ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE GROUPS SESSIONS

Wednesday afternoons
2.00 - 3.00 & 4.00 – 5.00
4 weeks @ £50.00
Interested in learning how to look after your body, maintain posture and balance and understand how your body is designed to move. Release unnecessary tensions??
These sessions will be group led, if you want a refresher or are new to Alexander work, why not come along and explore
Please book at reception or for more information call Janey on 07989 829737

If you would be interested but cannot make those times please leave your details with the receptionist

Wednesday afternoons
2.00 - 3.00 & 4.00 – 5.00
4 weeks @ £50.00
Interested in learning how to look after your body, maintain posture and balance and understand how your body is designed to move. Release unnecessary tensions??
These sessions will be group led, if you want a refresher or are new to Alexander work, why not come along and explore

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Orchard Clinic Amersham Mindfulness evening May 2014

Mindfulness for Well-Being Workshop

Based on the 8 week MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) course

Monday 12th May

7.30pm-9.30pm

Cost: £20 per person

Pre booking essential

Orchard Clinic,
Orchard Lane,
Amersham HP6 5AB

''Peace of mind arrives the moment you come to peace with the contents of your mind''
-Rasheed Ogunlaru

Mindfulness is proven by research to help with:

REDUCING STRESS * MANAGING ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION * INSOMNIA * ILLNESS * CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT * IMPROVING RELATIONSHIPS * EATING DISORDERS * HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

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Orchard Clinic Amersham spring 2014

How time flies! at the orchard clinic Amersham we have a variety of methods to help you gain perspective of time and body .....".....

************.Last chance to book for next weeks course************

Mindfulness for Well-Being Workshop

Based on the 8 week MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) course

Monday 10th March

7pm-9pm

Cost: £20 per person

Pre booking essential

Orchard Clinic,
Orchard Lane,
Amersham HP6 5AB

''Peace of mind arrives the moment you come to peace with the contents of your mind''
-Rasheed Ogunlaru

Mindfulness is proven by research to help with:

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Spring newsletter Orchard Clinic

Mindfulness Workshop

Mindfulness coaching .....

Welcome to the Orchard Clinic Autumn newsletter 2011

In this issue:

 Open days with £ 10 Voucher for you and a friend you recommend
 Open day programme
 Arnica - Homeopathic medicine hits the fashion runway
 “Slipped” discs and Yoga Therapy
 Aromatherapy
 Western herbal medicine - Hawthorn - Tonic to the Heart

OPEN DAYS on:Thursday 20th October 6-9pm And Saturday 22nd October 2-6pm

 Come and sample hands-on treatment – for free!
 Have one-to-one chats with our practitioners
 Hear talks on herbal medicine and homeopathy
 Ask questions…

Find out how treatments and therapies at the orchard clinic can support good health and wellbeing

OFFER TO ALL PATIENTS
‘Recommend a friend’
& they will receive £10 off their first treatment and you will also receive £10 off your next treatment (except chiropody).

PLEASE NOTE THIS OFFER IS ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 31st January 2012

Open Day Programme

Thursday 20th October 6-9 & Saturday 22nd October 2-6pm

On both Days we will have:

 Hands on Taster Sessions:
15 minute taster sessions in *Aromatherapy * Shiatsu * Massage * Reflexology

 One to one chats with practitioners:
*Osteopathy *Chiropody *Nutrition *Acupuncture * Coaching/NLP

 Plus a Programme of Talks and Groups sessions

Thursday 20th October – Talks Programme

6.15pm Get Healthy with Herbs
7.00pm Homeopathy – the Basics
7.45pm Herbal Medicine – healthy with herbs
8.30pm Arnica and its many uses – homeopathy

Saturday 22nd October – Talks Programme

2.15pm Get Healthy with Herbs
3.00pm Homeopathy - the Basics
3.45pm Get Healthy with Herbs
4.30pm Arnica and its many uses

