About
SIRPA

Empowering individuals

to evolve through education

SIRPA commits

to grow, learn and develop as an organisation

Ethics, integrity

and authenticity are at the core of SIRPA’s ethos

SIRPA’s Mission & Values

SIRPA’s mission is to engage health professionals and people in pain to train them in the SIRPA approach to chronic pain recovery, equipping them with practical competencies necessary to shift from living with pain to living without it.

Chronic pain is now the leading cause of disability, affecting 20 – 30% of the global population. By cultivating a community of ambassadors for the emerging curative paradigm, SIRPA aims to dramatically reduce human suffering in the world.

Founder of SIRPA

Georgie Oldfield MCSP

The idea for SIRPA™ (Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners’ Association) was developed in early 2010 by UK Chartered Physiotherapist, Georgie Oldfield.

Georgie had come across the pioneering work of John E Sarno MD in early 2007 after spending years trying to answer all the inconsistencies she was regularly noticing between the symptoms her patients presented with and their diagnoses. Reading Dr Sarno’s first book produced an epiphany moment for Georgie as everything fell into place and she realised she now had an answer to all her questions.

After researching the concept as much as she could herself, she realised that in order to develop this work within her own professional work she needed to learn from the man himself. In November 2007 Georgie went over to New York to spend some time with Dr Sarno and following this developed her own patient programme and her first educational product for patients, the TMS Recovery DVD.

In the years following this she has developed strong links with other Specialists working in this field in the United States and has returned to the States for conferences aimed at raising the profile of this concept amongst not only Health Professionals, but the public.

Ongoing work

Georgie meanwhile continues to expand her own expertise in the field and she is absolutely passionate about developing awareness of this work in the UK and Europe. SIRPA™ came about due to Georgie’s determination to provide an easier way for other Health Professionals to develop a working knowledge of this work than to go down the route she herself had to follow.

The SIRPA™ Recovery Programme

After setting up SIRPA™, Georgie renamed the TMS Recovery Programme for patients and it became the SIRPA™ Online Recovery Programme. This is now available as an online programme for patients to work through by themselves, or with the support and guidance of Georgie, or one of the trained SIRPA™ Practitioners.

The SIRPA™ Practitioner Training Programme

Since 2010 Georgie has created and trained the SIRPA™ Practitioner Training Programme. This full development programme teaches health professionals and members of the public how to integrate the SIRPA™ approach into their own lives so they can recover from Chronic Pain or support their patients to do just that.

Click here for more information about Georgie’s work or contact her if you are interested in booking on an upcoming course

Research Advisor

Dr Adam Al-Kashi PhD

Adam began his career as a traditional pharmacologist researching drugs designed to suppress the body’s ability to express symptoms. Raised into the biomedical paradigm, the promise of sufficiently advanced drug technologies seemed compelling yet forever dawning.

Through a journey of personal and professional challenges, it soon became clear that symptom suppression bore little relation to health in its fullest sense. This began an exploration of means through which the mind and body could be enabled, rather than suppressed. There is a certain liberation that accompanies the venture ‘off-road’ but without a comprehensive map it can become a series of fruitless excursions.

Drawing on a decade of personal scholarship in the field of human development, Adam came to map the core distinctions underlying our abundance of often contradictory health practices. He saw that many approaches to health are not merely alternatives or complements to convention, but successors in a natural developmental sequence, offering new horizons through more embracive stages of ‘health engagement’.

Adam has been supporting SIRPA since first coming across Georgie and her work in 2012 and officially took on the position of SIRPA’s research adviser in 2014.

International Clinical Advisor

Dr Dave Clarke MD

Dave is Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Center for Ethics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is also a Clinical Lecturer with Pacific University. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and practiced Gastroenterology in Portland, Oregon from 1984 to 2009. In surveys of physicians by Portland Monthly magazine in the metropolitan area, Dave was twice named one of the ‘Top Doctors’ in his specialty. He has received numerous awards for patient care and is a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the American Psychosomatic Society and the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Since 1983, Dave has successfully cared for thousands of patients with stress illness. His techniques for diagnosis and treatment are described in his book, ‘They Can’t Find Anything Wrong!‘ Like a check-up for hidden stresses, it is written for the average reader, includes dozens of inspiring stories and is endorsed by leading medical school professors.

Dave is also the 1st and current President of the American equivalent of SIRPA™ Ltd, the Psychophysiologic Disorder Association, or the PPDA

SIRPA PA

Zoe Thompson

Zoe has extensive administrative and technical skills with over 10 years of experience designing and delivering training within the corporate sector. Zoe has a keen eye for detail and a passion for social media, she is also a clinical hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner running her own practice in West Yorkshire. Zoe joined the SIRPA team in 2015 as our part time PA.