Survey Response: Pamela Dobbie, LMHC

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This survey was last updated in April 2015.

Degrees/License Held:
Degrees: MA, LMHC
License: New Mexico State Licensed Mental Health Counselor
MA Counseling BA Management & Finance
Clinical Internship: Caron Foundation

Contact Information:
Email: pdobbie11 at (google's) gmail dot com
Phone: (505) 886-1196
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Number of years in practice helping people with TMS: 9 years

Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS:
I have worked with chronic pain and psychophysiological representations of repressed or unconscious emotions for over a decade. Many of my TMS clients originally came to see me for other reasons and in our work together we found that they were dealing with psychophysiological issues such as TMS, PPD.

What is your association to the TMS community?
I am thrilled resources such as this TMSwiki and the Forum exist. I work with many clients who suffer from physical symptoms such as those listed on the TMSWiki symptoms and success stories page. I am passionate about the mind-body connection.

Have you ever suffered from TMS?
Yes. I have lived with numerous manifestations of TMS since early childhood.

What insurance plans do you currently accept? None, I am currently private pay.

Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? Yes. I offer a sliding scale to a limited number of clients.

Are you able to conduct sessions over the phone and/or via internet video services (i.e. Skype or FaceTime)? Yes – telephone and online video chat /Skype services are available.

What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
I have read extensively from Dr. Sarno's books, and a multitude of other TMS practitioner books relating to TMS MBS and PPD. I have attended a teleconference with Alan Gordon and will continue to participate in the TMS practitioner professional group. I will continue to attend lectures, webinars and conferences on TMS as well as network and confer with other practitioners in the field.

What mindbody books do you recommend to your patients? In particular do you recommend Dr. Sarno's books?
I recommend that patients read two of Dr. Sarno’s books: The Mindbody Prescription and Healing Back Pain. I also like Dr. Gabor Mate When The Body Says No, Peter Levine Waking the Tiger Within. Many of my clients find this video by Gabor Mate interesting: click here to view.

As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself.
It is my honor to be a part of this community. From my own experiences with TMS, I understand the journey to healing, and value the opportunity to help support and guide clients on their journey to wellness. In addition to TMS and chronic pain, I work with Addictions and Substance Abuse, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, LGBT issues, Prison Reentry, Couples and Families. I am an EMDR therapist and have used Equine Assisted Psychotherapy most recently with my goat co-facilitator named Ricky. In that work I believe I was a supportive witness and the horse was really the therapist and teacher.

Questions Specific to Therapists

What is your general psychotherapeutic treatment approach?
We work in a partnership to move in the desired direction of healing. I tend toward a mind-body centered approach with TMS clients and focus on Dr. John Sarno's teachings. I often utilize mindfulness, guided imagery and meditation for stress reduction. I am trained in trans-personal, cognitive behavioral and gestalt therapy and am an EMDR therapist. My goal as a practitioner is to have many powerful tools to support clients. In addition to TMS I work with addictions, trauma, PTSD, depression.

How does your approach to treating TMS differ from your general psychotherapeutic treatment approach?
When I work with a TMS client or begin to suspect that TMS is present, I begin with focus on the methodology of Dr. John Sarno.

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