Ardagh Clinic 

I.I.C.H. Education & Research
Irish Institute of Counselling & Hypnotherapy

Dr. Sean Collins, (B.A. Psych), D.C.H.        Rhoda Draper, (B.A. Psych), Dip. C.H.

118 Stillorgan Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. Telephone: 353 1 260 0118
Fax/Data: 01 260 0115,



Please note this site is under re-construction and will be back on-line  20 October 2002 

Key Dates

Our next 7 week (one day per week) course in Psycho-Immunology or Behavioural Medicine for cancer and heart patients will commence Tuesday 12th November 2002.  Telephone 01-2600118 for application.

From Wednesday, 13th November 2002, Ardagh Clinic will offer weekly Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork classes for patients dealing with life threatening or "quality of life" threatening conditions 10.00 -12.00 a.m.  In addition, we are offering an ongoing support programme for those who have already completed a behavioural medicine programme on Thursday mornings 9.45 - 12.30 a.m. Ring for details

The next 2 day Foundation Course in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Counselling & NLP is in April 2003 at Milltown Park.

The next module of the 3 yr Diploma is Sat/Sun 9th/10th November 2002.  9.30 am

Welcome to Tipping the Scales - Psycho-Immunology Programme 

Each week in Ireland more than 500 people are confronted for the first time with a diagnosis of serious illness such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, etc., a diagnosis which will change their lives forever. Such a diagnosis will bring with it a prognosis for recovery which often will have a profound impact.

The medical practitioner, for ethical reasons and in order not to offer 'false hope', will frequently spell out the best and worst case scenarios. The patient will often gravitate to the worst and begin to develop a mind-set of 'false despair'.

Research in the emerging field of psychoneurioimmunology (PNI) has revealed that depression and hopelessness can lower immune function and actually adversely affect the prospects for recovery. Such research has also shown that psychological and behavioural techniques can significantly and positively change the prospects for recovery and quality of life.

Sometimes in life, a tiny change is all that is needed to make the crucial difference. The earth is approximately 8,000 miles in diameter and 96 million miles from the sun. Between Winter and Summer, the earth tilts 23 on its axis causing, in Ireland, a change in distance from the earth to the sun of 1/400 of 1%, yet this almost infinitesimal change can make the difference between shovelling snow and basking on the beach!

If you take a chestnut and leave it on a table at home, nothing will happen. If you take that chestnut and place in an optimum environment, in other words in moist, well drained, soil, open to seasonal changes, and allow time to pass, that chestnut will grow into a beautiful tree.

The Tipping the Scales research projects are about exploring whether creating an 'optimum environment' for health challenged patients, as a complement to their standard medical care, makes a difference. What we have found is lowering of elevated blood pressure, lowering of elevated cholesterol, lowering of biological body age (with obvious implications for healing), lowering of depression, increased lung function, resolution of damaging personality traits and improved overall psychological well-being. In 1995, an article by J. K. Kiecolt-Glaser et al, in the prestigious British medical journal Lancet, described evidence that wound-healing was much slower in psychologically distressed adult patients. The diagnosis of a significant medical condition is inherently distressing with obvious implications for immune function and recovery. Laboratory research suggests that at a cellular level, we renew all of our soft tissue approximately every 90 days: new skin every 30 days, new mouth lining every 4-5 days, new liver every six weeks etc. In other words, you're not the person you were three months ago!

Everyone knows that knowledge, and ability to make use of that knowledge, are frequently different. Knowing 'how' to lose weight (eat less and exercise more) does not necessarily result in weight loss! Similarly, knowing what you should be doing to enhance recovery and actually doing so are frequently different.

Our experience in the Tipping the Scales research projects showed that the design of the programme combined with the dynamic of the group enabled patients to engage successfully with virtually every aspect of the programme and to produce measurable results in a short period, with a time investment equivalent to less than a week in hospital, and to have fun in the process..

Back from the Brink - Tipping the Scales in Serious Illness, will be launched on 14th January 2003. Copies may be ordered by phone at 01-2600118.


E-mail:  Dr Sean Collins E-mail: Rhoda Draper (B.A. Psych.)  

We welcome informations requests and comments from patients and professionals

Ardagh Clinic, 118 Stillorgan Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. Telephone: 353 1 260 0118
Fax/Data: 01 260 0115,

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