Hi! I’m Catherine and I am a Mind Body Practitioner and Coach. Mental and physical health are my passions.
I am married and have two fantastic teenagers, who are my pride and joy. Just like all children, they are not perfect, but then neither am I.
For years, I suffered from TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome), also known as ‘psychophysiological disorder’ or ‘mind body syndrome’, and experienced many symptoms including neck, shoulder, hip and back pain. However, since learning about the mind body connection and reading the work of Dr. John Sarno, and that of the medical practitioners who have extended his work, I have been able to free myself from pain and learn to listen to my body and my mind to understand why symptoms occur. My goal is now to help others to become pain free and to realise their self worth. I also work with people with anxiety disorders and depression, to help them understand their emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
I suffered from anxiety, on and off, for many years. I was 14 when my beloved dad died at 38 years of age in a car accident, and I suffered a great deal of anxiety with the long-term illness of my mother, who died the day after my 37th birthday. She was 63 years old and had battled liver disease (including two liver transplants), cancer, osteoporosis and bone disease. I lost my sister when she was only 35 years old to alcoholism. I had a very difficult relationship with my mother, and tried to control my anxiety by controlling my food intake; I suffered disordered eating for almost 20 years. I also experienced being the ‘black sheep’ of the family and lost touch with my family for years. I never gave up on them, and I never gave up on myself, but these experiences were hard.
I tell you this, not to be a ‘victim’, but to let you know that I have been there, and I understand. I hope that, through being authentic and open, these words will resonate with you and you can know you have found someone you can trust to be open with: someone who can provide a safe space for you and someone who can understand your pain – emotional or otherwise.
I’m a very keen runner. Last year I ran my first 50k ultramarathon, and have run numerous marathons and half marathons. I run to keep fit and emotionally well – it has become a part of who I am, and I find it really helps me in stressful times. I no longer compete in races. I run for me, and for the sheer pleasure and freedom it offers.
I have followed a plant-based diet since February 2019, and feel so much better for it. I don’t campaign about my choice of diet, I don’t judge and I don’t lecture. My family, apart from my daughter, eat meat and that is their choice.
I’m a qualified Personal Trainer, and avid reader of anything related to mental and physical health. My ambition is to help others in their journey to find good health, happiness and fulfilment in life.
I look forward to working with you,