I am from a farming family and grew up in Suffolk. My love of the countryside informed and inspired my initial training in Art, gaining a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Bath Academy. I went on to Goldsmiths and completed my Art Teacher’s Certificate. I taught Art at secondary school level in London and developed art therapy projects with children in hospital. I also did a year of Theatre design at the Riverside Theatre, Hammersmith.
The change of focus career-wise came about as a result of my own illness and direct experience of acupuncture treatment. In 1988 I decided to train at the College of Traditional Acupuncture. I have had a private practice since 1991 in both corporate and private clinic settings. I was part of the faculty at the College of Traditional Acupuncture from 1994 to 1999.
In the last three years I have also rekindled my artistic interest, have been making ceramics and hope to develop my expertise further.
The personal qualities, I bring to my healing work as an acupuncturist, are compassion, humour and encouragement. I strongly believe that the work cannot be formulaic and the relationship between practitioner and client is as important as the use of needles. Having a place to talk, reflect and be heard is important and symptoms are more fully understood. As a result the treatment goes to the core of a problem and is more effective. I also find that a lot of humour arises when I am working and this also helps.