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
BA Hons, Dip CNM, mBANT, CNHC
I have been a Nutritional Therapist for five years studying at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London.
I have personal experience of managing a busy life – I am a 48 year old mother of three boys - with having an autoimmune disease. I have had MS since I was 19 and diagnosed at 28. I was determined to take control of my own health rather than take the drugs offered at that time and started looking into ways I could do this.
In early 2000, I found out I was intolerant to most foods I was eating daily. I changed my diet and I changed my life. Studying to be a Nutritional Therapist was an obvious step as I wanted to understand how nutrition could influence my health in such a profound way and it gave me the skills and knowledge to share what I’d learnt.
I use a functional medicine approach which looks at the connection between the body, mind, emotions, social factors and the environment, to identify the underlying cause of disease. My passion is in helping people with autoimmune issues – I feel my personal experience brings an empathy that can really help motivate change – and also female health specifically menopause and all hormone related issues.
I do Lorisian Food Intolerance Testing and GenovaDiagnostics Testing to help identify any deficiencies or imbalances within the body.
PGCE, PgDip Nutritional Science & Practice
Hello, I'm Louisa and a BANT registered Nutritionist and Nutritional Therapist. I am mum to 3 children and previous primary school teacher with experience of working with children of all ages and a range of special needs.
Nutrition was the missing piece of the puzzle for our son's health that fuelled a desire to support other families in the far reaching health benefits that personalised nutrition can bring. Buoyed by the positive experience we had with our son, I personally worked with a Nutritional Therapist to support me through a period of low energy, brain fog and digestive issues I previously assumed were part and parcel of being a busy mum. This put me on the path to feeling like me again and gave me the confidence I needed to begin my post-graduate diploma in Nutritional Science & Practice.
I have supported adults and children with a wide range of health concerns
including fatigue, sleep issues, child behaviour and cognitive concerns, digestive issues, weight concerns, skin health, and mental health challenges. I am also working with businesses, schools and communities to develop nutrition education programs and community cooking projects.
I run nutritional therapy consultations from Restore on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons and am planning some exciting workshops in the new year.
For more information about Nutritional Therapy and what to expect please have a look at my website www.jigsawnutrition.com. I offer a no obligation friendly chat about how I can support you and your family members.
Appointments available Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons