An Interview with Dr Graham GP
Dr Graham is someone very special who really puts patients first. Her dedication to keep exploring new ways of healing that in particular would benefit children for their future well being shares in this interview her thought having discovered the Total Release Experience® – a unique no talking – 5 Step programme to Heal yourself and Build resilience.
Dr Graham, how long have you been a GP?
I am a GP of 25 years’ experience.
Is there a particular focus Dr Graham, in health that interests you in particular?
Throughout my whole career I have had an interest in how the brain and body influence each other in both sickness and health. I am Chair and trustee for a Charity called YPCS (Young People’s Counselling Service) whose patrons are the well known actors Warwick and Annabelle Davis. One of our ambitions is to teach young people early to manage their own mental health so they don’t end up requiring our services for counselling.
Dr Graham, How did you connect with TRE UK® ?
A chance suggestion via a colleague led me to the TRE UK® website. I was impressed by its stories of success but as a clinician I have to be more analytical than that and so enrolled with a psychotherapist friend for one of their workshops. After all I thought if Professor Gordon Turnbull is enthusiastic about it, then it is certainly worth learning more.
So how did you find it?
The results were unexpected and to be honest, I am not interested if we cannot fully explain the. Caroline and her team have created a very professional, well organised training and support programme that shows her education background and I was pleased to see that there is good governance in place.
What else did you learn from the experience that day?
I often tell patients that I don’t know how my phone works but yet we accept that unconditionally and use it none the less. There seems to be no serious adverse effects from the Total Release Experience®, though some of the ‘detoxing’ can be unexpected and briefly unsettling. This is why good training is essential. This is not a technique to ‘have a go at on your own’ just because you read an interesting newspaper article. It is simple but powerful.
So what has it done for you Dr Graham?
The relaxation it brings is immediate after a ‘practice’ as we call each session. So much so that I slept for 2 hours afterwards on a couple of occasions! I think it has helped me to stay calm when facing the usual stresses of work and family life with 3 teenagers. Slowly however other changes became apparent-I started that diet I had been avoiding for 3 years and have lost 11 lb. I am much more energised, focused and creative than I have been for years which is really great.
Anything else Dr Graham?
I was so impressed that I organised a workshop for patients (and some relatives of mine) and have started a clinical trial with the hope that this will provide enough data to get funding for a more scientifically robust study. With my charity hat on we are exploring how we can teach the Total Release Experience® in our in local schools to empower kids to manage their own health and therein lies another research opportunity.
Dr Graham, it sounds like you have really connected with this?
It is rare in medicine to come across something that is potentially so cost effective, that is safe and that teaches the patient to be self-reliant. It was also refreshing to see a local Pain Consultant recommending it as it ‘ fits very well with our bio-psycho-social model of pain management’. If it shows in trials what Caroline has seen many times over in her clients who have fibromyalgia, PTSD, anxiety for example, then I hope this will convince others to offer this as part of their treatment package. As doctors we desperately need something other than medication they may not need or counselling that is more expensive. The future looks very exciting!
Dr Graham, thank you for your time.