MEET THE HITCHIN TEAM
Our Associate Therapists
Director | Hypnotherapy
As Operations Manager, Janet is helping to improve the services offered at LEAF Health coming from a background of setting up and running private medical practices in and around Harley Street, London. She is also a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist specialising in one session Stop Smoking, the Virtual Gastric Band Program and anxiety.
Born and bred in Hitchin, Debbie Ansell joined LEAF Health Hitchin as Clinic Manager in January 2015. She comes from a background of successfully setting up and managing doctor’s practices in London. Now ready for a new challenge, she is helping to take LEAF Health Hitchin forward with a view, shared by the therapists at LEAF, that the patient or client comes first. An approachable and enthusiastic person, Debbie is always available for a chat and a cup of tea to discuss ways clients can gain or regain their health.
Massage, Indian Head Massage, Facial Massage, New Energy Vision, Reiki & Reiki Seichem Teacher
Penny is a very intuitive therapist and healer. She has been practising therapies for around 20 years and has a wealth of experience. Always eager to learn new things, she was one of the first practitioners of New Energy Vision where visual images can been recorded of a person’s energy and she is able to interpret these images to help the client in numerous ways. Penny is also able to combine her skills for her sessions and offer the client a tailor-made healing and therapeutic experience.
Acupuncture, Fertility Treatment Support Specialist
Susan is a licensed and professionally trained acupuncturist graduated from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture in 2009, with a scientific background working in the field of physics. She treats many chronic, long-term conditions by abdominal acupuncture, which is a therapeutic microsystem, needling specific points in the abdomen. She has overall knowledge and experience of treating various conditions such as gynaecological, fertility and fertility treatment support, digestive, musculoskeletal, emotional and neurological disorders, as well as performing cosmetic acupuncture.
Beauty Therapies, Ear Candling, Indian Head Massage, Massage, Reflexology, ReikiClare has been practising holistic therapies for over 10 years. Her passion for doing the best therapy she can means that she continues to update her many skills and has, for instance, completed additional Reflexology courses for pregnancy and spinal treatment. She has achieved especially good results when treating hormonal problems.
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Aromatherapy Massage, Aromatic Acupressure Facial & Head Massage, Mini Facial
Jane is a Person-Centred counsellor based in Hitchin Town Centre. She places the client at the heart of the sessions and her holistic approach is mindful of a client’s uniqueness in mind, body and spirit. Life can be tough at times and it can be helpful to share what’s going on with a counsellor who can focus on you without judgement. Jane can offer a safe, respectful place to talk in confidence about emotional issues. Perhaps you are struggling with a significant life event, such as ill-health, loss or bereavement; perhaps you wish to make changes in your life; improve your wellbeing; or reflect and think about how you feel and what’s important to you. An initial appointment, free of charge, would enable you to determine if you feel comfortable working with Jane, and thereafter short-term or longer-term arrangements would be possible.
For appointments, contact Jane on: 07792 552096
Dr Helen Coote
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Dr Coote is a Clinical Psychologist working privately, and for the NHS for the past 15 years. Her doctoral training as a Clinical Psychologist, alongside additional specialist training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) and DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), means that she can draw from a number of different psychological therapy models to help you make sense of your difficulties and choose the approach, or combination of approaches, that is most likely to benefit you.
Dr Coote offers evidence-based psychological therapies as part of a complete and comprehensive therapy plan, which includes: a detailed assessment; making sense of your difficulties using a psychological framework, setting achievable goals for therapy; teaching you how to apply skills to help you manage your emotions effectively; helping you adapt skills learnt in therapy to your life; and helping you consider how to maintain gains once therapy ends.
Dr Coote treats a wide range of issues, including depression/low mood, anxiety, phobias, OCD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), low self-esteem, negative body image, and mood swings.
Sports Massage, Remedial Therapist
Charlotte is a qualified Sports Massage and Remedial Therapist, and completed her Professional Level 5 Diploma at NLSSM in London. She is a full member of the SMA, The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists and completes regular continuing professional development.
Charlotte’s interest in massage comes from her background and experience as a dancer and teacher of dance. Her treatment approach is based on her interest in anatomy and movement at a functional level. Her sessions include exercises to stretch and/or strengthen, and home care advice designed to support treatment outcomes. Charlotte also teaches at the Hitchin School of Russian Ballet.
For an appointment, please contact Charlotte on 07949 149 062, or via email email@example.com
Hayley is an Occupational Therapist with years of experience in a range of condition including learning disabilities, autism, dementia, paediatrics and physical health.
Hayley has a special interest in neuro-diverse conditions and has spent most of her career supporting adults and children to positively engage in activities they need and want to do. She especially enjoys coaching others and building confidence for success. The reason why she is so passionate in this clinical area is because she herself has dyslexia and dyspraxia and has also found engagement in basic daily activities difficult at times.
Hayley can offer a range of assessments including dyspraxia assessments for children and adults, handwriting assessment for child and young adults (up to 25 years) and sensory processing analysis for children, adults and older adults with dementia.
