Georgie Oldfield MCSP
Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Science Journalist and Public Speaker
Howard Schubiner MD
Paediatrics and Internal Medicine
David Clarke MD
President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association
David Hanscom MD
Dr Angela Cooper
Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University
Dr Angela Cooper is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specializing in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). She has completed 4 years of post-doctoral ISTDP training with Dr Patricia Coughlin and 2 years of advanced supervision with Dr Allan Abbass specializing in medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). This comprehensive training has significantly deepened her therapeutic knowledge, enabling her to assess and treat a diverse range of mental health difficulties and psychopathology.
Dr Cooper currently works at the Centre for Emotions and Health and is undertaking a three-year pilot project to provide consultation, assessment, treatment, teaching and research using ISTDP to address the unconscious emotional processes that are believed to underlie many physical and somatic difficulties such as chronic pain, chest pain, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal issues, headache, migraine, memory difficulties, muscle weakness and other mind body problems. These difficulties are often co-morbid with anxiety, depression, personality issues and/or trauma. The aim of the project is to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of this approach as applied in a primary care setting. This includes evaluating the direct therapeutic outcomes with patients, as well as the impact of teaching and training on physicians and other health care professionals.
Dr Christos Christophy
Dr 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.
Matt Kinal MSc MCSP
Specialist Pain Physiotherapist
Matt Kinal MSc MCSP is a Specialist Pain Physiotherapist and an accredited SIRPA Practitioner. He originally began his career working in professional sport before acquiring an interest in pain physiology and complex pain conditions. He has an MSc in Pain science and a particular interest in the physiological impacts of stress and how this affects pain. He has been a SIRPA practitioner since training with Georgie in 2012.
In 2013 Matt set up the Bristol Pain Relief Centre, a service that provides treatment for people with long-term pain in Bristol and the South west of England. Working alongside a Clinical Psychologist the service combines the SIRPA approach with neurophysiological education and psychological therapy to help people in their recovery from pain. Matt also regularly teaches the physiological effects of stress to physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals.