With over 20 years of interest and experience working in education & health sectors, I have built up a large repertoire of many skills to bring to my practice.
Like many, COVID-19 created workplace change for me. Over this period I have been focusing on the professional supervision & coaching aspect of my practice. This has included recent upskilling and managing a team of support workers to support staff debrief, crisis intervention and wellbeing within CDHB hospitals and other businesses in Christchurch.
Within my acupuncture practice I love using the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to connect the body to its innate healing ability. Weather brief intervention for injury recovery, or a more complex health condition, TCM brings a unique view on the body that uses a bigger picture of what it means to heal. Science is now catching up and much of the TCM symbolism is simply ways of describing of homeostasis and wellbeing models of health in which each body system works in harmony with the others to build overall health.
As an ACC registered practitioner, my injury treatment approach is very physically minded to optimise a fast recovery. Treatment will focus on the local area, in combination with acupuncture points & education to help you build & distributing resources through the body (qi & blood), and support relaxation for a whole body response to enhance your healing.
TCM Acupuncturists have long known that when working to support a relaxation response many physical symptoms will ease. For this reason TCM Acupuncture can be helpful to support long term pain conditions and ease symptoms that arise from stress and trauma. This is a particular interest of mine and I have recently joined an Otago research project for trauma release acupuncture to support PTSD and chronic pain recovery in Veterans.
Personal growth is an ongoing pursuit & passion. I love to learn, like to think I am open minded and supportive, and always hope to connect with clients in a quiet and gentle way with values of kindness and integrity.
Outside of work I enjoy an active lifestyle of nature walks, swimming, paddle boarding and exploring the best of what the South Island has to offer in my campervan. I also have a creative side enjoying a mix of making ceramics, gardening & music, and more recently added a puppy to my family.