Do you see patients whose lives are severely limited by chronic pain?


Would you like to help your patients resolve their symptoms rather than just ‘manage’ them?


Would you like to become part of a growing network of respected professionals helping to change people’s lives forever using a pioneering approach to resolving chronic pain?


Testimonial: “It’s great having such a competent and enthusiastic colleague in the UK” John E Sarno MD Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and Pioneer in the field of Tension Myositis Syndrome (Stress Illness)


Throughout the western world people suffer from severe pain which persists, despite current conventional and alternative treatments, often destroying lives and livelihoods. The cost of chronic pain to the UK economy alone is billions of pounds a year.

Pain and the CNS

The acute pain of an injury is an unpleasant, but important, biological signal indicating tissue damage. However, we are beginning to understand that where there is no underlying physical disease, such as cancer or an auto-immune disorder, chronic pain is actually created by the central nervous system, rather than the bodily location where the pain is felt to be. The triggers for the brain to create or cause pain to persist are many and varied, but the adapted ‘stress’ response underlying this is unconscious and automatic.

SIRPA’s approach

SIRPA’s approach is based on this cutting edge concept and uses a self-empowering educational approach, as well as numerous strategies to address the central nervous system directly, via its ‘software’ – the mind. As the pain process itself is reversible full recovery is possible, no matter how severe or longstanding, therefore allowing individuals to take responsibility for their health, often with life changing results.


Testimonial: “The SIRPA approach is a rare example of a medical practise that has actually caught up with the leading edge of medical knowledge”. Adam Al-Kashi PhD, Head of Research, Backcare UK


What is SIRPA?

SIRPA Ltd is a company that trains Health Professionals and Coaches to integrate SIRPA’s pioneering treatment approach within their own work in order to help their clients resolve chronic pain, rather than just ‘manage’ it. The mission of SIRPA (Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners Association) is to raise awareness of this exciting and life changing approach to chronic pain by training respected health professionals in order to improve the quality of life of those people who will benefit most.


Testimonial: “As a Consultant Psychiatrist I often see clients with ‘Stress-Related and Somatoform Disorders’ So many of these individuals turn out to have ‘Stress Illness’ as described by Georgina. Her SIRPA Training Programme and SIRPA approach to Stress Illness enables Health Professionals to develop the skills to identify this often chronic and disabling condition in their own clients. Georgina really has been instrumental in the positive changing of lives forever.”
Wayne Kampers Consultant Psychiatrist, The Priory


This course is for you if you are a:

  • Medical professional
  • Mental Health professional
  • Complementary therapist
  • Life Coach

and have:

  • a full professional qualification
  • are regulated by a respected professional body
  • your own professional indemnity insurance

N.B. SIRPA has the final say as to whether an individual is accepted onto the course


Testimonial: “The SIRPA course left me feeling inspired to join Georgie in pushing this work forward. Georgie’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and personal insight into stress illness recovery make for an excellent combination.Pete Gray MCSP


Why should you become a SIRPA Practitioner?


  • To be a leader in this ground breaking field – There is nowhere else in the world you will be able to complete a course like this.
  • To become part of a growing group of professionals pioneering an exciting and often life-changing approach to resolving chronic pain and making a real difference.
  • To able to help your patients recover, rather than just cope better, with their pain.
  • To gain a huge sense of job satisfaction from your patient outcomes.


Testimonial: “If you are a therapist who specialises in chronic pain you must do the four day (SIRPA) practitioner course! I have specialised in the treatment of chronic pain for over six years and have never been so inspired by a single course. Pushing the boundaries of Physiotherapy has given me a whole new set of treatment options to empower patients to take control over their lives again” Nicky MacKenzie MCSP


What does the SIRPA Practitioner course provide?

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  • A good understanding of the concept of stress-induced conditions and numerous research studies relevant to this work.
  • An understanding of the wide ranging causes of stress illness and to learn how to competently help a patient develop an understanding of their own personal stressors and triggers and how it relates to their own pain/symptoms.
  • An understanding of the many possible stress-induced symptoms and how to ensure anything more serous has been ruled out before working with a patient.
  • Demonstrates the appropriate use of treatment strategies and techniques taught on the course and how to integrate these within your own work.
  • Provides time for experiential work, including; practical assessments, use of strategies and follow up support.
  • Allows time to discuss how to competently support patients along their recovery journey, encouraging understanding and self-empowerment.
  • An understanding of any risk factors and to recognise your own limitations and when to refer on a client who might be at risk.



