I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society. I am a registered practitioner with the Health & Care Professional Council (HPCP).
I offer a safe, non-judgemental space for people to discuss their difficulties, thoughts and feelings. I facilitate a collaborative approach and tailor interventions to each individual.
Some of the difficulties I work with include:
I provide therapy to clients of all ages, across the spectrum of severity from mild to moderate low mood, stress and anxiety, through to more complex difficulties. I work with individuals and families.
These days, when acupuncture is so widely known and practised, it is difficult to appreciate the impact made when in 1971 China became more open and President Nixon visited.
With him was James Reston the then editor of the New York Times who, during the trip succumbed to acute appendicitis and was treated with acupuncture for post operative pain. Although acupuncture was already known in academic circles Mr Reston’s accounts in his newspaper brought acupuncture into general public consciousness in the West for the first time.
In the intervening years there has been the development of training schools and the establishment of a professional body in the UK.
Years before I was able to train as an acupuncturist I had heard of these early accounts and was intrigued and fascinated with the idea that inserting fine needles into the body could influence health.
Training in this discipline opens a completely different way of appreciating how a human body functions and as a qualified practitioner of a number of years standing my enthusiasm for and interest in this practice is not lessened.
Someone properly trained in the philosophy and practice of Traditional Acupuncture can offer a safe and genuine alternative approach to health problems.
Practitioners may work in a complementary way with other health care professionals but have something to offer to many who want to avoid or reduce the side effects of conventional medicines.
As the functioning body is understood in a different way from that in a Western approach it may offer a rationale for treating an individual where Western medicine has been unsuccessful or can offer no treatment.
Contrary to the expectations of the individual receiving needles, they can produce a profound relaxation and it had even been known for people to fall asleep on the treatment couch.
And it is not uncommon for the effects of treatment to be experienced immediately so someone may get off the treatment couch feeling much better or more comfortable then when they got on. This latter is a deeply satisfying experience for both recipient and practitioner.
Do please follow the links to my website for further information. Or contact me directly to make an appointment 01732 871818 or 01892 665519.
A central theme of medical herbalism is that the body is a complex dynamic system and has potential to restore health. Herbalists regard health and healthcare rather like the science of ecology, in that the relationships between the parts are seen as significant and inter-related.
Herbalism is therefore ideally suited to those who may have multiple health concerns that would be best addressed by looking at things holistically. It is also often helpful to those who have had unwanted side effects or cannot be helped using regular medicine.
People often seek the advice of a professional herbalist as well as seeking advice from their doctor or other healthcare professionals.
Although many plant medicines are used by people as ‘over-the-counter’ remedies, a consultation is ideal to systematically assess your current health and how herbal medicines might be safely prescribed (perhaps alongside conventional medicines). The initial consultation is an opportunity to be heard and to discuss and address the complexity of concerns you may have regarding your health.
Following a consultation, the aim is to form a plan to facilitate necessary change, which may include herbal medicines prepared for you into a unique preparation or ‘recipe’. This tailor made approach means that your treatment could be in the form of a tea or a liquid tincture for example; a wide variety of herbal applications for external use are also possible. Followup consultations are an opportunity to assess how the treatment plan is working, and to make any necessary changes. Repeat prescriptions are possible without an appointment when your herbal treatment is progressing well.
Medical herbalists are trained to degree level standard in modern medicine; the chemistry of plants; how medicinal and food-like plants (functional foods) work in your body and when they are safe to use alongside conventional medicine.
Anita is a member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists and The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. She holds a Masters Degree in Herbal Medicine. She works at the Malling Clinic, but also runs a monthly clinic in Canterbury, at Concorde House Clinic in Stour Street, and also with consultant gynaecologist Anne Henderson at the Integrated Gynaecology Clinic, Somerfield Hospital, Maidstone.
Short Registration Consultation £10.00 for minor ailments only Full First Consultation £48.00
Follow-up Consultations £25.00
For appointments at the Integrated Gynaecology Clinic, The Somerfield Hospital, Maidstone. Please call the secretary Judith Holdstock on 01622 662422