CNHC has a Profession Specific Board (PSB) for each of the fifteen professions it registers. PSBs provide advice to the CNHC Board about therapy-specific issues and are a key element of CNHC’s structure.
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You can read profiles about each member of our PSBs below:
Erica is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) and has been teaching the Alexander Technique since she qualified in 2004. She teaches individuals and groups and likes to apply her knowledge to activities such as running, swimming and horse riding. She is an active member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique Research Group having been instrumental in setting it up during her time on the STAT Council from 2008 – 2013. She is particularly interested in spreading the word about the benefits of the Alexander Technique, and encouraging research into how the Technique works.
With a deep-seated interest in natural health and massage since childhood, Dinesh trained with Aromatherapy Associates from 1998 to 2000 and subsequently trained directly under Madame Micheline Arcier. His key areas of interest are clinical massage and aromatherapy; natural skincare and cosmetic products; training and education; and workplace massage. He is dedicated to holistic and natural health principles for both complementary therapy and as lifestyle regime. Dinesh has been involved with the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) for many years - providing treatments at trade stands, teaching, examining and speaking publicly for them in both the UK and overseas. He served on the IFA Council for three years, and was elected as Chair from October 2010 to October 2012. He is also a member of the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA).
Tina has over 30 years experience in the industry and 20 years training experience. Massage & Plant Medicine have featured in her life right from Childhood. Tina undertook four years training with Professor Pierre Franchomme in Scientific Aromatherapy. Tina has worked with NHS Midwives helping new mums bond with their babies, she wrote the massage programme for Sure Start when it first set up in Newcastle. She has worked with Open Road and the Anglia Ruskin University in Reducing Addiction with Aromatherapy. Tina runs a private clinic and teaches accredited courses. Tina is qualified in numerous other practises and believes strongly in CPD. She is passionate to share this knowledge with others.
Angela began working in complementary healthcare over 20 years ago, qualifying in Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and the Bowen Technique. Angela has been privileged to work with a local Breast Care Group in Lincolnshire carrying out research into improving shoulder mobility after Breast Cancer treatments and surgery using the Bowen Technique. Angela is a registered Bowtech tutor, but nowadays encourages and assists practitioners to become caring well qualified professionals through her position as Chairman of the Bowen Association UK. The Bowen Forum and PSB have given her the opportunity to be part of setting up and maintaining standards of expertise in the healthcare industry.
Michael has been a massage therapist since 1996, working within the international sports arena with the England Cricket Team for three years before training in Bowen with the European College of Bowen Studies (ECBS) in 2001. Michael has a busy multi-disciplinary practice in Spalding, South Lincolnshire, and teaches Bowen for the ECBS throughout the UK. In 2010, Michael completed his MSc by Research, investigating The Bowen Technique and chronic non-specific low back pain, and is keen to further the quantity of evidence based research within the Bowen field.
Alastair qualified in the treatment of Injury with the Football Association's 3 year course in 1972 and became one of the first Regional Instructors for the FA. He was "physio" to a semi-professional football club for 10 years and qualified in the Bowen Technique in 1998. He taught Bowen for 10 years with the European College of Bowen Studies and is a Senior Associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has studied the treatment of respiratory diseases with Bowen for over 12 years. His aim is to ensure that members of the public receive Bowen treatment at a consistent level.
Annie's background is in Nursing, Counselling, Complementary Therapies and Healing. She was one of the pioneers of integrated health care in the early 1990's, introducing a Complementary Therapy Service, which included Healing, into an acute Oncology Department. Annie was a committee member of the Royal College of Nursing Complementary Therapies Forum and was involved in the compilation of the Healing section of the National Guidelines for Complementary Therapies in Supportive & Palliative Care. She has lectured and led modules both in the UK and in the United States, and has had work published. Currently she is Psychological Support Lead and Complementary Therapies Lead for Anglia Cancer Network. Knowing how supportive Healing can be she is dedicated to its integration into healthcare, through a professional framework which still allows for the uniqueness of the Healing process.
Helen has been a healer and teacher for 25 years, both in Britain and internationally. In 1996 she graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing in the USA. Since that time she has run a professional practice. She has held over 10,000 private consultations, and has designed and taught a three-year accredited healing programme. Helen has a strong desire to see healing develop professionally, for the benefit of both clients and practitioners, and welcomes the opportunity to help achieve this aim.
