16th November 2018 

Our Practitioners

Practitioners. Adam_Leighton_001

Adam Leighton MBAcC DipAC BSc (Hons) TCM: Acupuncture
Acupuncture Cupping Tai Chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine

In 1998 Adam graduated from Westminster University with a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture.

Since 1998 he has completed a number of post graduate courses with the likes of Zita West, Jani White, Ilkay Chirali, Dr Stephen Gascoigne, Michael Dooley, David Mayor, Giovanni Maciocia, Tony Brewer and more. These courses covered a variety of topics including cupping, fertility, gynaecological conditions, obstetrics (treating during and after pregnancy), electro-acupuncture, Back pain, TCM diagnosis and how the interaction of pharmaceutical drugs may affect TCM diagnosis.

He has over 30 years experience with Tai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung (passive martial arts) and in keeping with traditional chinese practice may include certain exercises or breathing techniques to aid recovery. Treatment may also incorporate TCM dietary advice, therapeutic massage (utilising Chinese meridian theory and contemporary teachings), cupping, moxibustion and electro-acupuncture.

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) have regular news bulletins, an array of important information relating to current and historic research, background information about membership of the BAcC and more which can be viewed at www.acupuncture.org.uk.

For additional information about research in these areas you can also visit the Journal of Chinese Medicine: click here.

For specific research and abstract articles focusing on fertility and associated issues please visit Dr Magarelli and Diane Cridennda’s website in the USA, eastwindsacupuncture.com.

Adam has a particular interest in gynaecological problems, fertility issues (male and female), obstetrics such as labour induction, general muscular-skeletal problems including sciatica, frozen shoulder and disc problems. Additionally, patients present with a wide range of complaints including insomnia, stress, migraines, asthma, IBS, ME, CFS, MS, Parkinsons, Bells Palsy and much more. Over the last few years Adam has been seeing more teenagers [and younger] in clinic for a variety of issues and has had referrals from a pediatrician with teenagers diagnosed with IBS. These younger patients have benefited from a reduction or cessation in their symptoms. Please feel free to call Adam should you wish to discuss a particular condition as he is happy to advise as to whether he can help and if not, who else at the clinic may be appropriate.

Adam's treatment is covered by a variety of private medical insurance companies including WPA, Aviva, HSA, Pru Health and in 2016 AXA PPP are now covering classical acupuncture. If you want to try and claim your treatment cost back from your health insurer please do discuss this with Adam prior to your first appointment.

What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.

Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.

Lao Tzu
The Tao Te Ching

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Practitioners. Mauriceleane03

Maurice Leane BSc (Hons) Podiatry MChS SRCh
Chiropody and Podiatry

Maurice is a State Registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist with considerable experience in both NHS and Private Practice chiropody treatment. After graduating from the University of Westminster in 1996 Maurice worked for Camden and Islington Health Authority, gaining a wide range of knowledge in a challenging inner city environment. He used this experience to later enter into private practice in the Barnet area where he has practised since 1998.

Clinic visits cost 29.00 and home visits from 32.00.
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Practitioners. Lee Crocker 2008

Lee Crocker BSc (Chiro)

Lee graduated as a Chiropractor from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, Abingdon, where he received a degree in Human Chiropractic. He is a member of the United Chiropractic Association (UCA) and registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).

Lee Crocker is an active sportsman. He has run the Edinburgh and Paris marathons, raising money for CLIC Sargent. He has a keen interest in the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries.

Lee Crocker takes a holistic approach to his patients' treatment, where he will try to treat the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. Lee uses a variety of Chiropractic adjustments and massage techniques to achieve this.

GCC Reg: 02191
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Christine Guerrier APNT BSc (Hons) Ost

Christine is a fully qualified Osteopath having completed a 5 year degree programme at the College of Osteopaths in London where she is a part-time clinic tutor.

She is a registered member of the General Osteopathic Council, a member of the British Osteopathic Association and London Osteopathic Society.

Christine also holds a diploma in Sports Injuries and regularly attends post-graduate courses focused on all aspects of osteopathic care.

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Practitioners. Gill Abrahams 2

Gill Abrahams MBACP (Accred)
UKRC Reg Ind Counsellor

Psychodynamic Counselling

Gill is a BACP Accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor, possessing fifteen years counselling experience, working with a wide range of Clients. This includes working in private practice, with Students, Trainee Counsellors, and referrals from both G.P’s and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s). She has also worked as a Counsellor for Boots helping employees deal with both personal and professional issues, and supporting them to deal with traumatic incidents in the workplace.

