I suffered for many years with migraines and in 2002 I started experiencing disturbing side effects from prescribed migraine tablets.
I met a homeopath through a friend and decided to go and see her. I was amazed at how in-depth the first consultation was, the questions she asked helped her to build up a picture of me as a whole person. As well as prescribing a homeopathic remedy, she suggested some changes to my diet. My energy levels improved enormously within a week and the migraines became much less frequent and less intense.
Homeopathy worked extremely well for me so I became more curious about how and why it worked. This led me to study for four years at the British School of Homeopathy in Bath, graduating in the summer of 2007. I am also a registered member of the Society of Homeopaths and adhere to their code of ethics and professional conduct. The Society been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority which means all registered members are committed to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service.
I have a background in science with a degree in Chemistry from Sussex University. After graduation, I worked in university chemistry and geology research laboratories for many years before discovering homeopathy. With my scientific mind, I wanted to see existing evidence supporting homeopathy and was reassured to find there are a huge number of research papers and studies which show it is an effective treatment. See the Research postings on the blog for more information.
Between 2010 and 2014 I was a member of the Society of Homeopaths Research Committee. Our aim is to encourage and support research in homeopathy and also to raise awareness of existing good quality research.
I have a particular interest in working with people with a range of mental health issues and feel homeopathy has a huge amount to offer. When I lived in Bristol I ran a weekly homeopathy drop-in clinic for The Big Issue for their staff and homeless magazine vendors. At the same time I worked for SANE on their telephone helpline and had a great deal of training in mental health counselling. As a result of this interest, a large proportion of the people I treat have come to me with problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and Post Traumatic Stress.
Every year I volunteer with the Travelling Homeopaths Collective who provide low cost homeopathy clinics at various festivals over the summer season. I usually work at Glastonbury and one or two local festivals.
In 2008 and 2009 I spent time in Kolkata in India doing a post graduate homeopathy course with Dr Subrata Banerjea. This was an amazing experience and you can see more about my Indian adventures on my blog.
In October 2010 I started a small lunchtime business networking group in Settle, this was originally aimed at home based workers but has expanded rapidly and we now have over 160 small businesses on our email list. We are now working closely with the Settle Chamber of Trade, Federation of Small Businesses and other local business groups to provide networking, training and other events for all local businesses.