MEET THE HITCHIN TEAM
Our Associate Therapists
For more information about our Associates or to book an appointment call the clinic on 01462 433 777
Director | Hypnotherapy
As Operations Manager for LEAF Health, Janet looks to improve the services offered at all LEAF Health clinics, whether in North Wales or in the South East. Janet comes from a background of setting up and running private medical practices in and around Harley Street, London. Janet is always looking for experienced and client-centred therapists or practitioners for LEAF Health clinics in Hitchin and North Wales, either on an Associate or Room Renter basis.
She is also a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist specialising in one session Stop Smoking (which includes another session anytime up to 6 months from the first, if required).
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, Manual Lymph Drainage, Reiki & Reiki Seichem Teacher
Penny is a very intuitive therapist and healer. She specialises in Manual Lymph Drainage for most conditions, including post-op, but not for clients with cancer. She has been practising therapies for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience. Penny is also able to combine her skills for her sessions and offer the client a tailor-made healing and therapeutic experience. Penny is available to book online.
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. Susan is available to book online.
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.
Our Room Renters
For more information or to book an appointment, please contact the practitioner directly
Level 5 Sports & Remedial Massage
Dev trained at the prestigious North London School of Sports Massage and obtained a BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage (the highest massage qualification currently available).
He has gained a wealth of experience working in top clinics around London, offering Sports Massage alongside the best personal trainers, pilates teachers, yoga teachers and physiotherapists in the country. His clients include professional athletes, marathon runners, new mothers, corporate professionals and many others from all walks of life.
Dev is a well-being enthusiast and his understanding of anatomy makes him very confident at delivering deep massage therapy, combined with suitable stretches to relax, release and lengthen those tight muscles. The treatment will always be tailored to the client’s needs. For more information or to book an appointment, please call 07779 333 915, email email@example.com or visit www.bodyworksportsmassages.com.
Sound Touch Therapy, Sound Massage, Hatha Yoga
Natalie uses Tibetan Singing Bowls and massage to bring healing, relaxation and physical and emotional balance. She teaches a 4-day course in Sound Healing as well as running Perfect Balance Retreats, both in the UK and abroad. Natalie also offers Hatha yoga, either on a one-to-one or group basis.
For more information or to book an appointment, contact Natalie on 07759 716186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
For appointments contact Emma on 07715 503 333 – visit www.emmajamescounselling.com.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 Katie Underwood
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Katie is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who works both privately and within the NHS. Her doctoral training provided her with expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy approaches. Since qualifying, Katie has also completed additional training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills, CBT for Psychosis and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). As such, Katie is able to integrate theory and strategies from a number of different therapeutic models in order to address individual difficulties effectively.
Katie has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced trauma using evidence-based treatments such as EMDR.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.