A little About Me
I have been practicing acupuncture for over 20 years and remain full of admiration for this extraordinary system of medicine. I have developed particular areas of interest and expertise in Women’s Health and Teenagers but I also enjoy running a general practice which brings in a wide range of people each with their unique blend of symptoms.
I was brought up in Portugal and began my education at a French Lycée. These early experiences formed the basis of my first careers. I studied Hispanic Languages and Literature at St Andrews University and worked at GCHQ, later joining the BBC World Service as a news sub. I became interested in acupuncture following a period of ill health which also led me to study and practice Qi Gong, T’ai Chi, Buqi and meditation.
Healing takes place in many different ways. Over the years I’ve come to realise that a calm and positive environment makes a huge difference: there is space to talk and be heard, there is time to develop a collaborative approach in which knowledge is shared and a healing formula can be devised which works for you.
How I started in Acupuncture
I trained with Angie and John Hicks at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. I was particularly drawn to this college as it was the first to combine the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Five Element acupuncture. The strengths of these two systems is that whilst both aim to find the root cause of your illness, they focus on different areas: TCM on physical symptoms, and Five Element acupuncture on your emotional wellbeing.
My training continues and I have since completed further specialist courses on Fertility & IVF, Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Cancer Care, Sports Injuries, Back Care, Western Medicines and Tuina, among others.
I use a range of traditional TCM therapies which include tongue and pulse diagnosis, cupping, moxibustion (a warming herb), Tuina (remedial massage), as well as lifestyle and dietary therapy. Alongside these I also use the more modern heat lamps and electric acupuncture if required.
As a member of the British Acupuncture Council I am bound by its Codes of Professional Conduct and Safe Practice.