N.B. For information about required pre-course reading and ongoing support and participation in the SIRPA Practitioner community after the course, please click here.


The course did not disappoint, and left me feeling inspired to join Georgie in pushing this work forward. Georgie’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and personal insight into stress illness recovery make for an excellent combination. By the end of day 4 I felt confident and excited to return to work and start utilising some of the many tools the SIRPA Practitioner course had equipped me with. I really believe we are at the start of an amazing journey, which I definitely want to be a part of.” Pete Gray MCSP


“A very exciting course for me – it opened up some exciting new perspectives regarding approaches to chronic pain. Thank you Georgie – It has definitely been one of the best courses I have done. I very much appreciate your passion and inspiration for and around this important work.”  Damon Peterson, Osteopath


“This is an eye-opening approach to chronic pain recovery. This course has really opened my mind and I know it will help my patients no end.”  Dr Liz Croton, UK GP


“I wanted to do a course which filled the gaps in my knowledge base, was professionally led, current, and gave me a set of tools that I could use with my clients. The SIRPA Practitioner course gave me what I wanted, and I use the SIRPA approach, tools and techniques on a daily basis across my client base. For me the theoretical conceptualisation of the SIRPA approach, and the diverse range of techniques offered for psycho-somatic presentations brought many pieces of my own practice together within a coherent framework, and was in many ways the missing piece in my work in this area.” Dennis Donnelly, Osteopath and Body Psychotherapist


“The SIRPA training is an excellent training course, particularly if you are a counsellor/psychotherapist. It’s even better if you have training from a psychodynamic perspective. When I heard about SIRPA I knew that all I ever suspected about the causes of pain and illness were validated.” Liz Dyde MBACP


“I particularly welcome treating people who have been told they have DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease) as I myself was told this and indeed ‘believed’ it for 12 years, in which time I had 4 spinal operations.  I now ‘walk my talk’ so to speak, in both my personal and professional life, integrating the SIRPA approach with my own models of psychotherapy with excellent results.” Louise Levy, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Hypno-CBT

“I am excited to be heading off in this direction and your course was a catalyst for me.”

Jim Prussack, Physical Therapist, California, US


“I have increasingly wondered over my years of clinical practice what the golden key would be for my patients to truly understand why they were developing their symptoms.  Having done the SIRPA practitioner course I feel like I have been given the gift of knowledge and understanding to guide them to the true cause of their pain and dysfunction.  To reveal how our emotions make themselves known, heard and felt in our bodies.”
Jo Coulter, Physiotherapist


The training was fun, practically-focused and full of great resources.  I recommend it highly.
John Brickell, McTimoney Chiropractor


About SIRPA and its founder,  Georgie Oldfield MCSP

LCD TV1SIRPA was founded in 2010 by Physiotherapist, Georgie Oldfield MCSP. After coming across the work of Dr John E Sarno in 2007, which forms the foundations of the SIRPA approach, Georgie spent the next few years developing a specialism in this field. Having visited Dr Sarno and other Specialists in the US on a number of occasions, she has built strong ties with the US leaders, who are themselves developing their own PPD (Psychophysiologic Disorder) Association.
SIRPA came about due to Georgie’s determination to raise the profile of this approach, which she felt would come about more easily by training other Practitioners who would then reach out to even more people. Her aim was also to provide the SIRPA training to help other Professionals learn to integrate this approach within their own work, without having to go to the time, expense and effort she had to, due to the lack of training and awareness of this concept in Europe.
Apart from her training through SIRPA, Georgie runs her own clinical practice and regularly speaks about her work to both the public and health professionals.

SIRPA is committed to your complete satisfaction with our services. If, for any reason, you are not entirely satisfied with our services, we offer a 100% money back guarantee which is available from 30 days after the first day of the course you attend. In the unlikely occasion that this does ever occur we will aim to gain an understanding of your reasons to request your money back, in order to continue to improve our services