This is such a difficult topic. I find myself wondering what to include and what to leave out - obviously I don't want to appear to be boastful - the Big I Am - but at the same time I want to express the range of experience and skills I have available to call on during our therapeutic alliance.
The study and application of subtle energies and energy medicine is my passion. For almost 30 years I have learned to trust and apply techniques that consistently initiate a change; people report they feel lighter, more energised, more relaxed, more able to move freely. Until recently science had not had the equipment sufficiently sensitive to detect movement in subtle energies and so a common response from society has been that any improvement is probably 'just placebo' or 'just imagination'. I find it difficult to comprehend why our ability to initiate self healing based on expectation of a positive outcome is considered 'just' anything - it is phenomenal, awesome, fabulous and brilliant!!!
More recently, because of advances in neuroscience and other areas of exploration, some research scientists have been able to offer plausible explanations for the effects achieved using therapies such as Reiki, acupuncture, reflexology, EFT Tapping, Emotion/Body Code, Quantum Biofeedback and numerous other therapies.
I have used all of the therapies outlined on this site to support people as they deal with the challenges of living a spiritually fulfilling, emotionally balanced, physically healthy life.
Since the 1980s I have continued to invest in my ongoing training and development. I love to study and learn - and there is always something new to be explored. I started with study at Shirley Price Aromatherapy eventually gaining a Clinical Practitioner Diploma in Internal and Intensive use of essential oils. I continue to use essential oils today, although principally to make bespoke blends for clients to use at home. I also studied reflexology and eventually became an external verifier for the Association of Reflexologists. The therapies I offered were all considered 'alternative', and the people who were open to trying them had often tried conventional medicine first without great success and so believed they had nothing to lose.
My interests during the early 1990's included becoming a volunteer therapist at a self help centre for people living with and affected by HIV+ and AIDS,and developing and delivering courses for both WEA and Liverpool adult education day and evening classes for people who had high commitment but low income and who were keen to learn about 'alternative' medicine as a form of self help and self development. At this time the only training was through private schools, most of them located in London. After gaining five years experience as a practitioner I established a small complementary therapy school offering Reiki attunements and aromatherapy, accredited by the major professional association for aromatherapy. I am very proud of the excellent therapists who emerged from the training, but it was never a viable business proposition as I set prices at a level that were manageable for people on fairly low income. Unfortunately that level did not cover the cost of delivery and eventually the school had to close.
In the late 1990s my studies continued as I enrolled on an M.Sc. degree programme investigating Holistic Approaches to Healing including explanatory concepts such as quantum physics,etc.,I also discovered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) developed by Gary Craig, and EmoTrance developed by Dr Silvia Hartmann and these energetic techniques combined with the things I had previously learned were so profound they completely changed the ways in which I worked with people.
In 2007 I was a founder member of a social enterprise embedded within one of the deprived areas of Liverpool supporting the development of physical and emotional wellbeing through individual therapy sessions, plus stress management and self confidence workshops for people who were socially or economically excluded from accessing this type of self development in the commercial sector. During the previous six years I had been active in the local Children's Centre providing therapy and workshops for parents and young children, and baby massage classes for new arrivals and their parents. Having begun the social enterprise working only with adults, we gradually extended our field of expertise to work after school and in exclusion units with children, and with young people at local youth centres helping to raise self esteem and self confidence. While the need has continued to grow, funding has become more difficult to attract in austerity Britain, but we have adapted as best we can to changing circumstances while continuing to provide many free well-being activities for adults, children and young people.
More recently (2016) I have qualified as a Certified Clinical Trauma professional and have become extremely interested in the study of the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on health and well-being in adult life. I incorporate this learning into
The most recent addition to my training excursions (2016/17) has been my belated discovery of Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) created by Dolores Cannon. These sessions include a past life experience, but the past life, while interesting, isn't the main purpose of the technique; the main purpose is to enable communication between the Higher Self and the conscious mind. I have been amazed at the guidance people have received from their Oversoul or Higher Self (Dolores called it SubConscious because she didn't know what else to call it when she first encountered the higher level of consciousness back in the 1970s/80s). I have been even more amazed at the levels of self healing initiated during the sessions.
In my personal life for the past 20 years I have applied all of the techniques I have studied to help support family members dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Unfortunately in four instances we have also gone through the grief and trauma of the palliative and terminal stages. Through all of the ups and downs, (and those travelling the cancer route will be very aware of the hopeful highs and the despairing lows) the therapies have substantially helped.
I now volunteer one day each week as a therapist at a cancer well-being unit within the local hospital, extending the well-being benefits that my own family experienced to patients and carers throughout Liverpool.
And last - but definitely not least, - during all of this my husband has been quietly supportive, albeit a bit bemused, as I set off to study various therapies. My three children, who were young when I started down this path are now grown and we have one wonderful grandson, Daniel.. None of them are following my path, they each have their own passions, and that's OK.