Group sessions in Alexander Technique and Yoga therapy

Arnica as a homeopathic remedy and its latest use

Arnica as a homeopathic remedy and its latest use
Arnica has been known to soothe inflammation, lessen bruising and dilate the blood vessels. Applied to the skin, it promotes healing of damaged tissues and speeds up the repair mechanism, although it should not be applied to broken skin.
Not surprisingly, Arnica is a great sports remedy, widely used for soft tissue injuries and muscular pain by sports injury specialists, physiotherapists and massage therapists.
It is only recommended for topical application if the skin is unbroken as it can sometimes irritate open wounds.
In this recent article is the latest way that the homeopathic remedy Arnica is being used which I thought you might find interesting.
If you would like further information about how homeopathy can help you, call me Theresa Hughes 01923 286727 or the Orchard Clinic 01494 726228 to have a FREE 15 minute consultation
Homeopathic remedy hits the fashion runway
Thursday, 15 September 2011
At this year's New York Fashion Week, models and fashionistas may be relying a new beauty accessory to trim down and brighten skin: a homeopathic supplement called arnica montana.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported on the new trend: undergoing an oral regimen of arnica supplements to reportedly reduce puffiness and clear up complexions. "I heard of models and other designers taking arnica before big events or photo shoots, so I thought I'd try it out," said New York-based fashion designer Phillip Lim in the article. "I did feel like my skin glowed afterwards." Arnica, made from a flower, comes in many forms: gels, creams, tinctures and pills. Before its adoption by the fashion crowd as a beauty aid, it's traditionally been used to combat muscle soreness and bruises and reduce inflammation. Many professional athletes use Traumeel or Weleda ointments, arnica-based rubs. But arnica advocates tout mostly unsupported claims that it cures a variety of ailments, from hair loss to vertigo. However if taken internally, noted The New York Times, some arnica formulations must be diluted with water and aren't recommended for long-term use. Arnica also contains a toxin called helenalin which can stress the gastrointestinal system and kidneys, and can be poisonous if consumed in large quantities. Although some arnica homeopathic pellets contain only negligible amounts of arnica, so it's best to talk with your doctor or homeopath before trying an oral regimen for beautification.
If you want to reduce blemishes and puffiness, there are many topical products available for the arnica-curious set. One such treatment is Nelsons Pure and Clear Acne Gel, which lists arnica as one of four active ingredients. The New York Times also cites a claim by model Gisele Bündchen that the gel gently clears up blemishes.

“Slipped” discs and Yoga Therapy

A “slipped” disc describes a spinal condition where an intervertebral disc (which contains a gel type substance) begins to split, sometimes after relatively minor movement. This allows gel to escape and causes irritation and inflammation to the surrounding tissue and aching pain or sometimes burning, “electric shock” pain which may travel along a spinal nerve.
Recovery from a slipped disc takes time and surgery is only helpful in a minority of cases. Usually, medical advice is to get back to normal movement as soon as this is possible. Osteopathy can be helpful with a large number of cases and should be considered before surgery. The inflammation reduces as the body removes the escaped gel over several months but the gel in the intervertebral disc is not reformed by the body so the disc will always be thinner than before and more susceptible to compression and wear and tear over time. Because of this it is important to reduce disc compression as much as possible and to develop strength in the muscles supporting the spine.
Working with Yoga postures, carefully chosen to strengthen the back and abdomen in a safe way, will strengthen the muscles around the spine and provide good spinal support. Yoga can also help with optimising your general posture -learning how to sit and stand in a way as to lengthen the spine and how to lengthen the spine before moving it. Gentle Yoga postures together with breathing practices and relaxation help to reduce muscle spasm and ease the mind.
After recovering from a “slipped” disc, Yoga practice is an excellent way of maintaining the spine in a healthy state and helping to reduce the chance of future “wear and tear” conditions developing.
If you are interested in how Yoga Therapy might help you, please contact Barbara via The Orchard Clinic, email barbaradancer@gmail.com or meet her at the Orchard Clinic Open Evening.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy works in three ways. As scents are inhaled, the smell travels across the olfactory nerves located inside the nose and then up into the part of the brain that controls our moods, our memories and our ability to learn. This area is called the Limbic System and when stimulated it releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other 'feel-good' chemicals.
The essential oils have a subtle way of effecting your mind and emotions, as well as having antibacterial properties.
Also the essential oils are absorbed into the skin and blood stream. They help stimulate the various systems of the body to bring equilibrium. They can uplift your mood or relax it. Some oils can have a direct effect used topically such as to relieve a sore muscle, bruise or even burns. Certain oils give better texture and appearance of the complexion.
The massage, included with the oils, completes the treatment, whilst working on the lymphatic system and tight muscles. Massage is primarily focused on the back and around the spine. Legs are drained upwards moving the lymph.
Even the feet are worked on with some reflexology. Pressure points on the face and scalp are also included, using frankincense for the scalp and a special face oil using peach/rose which is nourishing.
Rose oil helps to reduce wrinkles as it can mildly contract the muscles of the face. This helps tone and tighten sagging skin.
Aromatherapy works on the mind, the body and the spirit.

