I am an Occupational Therapist with an extensive experience of working with people who have a variety of physical health and mental health conditions. Currently, I am particularly interested in helping people with life affecting fatigue find ways to live their lives as fully as they can.
I am originally from Kent and have lived in Norfolk for 30 years. I enjoy the coast, the countryside and the rivers and Broads of Norfolk and feel very lucky to live in this beautiful county!
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1988 and have worked in the NHS and in Social Care for more than 25 years, 18 of those in different Mental Health settings. Most recently, I have worked within a Specialist Team for people suffering from ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
I aim to enable clients to find effective ways to manage their life affecting fatigue, and to develop a sense of wellbeing despite the limitations of their health. The fatigue may be caused by an existing health condition, such as MS, Cancer or ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or by long-term stress. I draw on my extensive and varied experience to provide a truly holistic approach. I cover the importance of deep rest, good sleep, good food and good thoughts and pacing and grading activity in the management of fatigue. I use a variety of approaches such as teaching relaxation skills, breathing exercises, goal setting applied to your everyday life, Mindfulness approaches and alternative ways to manage pain associated with fatigue. I use a person-centred approach which means you are in the driving seat of your therapy and we work together to develop coping skills and solutions.