Survey Response: Gail DiBernardo, LCSW
This survey was last updated in August 2009.
Degrees/Licenses: MSW, LCSW. Masters in Social Work, St. Louis University. WA state certified social worker.
No. of years in practice: 18 years
No. of years in practice with patients with TMS: 2 years
No. of patients seen with TMS? 5
Have you ever suffered from TMS?
I suffered from TMS back pain for four years, after my teenage son became ill. I found Dr. Sarno's work and also sought help from recovered people through Tarpit Yoga. During my recovery over a one and a half year period, I began counseling. Since my psychotherapist was unfamiliar with TMS, I educated her about TMS and Dr. Sarno's treatment for it.
Able to conduct therapy sessions over the phone?
Yes, most certainly. Clients have felt that this works very well.
I advise clients to contact their insurance companies for information about coverage.
Sliding fee scale?
Yes. I am committed to helping make counseling for TMS affordable for all who need it.
What have I done to educate myself about TMS?
For the past several years I have been a careful student of TMS first for my own recovery and later for my clients suffering from TMS. Although my medical doctor, chiropractor, and the many alternative folks I saw could not help me, they unwittingly supported Dr. Sarno's theory and were a very important part of my education about TMS. I learned much from Dr. Sarno's work, and from other doctors who have studied with Dr. Sarno, especially Dr. Schubiner and his excellent program for treating TMS.
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