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OUR TEAM

The Whole Harmony Wellbeing Centre brings together the knowledge and experience of our team of specialists in alternative medicines. Find out more about each of our team members, their backgrounds and areas of expertise below.

Aija Kruce
Ali MacDonald
Andrea Okos
Daniela Voit
Dr Chnanis Kongsuwan Ladha
Dr Klaudia Raczko
Ewa Rudz
Kate Stuart
Lubica Stubnova
Marzia Caldirola
Michelle Ulisse
Patricia Bahs
Poppy Altmann
Veronika Lake

Aija Kruce DSFH, AfSFH (reg.), NBMP (reg.)
Aija Kruce DSFH, AfSFH (reg.), NBMP (reg.)

Aija is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Reiki practitioner with a strong sense of purpose in her role and a steadfast commitment to helping others. Through her own self development – learning, growing and studying – Aija has found a way to stay true to this commitment by helping people overcome challenges, break habits, heal and create positive change in their lives.

Aija works with clients to create an environment that enables the individual’s own personal healing, growth and discovery, allowing change and transformation to occur gently over the course of the sessions. For Aija, witnessing the progression and transformations in her clients week on week is truly rewarding.

Aija’s passion for a holistic lifestyle focusing on energy healing led her to become a qualified Usui Reiki Practitioner. Continuing her journey of self-discovery, she developed a special interest in neuroscience and how the mind works. She qualified in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy with the leading CPHT in Central London – a school that provides the gold standard in modern therapeutic techniques in the UK.

Solution-focused hypnotherapy is a positive, forward-thinking and highly effective brain-based therapy. During her sessions, she employs a range of techniques grounded in Solution Focused Practices, Neuroscience and Hypnosis, concentrating on the client’s goals and what they want to achieve for the future rather than analyzing the past or focusing on painful memories and the issues that have led them to seek support.

Aija is a registered member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) and the National Board for Modern Psychotherapy (NBfMP) and adheres to their strong codes of ethics at all times.

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Ali MacDonald
Ali MacDonald

Ali MacDonald ( BA hons, MA, Dipl REBT.) is a Dramatherapist and a registered Health Care Professional, meeting national standards for training, skills, behaviour and health.

Ali obtained a Master’s degree in Dramatherapy in 2015 and has over 10 years of experience working in Mental Health.

Ali has a holistic approach towards improving mental health and wellbeing with a specific interest in helping people to connect with themselves. Drawing upon arts psychotherapy, yoga, meditation and reiki, she tailors the most suitable approach to meet the individual’s needs and goals.

Ali has experience working with adults, young people and children. She is currently employed by the NHS where she specialises in trauma and attachment.

Ali works with both individuals and groups, delivers training to other professionals, and facilitates workshops and creative projects.

“Ali is an extremely talented individual who has great empathy with people and the ability to encourage the best in others…she has a very practical approach to life whilst retaining an acute sensitivity to others. A very creative lady.”

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Andrea Okos
Andrea Okos

Andrea is the owner and founder of the Whole Harmony Wellbeing Centre. This represents the achievement of a lifelong vision to establish a centre with many alternative therapies working together under one roof. The goal of the centre is to help people improve their all-round health and wellbeing through a combination of Functional Medicine, Colonic Hydrotherapy & Detox Treatments and other holistic therapies such as various type of massage, Reiki and different talking therapies. From the gut, to the mind and the entire body, these alternative therapies work together to heal the person as a whole.

Through extensive training and practice, Andrea has seen first-hand the benefits of Functional Medicine and believes that quality sleep, stress management, purpose in life, good relationships are as important for good health as nutrition, exercise and gut health. In fact, it was her own digestive issues and severe skin condition that led her to try a juice detox and colonic hydrotherapy treatments. Within two months of treatment she found that her eczema cleared, she lost weight and gained lots more energy. She’s been championing the effectiveness of Functional Medicine ever since. After this success, promptly took a juicing course and became a Natural Juice Therapist. She then trained as a Colonic Hydrotherapist and is now a proud member of ARCH (Association of Registered Colonic Hydrotherapists) where she also volunteers for the organisation as Treasurer.

Her love of learning and inspiring others later led her to train as a Functional Medicine Health Coach (with FMCA), achieving National Board Certification in 2018 with NBHWC and joined the UK Health Coaches Association as a member.
. Through this, she has herself been inspired to take the next step to become a fully-fledged Functional Medicine Practitioner with a three year degree in Nutritional Therapy at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition. In 2018, she also completed the foundation course, ‘Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice’ (AFMCP) to become an IFM Certified Practitioner. Just two more years before she’s able to take her certification exam but, until then, Andrea’s looking forward to working alongside the other highly experienced Functional Medicine Practitioners, supporting clients as a Functional Medicine Coach.

