The Mind/Body Connection

"A large body of evidence suggests that stress-related disease emerges, predominantly out of the fact that we so often activate a physiological system that has evolved for responding to acute physical emergencies (fight/flight/freeze response), but we turn it on for months on end, worrying about mortgages, relationship, and promotions."  from Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky

Traditionally, Psychotherapy has focused exclusively on the workings of the mind, a useful exploration, but limited in its effectiveness to heal what ails us. At last we are developing a therapeutic approach that includes the realm of the body. In fact, we have discovered that the mind does not only reside in the brain. Neurobiologist Candice Pert in her book, The Molecules of Emotion, describes how Neurotransmitters in our gut "think" and send messages of distress to receptors in the brain. Dr. Michael Gershon, in his book The Second Brain, explains how the "enteric brain", a web of neurons lining the gut, actually perceives, thinks, learns, decides, acts, and remembers all on its own.

The pioneering field of psychoneuroimmunology explores the interconnections of our mind, nervous system, and immune system in disease and illness. With my knowledge of these body/mind connections, I can help you to learn better coping skills to deal with stress, reduce symptoms, return to wholeness, and regain a sense of aliveness and well–being.