A little bit of background about me…
My name is Anni Meehan and I am a fully qualified Biodynamic Psychotherapist, Counsellor and massage therapist, qualifying from the Gerda Boyesen International Institute in 1995. I have also worked in business for both large corporations and smaller entrepreneurial concerns.
Like most of us I have been touched by various personal challenges, and believe it’s not the things that happen to us that determine how we live, but how we deal with them that truly matters. It’s that ability to self-regulate which can enable you to return to homeostasis (steady state) and live a rich and full life
Arriving in London from Dublin in 1986 I did a course in Homeopathy and was about to do a Herbal Medicine training when I found this Biodynamic Clinic in Ealing, West London. The Bio what? Yes, I had some of the same questions you might have. The wonder of this work was that it had the missing link; it contained the bridge between the mind and body and incorporated the spiritual as well. Result! I realised that pills and potions have their place, but when a person becomes ill, there is usually more going on. It’s more than a practical, physical breakdown – the human, the person, the psyche may also be under stress for all sorts of reasons.
Since moving to Suffolk in 2000, I completed my Degree BSc (Hons) in Psychology & Sociology (2013) and loved every minute of it. I am committed to continuous improvement as a human being and reading and researching human behaviour makes me happy, and broadens the field when it comes to treating you.
I have worked with cancer patients at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London; and their friends and families at the Wandsworth Cancer Support centre; with blind and partially sighted people at RNIB in Islington, the homeless at Battlesbridge in Kings Cross London.
I work with people recovering from strokes; those with eating disorders; addictions, depression, anxiety and other related conditions. It’s about You, the whole You and nothing but You.
My current areas of professional interest are Health Psychology and Positive Psychology. The former is the scientific study of the biological, social and psychological factors that influence health and wellbeing. The latter is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. I am also enthralled with current research into how beliefs can affect our physiology. Yes, the very thoughts you think (or long held beliefs about something) can affect change in your cells. So your health can be in your hands!
“We are shaped by adversity
as much as potential”
(Quote from an Anita Sullivan Play called ‘Spine’.)