<5>John Sarno’s Protocols: Through the lens of my research findings
This talk will look in depth at some of the main tenets of John Sarno’s treatment protocol set out in his first book ‘Healing Back Pain,’ through the lens of my recent doctoral research project findings. I’ll propose why and how these protocols work and discuss how his treatment approach also reveals interesting and profound things about pain and embodiment. This research has taken place within the UK, using an in-depth qualitative methodology, with two main aims; to increase understanding of chronic pain and to apply this understanding clinically to recovery.
Christos Christophy is a London born psychotherapist with an academic background in psychology, neuroscience and biotechnology.
Personal experience inspired him to recently complete a doctoral research project into chronic pain at The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, founded by Prof. Emmy van Deurzen. Using an in-depth qualitative methodology, the research had two main aims; to increase understanding of chronic pain and to apply this understanding clinically to recovery.
His clinical time as a psychotherapist is divided between private practice and St Mungo’s, which is the largest homelessness charity in London. He has worked there since 1994 and delivers specialist mental health services to clients with enduring mental health and/or substance misuse issues and provides clinical supervision to staff teams. The theoretic basis of his approach is derived from psychoanalysis and existential phenomenology.
Christos has broad clinical and research interests and is concerned with developing therapeutic strategies for treatment-resistant conditions. These include chronic pain, psychosis, obsessive compulsive Disorder (OCD), personality disorder and substance misuse.
He has also devoted considerable time to cultivating the use of esoteric disciplines such as yoga and meditation as tools for personal and clinical development.