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Episode 135: Living Your BEST Life with Fibromyalgia with Dr. Robin Pfaff

“We can help almost anyone feel better because we have so many tools at our disposal.” – Dr. Robin Pfaff

Managing fibromyalgia requires a holistic approach that goes beyond physical symptoms and equally addresses emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Our well-being is multidimensional, and each aspect requires attention and care.

To explore this approach further, today Tami is joined by Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® Dr. Robin Pfaff. Tami and Robin are talking about her new book, Living Your BEST Life with Fibromyalgia: A Compassionate Approach to Reclaiming Your Heath and Reimagining Your Purpose, which Tami found to be very powerful.

Robin’s book is an incredible resource for people living with fibromyalgia. As with all aspects of our health, the most lasting change comes when we dedicate ourselves to participating in the activities, reflections, and exercises shared. By engaging at that level, you can cultivate a deeper understanding of yourself and take meaningful steps towards a fulfilling life despite the challenges of fibromyalgia. Robin doesn’t advocate for ignoring our fibromyalgia or pretending that our trauma doesn’t exist. It’s not about the toxic positivity we often see and hear. Instead, Robin gently coaches us on how to embrace the full spectrum of emotions and experiences to foster genuine healing and resilience.

In this conversation, Tami and Robin discuss Robin’s journey from psychotherapist to Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®, how starting a coaching practice has changed everything for Robin, why being a fibro coach is a critical element in my remission, fundamental differences between psychotherapy and coaching, the three pillars of mindful self-compassion, the critical role of self-compassion in managing chronic illnesses, the profound value of sharing your unique journey with fibromyalgia, learning that there’s always something to be grateful for even when we’re suffering, building a toolkit so that you don’t get stuck in a negative cycle, avoiding toxic positivity and finding practical ways to avoid unnecessary suffering, Robin’s experience writing Living Your BEST Life with Fibromyalgia, Tami’s advice for anyone thinking about writing a book, the power of going deep instead of wide, what it means to live your B.E.S.T. life, using the B.E.S.T. model to improve your symptoms, how you can use Robin’s B.E.S.T. assessment tool, and more.

Note: This episode is not meant to be medical advice. Every person and every situation is unique. The information you learn in this episode should be shared and discussed with your own healthcare providers.

About Dr. Robin Pfaff

Dr. Robin Pfaff is the author of Living Your BEST Life with Fibromyalgia: A Compassionate Approach to Reclaiming Your Heath and Reimagining Your Purpose, a book exploring her signature, holistic perspective that carefully guides the women she works with into improving not only their physical well-being, but also their emotional, social and spiritual wellness.

Robin was diagnosed with fibromyalgia herself almost 30 years ago. After working 25 years as a licensed psychotherapist, she retooled as a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® and has helped dozens of women find hope and healing.

Robin’s career has focused on helping women transform their lives and reach their full potential. She has a special expertise in helping women recover their lives from the anxiety, grief, loss and trauma that often accompany fibromyalgia and move through post traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth.

She loves working with her fibromyalgia clients, especially professional women ages 50 and better, and seeing them blossom with a renewed purpose in their lives. Robin considers Fibromyalgia Coaching to be an highly effective and unique treatment option that provides a comprehensive, compassionate framework for women to regain their health and learn to love their lives again.

Purchase Robin’s book on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook formats: https://amzn.to/3ymX8Hu (Affiliate link)

To schedule a consultation with Robin, visit FindAFibroCoach.com.

Sign up for Robin’s newsletter and get her BEST assessment here: https://drrobinpfaff.com/self-assessment/

You can find Robin online at DrRobinPfaff.com or on social media:

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“I want to tell you how much I appreciate your work. I found the Fibromyalgia Podcast® three or four weeks ago and have already listened to a lot of the episodes. I am reading your books now. I get so much inspiration from you. I am really ready to put the work in so I can get better soon.”

~ Sigrun in Norway

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