How do you pronounce your name – Veronique – and where does it come from?
My name is pronounced Vair-uh-neek.’ It’s French-Canadian :-).
How can I receive blog posts by email?
You can subscribe here.
How do I contact you?
Here’s my contact form. Or you can email me directly veronique (at) tumblingthestone (dot) com
What does your blog name, Tumbling the Stone, refer to?
After more than 15 years with chronic fatigue, I often feel as though I’ve been tumbled and pummeled by the challenging weather in my life. My sharp edges are slowly being worn a little smoother by this experience of chronic illness. I am softening from the days when I was a total workaholic into someone with a gradually increasing capacity to slow down and smell the tulips. Here’s a blog post about the title.
Are you practicing medicine or psychotherapy? Can I schedule an appointment with you?
At this time, my level of fatigue is severe enough that I am unable to work. I cannot yet schedule consultations or appointments.
Why did you leave medicine?
Here’s a first blog post on that topic.
What’s your story? Do you have a chronic illness? What is your chronic illness?
My symptoms of chronic fatigue developed very gradually over a period of about 10 years. I became bedridden for almost a year and have been slowly improving since then by healing from old trauma wounds as well as by using skills I’ve developed as a result of my research, personal work and experience with trauma. You can find out more in a series I am slowly writing about My Story.
Questions About My Trauma & Chronic Illness Blog
How do you connect trauma and chronic illness?
Here’s a blog post describing my theory and research about the role of trauma in the development of chronic disease. It includes links to two publications I’ve written in an academic format, which have hundreds of references and which you can download. I refer to it as “The Chronic Illness Model.”
Where did you get the idea for The Chronic Illness Model?
When I retrained as a psychotherapist, I attended Naropa University’s somatic psychology program. I was writing a paper for Christine Caldwell, Ph.D. a teacher and later director of the program who greatly influenced my thinking. Her book “Getting our Bodies Back,” describes how we sometimes have to cut off a part of ourselves in order to survive extreme circumstances. According to her theory these experiences, while critical at the time, can leave us with emotional or psychological symptoms. In learning about this perspective I thought about how a physical symptom such as high blood pressure might also result from having had to cut a part of ourselves off, such as a physiological fight, flight or freeze response. The rest of the theory has evolved over the past 15 years from there. I’ll write a blog post about it.
Questions About Treating Trauma
Is it possible to treat trauma – to heal and recover?
Yes. You can learn more by reading the introductory page under “Tools” and in the topics in the Tools drop down menu. I describe ways of working with and healing from trauma in different ways, a little at a time, in blog posts across this website. You can subscribe to receive blog posts by email.
What do you recommend for treating trauma?
There are many approaches for healing trauma. You can find references and links to some of the modalities I am most familiar with and greatly respect on the List of Therapies page.