BA BSC Lic. Ac.
I completed a BSc (hons) degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture at Westminster University in 2008 and have over 12 years of clinical experience. I'm fully licensed, insured, DBS checked and am a member of the British Acupuncture Council ensuring thorough commitment to safe practice, code of conduct and CPD requirements.
I've practised in lots of settings in London including the Gateway NHS project for chronic pain and addictions, a children and youth charity, low cost community projects, and a number of natural health and wellbeing clinics.
After nearly 20 years of life in London, I escaped the city in 2016 and now enjoy a calmer pace of life in my home town of sunny Worthing where I've set up a multibed acupuncture space and also offer 1-to-1 treatments.
I've completed post-graduate training in the treatment of pain and chronic conditions, sports injuries, stroke recovery, fertility and pregnancy acupuncture, and overcoming trauma. 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, cupping and jade roller techniques. I also have a life coaching qualification and am able to incorporate coaching elements to encourage awareness of health goals.
I'm passionately committed to the development of a more equal society where everyone has a fair chance to reach their full potential. I'm committed to widening access to effective natural healthcare by offering affordable acupuncture spaces so more people can benefit more often.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Through previous employment and also from my own experience of overcoming PTS, I'm well informed of the effects of trauma on the mind, body and brain. I've developed a strong interest in trauma therapy and a drive to support others to overcome the damaging effects of stress and trauma related conditions 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 and abuse where I run a popular natural facial self care session for survivors.
Until its closure in 2015, I worked for four years at Kids Company as centre manager of their multi-disciplinary therapy centre in south London - the Heart Yard - 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 the 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.
Life passions and soul tonics include: dog walks, the company of my cat, vast open spaces, my beloved camper van (a recent addition), travelling as far, wide and often as I can, house plants, stand up paddle boarding (another new addition), sunshine, old books, book shops, reading books, seeing animals in the wild, natural health remedies, philosophies from around the world, yoga, qigong, meditation, exotic teas, Mike Leigh films, Nina Simone songs, the odd ale or three and lots of time with my nearest and dearest.