Chronic pain and physical health issues
My therapeutic approach is integrative, working somatically with the body as well as with cognition (the mind). This helps me to help you (w)holistically whether you are experiencing mental, emotional or physical discomfort.
We are an interconnected organism. Our thoughts and emotions have an effect on our body in the same way that our physical body can impact our mental state; for example, exercise (physical) can make you feel good (mental state).
Research shows that negative emotional states impact our physical state as well as recovery time. Our emotional state impacts our physical well being in ways we may not be aware of. For example,
- Anxiety, worry, fear from a diagnosis received
- Anxiety before surgery or medical procedures
- Worry about healing after surgery
- Frustration with pain, discomfort, limited range of motion from a recent, acute injury
- Trauma from an injury or accident
- Worry or fear about pregnancy and childbirth, either as a new experience or after a distressing past experience. Disconnection from newborn, postpartum depression.
- Overwhelm, frustration, sadness or worry from dealing with chronic health issues like psoriasis, tinnitus, IBS, asthma, joint pain and the like
- Caregiver fatigue, often overlooked; a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion from caring for a patient over time
Our negative experiences don’t just affect our mind and our emotions. They profoundly affect the brain and the body too. Often, ‘the body remembers’ what the mind cannot.
As Dr. Gabor Maté says, “The physiology of one individual cannot be separated from the psychological and social environment.”
In a study looking at around 600 people who had gastroenteritis caused by a bacterium, researchers found that the patient’s ability to handle stress before the infection was a pivotal factor in whether they went on to develop IBS. Those with higher levels of perceived stress, anxiety, and negative illness beliefs at the time of infection were more prone to develop IBS after a bout of gastroenteritis.
META-Health; a (w)holistic approach
Healing can be impeded by stress, anxiety, unconscious negative thought patterns, negative beliefs and stressful environments as much as by habits and lifestyle choices.
Our bodies are auto-regulating systems that are designed to heal naturally. If you cut your finger, the cut heals automatically – unless it is prevented from healing in some way. So why is it that some symptoms simply don’t seem to resolve?
All of the above is also true for recent, acute physical injuries (for example, a fracture, sprain or muscle injury). The body may heal faster when any emotional and mental residue from the time of injury is recognised and released. This could include fear or even embarrassment experienced at the time of injury, negative thoughts after the injury, something seen, heard or felt, any limiting beliefs about the injury or recovery, or worry or anxiety from receiving a diagnosis.
META-Health is the science of body-mind-social health with a focus on how specific stress triggers, emotions, beliefs and lifestyle choices affect physical health. It is about the interconnectedness of the body, mind and social environment. To be META-Healthy means to be aware of your body’s intelligence, taking conscious actions for self-healing and personal growth.
How I can help:
I will work together with you to explore and work through any triggers and stress related to your symptoms to help you find relief. Coupled with pain management techniques, we will work together to resolve specific stressors, move energy that was triggered in the fight or flight response, so your body can start to heal and recover optimally
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I have worked with clients to reduce or resolve chronic lower back pain, migraines, tinnitus, wrist pain, bladder problems, heart palpitations, thyroid problems and allergies, amongst other symptoms. Women with trauma from a miscarriage and past distressing childbirth experiences have also felt helped to move forward and have calm and joyful birthing experiences.
See what some clients have shared about being helped with physical health issues.
Along with a Masters in Counselling, Accreditation as an EFT Practitioner and Trainer with EFTi, I hold a META-Health Master Practitioner certification, accredited by the International META-Medicine Association (IMMA).