“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come”
— Victor Hugo, 1877

I know how devastating – physically and emotionally – the long road of chronic pain can be because I came to this work through my own protracted pain journey. I fully recovered using solely, scientifically proven MindBody Coaching techniques. After being told by numerous doctors and therapists there was nothing more they could do for me, I healed myself by learning and accepting how nearly all pain is created and perpetuated by the brain, and how to reverse that process. I have spent years diving deep into the neuroscience behind chronic pain, and getting trained by the top scientists and therapists in this field, to find freedom from fear and pain for myself. Now, I’m using my knowledge and experience, and these proven techniques, to help you do the same.

Read on to learn more about the neuroscience and how it works. Read enough? Contact me to get started today!

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Some common chronic pain diagnoses I help clients resolve:

  • Migraine and Chronic Daily Headache
  • Back Pain (anywhere in the Back, Shoulders, and/or Neck)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ and Craniofacial Pain
  • Muscle Pain and/or Joint Pain, anywhere in the body
  • Ankle/Foot and Hand/Wrist Pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Long Haul Covid, Chronic Lyme, and other Post Viral Syndromes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
  • Pelvic Pain and Pain During Sex
  • Chronic Nausea and Stomach Pain
  • IBS and other Bowel/Bladder Dysfunction

What is MindBody Pain Coaching?

Chronic pain that lasts more than six weeks, and occurs in the absence of an active infection, tumor, or fracture is now called MindBody Pain (also known as Neuroplastic Pain, Tension Myositis Syndrome, Psychophysiologic Disorder, and Central Sensitization Syndrome). Over the last fifty years, neuroscience discoveries have shown us that the majority of people in chronic pain have absolutely nothing “wrong” with their bodies; Despite often being in debilitating pain, for years or even decades. We are evolutionarily and culturally conditioned to think pain equals tissue damage. But, significant, observable tissue damage is generally absent in chronic pain patients; Which is why chronic pain remains such a mystery to the medical community, costing patients billions of dollars every year! Their very real pain is caused by hyperactive brain and nervous system functioning, not by some mysterious damage to bodily structures. This is why therapies which are focused only on the body – like surgery, physical therapy, and medications – have not worked to stem the epidemic of chronic pain, or to give people their lives back.

I’ve treated chronic pain through functional movement in a clinical setting – as an elite Pilates Instructor – for nearly two decades. Although I had success in helping my clients live their best lives, I knew there was a better future for them than simply managing their pain. When I developed my own chronic pain, it became a very personal crusade to find answers. I discovered neuroscientists are on the cusp of a revolution in understanding where chronic pain does (and does not) come from, and how to fully recover from it. I learned that chronic pain persists when we focus on the physical and structural. To truly eliminate pain, we must first and foremost target the brain, and patterns of fear, rumination, and activity avoidance. I’ve been qualified by some of the world’s top neuroscientists and brain researchers to use a cutting edge technique called Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) to greatly reduce and often eliminate my clients’ pain.

Recently Published Research and Editorial Coverage of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT):

Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain, October 2021 – The Journal of the American Medical Association, Psychiatry

Chronic pain is surprisingly treatable — when patients focus on the brain, October 2021 – The Washington Post

MindBody Pain Coaching and Pain Reprocessing Therapy have emerged as the most effective forms of treatment for resolving chronic pain, because they are focused on correcting the brain and nervous system over-activity that is actually responsible for chronic pain. My MindBody Pain Program is centered around education, brain training, identifying emotional triggers, and calming your nervous system. I work with pain patients to figure out when, how, and why their individual brains made the decision to turn on pain, and what factors are responsible for it becoming chronic. Then we design and implement a personalized plan to “re-wire” their brains and get them out of pain. This program requires absolutely no supplements, medications, specific exercises, massage, procedures, or hours of your time. Many clients experience dramatic results devoting less than an hour a day to this work.

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My MindBody Pain Program consists of four 60-minute sessions, scheduled roughly one week apart, text/email/phone support in between, and various support materials (more details under “What Is Included” below). There is a one time fee of $640, payable before the start of therapy, for this Program. After completing my Program you will be well down the road to healing, and – most importantly – equipped with the tools you need to continue your journey. It’s important for you to realize you can get better without endless forms of therapy! This Program is only 4 sessions, and that is all most people need. Additional sessions may be scheduled for continuing support, but these are not necessary or a requirement.

The MindBody Pain Program Fee

$640

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What Is Included in my MindBody Chronic Pain Program?

  • The program consists of four 60-minute sessions, spaced roughly one week apart. These sessions can be conducted in person, or over Zoom. Additional sessions can be booked as necessary, and are often helpful as check-ins. But, this program is designed to get you OUT OF PAIN – not stuck in an endless loop of therapy. My clients have stunning results through this 4-session program.
  • Prior to the first session, you will fill out a confidential Pain History Questionnaire and symptom checklist, which we will review together in depth. Each session is designed to uncover how your individual MindBody Pain process started and has been perpetuated, introduce the principles of Pain Reprocessing Therapy in a way that’s personal and approachable to you, and put it all together to get YOU out of pain. Each time we meet, we’ll use the information revealed by your personal pain story, combined with neuroscience backed strategies, to create a roadmap for moving your brain and nervous system out of pain.
  • As a client in my program, I will give you 6 weeks of free access to an app called Curable – designed by neuroscientists, for you to use in conjunction with the work we do.
  • In between sessions, you will be given homework options – through Curable and/or independently – in the form of reading/education, mental exercises, writing, visualization, movement, and more. You can do as much or as little homework as fits into your life and supports the process. Most people are very fascinated by the neuroscience underlying their physical sensations and excited to learn about it. I recommend at least half an hour a day of focused work, and also keeping these concepts in mind as you go about your day.
  • My program requires ZERO supplements, additional purchases or fees, specific exercises, medical interventions or other therapies, or any ideas not directly referenced here.

Please contact me with any additional questions about MindBody Pain Coaching, Pain Reprocessing Therapy, and my individualized program to get YOU out of pain!

All discussions between us, about any aspect of your life and this work, are strictly confidential.

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How Does MindBody Pain Happen?

Our brains work non-stop to scan our environments for threat and protect us from it. Pain is always a warning sign from our brain as a result of perceived threat, however, MOST pain is not a warning of current tissue damage! In fact, structural causes of pain are very rare in the scope of the chronic pain epidemic. Contemporary neuroscience tells us there are two ways our nervous systems get stuck in flight or flight, and the switch for MindBody Pain gets turned on in our brains:

  1. After an acute injury or physical trauma, like a broken bone, the initial pain is met with extreme fear, fighting, frustration, and fixation on the present uncomfortable sensations, as well as extreme fear and anxiety over your future – which now feels in danger! As a result of this intense mental focus, and heightened emotional arousal, your brain gets the message this pain is very important and you must keep paying attention to it, and the circuit for pain is securely wired on. In this case, even after the initial injury heals, and there is absolutely no remaining tissue damage, the pain persists, and even worsens with time. It has become a mental pattern or habit ingrained in your hyper-vigilant brain. ALL injuries heal! Our body is a healing machine. If you are experiencing lingering pain after any injury, that is MindBody Pain.
  2. Pain is absolutely always a warning signal/alarm from our brains. BUT, most often it’s a false one, created in response to threats that are not physical in nature, but emotional. Because of a quirk in our primitive brains and nervous systems, our brains perceive anger, extreme stress, grief, and other unbearable emotions – accumulated over our lifetimes – to be as threatening as physical damage. So, these emotional threats result in the same pain that physical damage would. In this case, pain most often starts after a period of prolonged stress, a significant life change, or a substantial emotional trauma. However, it can also start after a relatively minor trauma, if stressors have accumulated over one’s life time, raising our brain’s danger response over time until it finally goes beserk.

MindBody Pain, like all pain, is happening as a result of a decision your brain has made, but it is NOT “all in your head”! There is no such thing as real vs fake pain – there is no distinction between structural and MindBody Pain in intensity. The idea that any one is “faking” their pain, simply because it cannot be explained by scans or tests, is a cruel and unsubstantiated notion that has no place in civilized society.

Every single person, from childhood through old age, will experience MindBody Pain, and other MindBody symptoms, at some time in their lives. MindBody symptoms we all recognize include crying, blushing, trembling, racing heart, goosebumps, butterflies in the stomach, and so many more. The MindBody connection is part of the human condition, and the result of our brain and nervous system acting exactly as they should: To protect us from perceived threats. However, in the case of chronic MindBody Pain, our brain is acting overzealously – protecting us in the absence of any tissue damage, and in a way that does not benefit us.

My MindBody Pain Program works on the source of the pain, your fearful brain. I work with clients to identify the reason/s their brain turned on the switch for pain, and why it is staying on. Then I help them turn off the fear and retrain their brains – through proven, completely noninvasive techniques – to stop using the habituated neural pathways that are keeping them in pain. Whether you have been in pain for five years or fifteen, no matter how bad your pain is or has been, no matter how weak or scared you are, this program CAN WORK FOR YOU.

Why Didn’t My Doctor Tell Me This?

Most doctors and surgeons are incredibly well meaning, and care deeply about their patients’ welfare. However, they are simply too busy to stay up to date on all contemporary research; and, rules around insurance often mean they can’t spend enough time with individual patients to get a big-picture understanding of their lives. As a result, the medical establishment is very slow to pivot to new ideas and techniques, even when they are backed by solid science.

These doctors are stuck in the scientifically incorrect mindset that degeneration seen on MRIs and other imaging is the best, or only, explanation for chronic pain, because 1) that was the prevailing belief when they were in medical school, 2) they are completely overwhelmed by patients in chronic pain, and 3) Doctors don’t feel they are allowed to say “I don’t know,” “I’m not sure,” or “I can’t help you.”

So, outdated information combined with unrealistic pressure on doctors to solve even the problems they don’t understand leads them to pursue – with the best of intentions – less than certain connections between what they see on scans/tests and their patients’ symptoms. This is also why prescriptions for surgery, injections, and medications are skyrocketing, in the absence of solid evidence of their efficacy. Treatments focused on the body will not work for symptoms we now understand are controlled by the brain. When those treatments do not work, as endless studies show is so often the case, everyone involved feels they are out of options. This common scenario causes immense fear and frustration for pain patients, and pain doctors, everywhere! If you’re coming to me, it is very likely you’ve already experienced more than your fair share.

Research on the MRIs of asymptomatic individuals shows that everyone over the age of 20 has “normal abnormalities” like disc herniations, serious joint degeneration, muscle tears, arthritis, etc. all of their lives. The overwhelming majority of the people will NEVER experience pain. Visible disc and other degenerations are signs of normal aging – like gray hairs on the inside – and not a precursor to pain. Degeneration is an incidental finding, something we should expect to be present on the imaging of even healthy individuals. It follows that if back/neck pain is not caused by something like a disc herniation, then surgery to “fix” the disc will not stop the pain. This is why surgery is so notoriously ineffective for chronic pain patients.

Additionally, pain should not linger on after any injury. Bodies heal; If you are experiencing pain that sticks around for longer than a couple months, or an old injury that is “acting up,” your brain has taken over and the original injury is no longer to blame. If the true source of any chronic pain – the patient’s brain, the cycle of fear and rumination, and emotional patterns keeping their brains in high alert – are not the focus of treatment, then their pain might move and change, but it will never go away.

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A little more info…

Chronic MindBody Pain often appears with conditions like:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Insomnia

And, personality traits like:

  • Extreme People Pleasing
  • Goodism
  • Perfectionism
  • Constant Self Criticism
  • Holding Yourself to Impossibly High Standards
  • Lack of Self Care
  • Lack of Self Compassion
  • Putting Everyone Else’s Needs Ahead of Your Own

Chronic MindBody Pain is generally correlated with:

  • Stress – prolonged stressful periods, in childhood and/or adulthood
  • Powerlessness
  • Grief – as in following the loss of a loved one or caretaker
  • Abuse – sexual, physical, and/or emotional
  • Neglect – your basic needs not being met, taking care of everyone except yourself, or having inappropriate responsibilities thrust on you
  • Trauma in general
    • especially when suffered in childhood or young adulthood, when the brain and nervous system were in their initial developmental stages

Chronic MindBody Pain can feel like:

  • burning
  • buzzing
  • tingling
  • pins and needles
  • hot/cold
  • numbness
  • dull
  • sharp
  • cramping
  • spasm
  • moving/shifting/changing/spreading
  • coming and going
  • pressure
  • tightening
  • triggered
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Research about Pain Reprocessing Therapy: