Survey Response: Jane Parkinson

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This survey was last updated in October 2012.

Degrees/Licenses Held:
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registration.
Council for psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College.
Trained at the Bowlby Centre for attachment based psychoanalytical psychotherapy.

Contact Information:
Based in Brighton, United Kingdom, BN1 3RR

Number of years in practice: 23

Number of years in practice with patients who have TMS: 7

Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS: 15

What is your association to the TMS community?

  • Visited Dr. Sarno in his clinic 6 years ago.
  • Work with a back physician who also works with TMS patients.
  • Attended the PPD conference "When Stress Causes Pain" 2012 in part to make contact with other practitioners.

Have you ever suffered from TMS? Probably but did not recognize as such at the time.

Are you able to conduct therapy sessions over the phone? Yes and I regularly use Skype with patients.

What insurance plans do you currently accept? Bupa

Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? My fee is £50 per session

Additional Questions for Therapists

What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
Have read extensively; work with a back physician who also has an interest in psychophysiologic disorders.

As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself:
I am a registered UKCP psychoanalytic psychotherapist with over twenty years of clinical experience. I trained at the Bowlby centre and work from an attachment perspective with an interest in psychosomatic medicine and TMS/PPD.

Attachment-based psychotherapy has at its core an understanding of the importance of relationships to human growth and development throughout life. Secure and supportive relationships enable us to develop a sense of who we are. When we feel alone, or relationships go wrong in childhood or adulthood, our ability to manage our lives may be disrupted or even thrown into crisis. 

Secure boundaries and confidentiality provide a safe setting that can enable patients to share experiences and feelings that they may not have been able to talk about before. Long term healing of distress, anxiety or depression involves getting in touch with the underlying experiences and emotions to promote creative change in your life.

Repressing feelings after trauma such abandonment or childhood abuse can help us to function but the unconscious will find a way of us feeling the pain. Sarno talks of repressed rage which is understandable in a child who is so dependent on their primary caregivers for survival and may be experiencing the terrible fear of abandonment.

Alice Miller, psychoanalyst who wrote 'For Your Own Good' described how children protect their parents in order to salvage some hope of having their needs fulfilled and in the process have to repress their true needs. Long term suffering could be avoided only, in her opinion, if the child had an adult in his or her life who could acknowledge the reality of their experience.

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