Sophrology is a recognised method, created in the 1960s by the neuropsychiatrist Alfonso Caycedo. He took the best of each influence to develop a unique combination of relaxation, breathing, movements and visualisation. The aim of sophrology is to find and develop our inner resources.


Sophrology is a unique blend of

  • Some therapeutic influences such as hypnosis, psychoanalysis, Vittoz method (role of the 5 senses and the concentration on consciousness), the Coué method (the role of positive suggestion and its impact on consciousness), Dr. Shultz’s autogenic training (method of relaxation and mental and body suggestion), the progressive relaxation of Dr. Jacobson (mental relaxation and emotional by muscular relaxation) the brief therapies put in place by Dr. Erickson (the patient is an actor, he expresses himself and finds his resources in him).
  • A philosophical Influence, like the science of consciousness: phenomenology (descriptive study of phenomena) by the mathematician and philosopher Edmond Husserl.
  • And also, some Oriental influences, such as yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, Zen


I would simply say that it is an easy and efficient method of body and mind harmonisation.

It is also called dynamic relaxationbecause it not only helps youto relaxand teaches youto control stress very effectively, but it isalso a truly dynamicway to work with consciousness by allowing to develop your inner resources.

With sophrology you learn to live in the moment and ground yourself but you also learn to prepare for an event in the future. (birth, surgery, wedding, competition, exams etc…

Everyone can practice sophrology, from 5 years old (children are very receptive) where ever you are, whatever your level of fitness is. With sophrology you learn to live in the moment and ground yourself but you also learn to prepare for an event in the future (birth, surgery, wedding, competition, exams etc… It is an easy way and efficient



For example:

→ Lack of confidence and self-esteem
→ Tensions, stress, anxiety
→ Relationships difficulty, anger, emotions

→ Sleep disorders, fatigue

→ Learning difficulties, memory, concentration
→ Stress related to examination, competition, medical examination, or childbirth
→ Pain related to pathology, treatment

→ Eating disorders




Sophrology can help you to:

♡Regain confidence and serenity

♡ Develop your self-esteem and assert yourself

♡ Freeing you from your anguish, your worries, your annoyances

♡ managing your emotions

♡ improving your daily wellbeing

♡ Regain a quality sleep and vitality

♡ Optimize your memory, your concentration, your attention

♡ Prepare yourself mentally for all events

♡ Live better with your disease and treatment

♡ Manage your food drives


It is a complementary method that does not substitute for medical treatment

Usually 5 to 10 is needed. It depends on the issue and also on the implication of the clients in training in between sessions.


During the first appointment I will get to know you, ask questions, but the appointment is mostly based on listening. Then we set the goal that you want to achieve, for example, I want to be confident on a daily basis, or I want to manage my food impulse, or I wish to be in full shape in the morning when waking up.


For the following sessions, I will then build a tailor made program. Each session of maximum an hour has a special intention (for example, chasing the annoyances, installing the calm…) until you reach your goal.


There are open groups, a theme is proposed in advance and there is no follow-up between sessions, and closed groups or an objective is to be achieved on an average of 10 sessions.


The advantage is that beyond the sessions of a sophrologist, the Sophrology gives you reusable tools in your daily life to become autonomously and actor of your feelings. It is very important to practice, to repeat the exercises between each session so that the integration is done in order to have a realisation: remember, the solution is in each of us!

Sian is a STAT qualified teacher from completing a 3 year full time accredited course at the Alexander Teacher Training School in London. Since qualifying she has worked with people from many backgrounds including teachers, physiotherapists, IT professionals, business people and retirees.

Find more information on Alexander Technique visit The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique Website –

Sian can be contacted on 01732 874204 and

Farzana Ahmed BA/MA MBACP

Counsellor/ Mindfulness Practitioner



I am a BACP accredited Counsellor with over 20 years experience of direct client work in a range of settings including Schools and Adult Mental Health Units.Also I work as an Associate Counsellor with Employee Assistance Programmes and Private Insurance Schemes including Bupa and Nuffield.

Counselling involves providing a safe, containing space for clients to explore their emotional distress. I feel it is important to use the first session to explore ways in which we can work together and address the possible reasons for accessing support at this particular time. I attach great importance in developing an honest, trusting and non- judgemental relationship with my clients.

Although my core training is Psychodynamic I use an integrated approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies. This helps to provide greater flexibility when working with clients and their presenting issues.

I use elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help clients recognise the relationship between thoughts, feelings and actions so to avoid becoming trapped in negative cycles of thought and behaviour.


Mindfulness involves learning to direct our experience as it unfolding, moment by moment, with open minded curiosity and acceptance.

Meditation techniques are introduced to be in the present moment which helps to suspend judgement and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness to ourselves and others.

Mindfulness has been approved by NICE as an effective treatment for anxiety and depression and for this reason is regularly recommended by clinicians in a range of settings.

I deliver the Mindfulness MBCT, MBSR Courses based on Jon Kabbat Zinn’s book “Finding Peace in a Frantic World” and the work of  Mark Williams.

These can be accessed on 1-1 basis or in small groups.

I have also trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project to deliver the Mindfulness Curriculum in Schools and Colleges to deliver the 8 week programmes to staff and students.

These focus on helping young people experience greater sense of well -being and cope with everyday stresses of adolescent life. It works with difficult mental states such as depressive, ruminative, and anxious thoughts and moods.



Multi Cultural Counselling

I am able to offer counselling in a range of South Asian languages, including Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

Multi -Cultural Counselling can provide a therapeutic space for clients to explore their emotions in their mother tongue which will help them to identify with their inner feelings and positively enhance the client – therapist relationship.

This can then help clients to better access their emotions and use the sessions to facilitate any changes they may want to implement.

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