David Crosser

Western herbal medicine - HAWTHORN (Crataegus oxyacantha) - Tonic to the Heart

We are nearly into the full splendour of autumn with its wonderful colours and bountiful harvest of fruits, nuts and berries. At the present time our hedgerows are full of hawthorn bushes abundantly supplied with beautiful deep red berries or haws. 'Haw' is an old English word meaning hedge and although hawthorn can grow as a tree up to 25 feet it is very commonly grown as a hedge, and in previous times was seen as a symbol of fertility and planted around animal pastures. It was a sacred tree of the Druids and is believed to have protective powers. Its common name is May Tree and on May Day the white hawthorn blossoms were used to decorate the maypole.
Whilst the berries can be used to make syrups, wines, jams and sauces, herbalists value them as a very useful medicine for supporting the heart and circulation. Not only the berries, but also the flowers and leaves are used medicinally, usually in the form of teas or tinctures for treating a wide range of problems associated with the circulatory system.

Research shows both flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs) (which give the red/blue colour to many fruits and berries) are among the many active constituents in hawthorn, and suggests hawthorn has anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. Its cardiovascular effects include relaxation and dilation of the coronary and peripheral arteries, thus improving the flow of blood to the heart and in Western herbal medicine traditional therapeutic uses for hawthorn include angina, mild cardiac failure, high blood pressure and prevention of arterial degeneration.
Medical herbalists would generally use hawthorn alongside other herbs to support the circulatory system and make up a prescription taking into account all aspects of a patient's health.
For example where stress was believed to be an issue, herbs for the nervous system would also be indicated. Hawthorn can be taken alongside many orthodox medicines, but is not compatible with all heart medicines so it is advisable to always seek advice from a medical herbalist.

Ref: Loew D; Wien Med Wochenschr 149:226-228, 1999. Mills & Bone 'The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety', Holubarsch CJ, Colucci WS, Meinertz T, et al Eur J Heart Fail 2:431-437, 2000/British Herbal Medicine Association's Scientific committee: British herbal pharmacopoeia, Bournemouth, 1983, BHMA, PP 74-75. Thomson EB et al J. Pharm Sci. 63 1936-37, 1974/Petkov V. Am J.Clin.Med 7, 197-236, 1979/Nasa Y et al. Arzneimittel-Forsch 43, 945-949, 1993. Ammon HPT and Handel M. Planta Medica 43, 105-120, 1981, 43, 209-239, 43(4) 313-322, 1981

Coaching and therapy

We are pleased to welcome a new coach and therapist to the Orchard Clinic-John Lingley.

He is passionate about health and well-being and supporting people to live happier more fulfilled lives through behavioural change. This is achieved by 1:1 personal coaching and therapy sessions which include Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) , Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness and Meditation techniques.

John is a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnotherapy. He also has been trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy has proven to be very effective in preventing relapse in people that have been suffering from depression. It is also effective in helping people overcome stress and anxiety.

Also there is empirical evidence to the many benefits of Meditation including stress relief, improved concentration, better management of troublesome thoughts, increased energy levels, reduced insomnia and improved learning ability and memory.

The aim of the coaching and therapy programmes are to restore wholeness through complete wellbeing: physical energy, mental energy, and emotional calm.

The range of conditions that he offers support in include: stress, depression, anxiety, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-value, work/life balance, fear, smoking cessation, phobias, insomnia and weight loss.

For more information please contact the Orchard Clinic: 01494-726228

May 2011

In this issue

Osteopathy

Alexander Technique

Reflexology/Massage/Aromatherapy

Psychotherapy

Car driver’s survey

Herbal Medicine

Recommend a friend

Recommend a friend and they get £10 off their first treatment and you will also get £10 off your next treatment.

PLEASE NOTE THIS OFFER IS ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF JUNE

'We Always Use' is a great website for sharing recommendations with your friends.

You can find us there at http://www.wealwaysuse.com/orchardclinic

Osteopathy

The Orchard Clinic was established in 1954 by Miss Cockbain a pioneering Osteopath and has been going strong ever since. We currently have 4 Osteopaths working at the Clinic .To get a better understanding of Osteopathy we have included the General Council of Osteopaths GOsC explanation.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Regulation of osteopathy

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. See Osteopathy in practice to learn more about the profession and use the Register to find a local osteopath.

Who and what do osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.

Visiting an osteopath

On this page we explain what happens when you visit an osteopath, what a treatment is likely to cost and how to find a local osteopath.

Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. On your first visit the osteopath will spend time taking a detailed medical history, including information about your lifestyle and diet. You will normally be asked to undress to your underwear and perform a series of simple movements.

Osteopaths use their hands to identify abnormalities in the structure and function of a body, and to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain. By this means, your osteopath will make a full diagnosis and discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively.

Then they work with your body’s ability to heal itself. They will usually start any treatment by releasing and relaxing muscles and stretching stiff joints, using gentle massage and rhythmic joint movements. The particular range of techniques your osteopath uses will depend on your problem.

The first treatment generally lasts about 45 minutes (to allow for case history taking and diagnosis) and subsequent treatments tend to last around half an hour. Osteopaths also offer added exercises and health advice, to help reduce the symptoms and improve your health and quality of life.

The osteopath should make you feel at ease during your consultation and explain everything that is happening. Do ask questions at any time if you are unsure or have any concerns.

How much does it cost?

Most people visit an osteopath as a private patient and pay for their treatment. Fees can depend on the osteopath’s experience and the location of the practice, but typically range from £35 to £50 for a 30-minute session.

If you have private health insurance it may be possible to claim for your treatment. You will need to ask your insurance company about the available level of cover and whether you need to be referred by your GP or a specialist.
All the osteopathic training schools have clinics attached, where students train, supervised by qualified osteopaths. Patients can get treatment there at reduced rates. See our list of training schools to find out whether there is a training school clinic near you

Is referral from a doctor necessary?

Most patients 'self refer' to an osteopath for treatment. You can use the Statutory Register of Osteopaths on this website to find local osteopaths.

Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.

Standards of training & practice
This page tells you about the standards osteopaths must meet during their training, their practice and their continuing professional development.

Training

All osteopaths practising in the UK have completed rigorous training. Students of osteopathy follow a four or five-year degree course, during which they study anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics. In addition they undergo a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training. Qualification generally takes the form of a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy – a BSc(Hons), BOst or BOstMed – or a masters degree in osteopathy (MOst).

From training to practice: how prepared are students of osteopathy?
As part of our statutory duty to promote high standards of education we have commissioned a research project to help us understand how prepared graduates are for practice. This will help us to understand if further support is required for osteopaths as they make the transition from student to practitioner to ensure continually high standards of care for patients.

The research is being undertaken by Professor Della Freeth and team from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London who have experience of undertaking similar work for other registered healthcare professionals. For further information see The Osteopath, December 2010/January 2011, p.11.

Standards of practice

The standards of competence expected from an osteopath in their practice are outlined in the document Standard 2000 - Standard of Proficiency.

Osteopaths must also comply with a code of ethics, the osteopathic Code of Practice.

