For the past twenty-six years, I have worked in Healthcare as a Registered Nurse and from 2001 to the present day, as a Registered Osteopath. I trained at the Gestalt Centre, London, to gain a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling, and at the University of Hertfordshire, where I also completed a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
My interest in healthcare has always extended to mental health; an often neglected and sometimes taboo subject. I have a keen interest in the links between physical and emotional health, and how they affect each other. My work as an Osteopath has brought me in contact with thousands of people suffering physical discomfort, and I am often struck by how much underlying emotional distress many people suffer.
I have developed my Osteopathic approach with a focus on the role of emotional distress in physical ill health and discomfort. I believe physical and psychological health are inextricably linked. My interest developed to the point where I decided to train as a counsellor, and spend more time working with the emotional aspects of health.
I work at The Natural Therapy Centre, based above Natural Health in Hertford, and at Mind in MidHerts (MiMH) at the Hertford office. Mind in MidHerts is a mental health charity that offers support to anyone suffering mental health difficulties or other emotional illhealth.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – an organisation that exists to maintain and promote professional standards in counselling and psychotherapy, and to protect the public. The BACP requires members to abide by their Ethical Framework, and to undertake regular supervision and continuing personal development each year.