Herbal Medicine, Indian Head Massage
Joanne studied at Middlesex University, the first University to run a BSc Herbal Medicine course which was affiliated with the NIMH – the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the oldest regulatory body for herbalists in the UK. Jo practiced for several years in Enfield before moving to Hitchin. Having recently had her third child, she has a keen interest in treating pregnant women and young children for ailments ranging from digestive complaints to the common cold, although everyone can benefit from her herbal based remedies.
For an appointment please call 07729 891083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBT, Counselling, Psychotherapy
Natalie is an integrative counsellor offering both long and short term therapy. Natalie combines CBT, psychodynamic therapy and humanistic therapy which allows her to apply appropriate techniques to suit client’s needs and wants. She has experience of working with clients with a range of issues such as depression, relationship problems, self-harm, stress and anger. Natalie provides a safe, secure and confidential space for clients to talk without being judged. Natalie also offers relaxation therapy to help manage physical and emotional responses that can arise from counselling.
Natalie has a particular interest in the field of addiction and has been working as a therapist in this area for over 10 years. Natalie also works as a recovery practitioner for a drug and alcohol charity.
For appointments contact Natalie on 07470096986 or email email@example.com
Emma is a Psychodynamic Counsellor and registered member of the BACP. She is experienced in working with clients who have family and relationship problems as well as those who have stress, anxiety and depression. In addition, she treats people who self-harm and have weight and food issues, and disordered eating.
Counselling offers a therapeutic relationship and the space and opportunity to discover more about yourself. The first session is £25 and offers the client the opportunity to see if they wish to go forward with further sessions.
For appointments, contact Emma on: 07715 503 333.
Osteopathy, Energy Psychology, Dry Needling
Alex’s practice, whilst being grounded by original training from the British School of Osteopathy (2000) and post graduate training in Energy Psychology and Dry Needling, is extremely instinctive, using touch and palpation to “listen” to your body, assisting treatment direction and healing. His overall aim is to empower a client to have more control of their own body and health. In all cases he will discuss possible lifestyle amendments.
For appointments, contact Alex on: 0845 340 2266
Mary is an experienced Psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the NHS mental health and private practice in London and Hitchin. Skilled in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Focused Therapy, Group Therapy, Clinical Research, Clinical Supervision and Crisis Intervention. Mary provides psychological intervention for all general mental health disorders with a specialist interest in trauma and personality disorders.
For an appointment, please call 07487 428954 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nina is a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist having received her diploma from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
Nina’s interest in health and wellbeing came at an early age when her family discovered that she had an intolerance to dairy products. By avoiding all milk products she found she no longer suffered from the asthma, allergies and respiratory infections that had previously affected her. This first-hand experience of the impact of diet sparked a lifelong interest in nutrition.
For appointments, Nina can be contacted via email@example.com or 07905 777936.
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist
Fiona has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health for over 14 years, in the NHS and in Private Practice. She has considerable previous experience working in an Adolescent psychiatric unit, in Social Services working with vulnerable families, and working therapeutically with primary school aged children within school settings. She currently work for NHS CAMHS in Kensington & Chelsea, and in Private Practice in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and West London. She works with a wide variety of presenting difficulties including emotional and behavioural problems, trauma, depression, anxiety, and social and family relationship difficulties, and with children and young people between 2/3 and 20/21 years of age.
Fiona has a BSc (HONS) Psychology; PGD Psychoanalytic Observational Studies (Tavistock); and Clinical Qualification in Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
For an information or for more information, please contact Fiona on 07810 632640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoe is a qualified Reiki (Usui System of Natural Healing) practitioner and a registered member of the Reiki Association. Qualified in 2015, she has built up a reputable business and client base. Zoe is intuitive, passionate and empathetic in her approach, creating a safe, non judgemental space for her clients to fully benefit from her sessions. She is adaptable in her approach, offering additional guided meditations and uses positive affirmations and crystals to aid in her work. She includes a complimentary head, hand and foot massage within her Reiki treatments to aid a deeper relaxation and promote energy flow around the body.
Reiki works for the highest good for every person it comes into contact with and therefore, aids the body’s natural process in healing itself.
Zoe spends her free time volunteering her Reiki services at Lister hospital in Stevenage.
Sports Massage, Personal Trainer
Joanna is a qualified Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer who provides a comprehensive holistic approach to injury rehabilitation. She will also complete a Sports Therapy degree in mid-2019.
Sports Massage is not just for those people that participate in sport or exercise. It can also help with postural imbalances and day-to-day pain that may be caused from inactivity.
Joanna is very active herself and fully appreciates the importance in ensuring the body is able to perform. She plays hockey, teaches spin classes and trains regularly at the gym. This sports knowledge gives Joanna a deep understanding of the variety of injuries and issues that can occur. You can expect more than just massage from Joanna. She will give you a full rehabilitation programme with stretches and exercises and give you advice about how to stay injury free.
For more information or to book an appointment contact Joanna on 07855 327779 or email email@example.com.
