Additional TMS Practitioners
The Find a TMS Doctor or Therapist contains the contact information for about 50 therapists. These individuals have a state-monitored license to practice and have earned a graduate level degree in psychotherapy. In the field of TMS/PPD treatment there are also several practitioners who are effective at treating individuals with chronic pain yet they lack the requirements to be listed on the Find a Doctor or Therapist page. Some of these individuals may even be entitled to call themselves a therapist in their state/region of residence.
For a practitioner to be listed as a therapist on this site they must have both a valid state license to practice psychotherapy and that license must require at least a masters level graduate level degree from an accredited university. This is not to say that individuals who lack these requirements are ineffective at treating people with TMS/PPD. On the contrary, these individuals may be very successful in helping people overcome TMS/PPD.
Our philosophy at the wiki is to provide our visitors with as much information as we can and then let them make their own decision. We believe that state licensure and multi-year (i.e. master's level) graduate programs are valuable credentials for medical and mental health practitioners, and we put some practitioners on this page to highlight this fact. Only by educating yourself, possibly by contacting the practitioner, can you decide if a specific practitioner is a good match for you.
To learn more about how these individuals can help, you may find it helpful to read the thread What about TMS coaches. As with all other information on the wiki, we can't guarantee the information in this list. When possible, we include links to make it easy for you to confirm the information. .
Monte says " I suffered with TMS for more than 20 years and have now been pain free for the past 8 years. My TMS consultation practice focuses on helping people reverse this pain disorder by learning their unique behaviors and thoughts and the way that they generated inner tension and repress their emotions. Many of Dr. Sarno's patients state that my information is the "missing link" that has helped them understand the psychological strategy of TMS." (Source)
Enrique said, "I'll throw in my 2 cents about Monte. At the end of 2009, I was battling some knee pains that I thought might be TMS because it was taking months to heal. I had stopped all running for many months. Reading the Master Practice and utilizing the "tools" in there helped. A talk on the phone and some email exchanges helped, too. I got back to running pretty quickly after that and the pain subsided within a week or two as I was ramping up my mileage! I learned a great deal about how TMS can come back after years of no pains and then how to get over it."
LorieG said, "As you know I suffered from an acute back pain attack about 6 months ago and the pain seemed like it would never go away. Reading Dr. Sarno only, did not do the trick this time. I got help from reading the TMS Wiki, Monte and "The Power of Now." Meditating and thinking positively really helped. Suddenly I was on the mend. Well, I danced, a lot, at my daughter's wedding last weekend. I was in great shape. Only once did I feel a twinge of sciatica and I poopooed it away. Since this was a destination wedding we stayed for a whole week and also did some serious hiking. Again I was fine. I drove for two hours on the ride home and again talked my sciatica away. Thanks to everyone on the Wiki for sharing their experiences with me and helping me through bad times."
|Michele Lowenthal, MS |
Michele Lowenthal holds a degree in Mental Health Counseling. She recovered from her own battle with chronic pain using the TMS approach. In her introduction she writes, "I have experienced the incredible ability of Dr. Sarno's writing to heal my own back pain. I felt free for the first time in years to engage in life again without the diagnoses that had been given to me from doctors and chiropractors. The knowledge that our minds and bodies are connected was a very powerful discovery for me.I went back to school to get my masters in counseling in order to learn how to help others who are open to accepting the TMS diagnosis but still not pain free." (Source)
Steve Ozanich is the author of the TMS book, The Great Pain Deception, which depicts his account of how he overcame 30 years of chronic pain by using the TMS approach. After recovering from TMS, Steve decided to dedicate his life to helping other people suffering from chronic pain. For the past 10 years, Steve has been researching both the psychology and medical evidence behind TMS, along with helping hundreds of pain and chronic fatigue sufferers overcome their symptoms. He uses his own experience with TMS to help other people develop the skills to become pain free. Source
Lifeways Complementary Health Centre
Georgie Oldfield said, "Despite being a Physiotherapist, Dr Sarno's concept and approach was not a surprise to me. For many years prior to coming across this work in 2007 I had been looking for the answer to the many inconsistencies I had been observing with my own patients. I had also already begun to realise that pain often did not appear to be related to the structural problems patients had been diagnosed with. Coming across TMS was an epiphany moment for me and has completely changed my whole understanding and therefore how I work. Having seen the remarkable and often life changing recoveries in my own patients, I am passionate about working with people with TMS/PPD and 100% of my time over the past few years has been developing this work and raising the profile in the UK.
Since developing SIRPA I continue to work in a clinical role working with people who suffer from TMS/PPD. Although based in Yorkshire I also run regular assessment clinics in London and Bristol. Through SIRPA I also run training courses for other regulated Health Professionals in order to help them integrate this approach into their own work. Our aim is to raise the profile of this work by increasing the awareness of stress illness to the public and Practitioners as well as the Medical world.”(Source)
Available via Phone and Skype
Georgie also runs monthly clinics in London - contact her for more details.
Insurance Accepted: Any plan that covers Physiotherapy costs, except BUPA.
A physiotherapist is very similar to a doctor, in that they can make diagnoses and order medical tests. A physiotherapist in the UK is very similar to a Physical Therapist in the United States.
Lettuce Dance said, "I eventually went to see Georgie Oldfield in Huddersfield in Yorkshire. It was a bit of a slog getting there, but it was well worth it. (Even filling out the pre-appointment assessment on my family, background and past illnesses was very revealing.)
I visited her in February, and felt an immediate improvement. For me, the fact that she comes from a physiotherapy background, and thoroughly understands the mechanics of one's body, was very helpful.
I chose to do her programme, which I followed in a fairly informal fashion, as I was bogged down with a big work project at the time. The programme included a series of follow-up appointments, which we did via Skype: these were really good. She went to great lengths to help me. I found her sympathetic and professional."
Hal Greenham has a somatic body oriented approach to therapy. He received a Bachelor's of Science from Australian National University in 2006 and is an associate member of the Australian Radix Body Centered Psychotherapy Association (ARBPA). Hal was able to cure his own severe chronic pain (RSI, Fibromyalgia and CFS) by incorporating the TMS/PPD approach with somatic psychotherapy. He is one of the few therapists in Australia that has incorporated with TMS/PPD approach into his practice.
Available via Phone and Skype
1182 Main Rd,
3 Railway Place
In Australia psychotherapists (unlike psychologists) are not regulated or licensed by a state agency. While in theory anyone could call themsleves in therapist, in practice practitioners are members of professional associations which uphold certain standards of training, supervision and professional development. Some of these associations allow two years practical experience in lieu of a graduate degree. There is an agency in Australia called Psychotherapy and Counseling Federation of Australia which maintains a register of therapists. By law Hal Greenham is entitled to call himself a therapist.
Max2094 said, "Im from Sydney and have skyped with Hal before. He is a great guy and has a really good understanding of TMS and is a previous sufferer. For me it was great to talk to someone who knew what i was going through."
Samanthaloveslife said, "I have skyped with Hal too. He is great and has alot of insight."
Abigail is a mindbody coach. She "offers a free initial 30 minute consultation with you to answer your questions and talk about what coaching entails." She says, "Physical pain and emotional stress are intricately connected messengers trying to lead you to a fulfilling, joyful life. My mind-body approach to pain relief is all about decoding these messages. Your current health issue – whether it's vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, back pain, adrenal fatigue, or something else – is a springboard to what I call a truly Healthy Life: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically." (Source)
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