About The Teacher

Lilly has been providing integrated patient-led psychotherapy in Hampshire since 2001, in which time she has focused her clinical time and research on how trauma and stress influence our behaviour, mood, bodily systems and belief structures.

Over a period of almost 20 years she has helped, supported and worked with thousands of people who lives have been affected by childhood, family or relational upset, grief and traumatic events.

She has two busy clinical hubs in Hampshire and Berkshire which holistically view the way emotional and physical issues and complaints of the human brain and body can manifest in times of stress. She continues to improve her knowledge and experience on a daily basis due to the diversity of clients and the concerns that she works with.

Lilly is a voracious reader and enjoys constantly learning, challenging and researching contemporary approaches that push the boundaries of her integrated psychotherapeutic approach.

Her ongoing research is based on how childhood adversity can influence adult long-term health conditions – in particular psychosomatic and hard to treat complaints.

She is also working with her chosen team of health professionals to progress an approach to mental health that incorporates mind, body and brain processes – the model of intervention that is being developed through the clinical and residential work she is doing is based on “soma-influenced-tracking-therapy” (S.I.T.T.). This mode of intervention, when dealing with long term and resistant health conditions can affect the sub-structures that have been enlisted by the brain to cope with such trauma to overcome and relinquish unhelpful or harmful habits and behaviours – some of which will be unconscious. (i.e you will not be aware of why you do certain things or why you react in certain ways to people and situations) It can also break-through where other therapies have failed, and release held tension, reactions to stress and ultimately improve, depression, anxiety, regular/constant pain, blood pressure, bowel function, clarity of mind, motivation and confidence in your ability to embrace life.

In 2012 Lilly identified the positive impact intensive therapy can offer, creating our holistic health retreats. On these, she enjoys spending time with each ‘retreater’ individually and in the classes she holds. She ‘walks the talk’ and loves the components of wellbeing, integrating them as a philosophy into not only her life but the lives of those she is privileged to share time with.

She has experienced her own fair share of trauma, upset and childhood difficulties and believes that this (with her own regular supervision, CPD and wellbeing therapy) enables her to connect, care and fully understand how to use her knowledge and experience to its best affect.

She is at present working on her writing and hopes to publish in 2020.

1982- Accounting and Bookkeeping Practices – Redlands College – Accreditation – AAT (level 4)

1984 – Human Science (major psychology) – Jo’berg University (SA) – Level – undergraduate

1988-95 – Health and Wellbeing (various – including personal training, diet and exercise to music) – Accreditation – FIA

1996 – Training and Development Practitioner – Kingston University. Accreditation – CIPD. Level 5 (undergraduate)

2003 – Complimentary Health Practices – St Clements. Level – Batchelor of Arts.

2004 – Hypno-Psychotherapy – National College – London. Accreditation – UKCP. Level – PGDip.

2005 – NLP Master Practitioner – Beeleaf Training. Accreditation – UKCP.

2008 – Systemic Practices (family & couples) – Birkbeck University. Accreditation – I.F.T. Level – PGDip

2009 – Buteyko Breathing Course – CPD

2010 – Awarded ‘Senior’ status on Hypnotherapy register. Accreditation – GHSC.

2011 – Attachment & Neuroscience – Couples Institute (USA). Level – PGCert.

2011 – Motivating Challenging Children – CPD.

2012 – Systemic and CBT Approaches – CPD.

2013 – Virtual Gastric Band – CPD

2013 – Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing – CPD. Accreditation – EMDR – London.

2013 – Certificate of Practitioner Proficiency – BACP.

2014 – Health and Social Care Practices – Derby University. Level – Doctorate degree*

2015 – Human Biochemistry and Physiology – CPD. Level – under graduate

2015 – Brief Solution Focused Therapy – CPD. Accreditation BRIEF – London

2019 – Third Wave Therapies Certification . (including meditation, mindfulness, dialectical and compassion focused therapeutic competence). Accreditation – British Psychological Society.

Current – Personalised Nutritional Practices

Accreditation – Middlesex University. Level – Master’s

In her spare time Lilly enjoys, creating new tastes and experiences through food, reading walking, meditating, self-hypnosis, music, dancing, laughing and being by the sea.

She is fully insured and is a member of:

Royal Society of Medicine

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Association of Family Therapy

Association of Neurolinguistic Therapy

Professional Standards Council

General Hypnotherapy Register

*Lilly interrupted her studies at Derby to support and nurse her Mother, (who suffered a stroke). She intends to conclude her efforts in 2020, where she will write up her impressive pilot study results and use them to further inform her S.I.T.T. protocol for trauma intervention.

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