Before I trained as a therapist I pursued my interest in photography with a photo arts degree and worked as a freelance photographer in London and abroad.
I became interested in various traditions and am very grateful to the many teachers and different practices which have helped me over the years including Alexander technique, Buddhist meditation and mindfulness, Chinese medicine, Iyengar yoga and the exploration of soul and healing through myth, poetry and fairy tales.
In my thirties I studied Shiatsu and started practicing. Through this I have learned, from my patients and my own experiences, that pain and illness can be a gateway to healing and greater understanding.
One of the reasons I undertook a BSc in my forties was to learn more of the medical sciences' understanding of health and illness and it has been very useful. However I have found science has never been able give the whole answer.
More and more I take confidence in a system of care that acknowledges we are also spirit and my own experience is, when this fully present, or embodied, it allows healing to occur at the deepest level. This is part of the ethos of traditional Chinese medicine and I aim to support those who seek to unlock this healing capacity within them.
Chinese medicine (of which acupuncture is a part) is a metaphorical science which helps us understand that we are part of nature - or even that we ourselves are nature.
Like many people I often feel this connection directly and simply when outdoors. I feel blessed having moved to Somerset earlier this year and to be living with natural world on my door step.