Dr Kate Beaven Marks
An experienced clinical hypnotist, with special interests in pain and anxiety, working with a wide range of hypnotherapeutic approaches, in ward settings, in an NHS teaching hospital, as well as with private clients. Passionate about effective teaching, Kate teaches and examines widely, including Further Education and Higher Education (MSc. Clinical Hypnosis programme) and presents nationally and internationally on a range of topics relating to hypnosis. Recent research projects have included exploring mindfulness and anxiety effects on hypnotic susceptibility and the influence of the hypnotherapy National Occupational Standards on teaching, learning and professionalism in the UK.
Following her completion of a BA(Hons) in Communication and subsequent positions within blue-chip advertising agencies in both Southampton and London, Georgina undertook training in hypnotherapy, obtaining her Diploma qualification in 2005. She has now been with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) for 10 years and in which she holds both a Senior Executive position and Senior Practitioner status registration. Her responsibilities range from addressing the daily queries raised by both the public and the 3,000 plus.
Garry was part of the first and, so far, only cohort in the UK to be awarded an MSc in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Garry’s MSc research studied the effectiveness of pre-surgical hypnosis in the recovery of patients undergoing breast cancer biopsies. Garry has been a full time practitioner for over a decade with five busy practices in Surrey, Hampshire and London. These include working in an oncology unit at a major hospital and within a GP surgery. In addition to working with patients, Garry regularly offers mentoring and supervision and is also in demand as a guest lecturer and conference presenter.
Earle Abrahamson is an internationally published author, therapist, psychologist, educator, consultant and teaching fellow. He has worked actively in education and complementary therapies, specialising in sport and exercise massage and rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and senior practitioner in sports massage therapy with the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP). In 2012 he was the recipient of the Institute for Complementary & Natural Medicine award for outstanding contribution to complementary medicine. Earle is an accredited Massage Training Institute massage tutor and worked with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games at the 2012 Olympics as an accredited sports massage therapist. He was situated in The Velodrome and in The Athletes Village.
Jen Lloyd is a practising sports massage therapist in the North West of England for 16 years and counting. Jen is also qualified in various other massage techniques, Sports rehabilitation (BSc), Acupuncture, Biomechanics and Kinesiology. Jen’s area of post graduate focus was in Biomechanics and Gait Analysis and she also has a particular area of interest in women’s health, pregnancy anatomy and has completed Post Graduate studies in Pregnancy Manipulation, Pregnancy and Fertility Acupuncture, Pregnancy Rehabilitation and Pregnancy Massage. As a private practice owner Jen is now evolving into an educator after 16 years’ experience in training and mentoring new graduates at her private practices and is dedicated to maintain and growing her profession as a whole. Jen’s academic research is currently focussed in Oncology.
Maria is the founder of BODYHARMONICS® and has been teaching and practising acupuncture and Tui Na for over 20 years. To date she has studied acupuncture in China 13 times at TCM hospitals in Shanghai, Wehai, Beijing, Xian and Jinan since 1992. Maria is an internationally published author of two Tui Na books and a Thai massage book. She established Acupuncture- Acutherapy Council (AcuC) which is a register of practitioners of Traditional acupuncture and acupressure. Maria was an active member of both the Acupuncture stakeholders group and the Microsystems Acupuncture Regulatory Working Group. She is committed to furthering the educational and professional standards of acupuncturists.
Following a 15-year career in media sales management and business development, Amanda's increasing interest in holistic medicine, resulted in her qualifying as a Practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2005. She has since become a senior lecturer and joint head of research and development for the College of Chinese Medicine, London, and is Vice Chairman of The Acupuncture Society, a professional association. She has a special interest in women's health. She lectures in Cosmetic Acupuncture and runs a private online forum, to encourage safe, informed practice as well as research projects. Amanda is committed to promoting the integration of acupuncture into the NHS and developing robust scientific CAM research methods and has been actively involved in this regard over the past 5 years.
