I retired as a GP after 30 years in practice in Danbury in April 2013. I also worked as a Medical Assistant at Farleigh Hospice for 17 years.
In 1999, I gained a Diploma in Care of the Dying, the Bereaved and their Families at Middlesex University. I started practising Medical Hypnosis after the Foundation Course in 2011 and gained my BSCAH Accreditation in 2014. I also worked in the NHS Boreham Hypnosis Clinic from 2013-2015.
I qualified at London Hospital Medical College in 1978 and participated in a GP training scheme based around Harold Wood/Basildon Hospitals, undertaking my GP training year in Doddinghurst.
During my 30 years as a GP Partner, I had many medical interests. I was on the Relate Committee, the Psychiatric Division, the board of Farleigh Hospice, and I was Cancer Lead for the local primary care trust. With Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Acharrya, I started a joint Psychiatric Clinic at Danbury Surgery. Lee House Surgery was the first practice in Mid-Essex to have in house counsellors.
As a result of my interest in psychiatric care/counselling, I became interested in Medical Hypnosis. My one regret is leaving it so long before I took this course as I really appreciate the beneficial effect hypnotherapy has on my patients.
â€¢ Psychosomatic problems
â€¢ Pain management
â€¢ Victims of abuse
â€¢ Ante-natal anxiety, nausea and vomiting
â€¢ Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting
â€¢ Eating disorders, especially bulimia
â€¢ Palliative care.