Living with a chronic illness gave me the chance to step back and reflect on what I wanted in life. What was missing was the holistic approach. I realised that we can only thrive when mind, body and spirit are in harmony.
When I recovered, I moved to Dorking, Surrey, to take the Natural Health Practitioner’s course at the Raworth Centre. Whilst here, I was dragged along to my first yoga class. Yoga had never appealed – I thought it would be too slow and boring! However, after my first class, I felt such profound sense of peace and connection that I was instantly hooked.
Experience and training
After graduating with distinction, I gained experience at an integrated health clinic in London. During the next 5 years, I offered massage, aromatherapy and reflexology in a variety of settings, from luxury hotels to corporate events.
At this point, I was ready to add to my hands-on offerings and trained as a Neuro-Linguistic-Programming Practitioner.
In 2008, I left London for East Kent. I was soon offered a dream job – working for the NHS as a Complementary Therapist. The role involved supporting people with cancer and life limiting illness. The Supportive Therapies department closed down in 2013 and at this point I set up my private clinic in Preston, near Canterbury.
After 14 years of regular yoga practice, I finally completed my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in 2017. I have since trained in Accessible Yoga in the Adaptive Yoga style.
In 2020, I added Homeobotanical therapy to my toolkit. This enables me to prescribe safe and effective tinctures that can be taken as dietary supplements to support whole body healing.
Also in 2020, I rediscovered the Human Design system and, following training with Rose Tautari, I’ve incorporated readings and coaching into my work. The Human Design system appeals to my values of freedom, authenticity and embodiment. I love it because it reminds people of who they truly are and allows them to live by their own rules. I believe that if we can all embody our unique design, together we can create a better world for ourselves and future generations.
Why I can help
Where the conventional medical approach is to treat the affected part or symptoms, the holistic approach works to integrate all parts of a person. The root of the word ‘holistic’ is ‘whole’. My method as a coach and therapist is to bring all of myself, from the scientific to the spiritual, to my work, to guide and empower my clients to reconnect with their most authentic selves.
On a practical level, I love sharing wellness hacks – simple changes, easily incorporated, for radical shifts in vitality.