Kate is a fully qualified Counsellor and registered member of the BACP, primarily trained in the person centre model with additional training in CBT, Mindfulness and Trauma.
Before becoming a Counsellor Kate has had careers working in commerce and horticulture and also working abroad with different cultures but always with a focus on people, who are now her priority. She believes that the most important element in counselling is creating a trusting relationship where her clients feel safe, comfortable and crucially heard and listened to.
She has worked as a Volunteer Counsellor for a trauma and abuse charity as well as being in private practice. She is a strong believer in the value of horticulture in therapy and has been involved in the running of a local wellbeing garden project. Kate has also been a Trustee for a support charity for people with ME/CFS, a condition with which she has a good and empathic understanding.
Therapies: Osteopathy and Acupuncture
James studied Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for 5 years at Westminster University. He graduated in 1999 with BSc Honours in traditional Chinese medicine. Whilst at Westminster University he completed several bodywork modules including Swedish, Chinese and sports massage. It was on these courses and whilst studying with the internationally renowned teacher Leon Chaitow that he was introduced to the wonders of the osteopathic technique.
Consequently, he went onto study Osteopathy for a further 5 years at Middlesex University. He graduated in 2010 with a BSc Honours in Osteopathy.
He is both a member of the General Osteopathic Council and the British Acupuncture Council. James has worked as an acupuncturist for the Terence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV charity, since 1999 and has been their resident osteopath since 2010. He also teaches acupuncture at the college of Naturopathic Medicine in London.
James combines acupuncture, osteopathy and soft tissue manipulation to treat a variety of ailments. His passion is to integrate his unique understanding of Traditional Chinese medicine and western manipulative therapy to holistically treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries and chronic pain syndromes.
Therapies: Acupuncture, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage
Lizzie qualified as a personal trainer in 2011 and shortly after gained her level 3 diploma in exercise referral/GP referral helping rehabilitate patients from injury. In 2012 she qualified as a sports masseuse gaining her level 4 diploma with Premier Training International and started working in therapy centres and chiropractic clinics. It was while gaining this experience and working alongside many other professionals, that she found her love for acupuncture.
She started studying at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading during September 2016 and qualified with a BSc (Hons) degree in November 2019. Alongside her massage therapy Lizzie now practices CICM’s renowned integrated style of combining Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory enabling effective treatment for a wide range of illnesses affecting the body, mind and spirit.
She is also a member of the British Acupuncture Council which is the leading body of acupuncture practitioners in the UK. BSc (Hons) LicAc MBAcC
Bella Dorey is a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist, registered with FNTP. She has always had a huge interest in food since she was a small child, however it wasn’t until she experienced many of her own health issues, that she started realising how much of an impact food really has and that many of today’s illnesses can be brought on by food, meaning that they have the potential to be reversed with food.
She has a holistic, compassionate and personalised approach when it comes to nutrition. She does not believe in 'diets' but believes in teaching her clients to develop a healthy relationship with food by following a balanced diet for long-term health, with foods that nourish both the body and the mind. She considers each individual to be unique and recommends personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
As a practitioner she will never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and will always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional.
Lorraine’s aim is to help people to improve their health using herbs and nutrition. Living in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck in Dorset we are surrounded by many examples of our native herbs which our ancestors used extensively to take care of themselves. Hawthorn, Cleavers, Nettles, Chickweed, Dandelions, Marshmallow are just a few of the plants used.
Lorraine’s qualifications are as follows:
BSc Hons Physics – Queen Mary College, University of London 1986
MSc Medical Physics – University of Surrey 1987
BSc Western Herbal Medicine – University of East London 2010
Lorraine is a full member of the Unified Register of Herbal Practioners https://www.urhp.com/ and fully insured to practise herbal medicine by Balens.
Therapies: Acupuncture, Zero balancing
Alan practices Traditional Acupuncture and Zero Balancing bodywork, drawing upon many decades of clinical experience. He studied in the late 1970’s receiving his Masters degree with one of this country’s pioneers, Professor JR Worsley, whose approach is often entitled ‘Five Element Acupuncture’.
Alan also had the good fortune of studying Zero Balancing since 1983 with its founder, an American osteopathic physician Dr Fritz F Smith.
Alan has taught both therapies internationally and at degree level in the UK and USA. He was recently invited to speak at a Yunnan University medical conference in China.
Alan has practiced at Swanage Therapy Centre since he moved to live in Purbeck in 2005. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the leading body of practitioners in UK which is accredited to the Professional Standards Authority. Alan is also a member of the Zero Balancing Health Association.
MAc MBAcC Cert ZB
Therapies: Deep Tissue Massage, Hopi Ear Candles, Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports Massage, Sports Therapy
Alison Milmer is a fully qualified sports therapist having gained her BSc in sports therapy at the University of Chichester in 2016. Previously Alison has worked within the sporting rehabilitation field for the past 11 years.
As a member of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST) she has undertaken an accredited programme of study within the musculoskeletal sector which is recognised by the society, as the lead professional body for sports therapists in the UK.
Alison also works for Swanage and Herston Town football club providing pitch side assistance to the first team. She is a keen athlete herself, having represented Great Britain in the World Championship Aquathon competition at Hyde Park and also completing her first Ironman in 2017. Alison knows how important it is to keep on top of all the aches and pains that are a result of taking part in many sports. She has a number of clients who see her regularly to help improve their sporting performance and avoid injury.
Therapies: Foot Health care
Sarah Miles is a fully qualified Foot Health Professional. She completed her training at the SAME Institute in 2017 where she gained a diploma in foot health MCFHP MAFHP. She has always had a great interest in health and wellbeing and in her free time she enjoys walking with her family and sea swimming.
Sarah has a caring nature and is able to treat common foot problems including corns calluses, ingrowing toenails, athletes foot, verrucae’s and fungal nails or just a simple nail cutting. Where necessary she will refer patients on to a specialist.
Sarah completes many training courses annually to ensure her knowledge is up to date.
ITEC Qualified Beauty Therapist, Nail Technician and Massage Therapist
Beauty therapies including Nail Technology. Massage therapies including Swedish, Hot Stone, Indian Head and Revitalising Face Massage (natural face lift).
Having always had an interest in beauty, Jenny retrained in this area after having her last child. She qualified in 2011 as a Beauty Specialist and Nail Technician and in 2013. She also qualified as a Massage Therapist. She has treated clients locally throughout the Purbeck area ever since.
She can provide a personalised service which is tailored to your own specific needs. This can range from a single treatment through a series of appointments for long-term gains.
Peter qualified & registered with the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council as a hypnotherapist in January, 2015. Peter describes himself more as a remedial hypnotist & mind management coach.
Peter practices all aspects of hypnotherapy from weight loss to stopping smoking, anxiety issues & all points in between. He has a particular interest in helping those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & people on the autism spectrum. He is looking forward to helping people in Swanage achieve their goals & resolve whatever issues may be affecting their lives.
Therapies: Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Remedial Massage
Mel trained at the prestigious London School of Sports Massage, where she qualified with a Level 5 Professional Diploma in Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy. In 2018 she provided sports massage at the London Marathon where she worked for the ‘charity of the year’ – The Teenage Cancer Trust.
As a Sports massage therapist, she will use a variety of techniques to achieve the desired goal. She may use general massage techniques of effleurage and petrissage to stimulate blood circulation and lymph drainage, deeper techniques to break down adhesions in the muscles, and stretching techniques to increase range of motion.
You don't have to be and athlete to benefit from sports massage.
Therapies: Neuro Physiotherapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Balance Classes
Holly Sizer is our Neurological Physiotherapist and has specialised in neurology for over 16 years. She offers assessment and treatment for all neurological conditions and has experience of working with young adults through to older people. She has worked privately since 2011 as well as working at The National Hospital for Neurology, Queens Square in London, Poole Hospital and in the Community Rehabilitation Team. Holly also treats people with balance issues and dizziness/vertigo. She has attended post-grad courses on balance re-training and vestibular rehabilitation.
She uses an integrated approach to neuro physiotherapy including the Bobath Concept, motor learning, postural control and strength training. Holly ensures that her intervention is based on the most recent research and evidence with the ultimate aim of improving movement, function and quality of like.
Whether you want to improve your posture, walking, hand function or return to work and fitness, Holly can help you achieve your goals.
Therapies: Menopause Advice at Swanage Therapy Centre with Claire Twistleton
Claire has over 30 years’ experience as a nurse, the last 17 being spent working at an advanced level (also as a prescriber) in sexual health, specialising in women’s health, and both urgent care & general practice. Claire lives in Swanage with her two labradors, and most importantly, she is a 53-year-old peri menopausal woman who really understands!
RN DipN NMP
RCN ALNP (Women’s Health)
Ceri trained at Pinderfields Hospital in Yorkshire and qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1983. Since this time she has worked in a number of settings gaining a large variety of experience. Initially working in a large general hospital and then working within private hospitals gave her an understanding of immediate post operative care with both medical and orthopedic patients as well as the management of neurological conditions. Subsequently these skills were transferable to a community post, working locally for a GP practice where all conditions were treated and a home visit service for patients suffering from acute back pain was established. Since then Ceri has worked in a number of private practices including a specific sports injury clinic and has managed a therapy team at a school for students with complex needs.
Both muscular and neurological conditions have formed the basis of her experience using similar techniques to mobilise joints, muscles and soft tissues however the pain and restriction is caused. A variety of techniques can be applied to all areas of the body ranging from the small joints to the spine. The aim of any treatment being, to restore movement and function with a reduction in any resulting pain and discomfort. There is also a need for education of any condition and hopefully as a patient, you will gain an understanding of how to further help yourself with a combination of postural advice and a home exercise program.
Therapies: Sports Massage, Postural Correction, Indian Head Massage
As a keen runner, climber, gardener and mum Vicky is all too aware of the pressure we put our bodies under in our day to day lives, whether it’s our jobs, hobbies, family life or emotional stress. A therapeutic sports massage can help in the prevention of, and the healing of injuries. It’s great for the mind, body and soul.
Vicky has a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.
Therapies: Ear Wax Removal
Emma qualified as a Hearing Aid Audiologist in 2002 and is also HCPC registered. She is fully qualified in Micro-Suction and manual ear wax removal.
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