Once upon a time, during my clinical psychology internship year, I worked in an interdisciplinary chronic pain clinic. It was a great training experience but as psychology interns we mainly helped people learn strategies like relaxation and pacing to manage their pain. Not get rid of their pain. Simply learn to live with it. At the time there just wasn't the same understanding about pain that there (thankfully) is now.
Fast forward a number of years, and I randomly came across the work of the incredibly knowledgeable and generous Dr. Howard Schubiner, an expert in the area of neuroplastic or learned neural pathway pain. This led me down the rabbit hole of discovering the pioneering work of Dr. John Sarno, and completing training in Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) through Alan Gordon's Pain Psychology Centre, as well as additional ongoing training with Dr. Schubiner, Hal Greenham, and Dr. Mark Lumley.
PRT has been a game changer for me both professionally and personally. PRT offers such a solid rationale for why pain persists, and I know from my own experience that it works. (Goodbye shooting pain in my eye!) I truly get excited when someone reaches out looking for support with chronic pain, because I know that PRT offers a hopeful framework for people to experience real improvements in their pain. Better yet, it offers the opportunity to reconnect with who you are without pain.
On a technical note - I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill University in 2007. I have held a number of wonderful positions since that time, including working for the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at The Ottawa Hospital, and as the Director of Accreditation and Continuing Education at the Canadian Psychological Association. I also had the great opportunity to live in India for 3 years. I have worked in private practice since 2018.
And when I am not sitting in fields, or reading (at least buying) every e-book on Amazon about chronic pain, I love drinking tea and getting on soap boxes about the importance of therapists taking care of ourselves too!
Please feel welcome to reach out. I'd love to see if we would be a good fit.