CHRONIC ILLNESS & CHRONIC PAIN COACHING
What if… you could improve your life quality?
Chronic pain steals your life…
It takes away not only your health, but also your outings, hobbys, friends, lifestyle and even your personality. Little by little it eats at every aspect of your life and takes it over like a parasite, like a tyran. And one day we cannot recognize ourselves anymore: who have we become? What has become of our life?
The good news is that there is a way to take back your life. You can become actor of your own health and improve your pain levels on the daily! Thanks to science-backed, effective tools and techniques ignored by our modern health system, it is possible to appease physical and mental pains, regain your energy, your freedom, and build a new life worth living!
If you only treated the pain through medications and procedures, you have not tried everything yet. Let’s start treating your chronic pain properly, holistically!
MEET THE COACH
I´m Laetitia, chronic pain coach & psychologist from Belgium.
Certified as a Health & Wellness Coach in the United States and Licensed as a CBT Clinical Counselor in Belgium, I specialise for the past 3 years in accompanying individuals who suffer from auto-immune illnesses and/or chronic pain.
After 10 years of medical errands in the US, I eventually was diagnosed with endometriosis and adenomyosis in addition to Hashimoto and other gut sensitivities. That dreadful experience made me realise how much our health system was in need of a makeover! I then decided to educate myself in chronic pain treatment so that I could assist and support fellow chronic pain warriors in their quest for answers and healing. My goal is to help you find the adequate treatment for your needs and diagnosis so that you can live a life fully, despite pain, or ideally WITHOUT it!
My mission is to bring you support, guidance and expertise by sharing tools that will allow you to decrease the frequency, legth, volume and intensity of your pain flares, to find a renewed sense of control over your health, and to rebuild a life worth living!
chronic pain recovery coaching
Covered in this program
validation & support
nervous system regulation
sleep quality, quantity & rest
neurosciences & psychoeducation
social & lifestyle medecine
mental load & medical burnout
depression & emotion management
grief & acceptance
movement & physical activity
Communication & assertiveness
trauma & avoidance
“Chronic pain is not all about the body, and it’s not all about the brain – it’s everything. Target everything, take back your life. ”
— Sean Mackey, MD, PhD
CBT FOR CHRONIC PAIN
Heal the nervous system, heal the body
Your pain is not in your brain, and it is not just in your body neither. Chronic pain is the result of the communication between your body and your brain. It is the message sent by your brain to alert of danger, and protect you of harm. The longer it has been going on, the more that message is loud and hard to quiet down. And the harder it is to treat your pain by only treating the body.
Chronic pain is therefore ALWAYS physical AND psychological. It requires a holistic, global treatment that will support both the body, (the wound, nutrition, sleep), the mind (mindset, vision of life, nervous system), the spirit or psychological (grief, anxiety, emotions acceptance), and the environment (lifestyle habits, toxins, stresses). This model of treatment of chronic pain is called the bio-psychosocial model. This is the model I use.
Work, life, moves, hardships, are so many stresses that can overwhelm a nervous system that is already in overload. It can make pain worse by turning up your pain dial. Together, we can teach your nervous system that it is safe, and lower that pain dial.
We can work on each of these factors one-by-one and turn down the level of activation of your nervous system to get you back to a more calm and balanced state, and teach you how to do it at home.
Here you can find hope, wellbeing, freedom and energy again, and finally rebuild a life that is comfortable, rich in experiences and meaningful.
chronic pain recovery
Your individualized pain recovery program
8 keys to free yourselves from pain :
Learn sleep hygiene
Pain is worse when you feel tired. Here you will learn how to both improve your sleep quality and quantity, so that your body can heal.
Make peace with your body
Pain becomes chronic when our nervous system is blocked in survival mode. Here you will learn how to use heart coherence and mindfullness to calm your Central Nervous System, support your immune system and help your body reach a state of homeostasis (balance).
Take a dose of social medicine
Humans are social animals, so pain feels worse when we feel lonely. Learn how to make your social life give you energy rather than drain you, and how to build your own support system.
Build a lifestyle that fits you
Let’s experience the power of things like behavior changes, nature and sunlight on your body’s functions, mood, and healing process. You will design a new lifestyle that fits who you are now, respects your body, your needs and present abilities, and supports your mental and physical health. See what a life that inspires you can do for you!
