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, while equipping them with the practical competencies necessary to enable them to regain their lives.

Chronic pain is now the leading cause of disability, affecting 20 – 30% of the global population. By cultivating a community of ambassadors for this emerging approach to chronic pain, 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 about the condition he called, Tension Myoneural Syndrome (TMS), 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.

In 2014 Georgie wrote her own book, ‘Chronic Pain: Your Key to Recovery‘, in 2015 and 2017 she organised and hosted two conferences at the Royal Society of Medicine in London and over the years has spoken widely about this concept and approach at conferences and courses, as well as on radio and TV.

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 health professionals who has undertaken the SIRPA™ Training.

The SIRPA™ Practitioner Training Programme

In 2010 Georgie created her SIRPA Training Course for health professionals interested in integrating this approach into their own work. In 2018 she updated this training and developed the online SIRPA Practitioner trianing. This full development programme educates and supports health professionals  as they learn to support their clients on their own recovery journeys.

Click here for more information about the training or contact her if you are interested in booking on an upcoming course or one of her Q&A webinars for health professionals interested in the training.

Research Advisor

Dr Howard Schubiner

Dr. Howard Schubiner is board-certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and internal medicine. He was a full Professor at Wayne State University for 18 years and now works at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 

Dr Schubiner has authored over 60 publications in scientific journals and books and performed research in the field of Tension Myositis Syndrome. He has also given over 250 lectures to scientific audiences regionally, nationally and internationally.

Dr Howard Schubiner has been supporting SIRPA since Georgie first visited Dr John Sarno back in 2007 and officially took on the position of SIRPA’s research adviser in 2019.

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

Business Advisor

Jonathan Kattenberg

Jonathan has a passion for helping his clients to create a strategy to live a life that serves themselves in a fulfilling and loving way, whilst working towards inner peace. He is the founder of Life Wealth Coaching and is a fully qualified financial adviser and mindset specialist. 

Jonathan is passionate about life, always believing anything is possible, whilst also feeling blessed and grateful for the life he experiences.  He often travels taking on extreme challenges and although these challenges require high levels of fitness, more importantly they require an ability to work with the mind in some of the most extreme conditions on earth, demonstrating a true understanding of how to work with the mind, no matter how hard the journey ahead may seem.

Jonathan joined SIRPA as Business Advisor in 2018 and brings with him his wealth of experience, business expertise and his incredible zest for life.

SIRPA Operations Manager

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, NLP practitioner and SIRPA practitioner running her own practice in West Yorkshire. Zoe joined the SIRPA team in 2015 as our part time Operations Manager.