Helen Shardlow is a qualified Medical Herbalist, accredited with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). She studied a BSc degree in Herbal Medicine at the University of East London which covered conventional medical and diagnostic training, comparable to that of a General Practitioner, plus the ancient tradition of plant-based medicine. She completed clinical training at medical clinics in London, Ireland and Whipps Cross Hospital, working alongside some of the most experienced and well respected Medical Herbalists of our times. Since qualifying she has been a practising Medical Herbalist at various Clinics throughout Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.
Her special area of interest is in metabolic and stress-related disorders. Her particular research focus has been on the metabolic consequences of chronic stress. She also has particular interest in hormone-related conditions, including women’s health issues especially the Menopause. She leads herbal workshops and walks throughout the year, sharing her knowledge and passion for the healing power of herbs.
Her mission is to help clients achieve optimum health by encouraging ‘ownership of health’; empowering through knowledge, therapeutic herbal remedies, and support for achieving dietary and lifestyle adjustments.
BSc, MSc, MNIMH
Appointments available Wednesday afternoons
WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY?
Cognitive behaviour Therapy is an evidence based psychotherapeutic approach that is proven to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of mental health difficulties and emotional problems.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is commonly known as CBT. It is a focused form of therapy where the therapist and client work together to help the client to become aware of their behaviours and patterns of thinking, and how these may be maintaining their difficulties. It aims to help clients find ways of developing alternative ways of thinking and behaving in order for them to bring about an improvement in their mental wellbeing that is long lasting. Cognitive behaviour therapy aims to help the client become their own therapist.
CBT is a model of talking therapy that is recommended as the treatment of choice by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence for most common mental health difficulties. It is often the GP’s prescribed treatment of choice for people suffering from mental health challenges. Some of the difficulties which CBT has been evidenced to help with and has been recommended for include:
Depression, Low mood, Specific Phobias, Anxiety, Panic, Agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive disorder, Generalised anxiety, Health Anxiety, Trauma and Post traumatic stress disorder.
I am a fully qualified and accredited cognitive behaviour therapist, and I have delivered therapy and mental health care and support within the NHS and within private practice over the last 20 years.
As a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist I have experience of working with people suffering from a variety of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, low self-esteem and confidence, social anxiety, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I am skilled and experienced in working with adults, teenagers and younger children, and I can deliver therapy on a one to one basis or with partners and family members based on the person’s needs.
I have particular specialist skills and experience in working with people with additional needs such as autism, ADHD, learning difficulties and downs syndrome. I additionally have specialist skills in working with people effected by trauma and post-traumatic stress, having delivered trauma therapy to 999 service personnel, military personnel and having worked in a specialist trauma service for those effected by homicide.
My range of professional experiences are really important in helping me to help others. However, I truly believe it is my lived experience of having experienced my own mental health challenges, and being a mother to two children with additional needs, that really makes me the therapist I am today.
Further information in relation to my skills and experience, appointment options, contact information and most importantly, testimonials kindly provided by previous patients, can all be found at my website www.vickycatt.com
Dr Helen Trill
DipAc BSc PhD MAcuC
Helen Trill is fully qualified and professionally registered to practice zen shiatsu, traditional Chinese acupuncture, cupping therapy, electro-acupuncture and micro-systems acupuncture with the Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council. Her training took place in Norwich, Cheltenham and Hangzhou with excellent teachers with a wealth of experience. Helen has been successfully running her own clinic in Peterborough since 2015 and is now also offering appointments here at Restore on Tuesday afternoons.
Helen has worked in science and health for her entire career so far. Before professionally re-training in traditional Chinese and Japanese therapies, she spent 8 years in academia gaining a doctorate in medical diagnostic technologies, 6 years in a progressive range of roles in pre-clinical development in the pharmaceutical industry, followed by a number of years working as a freelance writer and consultant.
Helen has a long-held interest in Chinese internal arts including tai chi and qigong. This interest developed further while seeking ways to improve and manage her own chronic back pain which started in early adulthood. Having tried everything western medicine had to offer, Helen found that acupuncture and shiatsu therapies, together with practicing tai chi, qigong and yoga were the missing link to making life changing improvements in the management of her back pain.
Helen finds that her unusual combination of training and experiences as both a scientist and an alternative medicine practitioner, together with a passion and interest in healthy life choices, give her a balanced and broad perspective and insight that enables her to help people who visit her clinic. Helen listens to and considers each individual as a whole person and plans treatments accordingly.
Acupuncture and Shiatsu have been proven to be effective treatment choices for a wide range of conditions. If you’d like to know more about the therapies that Helen offers and the conditions treated, you can visit her website www.bubblingspringclinic.co.uk where you can also book an appointment here using her online booking system.
Appointments available Tuesday afternoons
Rika Kamper BSc (Hons) IFMCP, mBANT
Nutritional Therapist and Functional Medicine Practitioner
I was born in South Africa but have lived most of my adult life in the UK. Participation in sport from an early age sparked my interest in the interaction between what we eat and how well we perform.
Furthermore, a family history of cancer and mental health issues has made me conscious of the genetic influences on health and how nutrition can affect our moods and behaviour.
My passion and quest for knowledge about nutrition and health led me to study at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London, where I qualified as a nutritional therapist in 2011. I upgraded my qualification at Middlesex University, where I received a First Class Honours degree in Nutritional Therapy in 2014.
I am also a Certified Practitioner of the Institute for Functional Medicine in the USA. Gaining this qualification required attending Advanced Practice Modules in Clinical Practice, Gastrointestinal Health, Immune Function, Hormones, Detoxification, Cardiometabolic Systems and Energy, as well as a comprehensive examination and case submission. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease through a systems-biology approach. It takes into account the environmental, genetic, dietary and lifestyle factors that determine an individual’s state of health. For more information on the functional medicine approach see www.functionalmedicine.org
As part of my continual professional development, I regularly attend lectures to stay abreast of the latest research in the fascinating field of nutrition. We are all unique combinations of food, lifestyle and exercise choices, genetics and most of the time, unavoidable toxins from our environment.
As a healthcare professional, I am dedicated to applying my nutritional knowledge to make a positive difference in my clients’ lives.
I see clients with a wide range of health conditions, ranging from digestive issues, hormone imbalances, skin conditions, problems with blood glucose and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.