When the Body says No

Dr Gabor Mate explains effects of the mind-body connection on stress and disease. Drawing on scientific research and the decades of experience as a practicing physician, he offers explanation  about the effect of the mind-body link on illness and health and the role that stress in an array of common diseases. He promotes learning and healing, providing transformative insights into how disease can be the body’s way of saying no to what the mind cannot or will not acknowledge. Such understanding implies purposefulness of human behavior. Since we understand human organism as a closed system and behavior as the indivisible  whole of internal process of acting, thinking, feelings and physiological processes that are intertwined  and indivisible , and characterised by creativity  we consider idea of mind-body very close to our approach. Both concepts (mind-body and total behavior) underscore the indivisibility of the mental and physical, meaning that the concepts of behavior and organism are equal.

‘They Can’t Find Anything Wrong’

Integrating CT/RT into the Recovery from Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain is now the leading cause of disability, affecting more than 30% of people worldwide, according to some studies. And usually, patients, most of who will have seen numerous doctors, consultants and physical therapists of various kinds, will declare that they’ve seen lots of specialists and had an array of treatments, often over many years, but still  ‘they can’t find anything wrong’.

This presentation session will focus, broadly speaking, on

  • How to determine if someone has chronic pain that is not “structural” but a Total Behaviour/‘mind-body disorder’ (if you’ll excuse the labelling !!)
  • the many challenges of working in this area;
  • how Choice Theory psychology and the practice of Reality Therapy can be integrated into the “recovery” process (and not just “pain management” process) from such a stressfully chronic and life-diminishing disorder