We are currently revising the Code of Practice and Standard 2000 - Standard of Proficiency. Initial consultations on these were held in 2009. Following that it was decided to bring together the revised Code and standards and we consulted on these between September and November 2010.

The consultation responses have been analysed and reported on by our independent consultants, Hewell Taylor Freed & Associates (HTF). A working group, comprising three osteopath and three lay members of Council, has been establised to consider the consultation report in detail and oversee any necessary revisions to the proposed Osteopathic Practice Standards. It is expected that the final proposed Osteopathic Practice Standards will be considered by Council in April and be published in summer 2011. They would then take effect from summer 2012.

Continuing Professional Development

We set the standards of osteopathic education, and require qualified osteopaths to update their training throughout their working lives, a process known as Continuing Professional Development.

Revalidation

We are currently developing a scheme for revalidating our registrants, as all healthcare regulators are required to do by the Government. Revalidation is the process by which osteopaths will have to demonstrate to us that they are up to date and fit to practise, and meet the relevant professional standards. For further information visit our Revalidation page.

Other requirements for practice

As well as completing the necessary training, osteopaths must also prove themselves to be in good health and of good character, and have professional indemnity insurance cover.

There may be occasions when a UK osteopath graduate could have their registration application reconsidered on the grounds of conduct or health. Our statement on the relationship between recognised qualifications and registration outlines the limited circumstances in which this might happen. For further information about this, see How to register - UK qualified

Copyright acknowledgment to the GOC General Council of Osteopaths the regulating Body.

Alexander Technique is it for me?

Theoretically, it’s for everyone.

Alexander Technique lessons are available at The Orchard Clinic alternate Wednesdays 2am -6pm and Thursdays 8.30-5.00pm. Please feel free to call me for more information or an informal chat about how the Technique can help you.
Janey Goodearl MSTAT

The majority of people taking up the AT do so initially because of a physical problem that has come to light, e.g. osteo-arthritis, lower back or neck trouble or other joint pains, or work-related repetitive strain injury problems. Others take it up because of more obviously stress-related problems such as anxiety, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome or migraines. And a smaller number of particularly self-aware people - take it up without the prompting of any obvious physical problems, because they understand that the AT is a powerful key to getting much more out of life, both physically and mentally. Nobody is too old or too young (or too well!) to benefit from the AT. Musicians, actors and ballet dancers & athletes have particularly severe demands made upon their posture and physical co-ordination and people from these professions have always ranked high among the numbers learning the AT.
I particularly recommend the people taking lessons learn to return to a 'balanced state of rest' a good alignment in-between lessons, this goes a long way to reducing the load put upon their bodies by the stresses and tensions of today’s lifestyle. Try this for yourself, Alexander Technique and the Balanced Resting State.
This is an invaluable practice that encourages the changes that the Alexander Technique aims to promote.

The Basic Position

Take your time to come to lying on your back on a firm but comfortable surface, as you either roll back down or roll over to allow your head to come to rest on the a couple of paperback books, check they are not in contact with the back of your neck. The amount of books varies from person to person and depends upon many factors, e.g. the length of your neck, the curvature of your spine, size of your skull. If you are unsure of the amount of books check that your head is not tilted backwards with your chin higher than your forehead, if the books are too high your chin will feel tucked in, neither of these will encourage the release of muscular tension in the neck, trying swallowing to see if it feels comfortable for you.

Have your knees bent, pointing towards the ceiling, far enough apart so that they are comfortable and sit easily neither falling apart or together, about shoulder width is a good distance, ensure you are using the minimum effort.

Now place your arms, with the elbows pointing away from your body and the hands resting lightly on your abdomen, you can use your hands to notice you breathing, allow the abdomen to expand and contract with each breath.

Weight bearing points
Ideally your weight should be distributed between the following points, you can start to become aware of them.
The back of your head, all 5/6kgs of it/Your shoulder blades/Back rim of your pelvis, a little below your waist/Your feet, including your heels at the back and the two pads behind your big and little toes.