Abdominal Detox Massage, Ayurvedic (Indian Head, Full body) Massage, Thai and Chinese Massage techniques, Applied Kinesiology, Pulse Listening, Jin Shin, Reiki, Body Movement, NLP, and Tarot Divination
Sukh is an Intuitive Tarot Reader and Holistic Therapist specialising in the Healing Arts, and passionate about her clients understanding of their own subconscious limitations related to emotional stress and physical symptoms. She offers a bespoke service involving a wide range of multiple therapies to help restore balance and well-being within the body and stresses of life. Therapeutic modalities range from Abdominal Detox Massage, Ayurvedic (Indian Head, Full body) Massage, Thai and Chinese Massage techniques, Applied Kinesiology, Pulse Listening, Jin Shin, Reiki, Body Movement, NLP, and Tarot Divination. Sukh treats female health concerns, digestive issues, chronic symptoms, stress related matters and physical tensions within the Body, Mind as well as Spirit. She works with clients of all ages, and successfully with a wide range of symptoms, empowering each individual to understand and reach their optimal health potential.
Foot & Facial Reflexology, Reiki & Meditation Groups
Caroline qualified in Reiki Healing and Reflexology over ten years ago. She has particular experience working with pre-conception clients, mums-to-be, clients with emotional issues/depression and stressed related conditions. These wonderful therapies work with mind, body and spirit and help to restore a person to a place of natural balance.
To find out more about Reiki and Reflexology or to book an appointment, please contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07973 196 950.
Caroline’s Facebook business page is: www.puretherapies.org.uk
Adrian Radford-Shute DHP Acc. Hyp.
EMDR, Clinical Hypnotherapy
Adrian is a registered EMDR Specialist Practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing), the approved treatment for PTSD and all anxiety related disorders and symptoms. EMDR is recognised by the National Institute of Mental Health as being 97% effective in the complete amelioration of Post Traumatic Stress and is recognised as being far more effective than drug therapy.
Adrian initially trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist before specialising in EMDR, and provides treatment for generalised anxiety, bereavement, adult survivors of abuse, rape victims, war veterans, and sufferers of PTSD, including clients presenting with associated addictions, OCD’s or memories of emotional or psychological terror or trauma.
Adrian specialises in treating children from 4 years of age as well as adults and holds daily clinics in Hitchin, Northamptonshire & London, as well as working voluntarily for KidsAid the Northampton based children’s charity.
Adrian is passionate about helping each and every client to create an immediate and lasting change within a single session. Being a survivor of child abuse, an eating disorder and Complex PTSD himself, Adrian has had first-hand experience of the dramatic and life changing positive and immediate effects of EMDR treatment and the benefits of Clinical Hypnosis, the reason why he changed career to practice EMDR to help others access affordable mental health treatment. To learn more about EMDR Treatment or to book an appointment, please visit www.1MIND.org.
Dr Sally Walder
Bloodwork – from AMH to Zika
Sally is a Developmental Biologist (PhD University College London) specialising in fertility-related blood tests. Call for an informal chat about the tests that may be right for you, their timing and interpretation and what the next steps might be.
Sally also offers a wide range of general blood tests including Well Man and Well Woman checks, allowing you to take charge of your health without the need for a GP referral. For more details, visit Sally’s website: hitchinbloodwork.co.uk
Contact Sally by phone: 07759 720575 or email: email@example.com
The Thrive Programme® is a unique psychological training programme that will teach you all you need to know to become the person you want to be. The programme is simple but very effective: these 6 sessions will be life changing! Would you like to overcome issues such as addiction, depression, low self esteem, weight issues, anxiety, fears or phobias? Or maybe you want to just relax and enjoy life, stress free? Do you want to ‘let go’ of your past?
The Thrive Programme® is not like any programme you will ever have undertaken or heard about before. It differentiates from others in that it develops the cognitive and emotional aspects of YOU and how YOU change your life. You will build up resources gaining insight into yourself, your thinking and your beliefs. The Thrive Programme® is education, not counselling or therapy. Therapy tends to focus on the therapist and how THEY overcome your issues whereas the Thrive Programme® is quite the opposite. YOU are taught the skills, helping YOU to build strong psychological and emotional foundations enabling YOU to change your life and achieve want you want to in life.
The programme was created by a therapist with over 30 years experience, is fully backed up by scientific research, and is currently also being used in schools, businesses, organisations and hospitals – to great effect.
To get in touch for a free consultation please call Zoe on 07506011527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shiatsu, Japanese Facial Massage
Doe graduated from The British School of Shiatsu-Do in 1987. She is committed to raising awareness of an integrative approach to health and well-being. The aim of the shiatsu is to restore balance and promote healing.
- teaches shiatsu, on-site massage and Japanese facial massage
- facilitates health and well-being groups for people with chronic symptoms
- teaches anatomy and physiology from a holistic and experiential perspective
- offers ‘healthy living’ talks to older adults (within Age UK and Women’s Institutes).
Doe is a registered member of the Shiatsu Society, Association for Dance/Movement Psychotherapists UK and EXTEND (exercise for the older adult and disabled). She continues her journey of exploration of the body/mind with curiosity and fascination and is continuing her explorations of ‘mindfulness movement’ within the landscape.