BSc (Hons) Psych, DipCBH, FMCHC, mBPsS
CORPORATE WELLNESS CONSULTANT, FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE HEALTH COACH & CBT HY PNOTHERAPIST
Wellbeing seems to be a huge focus in the world at the moment. But for me, this has been the focus of my entire life. I spent years going from Gastro-Enterologist, to ENT specialist, to Gynaecologist, to Urologist, to Nutritional Therapist and finally, a Functional Medicine Practitioner made sense of what was happening to my body, after years of antibiotic overuse, chronic upper respiratory tract infections, eczema, poor sleep, low fat diets, IBS and hormonal imbalances.
My health issues mean that I’ve seen both sides of the therapeutic relationship, and deeply understand the frustration of going from specialist to specialist searching for answers to what conventional medicine deems as seemingly unrelated health issues.
On both my Mom and Dad’s side of the family, I witnessed the effects of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Dementia, Type 2 Diabetes, Hashimotos Thyroid Disease, Heart Disease, Lupus Autoimmune Disease, Stroke, and Cancer.
Growing up around so much ill health made me conscious that simply following doctor’s orders didn’t guarantee healing.
With vocal nodules ending my budding music career when I was 21, I inadvertently set off on a path to understand the lifestyle connection in the prevention of both physical and psychological illness.
My grandfather’s GAD, Stroke and subsequent Dementia were the main drivers for my pursuit of Psychology. In 2006, I graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a BSc Psychology. I am a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, and have practiced CBT Hypnotherapy since 2009. The loss of my Grandfather after his 7 year battle with Dementia was a catalyst for me, so that my practice was focused on anxiety reduction, addiction, personal development, stress and weight management.
My top Character Strengths are Gratitude, Zest, Curiosity, Hope, and Love of Learning, evidenced by the fact that I continued to undertake further practitioner training in Positive Psychology, Life Coaching, Hypnobirthing, Smoking Cessation, Nutrition, and Rehabilitative Pilates.
On the passing of my Grandmother in 2016 from pharmaceutical-induced heart failure, I was compelled to re-train as a Functional Medicine Health Coach. If only Functional Medicine had been mainstream a decade ago, I feel certain both my grandparents would still be alive and thriving.
THE BIRTH OF WELL WORKS
More than ever, I’m now driven to make a difference in the overall health of overwhelmed city-dwellers through preventive strategies rooted in nutrition, meditation, and positive psychology.
I feel grateful to have found a team of clinicians who share my vision. They have each surmounted their own personal health issues, and are now ready to share their experience and expertise.
I have lived and worked in London for 16 years, spending the last 6 years as the Global Wellbeing Manager at a multi-national bank. I developed group wellness programmes for those struggling with 21st Century chronic health conditions, such as stress, anxiety, depression, IBS, back and neck pain, and obesity.
In 2012, I introduced 6 week Mindful Awareness workshops to employees with the aim of reducing stress, and improving focus, clarity and creativity. This was a huge achievement as meditation in a bank at that time was very much taboo. I’ll always remember the moment, I saw a Managing Director closing his eyes around a board room table, softening his shoulders and focusing on his breath.
I was a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness in the Workplace from 2015 – 2016, as reducing the levels of anxiety and stress of modern life should be a priority for Government Policy and Public Health.
HOW I NOURISH MYSELF
In my spare time, I enjoy whipping up delicious Paleo treats, Pilates, Spinning, playing piano, guitar, singing and writing.
“In a relatively short time, Rae has made a big difference in my life. I was somewhat skeptical that I needed a health coach because I felt I “already knew” what I needed to do to optimize my health goals. Having said that, I decided to just be open to the process and go with the flow and now I am so happy and grateful that I did. Rae brings tremendous value as a health coach. She is very knowledgeable, non-judgmental, warm and generous in spirit. At the same time, she holds me accountable to my goals and provides the motivation, inspiration and hope that I need to be ultimately successful in meeting them. She has helped me to develop strategies that are designed to help me break lifelong bad habits and hone new healthy ones. I actually look forward to our weekly meetings because I always feel better after talking with her.”
— Jacque H.
“Raewyn was so easy to talk to! I looked forward to each and every session with her and cannot wait until our next chance to problem solve together! I am a therapist, so I am always on the other side of this…..helping people work through their problems! It was wonderful having Raewyn to help me consider my options, writing notes about our sessions and then holding me accountable for what I said I would do over the next week, and simply being there to offer another perspective! She really helped me to prioritize, set goals, and to work toward improved health and well-being! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her and I am still reaping the rewards!! She doesn’t know this yet……..but she even has me considering starting to do online therapy!! Thanks, Raewyn!!!!”
— Susan H.