My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma
- Advanced Hypnotherapy Practitioner Certificate
- The General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice
- Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
- Registered Hypnotherapist with the General Hypnotherapy Register
- Accredited Member of The National Council for Hypnotherapy
- Accredited Member of the Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
- Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Courses, UK, India & USA over more than 30 years
My professional experience:
I have been the principal Yoga & Meditation Therapist at the Nightingale Hospital London since 1989 providing a range of therapies including: Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation, Effective Breathing, Stress Management, Anxiety Management & Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.
One of my special interest areas is treating patients for IBS for which there has been significant scientific research completed identifying hypnotherapy treatment achieving one of the best treatment outcomes.
I facilitate therapy groups comprising Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Mindfulness, Effective Breathing Techniques, Visualisation, Hypnotherapy and Relaxation. My groups at the Nightingale are designed for General Psychiatric, Alcohol and Drug, Eating Disorder and Young Persons Units.
For 15 years I have been a volunteer Yoga and Meditation therapist and CBT Hypnotherapist at The Cancer Resource Centre in Battersea, London. I am trained facilitator for The Healing Journey programme developed at The Ontario Cancer Institute, Canada’s largest cancer treatment centre. This 8 week programme is offered to patients in recovery from cancer at The Cancer Resource Centre.
For the last 6 years I have been running private clinics for Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy in Harley Street, Central London and at a large GP practice in South London, where I see patients with many conditions including: Weight loss, Smoking, Addiction, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Self-Esteem issues, Phobias, Insomnia and Public Speaking.
For the last 4 years I have been a Committee Member on the Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.
My personal statement:
I facilitate therapy groups to inspire patients’ wellbeing. The professional service I provide at the Nightingale Hospital London enables patients to experience a therapeutic outcome from the Yoga Therapy sessions. The sessions include Yoga Therapy, Meditation and Relaxation techniques as well as Effective Breathing, Visualisation and Concentration Improvement methods. Strengthening, Energising, Stress and Anxiety Management are some of the outcomes.
Some patients with physical limitations are assisted in applying correct action and alignment in the Yoga Therapy. This can help them with many of their issues, for example relief from back problems or knee injuries. I incorporate exercises that everyone can engage in fully according to their ability.
A significant aspect of Yoga Therapy is the emphasis on raising patients’ self-awareness from a holistic point of view. Yoga philosophy highlights the fact that a person has more potential to utilise their imagination for growth and healing if they are relaxed and focused. Yoga Therapy helps people to relax mentally, emotionally and physically.
Patient feedback from groups is often about how relaxed and calm they felt, more refreshed and energised and a noticeable improvement in concentration and higher self-awareness. This state of improved self- awareness can be a very tangible experience of relaxation of the mind resulting in more clarity and skill in visualising the life changes many patients want to achieve.
Additional information about my research, publications and interests:
My Yoga Therapy comprises several therapeutic methods.
– The physical aspect, the “body work” of yoga.
– The emotional aspect, which involves relaxing and refreshing the mind.
The philosophy of Yogic approaches, attitudes and disciplines become daily practises and positive, healthy ways to live. Yoga and Meditation have a long tradition of well documented and studied methods and tested systems dating back many hundred years and more recently has been incorporated into clinical practice.
The Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy that I treat patients with, combines CBT and Hypnotherapy. I place a strong emphasis on the role of the patient to put into practise the therapeutic interventions from the various evidence based approaches for health improvement, in partnership with their medical professional’s recommended treatment. I also train patients in self-hypnosis to support them in achieving successful outcomes in their treatment.