My previous career was in the public sector, in the field of health and social care. During this time, I completed PhD research into the management of work-related psychological trauma in the UK police service. This greatly increased my understanding of ways in which the mind-body connection can affect a person’s health and wellbeing and how to support individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) more effectively. It also stimulated my interest in qualifying to practise holistic medicine, which later resulted in a decision to undertake formal training as an acupuncture practitioner.
I completed three years’ full-time degree level study at the International College of Oriental Medicine, from which I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture. The course provided a thorough grounding in all aspects of acupuncture and its associated philosophy, together with their practical application on patients in the college acupuncture clinic. The study of western anatomy, physiology and pathology was also a compulsory part of the course.
My course research dissertation focused on sleep and insomnia. Regular, restful sleep plays an essential role in helping us all to maintain good health and wellbeing. In today's busy, often stressful world many people do not get enough good quality sleep and over time this can lead to a variety of health issues. I have a strong interest in using classical acupuncture to help people achieve better sleep and greater daytime energy.
In addition to my private clinic work, I practise acupuncture on a voluntary basis at two local cancer support centres, which I find extremely interesting and rewarding.
When you receive treatment from me as a fully qualified and insured member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) you can be assured that your wellbeing and safety is at the heart of everything I do.