Besides practicing as a Coach and Colonic Hydrotherapist, Andrea also practices NADA Ear Acupuncture and Reiki.

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Daniela Voit
Daniela Voit

Daniela was a grateful recipient and strong advocate of Shiatsu for 15 years before she began her studies into the practice. In October 2017, she completed her 3 year training in Zen Shiatsu at the Shiatsu College, London.

Daniela is particularly interested in the positive role Shiatsu can play in relation to mental health. From 2017-2018, she volunteered at a Mental Health Charity in Leatherhead. Working with lots of different people, the experience gave her a great insight into how Shiatsu can really make a difference to those suffering with mental health issues.

Shiatsu is a physical healing practice that originates from Japan. The practise consists of pressure on the body of the receiver with the hand, palm and thumb as well as joint rotations and stretches. Through pressure and movement, the energy in the body is brought into flow, promoting and strengthening the body’s own healing abilities.

As a holistic practice which concentrates on the connection between mind, body and soul, Shiatsu brings comfort and can aid the healing process in physical, emotional and psychological ailments.

Regular Shiatsu sessions can help to ease:
• Joint stiffness
• Chronic or acute back pain
• Sciatica
• Pain and tension in shoulders
• Anxiety and depression
• Insomnia
• Stress
• Digestion issues

Daniela is also very interested in the abilities of Shiatsu as a balancing and healing therapy in relation to women’s health issues during menstruation, prenatal and postnatal periods and the menopause.

Shiatsu is a full body therapy that is delivered to the (fully clothed) client on a futon, with lots of cushions to ensure comfort. A Shiatsu session typically lasts around 75 minutes with a brief health catch-up at the beginning. The first session can last up to 90 minutes, as the client’s health and reason for booking will be discussed in greater detail.

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Dr Chnanis Kongsuwan Ladha
Dr Chnanis Kongsuwan Ladha

Dr Chnanis is experienced in a number of therapies, all focusing on positive mental health. These include: hypnotherapy, positive psychotherapy, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness and life-coaching.

Dr Chnanis achieved her Doctorate in Health (Mental health intervention) from the University of Bath and is now a registered member of the National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). With over 10 years experience in psychological and personal development, she has built her practice upon a strong code of ethics, acting with discretion and always with her client’s best interests and welfare at heart.

As each individual is different, Dr Chnanis believes that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution to therapy. And because of this, she tailors each session according to the background, personality and goals of the individual. Appropriate techniques are integrated and applied throughout the sessions to support the individual to overcome their issues and enhance their contentment and wellbeing.

Dr Chnanis works with a wide range of people, each with their own specific issues and struggles. From emotional and psychological issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, pain management, phobias, negative thoughts and low self-esteem to personal development. With warmth and empathy, she works to not only lift the weight of negative emotions and illness but also to support the individual to realise well-being in the long-term – to take back control of their life and be mentally healthy and happy.

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Dr Klaudia Raczko
Dr Klaudia Raczko

Dr Klaudia is an open-minded medical doctor who has extensive training in nutrition as well as conventional medicine. When she realised that conventional medicine does not always have the answers to common health problems and mainly treats the symptoms instead of the cause of the disease, and though her own health struggles, she found Functional Medicine which she believes is the most powerful approach to treat and prevent diseases.

Functional Medicine is a scientific approach towards chronic health conditions designed to the identify underlying root causes of health problems. When the underlying imbalances are addressed, diseases often ‘disappear’. She wants to guide her clients towards optimal health and well-being. She has a special interest in nutrition, lifestyle and personalised medicine and all interventions are tailored to the client’s specific needs and preferences.

She uses medication-free, lifestyle solutions based on the Functional Medicine approach to optimise her clients’ health and manage chronic health conditions such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cardiometabolic disease, digestive issues, skin problems, mental health conditions and much more. She offers a wide range of tools to help her clients to understand their individual health needs such as genetic, nutritional, gut health and hormonal testing. This approach works for both prevention as well as disease ‘reversal’.

Longer appointments time, a relaxed atmosphere and a holistic view of the person coupled with personalised tests and interventions will help her clients understand the root causes of their health concerns and guide them towards their maximal health potential by discovering the power of nutrition and lifestyle interventions.

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Ewa Rudz
Ewa Rudz

Ewa began her training in counselling while working at the mental health charity, Mind. Throughout her training and client work here, she developed a very intuitive therapeutic style, meeting her clients’ many needs by relating to them using a genuine and non-judgemental approach. By listening, showing kindness and compassion, and creating a place of safety, she enables her clients find their voice. Through her counselling work, she offers and provides a model of what the client can potentially allow themselves – a mindful attitude of self-love and self-forgiveness.

