RETREAT CREATOR & INTEGRATIVE HEALTH PSYCHOTHERAPIST
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 more than 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.
Life Right has clinical hubs in Odiham, Weymouth and Bristol, which holistically view the way emotional and physical issues and complaints of the human brain and body can manifest in times of stress. Lilly 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 research topics have studied childhood adversity influences on adult long-term health conditions, regarding psychosomatic and hard to treat conditions. Currently Lilly is researching how trauma, lifestyle, nutrition and relationships (with self and others), influence epigenetic changes and the expression of disease. This is with a view to implementing her MIST approach to ameliorate disease progression.
The M.I.S.T. model of intervention, (‘metaphor informed somatic therapy‘) has been developed through clinical and residential studies. It is specific to how 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 change reactions to stress and upsetting stimuli, which ultimately improves, cardiac, gastric, endocrine and mood disorders. Symptoms of which can be manifested in your body by depression, anxiety, addictions, high blood pressure/irregular heart rate, poor bowel function, thyroid (hyper or hypo), cognitive issues, dry skin/rashes and medically unexplained symptoms.
In 2012 Lilly identified the positive impact intensive holistic therapy can offer, creating our integrated mind/body health retreats. On these, she enjoys spending time with each ‘retreater’ individually and in the classes and workshops she holds. She ‘walks the talk’ and loves the components of wellbeing, dovetailing 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 to help others
She is at present working on her writing with a publishing deadline of 2023
- 1982- Accounting and Business 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)
- 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 PostGraduate Diploma
- 2005 – Neuro Linguistic Programming – Beeleaf Training. Accreditation – UKCP – Master Practitioner
- 2008 – Systemic Practices (family & couples) – Birkbeck University. Accreditation – I.F.T. Level – PostGraduate Diploma
- 2009 – Buteyko Breathing Course – CPD
- 2010 – Awarded ‘Senior’ status on Hypnotherapy register. Accreditation – GHSC
- 2011 – Attachment & Neuroscience – Couples Institute (USA). Level – Post Graduate Certificate.
- 2011 – Motivating Challenging Children – CPD
- 2012 – Systemic and CBT Approaches – CPD
- 2013 – Virtual Gastric Band – CPD
- 2013 – Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) CPD. Accreditation – EMDR Practitioner – London.
- 2013 – Certificate of Practitioner Proficiency – BACP
- 2014 – Health and Social Care Practices – Derby University. Level – Professional Doctorate studies
- 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
- 2018 – 2021– Personalised Nutritional Practices – Middlesex University. Accreditation – Level – MSc
- 2021 – Boosting Immunity – CPD – New Scientist Academy
- 2021 – The Brain – CPD – New Scientist Academy
In her spare time Lilly enjoys creating new tastes and experiences through food, reading, walking, meditating, self-hypnosis, music, dancing, singing, laughing and being by the sea.
She is fully insured & a member of
- Royal Society of Medicine
- British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Association of Family Therapy
- Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council
- Association of Neurolinguistic Therapy
- Professional Standards Authority
- General Hypnotherapy Register
Lilly also commits to her own twice monthly professional supervision and self-care and respect practices, such as meditation, mindfulness, whole foods, fasting, breathwork, spinal, neural and body work and enjoys the energy of like-minded people
RETREAT DIRECTOR & THERAPIST
Richie has always had an appreciation of music and technology. He spent a good proportion of his early career as a nightclub DJ, radio presenter & working on outside broadcast events. He has project managed countless prestigious events from National sports cup matches, employee reward (Oscars) nights for National companies and celebration party events for a host of celebrities.
Over a 10 year period, he gave his time freely for 3 months a year helping with the charity ‘Dreamflight’, as a cameraman and video editor. In addition to filming two groups of 16 terminally or seriously ill children and their support teams, he produced two 90-minute feature films, documenting their 10 day holiday in Florida for their families (who didn’t go with them) to watch at cinema previews and to have as a keepsake.
He loves helping to achieve happiness and for the past 7 years has worked as a compere at the multi-award winning Ealing Half Marathon. He is also the lead compere for all British Heart Foundation fundraising events, a charity he has worked with for over 20 years.
He was an avid fan of Ice Hockey and was the announcer on match nights, even fulfilling one of his goals of being a presenter on ITV when covering Ice Hockey matches.
He is a recipient of numerous industry awards for presenting, DJing and compering and can be seen occasionally getting back in the saddle for private friends & family occasions and even on the retreats!!
In the early clinical days of Life Right, his focus was logistics, computer interface, audio downloads and website creation. Inspired by the stories of people’s courage and will to improve their health status, he retrained as a Music Therapist at Roehampton University and then went on to master his skills in clinical reflexology, Indian Head Massage, sports massage and aroma-hypnotherapy.
He is a valuable part of the Team and manages logistics, appointments and ultimate experience, whether that is on a residential retreat or in one of our consulting hubs. He is also one of the holistic practitioners who can provide massage and audio interventions and treatments on our retreats.
in 2020, Richie used his skills and experience to set up an entire radio station and bring it to air. The popularity for Life Right Radio has grown way beyond expectations and achieves better listener hours (length of time listening) than many commercial radio stations!
Richie is a keen Formula 1 fan and has previously sung and played with Marillion & Pink Floyd tribute bands. In his spare time, he loves being out on the sea on his jetski, plus he can be heard playing piano, drums and guitar, although rarely at the same time!
CHIROPRACTOR & PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Ian spent a good proportion of his youth as a competitive swimmer. He still loves watersports and regularly pushes his level of fitness towards competing in Triathlons. He approaches his passion for wellbeing in the same way, by working with those who wish to be better or who want to retain their flexibility and fitness, by helping the body and mind to work synergistically together to achieve neuromuscular stabilisation whilst protecting the integrity of the body and its organs: An ideal approach for injury, rehabilitation and pain management.
He studied at Glamorgan University and qualified as a Chiropractor in 2001. Working alongside eminent UK Chiropractors, he was awarded his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) from the European Chiropractors Union Board of Education, following his PRT (Post Registration Training scheme) year at the Cowbridge Chiropractic and Spinal Rehabilitation Clinic
Due to his interest in neurology and how this plays itself out in the body through chronic pain, he studied Western Medical Acupuncture and received a Post Graduate qualification in 2007. He uses acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy to his gentle, yet effective, patient-led manual approach and achieves good results with those patients who cannot tolerate or dislike a traditional ‘chiropractic’ approach.
In 2012, he was able to study under the tutelage of Karel Lewit and Pavel Kolar learning Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation, both in the UK and Czech Republic. This knowledge and insight into how joint dysfunction occurs and how to treat them has given him a better understanding of rehabilitation, sports injury, neuro issues and how to inform the brain to change and heal.
He has travelled across the Continent and settled for a few years in Germany, learning the language and practicing as a Chiropractor in a busy Clinic, a mean feat in itself, with the jargon and terminology! He appreciates how that informed his knowledge on the anatomy and physiology of the human body and is not phased by any presenting issues.
He has worked for the past 5 years with Lilly in a diverse and challenging clinical environment, where a holistic approach to dysfunction and pain is primary to the consultation process and subsequent treatment.
He is currently studying a Master’s degree in Medical Sonography at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic University College, specialising in Musculo-Skeletal Ultrasound Diagnosis.
His other interests include watersports, triathlon and two allotments and living in Portland, Dorset, he can often be found riding the waves on his surfboard. He has also been known to provide swimming and breathing technique lessons to lucky recipients on our residential Retreats.
THERAPIST & WHOLE FOODS CHEF
Susana is both a talented and creative chef, as well as an experienced therapist who has always had a love affair for good food and cooking – this took her to working in many prestigious Portuguese music festivals, catering for both visitors and staff.
At the same time, she has owned a small cloth shop in one of the most bohemian parts of Lisbon, called Goodmood bazar.
The shop was connected to the festival scene, being a hotspot for international public attending the festivals, with the sales of the tickets, fashion and related music.
In 2005 Susana end up meeting her Irish partner and moved to rural Ireland, to a small town in Kerry
Whilst spreading her love of imaginative healthy cooking, she also retrained as a holistic therapist, in massage, reflexology and Thai foot massage, managing her own successful therapy business for three years.
But the call for a life in the sun was greater and she and her family moved back to the Algarve and now live a couple of miles from our retreat resort, restoring an old property whilst running an olive farm with lots of animals too.