Jonathan is a Traditional (TCM) Acupuncturist, Auricular Acupuncturist, Shiatsu practitioner and teacher of Oriental Medicine, Fellow of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Principal of the British College of Auricular Acupuncture, Chair of The Society of Auricular Acupuncturists, Senior Lecturer for The College of Auricular Acupuncture and has actively been leading Microsystems Acupuncture into voluntary regulation with the CNHC.
Gilian Crowther is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist. She also completed the AFMCP Functional Medicine diploma in 2011. As well as running a generalist clinic in London, she also practises and holds seminars on Cell Symbiosis Therapy, an approach to complex multisystem disorders focusing on the mitochondria. This therapy originates from Germany, where she spent many years studying naturopathic techniques. Gilian also sits on the General Naturopathic Council as a representative of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association, is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT), Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine, and an Associate of the British Society of Environmental Medicine.
Abi Francis has been practicing as a full time CAM therapist for almost 20 years and in 2014 evidenced all her qualifications and was awarded a full Naturopathic Diploma via the GNC (General Naturopathic Council). Abi is separately qualified and registered as a full member of the AMH (Association of Master Herbalists), GNI (Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists), GNC and ARCH (Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists).
Tom graduated in naturopathy and osteopathy in 1996 from the College of Osteopaths, and from the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust in 1998. He has taught naturopathy to undergraduates, has presented internationally to naturopathic and medical doctors, published articles on naturopathy and presented at naturopathic conferences internationally, as well as presenting to and tutoring osteopaths on a biodynamic approach to osteopathy. He is academic dean of the Institute for Human Individuality, Vice-President of both the UK General Council and Register of Naturopaths and British Naturopathic Association, and is overseas member of the College Council of Endeavour College of Natural Health, Australia. Tom runs an integrative medicine clinic and serology laboratory, and includes in his own naturopathic medicine practice osteopathy, craniosacral therapy and medical acupuncture. He is committed to raising the standards of naturopathic education and scope of practice in the UK.
Roger Groos B.Bc. (Hons.) originally trained as a biologist and worked as an agronomist in the UK and overseas until retraining in Holistic Medicine in 1986; he added colonic hydrotherapy to his practice in 1988. Working broadly naturopathically, he combines dietary therapy, colonics, the use of herbs, reflexology and lymphatic drainage in his practices in Devon and Somerset. He has long experience in teaching diet and nutrition, postgraduate training in colonics and has lectured on these subjects to various organisations around the UK. He was a founder member of Association and Register of Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH), has been chairman on three occasions and is now Honorary President and a director of the General Naturopathic Council.
Alison is a senior lecturer on the postgraduate nutritional therapy programmes at the University of Worcester. She also has a wide range of practice experience which includes working with clients with breast cancer. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), CNHC registered, involved in the NTEC training providers forum and accreditation process. She was also involved in the BANT/CNHC grand parenting process and is very involved in the development of nutritional therapy as a profession.
Jo is an experienced, practising Nutritional Therapist based in Brighton, specialising in digestive health. She has worked in nutrition education for 9 years as Clinical Training Manager and Lecturer at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition. She holds a diploma in Nutritional Therapy and a BA honours degree from Leeds University. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and is registered with CNHC. Jo is passionate about raising standards in Nutritional Therapy.
Emma is a practising Nutritional Therapist, module leader and lecturer at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition. She holds a diploma in Nutritional Therapy and a BA honours degree from Bradford University. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and is registered with CNHC. Emma is passionate about improving standards of nutritional therapy via education, and has a particular interest in food sustainability.
Sally currently works part time for the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) as their training and education co-ordinator, supporting reflexology training schools. She has written educational material, published by the Aor, on maternity and hand reflexology . She is a board member of the Reflexology in Europe Network (RiEN), runs a small reflexology CPD school and has a private reflexology practice. Sally qualified as a reflexologist in 1999. She is a registered general nurse, having completed a nursing degree at Edinburgh University in 1986, and a qualified teacher, gaining her PGCE from Greenwich University in 2006. She taught the Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology from 2003 to 2011 in central London.
Nicola trained as a reflexologist with Doreen Bayly in 1977 and then went on to assist Doreen Bayly with her training courses before taking over the Bayly School in 1980. Since then Nicola has trained thousands of students in the UK and abroad. As well as teaching, Nicola has a reflexology practice in Worcestershire and in London. She is the author of 8 books on reflexology many of which have been translated into foreign languages and has contributed to complementary medicine books and articles as well as appearing on television and radio. As Chair of The British Reflexology Association, she has been involved in the ‘politics’ of reflexology for many years and has worked hard towards the greater acceptance of reflexology as a complementary therapy for all.
Tracey has been a reflexologist since 1997. Previously she had completed a BSc honours degree in applied biology and immunology which culminated in a career as a molecular biologist at several major London teaching hospitals. She began to work for the Association of Reflexologists initially as a volunteer and for the last 10 years as an increasingly full time member of staff. As part of her employed role with the Association of Reflexologists she represents reflexology at a varied selection of organisations and conferences including the Reflexology in Europe Network (RiEN), the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM), the Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare and the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research.
David Wayte is Principal of Jubilee College, Director of Professional Reflexology and was the first Reflexologist to be made a member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He started his teaching career in 2001 at South East Derbyshire College, where he became head of Complementary Therapies. He then opened Jubilee College in 2007 where he teaches the Level 5 Reflexology Mastership. He also created Finger Free® Reflexology a unique way of delivering Reflexology that is designed to help Reflexologists avoid Repetitive Strain Injury. He has had articles published on RSI’s by a number of Reflexology associations.
Andy has been practicing Reiki since 2000 and teaching Reiki since 2001. Reiki quickly became a centre-point for his life and Andy is now an experienced and dedicated Reiki teacher and practitioner and has taught many hundreds of students traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho. Andy is passionate about Reiki and feels that Reiki needs to be taught and used in a professional way and always to follow best practice to promote Reiki in a positive light both to the public and to the medical professions.
Kate discovered the benefits of Reiki helped her cope following the sudden death of her father in 1987. She learned Reiki in 1989 and became a Reiki master in 1991. She has a passion for this practice and in particular for Reiki being accessible to those who need it and for Reiki practitioners to be of a good standard. Her experience includes 12 years working for The Reiki Association, representing the Association and Reiki Alliance on the Reiki Regulatory Working Group and Reiki Council, helping to develop the first Reiki National Occupational Standards (NOS) in 2005 and the revisions for the Complementary and Natural Healthcare NOS in 2009. She also helped to develop the Reiki Council Core Curriculum for professional Reiki practitioners. She is honoured to be on the Reiki PSB.
Having ten years Reiki experience and using it both personally and professionally, has given Wendy the hunger to encourage all practitioners to understand the use of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and core curricula, not only in the Reiki field but for all Complementary Therapies. As a Master Teacher, Wendy prides herself on training her students to professional standards. Wendy works with people with disabilities and armed service personnel and their families as well as anyone wanting relaxation or to soothe mind or body. Being on the committee of the UK Reiki Federation for six years has given Wendy the understanding needed to be part of the CNHC Reiki PSB.
Jeanne’s amazing Reiki journey started in 1999, reaching Reiki Master/Teacher in 2000, forming The Reiki Connection (TRC) in 2004.
2005 found Jeanne in the Reiki Regulatory Working Groups (RRWG) team, (along with Kate Jones) helping develop the National Occupational Standards for Reiki.
In 2008 TRC became a founder member association of the Reiki Council (R.C.), with Jeanne being the R.C. Treasurer and R.C. Verifications Officer. Jeanne holds a C&G Adult Teaching Certificate and an Open University Degree on health related subjects including ‘Perspectives on Complementary & Alternative Medicine’. She became a member of the Reiki Profession Specific Board in 2006. Her passion is promoting the benefits of, and teaching, Reiki for Professional Practice.
Bev Breeze has been a Shiatsu practitioner since 1998, having received her diploma from the British School of Shiatsu-Do. Based in London, she has a European client base and has worked with professional sports people at National and International Levels. She is a former Treasurer of Shiatsu-Representatives-UK and was made a Fellow of Shiatsu International in recognition of her contributions to Shiatsu as a profession. She is wholly committed to furthering the professional practice of each and every Shiatsu practitioner.
Tamsin has 25 years’ Shiatsu experience She has Practitioner and Teacher membership of Shiatsu Society (SSUK ) and has served as a committee and Board member of SSUK as well as being its Chair. Tamsin has a wealth of experience in setting up and running Shiatsu clinics, and teaching for diverse organisations such as Fife Health Board (baby Shiatsu to health visitors), the Scottish Office (self-help classes for employees), primary and secondary schools (Shiatsu for stress), and BodyPositive, a charity for those who are HIV positive and their carers. Tamsin has completed a great deal of CPD over the years in specialist areas such as cancer and bereavement, fertility, pregnancy and working with babies/children and has a busy practice interested in MS, ME, IBS and mental health. She recently acted as mediator for a national organisation, being interested in balanced discussion and debate, efficient administration and harmonious communication.
Teresa is a qualified Nurse and Midwife with first honours degrees in Health & Community Studies and Midwifery. During her many years as a Midwife she has attended numerous counselling courses and study days, obtaining Diplomas in Couple & Bereavement Counselling. She also established and taught health professionals Complementary Medicine at Poole Hospital and many local Colleges. She is qualified in and helped tutor the Advanced Shiatsu Diploma & Fellowship and has an Advanced Diploma in Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy. Teresa is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga Diploma tutor with many years experience in teaching, all ages, in both Adult Education and privately. She has been a Member of the Healing Trust for thirty years and has taught numerous healing courses and groups. In 2014 Teresa qualified with a Diploma in Crystal Therapy and is in the process of completing a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy.
Sue has been practising Shiatsu on a part-time basis in Milton Keynes since 2007 when she graduated from the Genki School of Shiatsu near Bedford. She also practises Tai Chi and teaches Yoga. She really values connecting with other practitioners besides Shiatsu to share ideas and see things from a different perspective. Working full-time at the Open University, in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, Sue is part of a team that develops distance-learning materials. She recently completed a PhD which focused on the professionalisation of Shiatsu. Her research highlighted the challenges and tensions as well as the rewards of making a living as a Shiatsu practitioner. Sue is committed to a way of working that values the sharing of ideas and builds on each other’s practices and perspectives in a supportive and productive way which she believes in turn, benefits all.
Richard is a Clinical Sports Therapist and has been in the health and fitness industry for nearly 25 years. He is Training Director at Active Health Group and combines this role with clinical practice, and working at Sports Therapy Foundation, a charitable organisation offering free first aid training, educational scholarships and free musculoskeletal treatments. Richard is also the Founder and current President at Sports Therapy Organisation (STO). Richard is currently a Rep at the governing body for Soft Tissue Therapies, General Council for Massage Therapists (GCMT). He also assesses for STO on FE and HE Sports Therapy courses.
Mark has been involved in sports massage and sports therapy for 9 years and currently runs a busy Sports Therapy Clinic, and teaches and assesses for Active Health in Plymouth, and lectures on the Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation. Mark is a member of the Sports Therapy Organisation Board. Mark is a former Solicitor who practised in Child Care and Mental Health Law. He has an interest in education at all levels and believes strongly that there should be equal opportunities for all CNHC registered Sports Therapists in all soft tissue work.
Michelle Helstrip BA(Hons) Dips.Yoga (Qi, Dru, BWY) & Yoga Therapy (Dru Back Care & Prenatal) is a Cambridgeshire-based yoga therapist specializing in helping clients with chronic back pain, working closely with other disciplines from the Complementary Medicine arena to offer a holistic approach.With a long-term interest in raising the profile of complementary therapies in the UK, she has attended a number of multi-disciplinary forums and seminars designed to achieve this objective.
Michelle also designs, develops & delivers yoga workshops for experienced teachers both in the UK and overseas, in culturally diverse environments.
Vidhi is a yoga therapist; mentor and course leader in Krishnamacharya tradition. She has authored articles in yoga and patient group magazines. She supported Central Middlesex Hospital (CMH) rheumatology patient group with patient driven audits resulting in experience with long-term inflammatory conditions and a first in UK pilot study of Yoga Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis due to commence at CMH. She has plans for collaborative larger research studies with University of Westminster and Imperial College. She will take Yoga Therapy in Krishnamacharya tradition into the first modular introductory course at Imperial College School of Medicine curriculum (3rd Year 2017).