MA(Hons) BA(Hons) BSc(Nut.Med) mBANT regGRCCT mCNHC
I am endlessly impressed and amazed by the human body. The more I study it and work with it, the more I am astonished by the human body’s phenomenal capacity (given the right ingredients and support) to heal itself. I have learned that given the correct internal and external environment, including a healthy state of mind and the right balance of nutrients, exercise and relaxation, there is virtually nothing that the body cannot overcome.
My philosophy for working with people with health issues is to look beyond the symptoms to find out where the problem actually started. This naturopathic concept does not always provide quick fixes but does offer long-term resolution to chronic and acute health issues and enables the body to heal itself. In addressing the causes, my experience is that the specific problem is alleviated for good, whilst the overall health and vitality of my clients improves beyond measure.
Since I began my career in the integrated health world back in 1991, I have been in pursuit of the answers to what creates vibrant health and well-being. This quest has driven me to train in various disciplines in order to understand what makes us healthy and keeps us there, physically, emotionally and psychologically.
My choice to pursue complementary rather than orthodox medicine was partly due to the lack of positive experiences I had with mainstream professionals when I was facing my own health struggles. Taking a more ‘alternative’ route allowed me to feel in control of my health and the more I learned about the power of natural healing the more I was driven to make it my lifes work. As I have come to understand and overcome my own health issues, so I am more able to understand and support others with their own psychological and physiological concerns.
I followed my passion for bodies and how they work after having initially studied performing arts. Even then I found massaging a fellow performer after a dance recital or helping to ease the nerves of a first night, a very natural and rewarding skill, one that I went on to develop professionally once I graduated.
Following numerous trainings physcial therapy disciplines I became a teacher of massage and anatomy and also trained as a personal fitness trainer. I then turned my knowledge to the corporate world, establishing a corporate stress management company providing on-site massage and stress management seminars to people within their place of work.
My interests then turned to psychology and while maintaining a private practice in physical therapies, I completed a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. On completion of this 4 year training I went on to complete a Life Coaching course closely followed by a degree in Nutritional Medicine.
Having this breadth of training allows me to offer a fully comprehensive and holistic approach to my clients. I believe passionately that the body cannot be broken down in to distinct areas to fit the disciplines of the medical world. Instead, I consider the emotional, psychological, physiological, lifestyle and genetic factors of every client I work with. Thanks to my clients, who have ranged from royalty to celebrities, financiers to models, and youngsters to the elderly. I feel very fortunate to have a substantial and diverse CV, and to have worked with a wide and challenging range of health concerns.
My Current Passion
The science of human health and in particular human nutrition, is extremely fast moving and often contradictory. I make it my mission to keep as up to date with the latest findings as possible and to then distill the information, making it accessible and usable for my clients.
My most recent area of focus is the nacent subject of nutritional neuro-science or nutritional psychology. This is the study of how what we eat directly impacts the function of the brain. This is such an exciting area of discovery where the communication and regulation of our brain chemicals is being directly influenced by the trillions of beneficial microbes that live in the gut, collectively known as the gut microbiome. For over 10 years I have focused on gut health being fundamental to all-body health. There is now plenty of great scientific data showing how our mood, emotions, cognitive processing and longterm mental health are all hugely influenced but the gut ‘talking’ to the brain. This is empowering and exciting information that I want to share. Eat well to support your good gut bugs and they will repay the favour by producing compounds that will literally improve how your brain works now and in years to come.
I am a full member of BANT (British Association of Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy) and have professional indemnity and public liability insurance.