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Honora Totman Counselling for Cheltenham and Chipping Campden


If you are viewing this page then you may be suffering from chronic pain or you know someone who is – chronic pain can come in all shapes and sizes.

It’s also possible that you have been given a diagnosis after exhaustive tests, and possibly you have been informed that you have a syndrome, with no known cause and that no effective treatment exists...Until Now!

Over the many years I have been practicing as a counsellor, more than 65% of my clients have presented with physical symptoms of chronic pain such as severe back pain, constant headaches and in most cases, insomnia - most were surprised to hear that these symptoms could be related to stress/anxiety overload.

My pioneering recovery programme is based upon the work of Dr John Sarno in the United States under the term Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), also known as Tension Myoneural Syndrome as well as Mind Body Syndrome (MBS) and more recently Psychophysiological Disorders (PPD) all of which describes a very common problem - back and neck pain - and redefines it in simple terms as physical pain with roots in unresolved conflicts and emotional repressions.

If you are suffering from CFS, ME or Fibromyalgia, would you consider finding out more about my recovery programme if it is affordable and tailored to you and your needs? If the answer is yes, then why not complete my confidential survey, it is easy and quick to complete, (without obligation)! Click here

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Q: How do components in the mind and structures in the brain work together to produce this syndrome? A: Well, we have a conscious part of our brain as well as an unconscious part, 95% of our thoughts and feelings are in the unconscious part of the brain – in other words we are not aware of them.

According to Dr Bruce Lipton … our unconscious mind operates at 40 million bits of data per second, whereas the conscious mind processes at only 40 bits per second. So the unconscious mind is MUCH more powerful than the conscious mind, and it is the unconscious mind which shapes how we live our life. So, if we are feeling something … this is often the tip of an iceberg of an underlying vast emotional component that exists in the unconscious mind.

Some personality traits are more prone to these disorders than others which can make them susceptible to pain and other illnesses, examples of these personalities are: perfectionists, conscientious, self-critical, competitive, reliable, driven, analytical, low self-esteem, need to be liked. The pain in TMS is caused or exacerbated by tension/stress and can be eradicated by a process that involves focusing on the cause rather than simply tackling the symptom.

“It is more important to know what sort of person has the disease than what kind of disease the person has”
Hippocrates. c.460 BC

Here are just a few of the conditions that commonly manifest as symptoms of stress illness related conditions: Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, back- shoulder- neck- knee pain, tendonitis, sciatica, whiplash, RSI, carpal tunnel, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes etc., repetitive cough, undiagnosed chest pain, palpitations, high or low blood pressure, hyperventilation or shortness of breath, abdominal pain, ulcer symptoms, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, colitis, spastic colon, hiatus hernia, heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhoea, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The majority of people who have any of the above symptoms will find it hard to believe that their pain has anything whatsoever to do with stress and emotions.

Dr Sarno – tells us that we all have emotions in our unconscious mind that have been repressed. When it looks like these emotions might erupt into our conscious mind our unconscious mind gives us pain instead to divert us. He also says rage/anger can be one of those repressed emotions. There is also sadness, guilt and much more. Dr. Sarno tells his patients that our “overflowing beaker” of rage is made up of three components: 1/3 childhood 1/3 current stressors, and 1/3 our personality.

“The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep”
A statement by psychiatrist Henry Maudsley in 1918 and nearly a hundred years later we still don’t have this knowledge as part of main stream medicine

From my own personal experience of stress related illness, and how devastating it can be, I now offer specialist tailored programmes to clients wishing to eradicate these exhaustive conditions. My recovery programme is non-invasive, holistic in its approach which deals with the physical and emotional wellbeing and has proven to work for people who suffer from chronic pain and fatigue.

There are a number of options open to you, but before you make any decision, why not take this opportunity of a free 30 minute consultation by phone so that you can ask any questions you feel necessary, to see if this approach could be suitable for you. During that time I will outline the process so that you are clear about the steps to take and if you would like to go forward with an in-depth assessment appointment that will be entirely up to you. If you are interested in taking it further, here are a few basic steps to familiarise yourself with this concept.

Step 1:
Become acquainted with this pioneering work by reading and obtaining information about the concept, here is a short reading list you can choose from:

Step 2:
Complete an assessment form, which I will send to you prior to our assessment meeting, this will aid our discussion - this appointment will last for 1.5 hours – please also bear in mind that at any time you are under no obligation to undertake the recovery programme.

Step 3:
If you do decide to undertake the programme, the duration will depend on your symptoms and your diagnosis (but of course you can complete the programme at your own pace it is entirely up to you), and includes face2face sessions in person, Skype or phone as well as email support. If you live locally, I can see you at Chipping Campden GP Surgery, Back Ends, Chipping Campden or at Lifeways at Stratford on Avon. If you are unable to attend a face2face meeting due to incapacitation I can make home visits if you live in the proximity to the North Cotswolds.

Why not visit Dr Sarno's thank you site to read the numerous recovery stories of people Dr Sarno and his Recovery Programme has helped, the site was setup by the TMSwiki to produce a thank you gift for his retirement in April 2012 ... as you can see the stories and thank you letters are still coming in from former sufferers of chronic pain who have reclaimed their lives.
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