I try to foster a holistic approach– listening and answering the needs of the whole person, not just ‘fixing’ a problem.
I have had a connection and a love of Brockley since 1988 when I came to study at Goldsmiths College and where I now live with my husband and two children. I really enjoy being part of and working in such a creative and diverse community. Where possible, I try and cycle to my clinics or for home visits so my focus is fairly local – Dulwich, Honour Oak, Lewisham, Catford, Forest Hill, Greenwich, New Cross.
My background is very eclectic – I have worked in education, marketing & advertising before discovering my real passion for supporting people to better health. This breadth of experience is invaluable in a therapeutic role. My own personal experiences challenged many of my beliefs in conventional medicine and took me down a more holistic path. Having experienced the benefits of homeopathy for myself, I felt compelled to learn more and qualified with a BSc. (Hons) in Homeopathy from Westminster University 2008. I have had the privilege of working with many clients as a homeopath for over 10 years. I try to foster a holistic approach– listening and answering the needs of the whole person, not just ‘fixing’ a problem.
After having my own children, I developed both a personal and professional interest in supporting pregnant women and helping them prepare for birth and motherhood. I am a firm believer in normalising birth – recognising that this means different things for different women. In order to better support my pregnant clients I have undertaken a year long programme of study with Denise Tiran, an Internationally renowned Midwife and Lecturer. I also ran a monthly Birth Choices group on behalf the Birth Centre at Lewisham. The group enabled expectant couples to listen and share positive birth stories with new parents. Midwives and other birth professionals also attended to help address any tricky questions. I loved these groups – the true hero’s were the amazing couples who shared their birth stories so openly and with such joy.
Linked to my interest in pregnancy is my passion for supporting women to breastfeed. I have been supporting women in Lewisham for several years in the community, on the postnatal ward at Lewisham Hospital and more recently, I now have the privilege of supporting families on the Neonatal ward. I qualified as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) January 2019 and I am very excited about being better able to support women and their families in the area.
As a practitioner, I consider myself to be compassionate and empathetic – but pragmatic. My style combines intuition with evidence based research.
I work collaboratively with clients and, where appropriate, with other professionals in the NHS – and other practitioners who share similar values and interests where this would be of benefit to a client.
When it comes to supporting new mums (and their families), I believe in nurturing the mother. My breastfeeding roots started in the peer support scheme which is based on the ethos of ‘women supporting women’ – without judgement. Experience has shown me how sometimes just the simple act of giving a cup of tea and a biscuit helps women relax enough to revisit breastfeeding when there have been problems.
I am a member of:
The Society of Homeopaths
Lactation Consultants Great Britain
IBCLC registration number L – 151918
I have comprehensive insurance to practice both Homeopathy and Lactation Consultancy.
I am committed to continuing professional development for both Lactation and Homeopathy.