Wellbeing seems to be a huge focus in the world at the moment. But for me, this has been the focus of my entire life. I spent years going from Gastro-Enterologist, to ENT specialist, to Gynecologist, to Urologist, to Nutritional Therapist and finally, a Functional Medicine Practitioner made sense of what was happening to my body, after years of antibiotic overuse, chronic upper respiratory tract infections, eczema, poor sleep, low fat diets, IBS and hormonal imbalances.
My health issues mean that I've seen both sides of the therapeutic relationship, and deeply understand the frustration of going from specialist to specialist searching for answers to what conventional medicine deems as seemingly unrelated health issues.
On both my Mom and Dad's side of the family, I witnessed the effects of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Dementia, Type 2 Diabetes, Hashimotos Thyroid Disease, Heart Disease, Lupus Autoimmune Disease, Stroke, and Cancer.
Growing up around so much ill health made me conscious that simply following doctor's orders didn't guarantee healing.
With vocal nodules ending my budding music career when I was 21, I inadvertently set off on a path to understand the lifestyle connection in the prevention of both physical and psychological illness.
My grandfather's GAD, Stroke and subsequent Dementia were the main drivers for my pursuit of Psychology. In 2006, I graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a BSc Psychology. I am a Graduate Member of the Psychological Society, and have practiced CBT Hypnotherapy since 2009. The loss of my Grandfather after his 7 year battle with Dementia was a catalyst for me, so that my practice was focused on anxiety reduction, addiction, personal development, stress and weight management.
My top Character Strengths are Gratitude, Zest, Curiosity, Hope, and Love of Learning, evidenced by the fact that I continued to undertake further practitioner training in Positive Psychology, Life Coaching, Hypnobirthing, Smoking Cessation, Nutrition, and Rehabilitative Pilates.
On the passing of my Grandmother in 2016 from pharmaceutical-induced heart failure, I was compelled to re-train as a Functional Medicine Health Coach. If only Functional Medicine had been mainstream a decade ago, I feel certain both my grandparents would still be alive and thriving.