What's my story?
After experiencing acupuncture myself I was so impressed with how much better I felt that I decided to train as a practitioner at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, and qualified in 1999. After several years of practice I became interested in working with the body to experience Qi in a more hands-on way, and in 2004 qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner after a 3 year training at the British School of Shiatsu-Do. In 2006 I qualified at the Northern College of Acupuncture to prescribe Chinese herbal medicine in the form of pre-prepared pills, and I gained a MSc in Chinese herbal medicine at Westminster University in 2011.
In addition to these primary qualifications, I have pursued further training in a wide variety of areas, including some training in China. In particular I have undertaken further training in the area of my special interests: supporting couples with fertility problems and using herbal medicine for skin problems. I am currently studying classical Chinese herbal medicine with Dr Feng and Chinese Medicine Traveller, and assisting Frances Turner who is teaching this style to practitioners at the Cholsey Herb Community Clinic in South Oxfordshire.
Mentoring and supervision
I believe that a good practitioner needs to be well resourced and supported. I am an active participant in ongoing supervision groups. I also offer group and individual mentoring and supervision for practitioners of acupuncture and other complementary therapies. I am constantly in search of enjoyable activities that support health for the body, mind and spirit. Qi Gong, Pilates, swimming, walking, yoga, meditation, singing ... the list is endless. After two years of learning Mandarin Chinese I have realised that I will never be able to read classic works by some of the great Chinese medicine doctors in the original, but it was fun trying!