My primary interest has been in taking a holistic approach to helping people who
are dealing with health problems, particularly pain, stress-related illness and those
whose illness defies medical diagnosis or treatment.
I have based my work on these
Health is not just an absence of illness, but the positive balance of all aspects
of a person - body, mind, emotions and spirit. Accident, injury or stress (physical
or emotional) can throw this balance out and lead to uncomfortable symptoms or disease.
Often, symptoms can be recognised as a message that something is not right in one's
Recognise the body's own ability to heal and re-balance itself, and design treatments
to stimulate and support this function and thus strengthen it for the future.
Focus on the individual, his/her unique way of life and response to their condition
(rather than on the symptom or disease).
Recognise that individuals need not be isolated; each of us is connected to others,
to society and our environment in complex ways.
Help each individual to regain control and the power to optimise their well-being,
by means of respect, information and skill-building, thus avoiding inappropriate
dependency on drugs or the services of others.
Everyone has creative ways of dealing with the stresses of their life. Aim to help
clients use that creativity in a positive way to recreate situations as they would
This leads to an approach that is:
as natural as possible: the aim is to reinforce the body's own natural healing resources
wherever possible, rather than override them
complementary to other treatments, including orthodox medicine: I would recommend
another therapist if the two therapies will work well together
alternative: where diagnosis, drugs or surgery are unacceptable or have failed, it
can be valuable to explore alternative strategies
holistic: I see each person as a whole individual within a complex context, not just
a symptom or problem; where the sense of wholeness has been fractured the aim is
to restore balance between the different parts of the whole.