If you're interested to know a little more about my professional background, you can find out below:
In the mid-1990's I began my Psychotherapy studies. After qualifying, I worked in private practice specialising in working with cancer patients. I was becoming more interested in the mind/body connection and continued my studies in Hypnotherapy, Reiki, EFT, Mindfulness (MBCT) and Havening Techniques, as well as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. There is no 'one size fits all' in therapy so having these tools, brought about rapid change in clients. I worked between Malta, the UK and other countries around the world including Spain, Italy, USA etc.
As EFT was not regulated, I set about to raise the standards of practice and training within the EFT community. In recognition of my endeavours, I was elected Chairperson and Training Director of the largest EFT Association worldwide from 2008 - 2014. I formally set up the Association as an NGO and put in place codes of conduct, ethics and standards of training and practice. When I was Chair, the Association attracted over 2,500 members worldwide. Within the Association I managed Training, Compliance, Web management, Communication and Conferencing Teams. When I stepped down as Char, I focused on building up my own training company 'EFT & Mindfulness Centre' which is also structured to include codes of conduct, ethics etc.
In 2010 I was appointed Fellow of the International Council of Psychotherapists for my outstanding contribution to the advancement of psychotherapy. In my "spare time" I wrote the book "Emotional Freedom Technique for Dummies" in English which has since been translated into Dutch, French, Slovenian and soon Spanish.
Although I had been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 40 years, I wanted to introduce it into my clinical practice so I decided to undertake professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) then Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I then went on to train in how to take mindfulness into schools. I collaborated with Prof Cefai in Malta in introducing mindfulness into education. My Mindfulness in Education programme has also been accepted by the Minister for Education in Malta as an intervention in schools and is being seriously considered as a programme to be embedded into the school curriculum.
I like to work collaboratively with psychologists, psychotherapists and doctors in the UK and Malta and have taken an active interest in arranging group meetings to discuss supervision and CPD. I also network with health professionals around the world to help raise awareness about energy psychology. Great work is being undertaken by pioneers such as Dr Therese McGoldrick (Behavioural Psychotherapist) Forth Valley NHS, Professor Tony Stewart (epidemiologist) and Dr Liz Boath at Staffordshire University as well as a team of others to raise funds for research so that EFT can be accepted as an evidence based therapy. This team will advise on the best EFT research methodology and it is hoped funding will be made available through the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research under the Research for Patient Benefit programme).
Before qualifying as a professional therapist, I held down a number of senior Management Director positions for the government in Communications, Human Resources, Business Planning, Training & Development, IT and Change Management.
For 18 years I was a Youth and Adult Magistrate in the Magistrates Courts and Chair of the Magistrates' Mentoring Group for 2 years.
I also believe in the importance of continuous professional development and will sign up for courses on a regular basis that will enhance my therapeutic knowledge and skills. I couldn't list all the courses I've been on but if I don't feel qualified to help you in a particular area, I will refer you to someone who can.
I have appeared on Radio and TV and invited onto the One Show. I have had many articles published on EFT and Mindfulness in journals, magazines and websites.
I abide by a strict code of conduct and ethics laid down by the associations I'm a member of below.
Training & Certification (not including short courses)
PG Dip Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapist (UKCP approved) PG Dip Human Development & Psychopathology Diploma NLP Practitioner/Master Accredited EFT Master Trainer Cert. Holistic Hypnotherapist L.4 Dip. Adv Therapeutic Counselling (BACP approved) Cert. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Accredited Teacher of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Cert. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Cert. Teacher of Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) (.b; .b Paws; .b Foundation) Dip. Transactional Analysis Cert. Level II Reiki Practitioner (Mikao Usui) Cert. Inner Child & Past Life Therapist Psychotherapy Supervisor Online training cert in Havening Techniques
Be Mindful (Mental Health Foundation) EFT & Mindfulness Centre & Mindfulness in Education Fellow of the Nat. Council of Psychotherapists Mindfulness in Schools Project General Hypnotherapy Register Member of Counselling & Psychotherapy Directory Malta Association of Psychotherapists Pending application with the European Association of Psychotherapists
This emerges from a survey conducted among 591 replies employed or self-employed workers in 2010, by the Richmond Foundation – a non-governmental organisation offering community services to those with mental health problems. The study found that the people working longer hours were more likely to feel stressed. In fact, 71.5% of those who worked for 60 hours a week consider their job to be either ‘stressful’ or ‘very stressful’.7 March 2011: "......Malta is one of four EU member states whose social partners have failed to introduce anti-stress measures for workers under a 2004 agreement, a situation the European Commission has described as “worrying”...." Due to stress or burnout in the last five years, 10.5% of respondents had to take leave of absence as a result. In the majority of cases (75%), the leave lasted up to one week, but in 10.5% of cases, the leave taken was for longer periods of time.The study – which included interviews with stakeholders – refers to the lack of awareness of employers on how to deal with workers presenting mental health problems. Awareness and understanding were also low among the general public.The study (compiled by the Centre of Labour Studies and published on European Working Conditions Observatory (ECWO)'s website recommended the introduction of a helpline to assist employers, human resource managers and line mangers in dealing with employees who have mental health problems.Telltale Signs of StressInability to make decisions - even minor onesEmotional and irrational behaviour - crying, sulking, restlessness, twitching, fidgetingFeelings of inadequacy and constant tirednessLack of concentration and lapses of memoryWorrying insomnia and/or early wakingHoarding work and not being able to delegateUncharacteristic errors in workRecurring health problemsPalpitations, shortness of breath, shaking, short temper,aggressionObsessive behaviour