Meet Heather

I left behind a career in the marketing and design industry to retrain as an accredited Mindfulness-based Psychotherapist specialising in sleep. Alongside my work at The London Sleep Centre, I maintain a small private practice, providing short and long-term psychotherapy with clients across the globe.

An important part of my work addresses the cyclical question; what comes first, poor sleep or poor mental health?
 As a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, As well as an MA in Mindfulness-based psychotherapy from The Karuna Institute, I have completed further training, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCBT) both at the University of Oxford, and continue with ongoing professional development.

I take a biopsychosocial approach to therapy, recognising that social, environmental and cultural factors all play a part in our health and wellbeing. I work holistically recognising that the mind and body are one. 

I specialise in issues such as trauma, burnout, anxiety and depression and particularly how they cause issues with sleep. Trauma is not only the things that happen to you; it's what happens inside of you when things happen to you. The body's innate wisdom is to keep you alive - keep you awake, so a large part of our work is about finding ways to slow things down. After all, sleep is the ultimate in letting go, and if you can't sleep, you need to understand what is going on.

Sleep therapy and CBTi
Having trouble sleeping?

If you’re one of the millions of adults in the UK who has issues with sleep, it may be comforting to hear that you are not unusual. Recent studies have found that around 20% of adults in the UK have trouble falling asleep every single night. The important thing to remember is that you will sleep again – you may need some support to get there. 

We all sleep differently – our sleeping habits and routines unique to each of us. We all require different amounts of sleep. Some of us are early birds; some are night owls. The quality of sleep we have has a profound impact on our days, so getting up close and personal with how we sleep is vital.

As a sleep therapist, I work from an evidence-based process using CBTi and often expand outwards into the bigger questions of why we cannot sleep. CBTi is highly effective - studies have shown that approximately 72% of participants experience improvements with sleep. However, I am particularly focused on those who continue to experience problems. Many people that I see have tried everything to improve their sleep. My role as a psychotherapist is to explore what is going on and working from a psychotherapeutic perspective supports us to work at the deeper level of activity within the mind and body.

Live Well Psychotherapy 
Personal therapy in Oxford

Issues with sleep arise for many reasons. Often I work with people to deepen into longstanding issues that manifest in poor sleep. To understand our own emotional lives and those of the people around us, we need a deeper connection, and one way to do this is through mindfulness and increased awareness of how it is to be in the world. I work with a mix of practices to meet your specific needs. It might be that we take a cognitive approach, working from the top-down, accessing your story through thoughts and words, or we may take a bottom-up approach and work with the feelings and sensations of what you are experiencing.

Whichever way we choose to work, I offer a safe place to explore and discuss the most difficult of things, even those that are hidden. I provide one-to-one support without judgment or criticism to support you in finding solutions and a way forward in life.

Sessions are conducted on a weekly basis, with each session lasting fifty minutes. If you would like to know more about psychotherapy options, learn more here or contact Heather for an introductory chat. 

What is stress?
Workshops and 1:1 coaching

Stress is a common result of situations, events and issues that negatively impact our well-being. Through these What is Stress? Sessions, I explore the in-depth physiology of stress and its effect on the body. These sessions look at a range of interventions and why they work, empowering attendees to replace their negative stress cycle with a positive cycle of self-care.

What is Stress? programmes are designed to build an emotional resilience toolkit, with strategies on how to survive and thrive inside and outside the workplace.

Learn more about What is Stress? sessions here, or contact Heather for an informal discussion about how these sessions can support your staff through testing times.