I'm a self-confessed health nut. Simple.
Having said that, I'm also far from perfect. I slip up and make mistakes. Who doesn't right? But what I can say is that I truly value my health.
My agenda is to encourage as many people as I can to prioritise and value their health. Why? Because we only get one chance at this "life" thing so why waste it?
Because when you learn how to really value your health, amazing things happen. Your relationship with both yourself and others is enhanced, and sticking to goals suddenly seems so much easier.
Now here is the problem. My 15 years of clinical experience has taught me that the vast majority of people do not prioritize their health. The reasons for this are many. Some feel they don't have the time, some feel guilty for thinking of themselves, and some have just forgotten how!
When we don't look after ourselves, a whole range of things can happen. Stress, fatigue, depression, relationship problems, weight gain, hypertension, digestive disorders.....the list goes on.
Now the first step in learning to value your health is to believe that you are worth it. You deserve to be healthy, and enjoy all the benefits attached to living a life in line with your values. It's no longer an option to put your health on the back burner; wait until the kids get older, wait until that awesome job comes along, or wait until you meet the man/woman of your dreams.
Make a choice, and start NOW.
So how can I help?
As an Integrative Psychologist, I am in the unique position of being able to help my patients using a combination of both conventional and complementary treatment modalities.
Why is this important? Because both have limitations, and used together - they can increase your chances of finding what works for you.
What's an "Integrative" Psychologist? I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, qualifications in Nutrition and Fitness, and I am currently completing a Doctorate in Natural Medicine.
I believe in the all-important connection between Mind and Body.
Like the foundation of a house, if the slab is in top condition, then the frame will withstand just about anything. If the slab is cracked and soft, what do you think will happen to the frame?
Mental Health, Nutrition & Exercise are the ingredients of your slab.
There is little point trying to address the more obvious problems in your life (the frame) if the slab is in poor condition. That's not to say you should ignore these problems, just that you MUST work on your slab at the same time if you really want to maintain good health. Once you get the slab right – it's all about maintenance.......only then can your everyday problems be met with a positive attitude!
Through this website and my media work I hope to inspire others to start, or continue their journey towards real Mind & Body Health.
Remember, YOU are worth it – but change takes time. So be patient, and enjoy the ride!
Yours in Health & Fitness,