Colleen Perry, MFT
Marriage and Family Therapist

Chronic Pain


What is TMS/ PPD?

TMS, or PPD also known as Psychophysiologic Disorder, is a disorder where a client suffers from chronic physical pain.  The physical pain is 100% real but the cause is STRESS. Stress causes real changes in the brain and the nervous system.  Chronic pain is often caused by these “learned” nerve connections.

If the doctors you have seen haven’t been able to help you, it’s probably because they are looking in the wrong place.  In other words, pain can occur in a part of the body even though there is no disease process going on there.

How Can Therapy Help?

In individual therapy we explore the direct link of the mind to the manifestation of pain in the body.  Traditional forms of pain treatment such as physical therapy, pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications and injections, surgery, acupuncture, chiropractic care, or massage, do not address the underlying emotional issues that are causing the pain in the first place.  All that these other forms of pain management can give you are temporary relief.  The most immediate relief for clients upon receiving the TMS diagnosis is that there is nothing structurally wrong with their body and are therefore encouraged to go about their daily activities of life without giving into the pain. 


Mind-Body Disorders and Chronic Pain

Self Test

Do any of these traits apply to you?

__ perfectionism

__ self-critical

__ overly responsible

__ control-oriented

__ very thorough

__ highly conscientious


Have you experienced other medical conditions from the list below?

__ allergies

__ asthma

__ fibromyalgia

__ irritable bowel syndrome

__ temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)

__ unexplained pelvic pain

__ tension headaches

__ migraine headaches

__ back pain or neck pain (1)

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be suffering from TMS.


(1)    The use of the above TMS questionnaire is used with permission by David Schechter M.D. who designed and copyrighted this and other useful information.  For more, please visit Dr. Schecter’s website


(2)    John E. Sarno M.D., The Divided Mind The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders, Harper Collins, 2006


Howard Schubiner's findings on TMS


Please contact Colleen for support at 310. 259.8970

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