The Greta Method is a 12 week online coaching program for parents of kids who have chronic pain.

Support your child to participate in life again!

Greta's Story

After 4 years, we were finally referred to a pain specialist at a pediatric pain clinic. 

 

He showed compassion. 

 

He listened, understood, and affirmed all our hard work.

 

Then he explained chronic pain to us in a way that made a lot of sense.  And he explained why medication was not working and how becoming more functional and easing Greta's nervous system were the keys to helping to ease her out of this chronic pain cycle. 

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Our daughter Greta was 14 when she started getting migraines.  They got progressively worse until she had head pain 24/7.  She missed a lot of school and was in bed almost all day, every day.  By the time she was in grade 12 she was only taking one class a semester at school and most days she couldn't even make it to her one class!  We were desperate.  We had tried what seemed like everything: neurologists, preventive medication, injections, supplements, physiotherapy, massage, chiropractors, acupuncture, Reiki, cranio-sacral therapy, psychologists, functional medicine, naturopaths . . . but nothing seemed to help.  We were exhausted, overwhelmed, and hopeless. 

 

 

We knew we had a long road ahead of us.  How do you help someone become more functional when their pain is so debilitating?!  But we knew this was what we had to do. We started with small manageable weekly goals and built on them week by week.  I put my counselling, coaching, and teaching skills to work and developed tracking systems, incentives, and a method to keep Greta taking weekly steps to increase her function.  She started with tiny goals, like walking around the house once a day but within a few months she was up to an outing a day and keeping up with her schoolwork.  We continued to work with the pain clinic here in BC and Greta attended the 3 week inpatient Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic which accelerated the work we had been doing at home. 

 

Now life is so different!  She is out of bed all day, attending university, and able to participate in many things like a normal teenager.  She still has pain.  But now she knows how to manage it.

After years of desperation, wondering if we would ever find anything to help Greta's pain, we finally have found something that works.  And we can't just keep it to ourselves!  We want to share it with other families out there who are struggling and desperate.   I have compiled all of our learning, our trial and error, and the strategies that work, into The Greta Method program to help other families who are at a loss wondering how they will ever help their child get out of bed and living life again. 

You are not alone. 

I can partner with you through this. 

Please don't think that this is another one of those success stories about something that worked for us and now we are convinced that everyone should do it. 
 
I know those stories can be very hard to take. 
 
Often, what worked for someone else does not work for the next person. 
 
However, these strategies haven't only worked for us.  They are common strategies endorsed by pain management programs and pain specialists around the world.  Because they are the strategies that are most effective for persistent pain.  With The Greta Method, you will have the strategies, support, community, and accountability that help you and your family participate in life again.  
The Greta Method will help you and your child to:
  • understand how chronic pain needs to be treated differently than any other pain
  • set weekly micro goals to get out of bed and start participating in life again
  • ease your nervous system so you are not in a constant state of fight or flight
  • consider whether your child's mental health may need added support
  • advocate for yourselves so you have the support you need in your community
  • parent in a way that encourages strength and resilience in your child
  • have a plan for flare-ups so that your child no longer fears the pain getting worse
  • have the knowledge and strategies to reinforce healthier neural pathways in your child's brain rather than reinforcing pathways of pain

The Greta Method has 12 lessons.  Some are for parents and others are for you and your child together. While it may seem that trying to set any goal at this point is completely overwhelming (I know how that feels, I have been there!) let me assure you that we will break the process down so small that the goals will not be too difficult for your child. 

 

Throughout the 12 weeks you have access to support through:

  • our Members Only Facebook group,

  • weekly group coaching calls for parents

  • weekly group coaching calls for your kids (with Greta and Carla),

  • the option for individual coaching sessions as needed. 

 

Parenting a child with an invisible illness can be very lonely.  It can feel like we are the only ones struggling. Being part of the program with others can give you the encouragement, support, and accountability you have been looking for.  Plus, peer support for your child can be transformative.  Seeing other kids make progress despite pain is inspirational!

 

You'll find support to make change in The Greta Method.

  • Facebook

Join our free community Facebook group, "Parenting Kids who have Chronic Pain"

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Book a FREE 45 min intro call:
 

  • to see whether The Greta Method is a good fit for your family
    (no pressure to enroll, we really just want to see if it is the best fit for you

     

  • OR to start the program - we will cover the logistics and get you set up

If you don't see a time on my schedule that works for you, feel free to send me a message and we can work something out.

Package 1
  • 45 min Intro call
     
  • The Greta Method 12 week program
     
  • Members Only Facebook Group
     
  • 12 weekly group coaching calls for parents
$1497
Package 2
  • 45 min Intro call
  • The Greta Method 12 week program
  • Members Only Facebook Group
  • 12 weekly coaching calls for parents
  • 12 weekly coaching calls for kids
  • (with Greta and Carla)
Package 2
  • 45 min Intro call
     
  • The Greta Method 12 week program
     
  • Members Only Facebook Group
     
  • 12 weekly group coaching calls for parents
  • 12 weekly group coaching calls for kids
$1997
Optional Add-ons

1:1 Coaching Session for Parent or Child
$130
Optional ongoing monthly group coaching calls once program is complete
price TBD

All prices in Canadian dollars.