If you struggle with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you are not alone. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), there are more than 215,000 people who have one or both of these conditions in the Greater Toronto Area. There are very few physicians practicing that specialize in these conditions – leaving many people feeling unsupported and isolated.
In 2012, the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) acknowledged this growing need by initiating the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (FM/CFS) Focus Shift, which has quickly become one of the busiest shifts in the clinic.
To further support this patient population, the RSNC is offering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups for those whose lives have been impacted by Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Sessions are aimed at providing problem focused tools to enable those affected by fatigue and pain with techniques to reduce the stress associated with chronic illness. These sessions will be tailored to address the needs of individuals living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
Christina Iorio, M.A., PhD (cand)
Christina Iorio is from Toronto, Ontario and is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Lakehead University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree at York University, and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University. Her primary clinical and research interests involve the influence of psychological factors on the chronic pain experience, with a particular interest in the effects of mood, anxiety, and coping resources. As part of her dissertation research, Christina developed and implemented a CBT protocol for the management of various chronic pain conditions. She received funding for her research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) program.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - Sat 11am - 12:30pm