Episode 37:

A No B.S. Approach

to Journaling

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We've all heard about chronic pain and how debilitating that can be for those individuals that suffer from it. But is there a way to actually heal it, not just manage it? Find out a way that you might not expect from our guest this week, Nicole Sachs, LCSW. Evolving the TMS approach that Dr. John Sarno created several decades ago, JournalSpeak is a no B.S. approach to journaling that has helped teach thousands of people around the world how to heal themselves. As Shanna says in the “You Want Me To Do What??” section, this isn’t just for those with chronic pain, but for anyone who suffers from “the Human Condition."

Episode Recap:

Interview with Nicole Sachs  - 1:58

“You Want Me To Do What??” section - 58:58


  • Nicole Sachs was diagnosed with a severe spinal condition at the age of 19 that left her with extreme pain until she stumbled upon Dr. Sarno’s work in the ‘90s and started healing herself.

  • Dr. John Sarno studied the condition he coined TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome), a condition that focuses on the mind-body connection and how that creates things like back pain.

  • Nicole developed JournalSpeak as an evolution to Dr. Sarno’s work and a practical way to take his research and put it into a daily practice that anyone can use to help release unconscious emotions from the conscious mind.

  • To practice JournalSpeak, follow these four steps:

    • Make a three lists, titled Childhood, Daily Life, and Personality, and brainstorm things that cause emotional responses within those themes.

    • Set 20 minutes on a timer, pick a topic from any list, and begin writing or typing. No B.S. Allowed here; in order for this to work you have to speak your truth.

    • Once the 20 minutes are up, throw away or delete what you wrote!

    • Repeat the process everyday for 20 minutes.

  • While Nicole Sachs focuses on those individuals who suffer from chronic pain, Shanna sees extreme value in this approach for anyone who has feelings (ie anyone who is human)!