Grey Matters Centre


We understand that our biology is affected by our surroundings and our psychological state. If we lived in a war zone we would expect to be frightened and stressed out. If we lived in that environment for some time we would not be surprised if we became run down and ill. 

When we are stressed we produce the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. This sets off the the fight or flight survival mechanism which enables us to react to danger.These hormones increase our heart rate, we get more oxygen to our muscles, our blood pressure increases, our sugar levels are elevated etc. 

With certain conditions such as: eczema, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, colitis, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and certain cancers, we are given cortisol as medication because our own production of these stress hormones is exhausted. For asthma we are given a copy of adrenalin and cortisol in our inhalers. 

If we are treated with stress hormones then maybe that tells us stress has something to do with it and our immune system has been affected.

Some stressful situations that heighten our cortisol levels

  • Attachment to caregiver damaged
  • Parents stressed/ill/grieving/not available
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Death/loss
  • Seperation/divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Trauma
  • Illnesses
  • Accidents

Some known triggers of the onset of fibromyalgia

  • Prolonged psychological stress
  • Trauma
  • Surgery
  • Build up gradually over time

Fibromyalgia often co-exists with other conditions

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Migraine or other headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

How we can help
We offer an initial assessment which is an hour long, Within this in-depth discussion we will ask you about your presenting issues, your childhood and any other relevant history. We will also be asking you of the areas you want to work on and any goals you may have.

The treatment plan is tailored to each clients individual needs. which may include understanding the root causes of fibromyalgia from a psychological perspective. We will work on any triggers you may have and help you with any other areas of your life that are affected by your issues.
We will teach you tools and resources for the future so you can establish a lasting, sustainable recovery. 

We have experience in working with fibromyalgia, from a psychological perspective, and we are regularly getting excellent results.

Criteria to access this service

  • If you are struggling with these issues and you would like to do the work to make changes
  • If you have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia or any of the above mentioned (or other, including diabetes) conditions and you would like to work on it from a psychological perspective.
Our privilege
It is our mission and our privilege to support you on your journey to recovery and to reach your goals. We are confident that together we can make a difference to your world and help you to live your life the way you want to live it. Imagine what your life would be like after therapy and the difference it would make to you.

We help hundreds of people every year to be the best they can be. Please don’t suffer unnecessarily any longer, get in touch with us today and take the first step to make great things happen!


Fibromyalgia is treatable and recovery is possible.


Telephone 07907613600