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.
Psychotherapy / Counselling, EFTJoanna offers Psychotherapy and Counselling from a humanistic/integrative perspective. She deals with many issues, including but not limited to, bereavement, infertility, obstetric loss, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationships, and many other life issues that we all struggle with.
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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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.
NLP, Hypnotherapy, Reiki Master, Reflexology, Counselling
Iris is a professionally trained Master NLP Hypnotherapist. Qualified for over 10 years she is committed to adopting a caring and intuitive approach to her work, addressing relationship issues, stress, anxiety, addictions, phobias and more.
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a method of influencing behaviour through the use of language and other types of communication to enable the individual to re-code and manifest new and improved choices of behaviour with great results.
Iris offers Deep Relaxation in a safe, caring space allowing clients to reach their full potential and make those changes.
Contact Iris on: 07980 303071 or 01462 790342 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl is a professionally trained counsellor working with people on a wide range of issues. His expertise lies in the areas of anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, depression, addiction, anger, stress and sexuality.
There are a number of different approaches to counselling. Carl works in a integrative way. Integrative counselling is a combined approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies. He takes the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Carl offers a non-judgemental approach without discrimination and sessions take place in a caring and professional environment which is sufficiently challenging to effect change. Working together, he can help you gain better understanding of yourself to overcome obstacles in your life and reach your goals.
For appointments, contact Carl on: 07447479945 or email cindyduke@virgin media.com.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Paul is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and a registered member of the BABCP. He has worked in the NHS since 2009 and has supported and treated individuals, suffering with a wide range of mental health difficulties. Paul graduated in Psychology in 2008 and subsequently gained employment as a Support Worker in Early Intervention in Psychosis. During this spell, he broadened his clinical experience by working as an honorary assistant psychologist. Paul developed an interest in psychotherapeutic work and gained Post Graduate Diplomas, first as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, and then as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. Paul is experienced in treating a range of mental health difficulties such as; Depression, OCD, Social Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Paul has a special interest in Mindfulness, as well as Compassion Focused Therapy, with both forming part of his CBT training at Royal Holloway. Paul often combines these approaches with his traditional CBT practice, or can use them as stand-alone techniques. On a personal level, Paul is highly interested in the Psychology of Sport and factors that can influence performance.
For an appointment please call 07854 823 156 or email email@example.com.
Mindfulness & Compassion, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Chi Yoga, Deep Energy Healing, Reiki, Crystal Healing, Indian Head Massage
Jacky has had in-depth training in Mindfulness and Compassion from the Mindfulness Association and is completing a MSc in Mindfulness in 2017. As well as teaching 8-week tailored courses in Mindfulness and Compassion, Jacky is an experienced Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Chi Yoga instructor, believing that a unique combination of mindfulness and movement is key to well-being and good health.
She works with a wide range of clients and has specialised in courses for carers. With a focus on improving self-esteem and reducing stress, she combines experience in Mindful Compassion and Taoist meditations as well as mindful movement. In addition, Jacky is an experienced Deep Energy Healer, Reiki Master and is also trained in Crystal healing and Indian Head Massage.
For an appointment, contact Jacky by email - firstname.lastname@example.org or ‘phone 07540840835.
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.
For appointments please contact: Doe Warnes on 07981 115418, email email@example.com