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ANNE-MARIE

BA BSC Lic. Ac. MA

I have been an acupuncturist for 15 years completing a 3 year BSc (hons) degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture at Westminster University in 2008. I am fully licensed, insured, DBS checked and am a member of the British Acupuncture Council ensuring the highest level of commitment to safe practice, code of conduct and CPD requirements. I have also recently completed a masters in social anthropology receiving a distinction from Sussex University in 2022 with a focus on medical anthropology.

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MY EXPERIENCE

Since qualifying I have been involved in community clinics all over London including a 6 month internship at the Gateway Clinic at Lambeth hospital offering free treatments to people referred with chronic pain and HIV self-referrals, a project in Hoxton offering low cost treatment to Hackney residents over the age of 60, a project offering trauma treatments to refugees and asylum-seekers in South London and several years at the unique low cost clinic E5 Acupuncture in Hackney treating everyone and everything from chronic pain to fertility support. After 20 years of London life, I escaped the city in 2016 and now enjoy a calmer pace of life in my home town of sunny Worthing.  

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MY APPROACH

I believe that everyone should have access to the support they need to get to wherever they want to be to reach their potential. I have a gentle and non-judgemental approach to working together to get you there.

My approach reflects a deeply held value that acupuncture should be a simple and accessible treatment available to everyone. Since qualifying over a decade ago I have been committed to supporting and developing affordable acupuncture spaces. Community acupuncture has been my primary mode of practice over the years and I have developed and refined an approach that gets me to simple and effective treatments in less time.

 

From the first day of my studies, I fell in love with the classical philosophy and theoretical framework that Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in. I feel it is vital to honour the source of this great medical system as well as understand it's interaction with western medical knowledge. My diagnostics and treatments are rooted in 3000 year old knowledge that I am continuously exploring and I enjoy teaching an introduction to Taoist philosophy and TCM principles at advanced yin yoga trainings. 

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CPD

I've completed post-graduate training in the treatment of pain and chronic conditions, sports injuries, stroke recovery, fertility and IVF support, pregnancy acupuncture, women's health, mental-emotional disharmonies, and trauma recovery. I've attended, organised and assisted with the teaching of several facial revitalisation acupuncture workshops, and have completed specialist training in oriental facial therapies including gua sha and cupping. I am also a qualified life coach and am able to incorporate coaching elements to encourage identification and achievement of healthy adjustments for clients committing to a treatment series. 

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AREAS OF INTEREST

Through previous employment as manager of a psychotherapy centre and also from my own experience of PTSD, I'm well informed of the effects of trauma on the mind, body and brain. I've developed a strong interest in mental health and trauma therapy and a drive to support others to overcome the damaging effects of disharmonies such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and insomnia.

 

I work once a month at the Survivors Network a charity in Brighton that supports survivors of sexual violence where I run a popular DIY facial session.  

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WORK EXPERIENCE

Until its closure in 2015, I worked for many years at Kids Company as centre manager of a multi-disciplinary therapy centre in south London where vulnerable children, young people and their families could access psychological support in a safe and much loved therapeutic space. I managed a large team of incredibly inspiring staff, therapists and volunteers, provided weekly acupuncture treatments for young people and adults and established annual wellness retreats for teenagers to experience yoga and complementary therapies in the peace of the Devon countryside. It was pretty mind-blowing to witness how profoundly and quickly a simple bit of stillness, space and healthy human connection can positively affect individuals, then and way beyond a session or retreat. The seeds for Taste of Space were sown...!!

Click here for a write up on the Kids Company acupuncture project run by a colleague and myself in the British Acupuncture Council magazine. 

Many many moons ago, I completed a BA Sociology degree at Goldsmiths University, I worked at Legal Action Group campaigning against cuts to legal aid and at the Financial Times organising international events.

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PASSIONS

Life passions and soul tonics include: dog walks, the company of cats, vast open spaces, my beloved camper van, exploring new places, house plants, paddle boarding, sunshine, old books, book shops, reading books, seeing animals in the wild, urban wildlife especially seagull watching, natural health remedies, philosophies from around the world, documentaries, sitcoms, Mike Leigh films, Nina Simone songs, cups of tea, the odd ale or three and lots of time with my nearest and dearest.

Taste of Space | Worthing Community Acupuncture
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