Gill works with clients on both a short term and long term basis.

Why do we need counselling?
During our lives we often experience times when we feel unable to cope, feel unheard, and/or stressed. Counselling offers an opportunity to express unspoken feelings and concerns which may be difficult to vocalise. Counselling sessions provide a confidential, safe, and supportive space to explore feelings, past issues and how to make changes; and to feel heard without judgement.

Gill helps clients with a wide range of issues including:
  • anxiety
  • bereavement
  • depression
  • employment/work related issues
  • health issues
  • loss
  • low self-esteem
  • panic attacks
  • relationship difficulties
  • self-harm
  • stress
  • transitions
  • trauma

Further information can be found at www.hear2help.net.

As an Accredited Counsellor, Gill is bound by BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure in force. Further information regarding this and counselling related matters can be found at: www.bacp.co.uk.

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Practitioners. Marina_Townsley_001

Naturopathy (ND) Nutritional Therapy (dip CNM) Herbal Medicine (Western Ayurvedic and TCM Herbs dip CNM)

Marina is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist who trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London for 5 years. Originally from Russia, she brings a wealth of knowledge about traditional and folk medicine of that country where natural medicine and home-made remedies are not viewed as alternative but rather integrated alongside the orthodox medical approach.

As a Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist, Marina has a passion for educating others about making healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging them to enjoy their food while helping to prevent nutritional imbalances which may lead to escalating health problems. She believes in being proactive in preventing such problems before they turn into illnesses.

Marina is trained in three systems of Herbal Medicine. Her patients can benefit from evidence based Western herbalism and ancient traditions of India and China, which offer unique energetic approaches to health. She can prescribe herbs and medicinal plants from three continents, and relishes a challenge of addressing chronic long-term conditions. As a Naturopath she focuses on the person as a whole, taking account of not just physical but also mental and emotional well-being.

If you book a consultation with Marina, you can expect the following:
  • To have a thorough assessment of your life patterns and daily routine
  • To receive an individualised dietary advice based on your medical and family history, current state of health and lifestyle
  • To address any health issues you may have through the dietary recommendations specific for you and to correct your nutritional status if it is out of balance
  • To be guided on natural detoxification, ways to support digestion and absorption, and the avoidance of environmental pollutants or allergens
  • To be advised in regard to the appropriate use of dietary supplements, vitamins and minerals as well as medicinal herbs
  • To be referred to further tests either through your GP or privately
  • To be recommended Bach Flower Essences to restore emotional well-being

The areas of special interest include women’s hormonal and gynaecological problems, cholesterol reduction by natural means, children’s ailments, diabetes type II prevention, improving energy levels and finding herbal alternatives to antidepressant medication.

Marina also writes for the Health & Beauty column of Sublime e-magazine.

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Practitioners. Karen Hallowell

Karen Hallowell BA (Hons) MCSP
Chartered Physiotherapist and Registered with Health and Care Professions Council

Member of Physio First
Member of The Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Association of Physiotherapists

Karen trained at the Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy in Birmingham and has more than 30 years' experience in both the NHS and private sectors.

Karen worked as a senior physiotherapist in the NHS, specialising in orthopaedics and women’s health issues. For the past ten years, Karen’s career has included working in a private hospital, health clinic, nursing home as well as visiting people in their own homes when necessary.

Karen has a busy and active lifestyle which includes looking after four children as well as two dogs. She enjoys walking and enjoys activity filled holidays, and she is keen to make sure that treatments and any advice are tailored to an individual’s needs and requirements.

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Dr Georgina Hibbert
Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Dr Georgina Hibbert is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the NHS and private settings for the last fifteen years. Since qualifying in 2005, she has specialised in working with children and adolescents from birth to 18 years old. She works with a variety of psychological models including CBT, DDP and more systemic approaches. She is qualified to work with a range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic and phobias. She works with older children around 'adolescent' issues and has an interest in working with children who have suffered childhood trauma. Georgina, in line with NICE guidelines carries out assessments for autism which may often involve a cognitive assessment to gain a better understanding of academic ability including strengths and weaknesses.

Georgina has undertaken numerous training courses since qualifying and is able to tailor her approach to suit the needs of the child or young person. The length of therapy varies depending on the level of complexity and the approach used. A 90 minute assessment including a full developmental history will always been carried out in the first session.

Even when working with children individually, Georgina will always bring the parent or carer into the sessions at times. She believes that difficulties are never the fault of one individual but more of response to a wider context including relationships.

