. Either you should’t be the way you are, your partner shouldn’t be the way they are or your body, your career or your bank account shouldn’t be the way it is. The moment we believe
How does a mind body disorder (MBD) and chronic pain (TMS) relate to trauma? According to Dr. Gabor Mate, who is a world leading expert on trauma recovery, all of the diagnoses that we get dealt with – depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar illness, PTSD, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue, migraines, back pain, POTS, including organ failure
Whenever we feel even the slightest bit threatened, our body enters activation mode, which is the home of our stress response; the fight-or-flight response, activated by the sympathetic system. When this happens, the vagus nerve sends SOS signals to the sympathetic nervous system making our hearts pump harder and faster; activating stress responses in our
As a TMS Counsellor, the majority of my clients struggle with chronic pain, anxiety, depression and suppressed rage. I have significant experience with these challenges even on a personal level. Personally, I have come to recognise anger, whether suppressed and/or expressed, as one of the roadblocks to recovering from chronic pain and mental health challenges.
The Inner Child is a figurative and metaphorical concept that stems from Freud’s psychological theories. It is a reflection of the child you once were. We all have a history and have been influenced by our environment and the various events and people in our lives. By the time we reach the age of five,
While trauma is a normal reaction to a horrible event, the effects can be so severe that they interfere with an individual’s ability to live a normal life, years after the traumatic incident is over. According to Dr. Gabor Maté who is one the world’s leading experts on trauma recovery, “We live in a society
Cultivating Self-Compassion Jack Cornfield, who is a well-known author and motivational coach, once wrote: “If compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” I couldn’t agree more with this sentence. It is only in recent times that I have started to fully understand the meaning of compassion and to implement it more authentically towards myself
Managing Your Triggers Whenever your brain is reminded of a painful experience or a strong desire that feels out of reach, you will experience a trigger. The whole incident is so quick that we completely lose our connection with the present moment. Our physiological responses take over and our body instantly moves into a state
How to be solution focused We all have the freedom of choice to either focus on our problems or the solution to our problems. The challenge is that most people don’t recognise that it’s a matter of choice. They tend to blame their boss, their loves ones, their lack of time or a health condition.