Thinking

Now you are ready to apply your thoughts to releasing tension throughout your body. Just have the thought that you allow your neck to release, imagine the strong muscles that support your head lengthening, this in turn initiates the release and lengthening of the whole spine. As your spine lengthens your back will naturally broaden and come into greater contact with the floor.

Your knees should be pointing up towards the ceiling, again just have the thought without trying to do anything, that your thigh muscles release from the hips to the knees and the calf muscles release from the knees to the ankles.

In summary, think neck release, back to lengthen and widen and knees release towards the ceiling. Try to allow the release to happen rather than trying to fix anything.

Any questions?

Q. How often should I do this and for how long?
Between 10 – 20 minutes once or twice a day or for shorter more frequent spells if your day is sedentary.
Q. Can I do this lying on my bed or sofa?
Not with the same usefulness. A firm surface supports your body and allows you to notice a response that a soft one does not.
Q. How do I avoid falling asleep or my mind wandering?
If you notice you mind wandering off, gently bring your attention back to your body and the thinking as described above. Notice the weight bearing parts, the back of your head, shoulders, back rim of your pelvis and feet.
Q. Is this similar to yoga relaxation or meditation?
Not exactly, the aim is not to sink into the heaviness of total relaxation but remain ‘active’ in your thinking promoting a redistribution of muscle tone.

To reap the benefits of Semi Supine it is best done on a regular basis and the effects then become cumulative.
• Allows complete rest of the body
• Reinforces a good relationship between head, neck and back
• Plumps up the cushioning discs in between the spine
• You can practise releasing muscle tension through thinking
• Brings mind and body together

Remember there are no rules with Alexander Technique only observations, this is a balanced resting state that you can use to help you to release tension and learn to think about YOU.

Warning : semi supine can seriously improve your health!

Reflexology/Massage/Aromatherapy Are Not Luxuries

1. It increases the blood and lymphatic circulation which assist with the clearing away of body toxins.
2. Stimulates the adrenal glands as well as the spinal nerves, calming the nervous system.
3. Parasympathetic system kicks in, putting the body in the state where it repairs itself.
4. Calms irritation and inflammation in the body.
5. Helps coordinate the neuromuscular system, helping the body to essentially move fluidly, with ease and flexibility.
6. Soothing “in-co-ordinations” or things that could not be processed (because of some kind of trauma experienced) relieving the person of a tension that they had been carrying daily.
7. Gives the body a relaxation response.
8. Use of Essential Oils with massage work to regulate, balance and maintain your entire being by working with nature, and not against it.
9. Helps to boost a depleted immune system which in turn promotes a healthy body.
10. Lessening of stress and anxiety.

I have been in this work for nearly 20 years, and have worked at the Orchard Clinic 11 years. Give your body the time it needs in either of these therapies and you will be on your way to a happier, healthy life.
David Crosser

Psychotherapy

Barbara Leon - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist wpf/The FPC - PAP Section. BPC Registered.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy aims to help people understand and change complex, deep-seated and often unconsciously based emotional and relationship problems; thereby reducing symptoms and alleviating distress. It is a means by which patients understand and can resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. The relationship with the therapist is a crucial element in the therapy. The therapist offers a confidential setting which facilitates a process where unconscious patterns of the patient’s inner world become reflected in his or her relationship with the therapist (transference). This process helps patients gradually to identify these patterns and, in becoming conscious of them, to develop the capacity to understand and change them.

Barbara Leon:

I trained first as a psychodynamic counsellor and qualified in 1991 and worked for 9 years subsequently at the (Westminster Pastoral Foundation) as a staff counsellor. I went on to train a further 4 years as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist - again at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (wpf/FPC), qualifying in 1997. Since when I have worked as supervisor and presented workshops as well as worked from once to three and four times weekly with many and diverse patients and difficulties.

15 Million Drivers at Risk due to Bad Seating Positions

Drivers who fail to wear seatbelts correctly are at risk of injury according to the British Osteopathic Association (BOA). While most people are fully aware that wearing a seatbelt saves lives, the majority are not aware that the way they sit in a car plays a huge part in their personal safety.

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