Tag Archives: Psychology

OHC Live 35 – The inner critic

In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses The Inner Critic and recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. Becoming familiar with and identifying thoughts of our energy-depleting “inner critic” can be huge in helping us identify unhelpful thought patterns or beliefs that we can stop and change. Changing the tone of our inner mental […]

OHC Live 32 – Mental tennis

Mental tennis is a mental pattern that can make decision making feel impossible. In ME/CFS our nervous systems are already over-stimulated, and when it comes to deciding how to spend our energy, patients can feel stuck in a tug-of-war over how to move forward and make the “right” choice. Alex offers some tips on how […]

OHC Live 31 – Why should nutrition patients do psychology?

Are you a patient with our nutrition team and wondering whether or not to also join in with some work with the psychology team? In this 10 minute Facebook Live Alex discusses how our patients can benefit from complimenting functional medicine with stress management and psychology work. The OHC does not in any way promote […]

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OHC Live 25 – The story behind psychological subtypes

Alex explores the psychological subtypes (Anxiety, Achiever, Helper) that can play a part in remaining ill with ME CFS, and how noticing these patterns can help us put ourselves first and notice the thought behaviours that are unhelpful in our recovery. Beyond recovery from ME CFS, understanding psychological subtypes will help us to grow and […]

OHC Live Ep 081 – The C word and the S Word

Commitment and surrender are two keywords that are essential in the psychological approach to healing from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. Both words can be a double-edged sword, and finding the balance in each is essential to being aware of achiever patterns and practising acceptance. Alex also addresses a question about the focus on psychological topics […]

OHC Live Ep 019 – Helper patterns

In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses Helper patterns in ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. The Helper subtytpe in the Optimum Health Clinic model is one type of characteristic that can be looked at in terms of habits and beliefs that may contribute to becoming or staying ill with ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia. Exploring […]

OHC Live Ep 018 – Gratitude

In this Facebook Live recording CEO Alex Howard discusses gratitude and comparing ourselves to others. While being able to acknowledge our loss and difficulty is an important part of being in our body, it is also an extremely useful practice to be grateful for what we do have and the things that are working here […]

OHC Live Ep 009 – The Achiever Pattern

Identifying when we might be trying too hard to be the perfect patient will help us recognise the achiever pattern and how it might actually hinder our progress. Recovery from ME/CFS requires us to recognise when we’re trying to push instead of stay in a healing state and wait until we have genuine energy to […]

OHC Live Ep 008 – Community

With an isolating illness like ME, CFS or Fibromyalgia, it’s important to find a way to stay connected to some sort of community. Alex gives some tips on how relationships may change and how to connect to new people on the recovery path. Listen to the audio version on our podcast (also available through iTunes, […]