Mind Body Syndrome Resource List

Mark Phillips
3 min readJan 15, 2020


A resource list for understanding what is variously referred to as Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), Mind-Body Syndrome (MBS), and / or Psychophysiologic Disorder (PPD). Highlighted here are the practitioners, books, websites, and podcasts I found most helpful in my journey with Mind Body Syndrome. Please feel free to comment with additional resources!

This is a companion piece to my own personal story published via Medium: How I Eliminated my Chronic Pain through a Mind-Body Approach

Dr. John Sarno, as featured in the article by Vox.com below.

Helpful Websites and Organizations

  • The TMSWiki.org is a resource hub for all things TMS, including useful explainers, success stories, and links to practitioners around the world
  • The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA), “is a 501(c)(3) health education non-profit dedicated to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of stress-induced medical conditions.”
  • The LA-based Pain Psychology Center is a group of mental health professionals providing in-person and remote counseling sessions for Mind Body Syndrome
  • Curable Health is both a smartphone app for Mind Body Syndrome and a podcast that interviews many of the practioners featured below

Practitioners and Medical Professionals

  • Dr. Alicia Bond Bateson manages the Center for the Treatment of Psychophysiologic Disorders; the writing on her website provides a clear, concise overview of Mind Body Syndrome
  • Dr. Tovah Goldfine is a chronic pain specialist and chiropractor with expertise in Mind-Body Syndrome
  • Dr. Howard Schubiner, whose website Unlearnyourpain.org includes articles, videos, and links to books on Mind Body Syndrome
  • Dr. David Schecter is a sports medicine physician who specializes in mind-body medicine. He authored the book, Think Away Your Pain, and his practice is informed by mentorship from Dr. John Sarno
  • Arlene Feinblatt, PHD, is a psychologist specializing in Mind Body Syndrome and the psychology of pain. She was Dr. Sarno’s original collaborator in developing TMS and its treatment protocols.
  • Evelyn Hecht, PT, ATC, is a physical therapist and chronic pain specialist that owns UMH Physical Therapy in New York City


Articles and PDFs

This is a simple resource list intended to provide a point of departure for those seeking more information on what is variously referred to as Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), Mind-Body Syndrome (MBS) and/or Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD).

For more context, please read my companion piece to this resource list, How I Eliminated my Chronic Pain through a Mind Body Approach.

And please feel free to comment with any additional resources!



Mark Phillips

Writer, Educator, and Consultant working in Food, Fermentation, and Regenerative Agriculture. See about.me/MarkjPHL for writing and affiliations.