Meet our Herbalists and Therapists
Robyn James MNIMH
Robyn is a highly experienced herbal practitioner and herbal educator. She has been in practice as a medical herbalist in Sheffield since 1998. Her particular interest is in the use of herbs to treat hormone problems, especially thyroid imbalance.
Robyn is the former programme leader for the Open University BSc(Hons) Herbal Medicine course at Lincoln College and the current President of her professional body, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.
Geoffrey Soma MNIMH
Geoffrey moved to Sheffield in 2017 after working as a medical herbalist in London for over 15 years. He has a special interest in digestive disorders and gall bladder disease.
He is also experienced in practical herbal medicine for acute illness and is trained as an Emergency Responder. He regularly practises these skills at festival herbal first aid clinics such as at Glastonbury and the Green Gathering.
Geoffrey is keen to promote simple & effective herbal remedies for the whole family.
Carol Burnett MNIMH
"I have great faith in the capacity of the human body and mind to heal itself, and in the power of herbs to assist this process.
I have used herbs for both First Aid situations and chronic conditions with great success and know them to be powerful and effective medicine. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping someone take charge of their health whether that means solely using herbs of integrating their use with prescribed medicines and the work of other health care professionals
I was lucky enough to study for a BSc in Herbal Medicine at Lincoln University and have been a full time Herbalist ever since. To me being an Herbalist is a way of life not just a career and includes growing and gathering from the wild many of the herbs that I use to make the tinctures, teas and creams that I use in practice."
Hannah’s welcoming approach blends her scientific background with her heart-centred wisdom. Her rich training encompasses a wealth of medical and people-centred techniques.
Hannah’s love for plants and people carried her on to graduate in a BSc in Western Herbal Medicine in 2019. Many years prior, Hannah attended Sheffield medical school for three years, leaving with a degree in Medical Science. This was followed by a diploma in Holistic Massage and further training in Indian head massage.
Hannah is driven to find effective ways to support all aspects of health. Her portfolio of studying and experience is ever expanding and creating richer experiences for her clients.
Acupuncture & Chinese
"Acupuncture is well known for pain relief and is used for much more as well. This includes a wide range of physical problems and also emotional or mental health issues. My acupuncture incorprates different styles. I learnt TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine - a Chinese Communist invention) at college, and have since learnt different methods. I adapt my needling technique to suit the client - some like it heavy and others much lighter. I gauge this as I'm working.
I have recently qualified as a Chinese Herbalist and can give herbs alongside acupuncture or on their own. The method I learnt is based on the traditional principles of Chinese medicine that predate Chinese communism and are now becoming more well known as China opens up."
Ruby R.J. Berridge
Ruby has been a practising nutritionist since retraining in 2015, having previously worked in healthcare. She is qualified in clinical nutrition and nutritional therapy separately; and combines the different modalities to meet the needs of the individual. She also has training and experience in other therapies to use when appropriate.
Ruby is also a referral practitioner for Dr Tavakkoli at the Quantum Clinic, Lewes, a progressive medical clinic offering Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine support to adults with cancer.
Her specific interests are digestive issues, women’s health, skin conditions, arthritis, plant based diets, and auto-immune conditions.
For more information see: www.berrinutritious.com or call 07977100077
"I first came into contact with craniosacral therapy in 2014 after a long history of physical complaints and anxiety. Having tried a huge range of different therapies I’ve found that craniosacral has been the most beneficial and supportive.
Through my background in dance and movement I have experienced many forms of bodywork, and my work with Marina Collard, a dance artist and biodynamic craniosacral therapist, inspired me to train as a therapist myself.
The impact of this therapy has been influential and transformative, and continues to support me in finding a centred, grounded and stable lifestyle, allowing me greater insight into myself and my history, and a deepening understanding of the state of others.
Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle treatment for both client and practitioner. It is a beautiful way to be with another human, to be able to meet them non verbally, non judgmentally, exactly where they are at that moment in time. This in itself can be a great facilitator of healing."
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist; a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP), working with adults and young people.
I qualified in 2016, completing my 3-year NCS accredited training in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy with The Academy: S.P.A.C.E in Sheffield. I work in a reflective and committed way; Counselling & Psychotherapy can be powerful tools to help people work through difficulties, leading to a more fulfilling life.
I recognise the benefits of being in nature and offer walks in nature alongside face to face, zoom, telephone and home visits.
Massage & Reiki
Massage and Reiki can work to heal on multiple levels. Our bodies spend so much time in unnatural positions and states in modern society, (from driving, using phones, stress etc) it impacts all of us.
During massage physical muscular tension can be eased and freedom of movement increased. The Reiki energy encourages the body to enter a deeply relaxed, receptive state where it is able to heal itself.
As my practice has deepened, I’ve felt drawn to more intentionally combine the two, with encouraging feedback. I’ve recently qualified as a Sound Bowl Practitioner, so I can include Sound bowls in treatments, which adds an extra layer of healing.
I qualified from Sheffield Centre for Massage Training in 2015 with a L4 Diploma in Holistic Massage. I have completed various CPD courses since, including Deep Tissue and Reiki. I’m also trained in Womb Healing. This gentle non invasive treatment can assist the womb to heal on every level.
My background has involved supporting others, and undertaking my own journey of healing. This has included working in mental health and supporting survivors of domestic abuse, I bring a high level of empathy and care to my treatments.
I see massage as powerful part of a mosaic of self care and healing. Supporting ourselves in multiple ways allows us to heal, flourish and become more resilient to the challenges of life.