Chris Bowles MA MISMA (Managing Consultant) is a stress management and wellbeing coach and trainer, and a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She also has over 20 years' experience of career transition coaching with some of the UK's leading career consultancies. Chris has extensive experience of working with employees of organisations during periods of change and restructuring. Past clients include the Government Office for the South West, Lloyds TSB, Pfizer UK, Lloyds of London, Bath Spa University and Cranfield University. Chris also runs mental health courses for GP patients on behalf of South Glos Primary Care Trust. Her training includes qualifications in counselling, diplomas in stress management and group facilitation, and Mindfulness Teacher Development with the University of Bangor Centre for Mindfulness.
Vena Bunker is a fully trained and experienced practitioner of on-site acupressure massage. She qualified in reflexology and Indian head massage in 2001 and holds additional qualifications in Japanese face massage and Emotional Freedom Technique. The therapies that she offers are effective for a wide range of conditions and for general wellbeing, relaxation and revitalisation. She draws upon her counselling skills to ensure that her clients receive the most appropriate therapy to meet their requirements. With her colleague Maggie Fraser, Vena has successfully run workplace sessions for employees of various organisations in the South West.
Simon Carver runs rhythm and drumming events for health and wellness, fun and team building. After 12 years as a senior analyst with a major UK computer software company, he left the corporate world to pursue a lifelong interest in music. Simon is a trained facilitator in HealthRhythms, a structured and research-based drumming programme that has demonstrated significant and tangible health benefits from exercise, boosting the immune system, nurturing and social support, to intellectual stimulation, spirituality and stress reduction. The programme has been demonstrated to improve mood and reduce staff turnover due to burnout; it increases confidence and encourages positive communication, and is an excellent way of boosting morale during stressful and challenging times.
Carol Clark has 15 years experience as a nutritional therapist in private practice helping people with a wide range of health issues including digestive, hormone and stress related problems. She is also part of the nutrition team at the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre (formerly the Bristol Cancer Help Centre) and is an assignment tutor for a distance learning college. Carol is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy and is also a qualified practitioner of the Bowen Technique, a gentle realignment therapy. Prior to training in nutrition, Carol taught primary school children for several years and has also worked in the Molecular Genetics lab at Southmead Hospital.
Deborah Clarke is a Chartered Psychologist with considerable experience in coaching, counselling and mentoring. She works with individuals and teams helping them deal with change and transition, stress management and crisis management. Her clients include the Welsh Assembly, Bristol City Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, Amnesty International, the British Red Cross, BUPA and AXA. She is also a qualified Yoga Teacher and offers a unique blend of therapeutic skills and yoga practice to enable her clients shift dysfunctional physical and emotional patterns.
Maggie Fraser has a background in Human Resources with a variety of organisations. She has a firm belief in the importance of fostering wellbeing at work, to the benefit of both the individual and the organisation, in a number of ways including access to complementary therapies. Maggie qualified in Shiatsu with the Bristol School of Shiatsu and has been practising for over 8 years. She also offers on-site seated acupressure and Japanese face massage.
Chrissy Holmes worked for 30 years as an Information Scientist before pursuing a career that allowed her to use her skills in healing, coaching and training. She has been a member of the healing team at the Penny Brohn Centre in Bristol and is currently part of the Pastoral Care Team at the University of the West of England. Amongst other services, Chrissy can offer 1:1 and group training in relaxation and meditation, breath-work and imagery. She also provides coaching and facial massage.
Gareth Lovelock spent over twenty years working for various government departments. He has experience of stressful and challenging customer services environments, including a drug and alcohol dependency unit. He moved to the south west in 2000 and worked in Learning and Development, designing and delivering local and national training solutions. In 2007 he took time out to study as a Life Coach, learning CBT and NLP techniques. He has qualifications in learning & development and management. Gareth enjoys helping individuals and teams realise their potential and believes personal empowerment is one of the keys to mental and spiritual well-being.
Julie Lovelock is a fully qualified Yoga instructor, registered with the Yoga Alliance. She has worked for Lloyds’ brokers and insurance companies in the City of London and in retail in the West End of London. On moving to the South West in 2000 she used the opportunity to retrain, gaining qualifications in counselling, spiritual healing and Zen Yoga. Julie worked in a school for five years, teaching Yoga to the staff and children in an after-school club; she found she coped better with her energy and stress levels by getting up an hour earlier and practising Yoga herself in the morning. Having run healing and meditation groups she combines her skills to provide Yoga sessions that both energise and de-stress, using pranayama (breath work), asanas (physical posture work) and relaxation and visualisation to integrate the work done.
Claire Paul has a strong background in psychology and extensive experience in corporate environments, including career transition coaching for Orange. A trained life coach and hypnotherapist, Claire has developed a unique cognitive-behavioural approach to help her clients increase self esteem and confidence, manage stress and overcome internal blocks to successful performance. She has worked with clients of all levels on a wide range of developmental issues.
Sharon Stiles uses hypnotherapy to help people deal with mind blocks such as anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, unwanted habits, stress, insomnia, weight issues, lack of confidence or motivation. Sharon also draws upon skills in NLP, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique/Chinosis to support her clients. She works with individuals and groups, and with both organisational and private clients.
Rob Wood has over 10 years' experience as a reflexologist, working with both individual and corporate clients to relieve stress and improve wellbeing; he is registered as a professional practitioner with the International Federation of Reflexologists, and is also a qualified practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique. Rob's 32 year background in psychiatric nursing and diploma in counselling give him an excellent understanding of mental health and enable him to provide a caring, supportive and effective service to clients. He also teaches the basics of
T'ai Chi to groups for stress reduction and team building.
T'ai Chi to groups for stress reduction and team building.