This page tells you a little about the work I do alongside my yoga teaching. My day job is as a Registered Nurse, with 30 years' experience. I have always been interested in complementary practices, and I have an holistic approach to health and wellness. My training in CBT has enabled me to deliver integrated care in both physical and mental health, which for too long have been seen as separate disciplines. I have been practising yoga for as long as I can remember, becoming a qualified teacher in 2013. For me yoga is a wonderful therapeutic practice with so many benefits. My vocation is as a healer, and this, along with a desire to seek alternatives to standard western practices, led me to become a reiki practitioner. But yoga remains my passion; and it is yoga that I always turn to in order to find calm and to rebalance myself.
It wasn’t until I had been attending yoga classes and workshops for many years that I realised my future lay in being a teacher instead of a student. So I completed my yoga teacher training in 2013 with Steve Avian from www.shamayoga.org.uk in Sheffield. I enjoyed the training immensely, so I owe him a debt of gratitude. As events turned out, just as I finished my training Chris Boyer from Radiant Yoga moved away from Sheffield. I stepped into his shoes by taking over his Wadsley class, where I had recently been a student. I’ve been running it ever since. Early in 2015 I also set up the Nether Green class (now at Ranmoor). For more details about these classes, please visit the “My Yoga” page.
I completed my nurse training in Sheffield in 1989. I have worked on hospital wards, but my work has mainly been in the community, working first as a District Nurse, and for the past ten years as a Community Matron. My job involves home visits to people with complex medical and social needs. My role is to enable them to live as independently and as well as possible. I have extended role skills, including nurse prescribing and advanced assessment skills.
I have been a Reiki practitioner since 2014, completing level 2 attunement in 2015 with Jen Coldwell. For more information, see the "My Reiki" page.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
I am a trained Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. I currently work one session a week in the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service in Sheffield. I support people with anxiety and depression using Cognitive Behaviour techniques. For more information, visit www.sheffieldiapt.shsc.nhs.uk.
I am involved in a research project run by the University of Sheffield working to support the mental health of patients who have physical health problems. This is ground-breaking but also, in my opinion, long overdue. It takes the quite sensible view that mental and physical health are closely related. Physical illness can affect one’s mental health; and sufferers of mental illnesses might encounter difficulties keeping themselves physically healthy. Effective care, combining my nursing and CBT skills, is offered by addressing both of these aspects in an holistic approach.