After researching and visiting all of the acupuncture courses within the UK I chose to train at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, not only for the integrative training I would receive in both 5 element acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, but also for the understanding of the impact of emotions on physical health, the conventional medical sciences content, high professional standards and rigorous training of the course. I gained a BSc (Hons) degree and a license to practice acupuncture.
During my time in the student clinic and in my early days of practice I found patients sought my support for many reasons including fertility, pregnancy, sexual functioning, anxiety, relationships issues and emotional distress. This guided my postgraduate training into the area's of obstetrics and gynaecology, IVF and fertility support, 5 elements and mental/ emotion support, and the impact of trauma.
Understanding the connectedness of the mind and emotions to the body is a central aspect to my work. To support working within these specialist areas I have also trained in integrative psychosexual therapy with the Centre for Psychosexual Health in London. I was drawn to this course for the skill and experience of the tutors, along with the integrative understanding of human sexual and relationship wellbeing, which encompasses the body, brain, mind and heart, as well as a deep appreciation of diversity and difference.
As part of my professional practice I also engage in ongoing supervision, including working with acupuncturists, an integrative body psychotherapist, and psychosexual therapists. I also continue to carry out postgraduate training in both acupuncture and psychosexual therapy.