Georgina is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health Professionals' Council (HCPC). She is also accredited by various private health insurance companies and registered with ACHIPP and the Counselling Directory.

Georgina offers a free 20 minute telephone consultation to discuss the difficulties and ways in which she may be able to help your child and your family.

Please visit www.georginahibbert.com for more information

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Practitioners. Debbie Petit

Debbie Pettit RGN, MAR

Debbie qualified in 2004 and holds a Diploma in Reflexology. She is a full member of the Association of Reflexologists (MAR).

As a Registered Nurse and Reflexologist she has a passion for health and wellbeing.

It is through her experiences as a Registered Nurse working with both conventional and complementary therapies that she developed a keen interest in Reflexology.

Debbie has a wealth of experience treating clients for a variety of reasons. She has a particular interest in stress and anxiety management, infertility and support during pregnancy.

She has completed post registration training courses in:
  • Hand Reflexology
  • Reflexology during pre-conception, pregnancy and post-natal care
  • Reflexology for stress management
  • Reflexology for supporting people with cancer

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    Liana Angeli MNCS (Accred)
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Yoga Teacher

    Liana is a MNCS Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with experience in CBT and Integrative Counselling working through private practice and NHS referrals.

    Liana works with clients on short-term basis using CBT therapy and longer term using Integrative Counselling. She uses different modalities of therapy to suit an individual client. Liana treats her client as a ‘whole’ person rather than just working with the symptoms and labels. She uses empathy and compassion through her therapy.

    Liana’s mission is to equip people with tools, skills and valuable strategies whilst exploring issues in non-judgmental way and help them reframe negative thoughts and beliefs so that they are empowered to make changes in the most effective way.

    Liana’s training lies through the College of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies and holds diplomas in CBT/REBT, Advanced CBT/REBT, Advanced Diploma in Integrative CBT/REBT. She has also trained through London Metropolitan University, holds certification in counselling and a Certificate in clinical development training on working with NHS clients.

    Liana is also a qualified Yoga Teacher, she is accredited 200 hours RYS Yoga Teacher and Accredited The British Wheel of Yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga for over 5 years at Wesley Hall and privately. Her knowledge and practice of yoga, has helped her to combine yoga, mindfulness and meditation into therapy, making her therapy sessions unique and holistic, thus help her clients in the most effective way.

    "I have been working with NHS referrals through Talking Therapies over two years. I have worked with patients using Integrative Counselling approach. This type of therapy is a combined approach to counselling that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative counselling is holistic, it takes into account your mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. This approach is not a single approach to treat each client in all situations, it integrates different things and tools that are specific to a client. Each client is unique, this therapy is ideal to use for different types of issues, what would work for one client might not necessarily work for other people. In this type of therapy we would work out a program of therapy that could suit you and your personal needs. I have a vast experience of working with a variety from very complex issues to more simple ones, through NHS referrals, some of the issues I have worked with are: sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, agoraphobias, anxiety disorders, death issues, grief, suicide, obsessive thoughts, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, self-esteem issues, rejection issues, living with diagnosis of cancer and patients in remission and many more."

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    Practitioners. Linda Gardner

    Linda Gardner
    Systemic Psychotherapist and Couple Counsellor

    (BSc Psychology MA Social Work MA Systemic Psychotherapy)

    What is a Systemic Psychotherapist?

    Systemic Psychotherapists are often known as Family Therapists. Family Therapists recognise that different cultures and groups have different ideas about the meaning of ‘family’ and are sensitive to diverse family structures, relationships, beliefs and cultures. Family Therapy may include individual family members or any group combination.

    My Background:

    I have worked primarily in the Public Sector, initially as a social worker within Children & Families, then moving to CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) as a Clinic Social Worker. This inspired my move into psychotherapy and I re-trained for four years at the Tavistock Clinic as a Systemic Psychotherapist. In conjunction with this I have worked for many years as a Relate Counsellor.

    My specialism:

    Over time I have developed a particular speciality and passion for working with couples. I am experienced in working with the many issues that can impact on couple relationships, such as communication difficulties; sexual difficulties; financial constraints; step-families; bereavement; physical and emotional illness; addictions and cross-cultural differences. I usually start with an introductory session for the couple followed by an individual session for each, before commencing on-going couple therapy.

    Professional Registration:

    I am UKCP and AFT Registered, and bound by UKCP Codes of Ethics and Practice

    Contact Details:

    For further information, please do not hesitate to email me directly at quintessence53@hotmail.co.uk or contact me through the Eden Clinic

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