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Bente Fjeldstad

Bente FjeldstadChronic pain and early trauma

An estimated 30 percent of adults in Norway and Western Europe suffer from chronic physical pain and women are far more affected than men. In most cases, there are no apparent medical reason behind their painful suffering or it is related to autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are conditions where the human organism attacks itself because it cannot longer differentiate between benign and malign – what is good and what is bad, what is self and what is not.

In my workshop, I want to explore the relation between early trauma and chronic pain. In my IoPT practise, I have several clients with different bodily symptoms and diseases. Very often, they present symptoms in the pelvic area and the reproductive organs (women), back pain, migraines, abdominal pain and diffuse muscle pain. My experience with these clients is that their symptoms fade and sometimes vanishes completely when they are able to feel and integrate their childhood feelings and memories of early trauma.
Splitting the psyche and emotions off from the body, seems to lead to chronic pain in its many forms. Splitting off one’s healthy structures is for an infant or even an unborn a matter of survival, and when the child’s environment offers no protection, the impact must be severe.

The well-known ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, (Felitti and others) shows that as the numbers of adverse experiences increase in childhood, it is followed by an increase in the number of autoimmune diseases, frequent headaches and other similar conditions in adulthood. I invite in this workshop to explore symptoms like chronic pain. There will be the possibility for one Identity constellation, and discussion.


Bente Fjeldstad, Psychotraumatherapist IoPT in Oslo - Norway, trained with Marta Thorsheim and Prof. Franz Ruppert since 2010. Practice since 2011 in both individual and group settings. She has former practice from massage therapy and infant massage for bonding purposes, married and has two sons aged 22 and 25.
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