Regain movement and activity
Learn about the avoidance-pain cycle and how to rewire your brain to lower your pain dial. Find out how to reintroduce gentle movement to ease pain, without overdoing it and experiencing increased pain afterwards.
Enjoy nutrition for healing
With the right nutrition, you can help your body fight muscle cramping and inflammation, and thus reduce your levels of pain, but also support your immune system and mental health.
Chronic pain comes with a roller coster of emotions that requires a strong mindset and a lot of resilience. Grief, sadness, frustration, hopelessness, depression… it can be quite a traumatic experience. Studies show us that trauma and emotions can become stuck in the body in the form of pain and inflammation. With some cognitive processing tools, you will be able to learn to better listen and welcome your emotions, recognize your hidden needs, and keep away from the anxiety-pain cycle.
Treating fatigue & lethargy
Learn how to balance your life to regain mental and physical energy, stamina and motivation.
What it is
Strategies to reduce flair-ups frequency & intensity
Reduce your reliance on medication and learn other science-backed strategies to relieve pain
Breath work and mindfulness
Awareness of what increases pain
Understanding the neuroscience of pain
Managing the social aspect of pain
Awareness of the thoughts-emotion-pain cycle
What it is not
This program is meant to be complimenting medical treatment.
I do not offer psychotherapy. As a clinical psychologist, my program does however include CBT tools and strategies.
Recommendations of procedures
Diagnosis of chronic illness
Pain management through pills
on the menu
A 6 months online program including:
- 3 MONTHS 1:1 WEEKLY COACHING
- 3 MONTHS OF BIWEEKLY COACHING
- 1 WELLNESS ASSESSMENT QUIZZ
12X INDIVIDUAL COACHING SESSIONS including:
- 1x INITIAL CONSULT (90 min. wellness assessment review) +
- 11 WEEKLY SESSIONS (45 minutes each) including:
- 3x MONTHLY REVIEW (60 minutes each)
- 1 COACHING assessment at the end of the 3 months
- WELLNESS VISION DESIGN
- 3-5 LONG TERM OBJECTIVES SETUP OF YOUR CHOICE
- 1 INDIVIDUALISED SOLUTION-FOCUSED PLAN
- STRENGTH & VALUES DISCOVERY
- BLOCAGES & DIFFICULTIES ASSESSMENT
- LIST OF STRATEGIES
- 1-5 WEEKLY GOALS of your choice
- 1 WEEKLY PDF SUMMARY
- ONLINE APPOINTMENT SCHEDULER + REMINDERS
- UNLIMITED TEXT SUPPORT
you will leave with
A better self-awareness and understanding of your symptoms & personal triggers
1 PACING strategy for home, 1 for work, 1 for your social life
An improved self-confidence and the know-how to set boundaries and protect your energy, body, priorities
Strategies to better communicate your needs to loved ones and to your care team
A nutrition plan and new eating habits that boost mood and healing, while respecting your body's needs, your tastes, but also your preferences
A list of strategies to decrease the frequency, intensity and length of your pain flares
Strategies to prevent pain and inflammation
A toolbox of mindfulness, relaxation and mind-body techniques to relax and promote rest and healing
A wellness plan and a clear direction for your future treatment plan
New life habits that are tested, healthy, durable, and protect your health and wellbeing
A lifestyle that fits you, more aligned with your present needs and values, and that motivates you and makes you want to get up in the morning!
A renewed feeling of hope, self-agency and empowerment, and a decreased - if not disappeared- anxiety
A new trust in the future
“I have found my energy back, I sleep much better”
“The fact that we worked on sleep management has been a big help for me, to find my energy back as well and therefore find my self-confidence back.
My main objective was to sleep better, find my energy back, enjoy quality moments with the kids, manage a good life balance, and feel serene. These objectives seem to all have been met and I am thrilled about my first coaching experience. “
“Coaching went far beyond my expectations”
“I wanted some help without knowing exactly in what way. In this sense, the coaching went far beyond my expectations; it allowed me to really go towards a better, find my energy back, and retake control of my life.
Coaching allowed me to eat correctly again, to then have more energy and start doing sports again…so all beneftis for my health.”
Laetitia really helped me when I was new to Germany and highly overwhelmed. We tackled my anxiety together and I will always be grateful. ♡
Help is on the way!
Living with a chronic condition is not easy, and you don’t have to go at it alone.
Send me a message to schedule your first session today or schedule a discovery call.