A few words on my journey
If I were you I’d like to know more about this person who claims she can help you with this new mind-body practice called sophrology.
I’ve started in the field of biology and ecology, wanting to save endangered species.
But I was diagnosed with MS during my PhD. At the time of starting the treatment, I was consumed by fear. I was already anxious by nature, with a natural tendency to envisage the worst case scenarios. My anxiety levels were now rocketing sky high.
I started the treatment in France and a neurologist recommended sophrology to me.
Being French, I had a vague idea of what it was, because sophrology is as popular in France as mindfulness is in the UK. Yet, I was also a quantitative scientist in training, not familiar with mind-body practices, and actually quite appalled he would suggest such a woo woo thing to me.
But I was feeling so scared, lost, out of control, not knowing what was going to happen. So I decided to give it a try.
It absolutely transformed my life. It helped me feel back in control, regulate my internal state, modulate side effects and avoid relapses. With regular practice I felt happy in a way I never had done before and more confident in myself and in life.
I successfully completed my PhD, I even completed a postdoc but my journey led me to train in sophrology and to teach it to others in need of taking back control of their lives.
How I work
My approach is to provide a safe space for you to learn and experiment with new tools and skills to help you make substantial changes in your life.
I like to say that regular short practices can have lasting big impacts on our lives.
My focus is not on fixing you but on helping you uncover and strengthen your own resources and capacities so that you can respond to life challenges in a much more resilient, flexible and positive way. I’m not concerned with the why, like a therapist might be, but with the how.
I offer a structured pathway where I’ll first teach you techniques to gently reconnect with your body and successfully regulate your internal state to help you feel calmer and preserve your energy levels. We’ll then move onto developing a positive mindset and emotional resilience so that you don’t feel so low anymore and start feeling hopeful and optimistic about life. Ultimately the repetition of the practice will help you feel more in control and you’ll discover a new way of living and enjoying your life.
If you wonder what it’s like to work with me, here are a few experiences from people I’ve worked with:
A little bit more about me
I volunteered for several years at the Sir Robert Ogden MacMillan Centre supporting cancer patients and carers. I offer free online sessions for carers every year during Carers Week.
I've delivered an 8-week pain management intervention in a randomised controlled trial led by Charlotte Chatfield and supervised by Professor Caroline Lafarge from the University of West London which found that sophrology had a positive impact on pain management.
I'm so passionate about teaching sophrology that I'm Education Director at The Sophrology Academy, training the next generation of sophrologists.
It turns out sophrology is not a woo-woo method. It blends into one single structured method many different modalities which all have been scientifically proven to benefit health and wellbeing such as progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training, breathing, mindfulness, guided imagery, movement meditation, etc...