Catalytic, December 15, 2015

Dr Michael C Irving, psychotherapist
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with Guest Dr Michael C Irving

Interview with Dr Michael C Irving, psychotherapist

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Dr Michael C Irving
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December 15, 2015

A Holiday Gift of Love From Us To You: Be A Winner Over Pain and Stress Through the Holiday Season

Would you like to get through this holiday season with less pain and stress than you have had in the past?

Would you like to be more free to love yourself and others during this special time of the year?

Pain and stress abound through the year, and never more so than during the holidays. 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. That is almost twice the number of Americans with heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. The American Psychological Association reported that most Americans are suffering from moderate to high stress, with 44% reporting that their stress levels have increased in the last five years. If you’re reading about this radio show there is no doubt that either you or someone close to you is touched by distressing and limiting pain or stress.

    Increases in stress results in increases in an already existing levels of pain.
    The presence of pain makes stress more difficult to cope with.

Added to these two conditions is a vicious downward cycle of pain causing more stress and stress causing more pain and more pain causing more stress and on and on... Eventually the pain stress cycle goes beyond what we can endure and we explode and alienate those around us, or we withdraw and isolate ourselves from those around us. Either way we end up alone and feel unloved. Not the greatest way to spend what should be the most loving and heartfelt season of the year.

On the December 15th Catalytic Radio Show Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer and Dr. Michael Irving are wanting to share A Holiday Gift of Love From Us To You: Be A Winner Over Pain and Stress Through the Holiday Season. They will be talking about practical ways on how to avoid being locked into the way too frequent story of elevated stress and discomforting pain over the holidays. They want to help you be free of the imprisonment of the all too often dark downward cycle that alienates us from the love that we deserve to receive from our self and others.

Pain and stress do not need to control you. You can be in charge of your experience of pain and your response to stress. Negative thoughts, negative beliefs and negative attitudes do not need to own you. Stress reduction strategies and mind-body tools and resiliency skills give you the upper hand on pain and stress.

What are some mind-body tools to use to trigger the relaxation response and create a state of calm and peacefulness? What strategies and mind-body approaches can be used to control and reduce pain? When is the best time to begin using strategies or techniques to lower stress or reduce pain? Can self-talk, affirmations or positive thinking actually make a difference with the level of stress or pain? If so, how can I implement them to serve me? What is resiliency and how does it take this suffering out of pain?

In addition to enjoying a lovely evening with us, we would love you to listen to the December 15th Catalytic Radio Show and find out how to get your free holiday gift of an practical e-book guide for “Winning Ways to Cope With Stress and Pain Over the Holidays” and a powerful audio session to help you program “A Positive Mind and Heart that is Bigger than Any Holiday Pain or Stress”.

After you receive these holiday gifts from there is more to come. Dr. Irving is driven by a passionate calling to share with others what he understands from more than four decades of working with trauma and pain survivors. In the new year you can take advantage of other practical information and guidance through webinars, counselling, trainings, seminars, publications, CDs and internet educational materials to help you address concerns of pain control and eradication, stress management and heart health.

Guest, Dr Michael Irving

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Dr Michael Irving
Wellness for the Heart with Dr Michael C Irving
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Michael C. Irving, Ph. D. Bio

Dr. Michael Irving knows pain. In Toronto, Canada he works at Wings Neural Rehab with brain injury clients, accident and trauma victims and those suffering with debilitating chronic pain. He loves his work and gains much satisfaction from seeing people make remarkable transformations in their experience of chronic pain and emotional distress. For more than 30 years he has been working with posttraumatic stress in survivors of single incident trauma and those with a history of long-term profound child abuse. His doctoral studies in professional psychology and pre-and perinatal psychology gave him an understanding of emotional trauma and trauma resolution outside the domain of language. Dr. Irving has found that mind-body tools, techniques and strategies he learned and developed in dealing with the psychological wounds of child abuse survivors, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and early pre-and perinatal trauma were remarkably effective in controlling physical pain and even eradicating chronic pain.

Dr. Irving understands the experience of pain beyond his professional training. On a deep level his work with helping others cope with, and resolve pain, is informed by a personal history of being a child abuse survivor, living with decades of posttraumatic stress and chronic pain, overcoming a heart attack and stroke. On the lighter side, his understanding of pain management greatly helped him in meeting the challenges of running five marathons in 12 weeks to celebrate turning 65-years-old.

Whether Dr. Irving is working with trauma victims, child abuse survivors, individuals post-cardiac event, head injury victims, those suffering with chronic pain or seniors he coaches to complete a marathon he works from a foundation that living from the heart is living for the heart. His view is that wellness for the heart is much broader then a biological pump and its associated plumbing. Full-hearted health is living in all areas of one’s life from what we truly mean by “Heart”. Heart disease and other diseases can be greatly impacted by “Heart” dis-ease. We become dis-eased and then diseased when we experience deterioration of “Heart” -- love, emotions, relationships, purpose and meaning, kindness, gratitude, art and aesthetics, spirit, mindfulness, patience, courage, appreciation of nature and the connection to others.

Dr. Irving has developed a comprehensive approach to helping post cardiac event clients with mind body tools and resiliency skills for healing and quality of life. His wellness for the heart program, “Twelve Wisdoms of Wellness for the Heart”, is based on twelve tenants of: Family and Friends, Listen to your Heart, Take Charge, Stress Reduction, Harmony and Balance, Heart Healthy Food, Exercise for Life, Health Care Team, Medicines and Supplements, Meditation and Relaxation, Visualization, Spiritual Connection. Dr. Irving comes from the perspective of adding “Heart” to each of these areas is fundamental to healing and prevention with all diseases.

Dr. Irving has worked in business, in education, as a psychotherapist and a sculptor. He has published and lectured on art, myth and psychology, been featured in newspapers and magazines and has appeared on radio and television. He is a Board Member of the Toronto Native Child and Family Services. He has won awards in art, business, community peace building and for his work with children. Dr. Irving has exhibited and sold sculpture in a wide variety of mediums for more than 40 years. His stone and bronze sculptures are in private and corporate collections and have been exhibited internationally. He has received more than two million dollars in art project support and grants from individuals, foundations, government agencies and major corporations.

Dr. Irving offers practical information and guidance through counseling, trainings, seminars, publications, audios and videos and internet educational materials to address concerns of pain control and eradication, stress management and heart health.


Catalytic with Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer
Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer

I'm a Life Catalyst specializing in teaching Applied Love Technology. So far, I've seen success with people, pets and plants. I'll make you laugh, I'll invite you to rethink the gifts in your situation. Give me 30 minutes to see if we're a professional match for each other.

Sheryl Hirsch-Kramer was a nationally acclaimed calligraphy instructor and lecturer before a health crisis nearly ended her life in 1998. After thirty-five years as an artist, she recreated herself as a spiritual teacher, writer, intuitive, and energy therapy facilitator. She has presented her work at Steve and Barbara Rother's master Facilitator Intensive, the Integrated Energy Therapy tm Master Instructor retreat, and other spiritual venues across America. She especially enjoys helping other people understand the sacred connection with their own angel animals, living or helping other people understand the sacred connection with their own angel animals, living or dead.