The focus of Ewa’s work with her clients is to gain a clear sense and understanding of how others see their world and to provide a safe and comfortable environment to build an effective relationship within. She understands that the person walking through the door may feel helpless – but at the same time, they may feel that the process of counselling could do them some good and so they have hope. Ewa also believes that each of us has the capacity to love and be loved, to have a zest for life, to learn, to grow and to express outward into the world in a positive way.

Ewa has a Degree in Psychology, a Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling from Birkbeck University of London and a Diploma (CPCAB) in Integrative Counselling at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Academy. She is an experienced BACP registered Counsellor with 15 years’ experience within the charity sector at Mind and 4 years experience with the Aurora Foundation Counselling Service for people who have been abused in childhood.

As an Integrative Relational practitioner, she is adept and experienced in using a range of psychological theories, allowing her to tailor her approach to the individual. The relationship Ewa creates is absolutely integral to the success of her work and so she offers an initial session so the client can get a sense of whether she is the right person to guide them on this journey.

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Kate Stuart
Kate Stuart

Kate Stuart is a practitioner of Cranio-Sacral therapy and a graduate of The College Of Cranio-Sacral Therapy – the UK’s most established and widely recognised training establishment. After a successful career working as a PR in the music industry, a series of challenging personal events led Kate to change her career and outlook on life.

It was on a yoga retreat in Spain where Kate discovered Cranio-Sacral therapy. A therapist offered the treatment to Kate as an alternative to a massage, suggesting that it might be more beneficial. During that very first session, something magical happened – her whole body felt weightless and she left feeling more relaxed than she had done for years. The next morning, she woke up and realised that she had been sleeping very comfortably on her left shoulder – something that she hadn’t been able to do for years due to an old rotator cuff injury. Kate was in awe of how such a gentle therapy could have such profound results. And it’s this moment that began a life-changing journey that later resulted in the decision to train as a Cranio-Sacral therapist.

Kate is a strong advocate of the benefits of Cranio-Sacral therapy as she no longer suffers from anxiety or panic attacks and feels happier and healthier than ever before. One of Kate’s favourite things about her work now is being able to share this therapy with her clients and witnessing the often surprised and delighted reactions of people who have never experienced its magic before – just as she experienced this for the first time in Spain all those years ago.

Kate is also a fully qualified Reiki practitioner with a particular interest in how trauma can affect the nervous system.

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Lubica Stubnova
Lubica Stubnova

Lubica is a fully qualified acupuncturist who graduated from the London South Bank University in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture. She also holds a Certificate in cupping therapy and tuina massage from the Traditional Chinese Medicine Institute in Prague.

Born in Slovakia, Lubica comes from a pharmacy background having worked as a pharmacy technician with over 23 years’ experience in the field.

During her studies at LSBU, she was mentored by Chinese acupuncture experts from the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in London, allowing her a greater understanding of ancient Chinese medicine and its application within her own practice.

Lubica practises TCM acupuncture based on the Five Phase Theory which sees a person as a whole, with a focus on the underlying cause and its connection to the mind, body and spirit.

She specialises in the treatment of back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and migraines and uses her knowledge and experience in TCM to help with issues relating to digestion, menstruation, infertility, menopause, stress, depression, anxiety and much more. To maximise the effect of treatment, Lubitsa uses acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and/or tuina massage in conjunction with one another, depending on the individual’s condition. She is also able to offer advice relating to nutrition, diet and lifestyle to support the treatment outcome.

Lubitsa provides an attentive and compassionate ear as well as a calm atmosphere of healing and a gentle yet effective therapeutic approach.

Lubitsa has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since 2014, a member of The Acupuncture Society since 2017 and a member of British Medical Acupuncture Society since January 2019. She is also a registered therapist with Aviva, AXA, VitalityHealth via Private Practice Register since January 2019.

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Michelle Ulisse
Michelle Ulisse

After three and a half years of training, Michelle Ulisse graduated with a degree in Acupuncture from the esteemed College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, where she studied both TCM and Five Element styles of acupuncture. This combination of styles enables the treatment of both physical and emotional conditions – treating the whole person, not just individual symptoms.

  

Her interest and devotion to this area of medicine was inspired by her first-hand experiences of the healing benefits of acupuncture and the positive and sustained impact it had on her health and overall well-being.

Before training in acupuncture, Michelle worked as a Sales Director in the Finance industry in the City of London. Juggling a career and family life, she found that acupuncture made her feel relaxed, revitalised and more able to cope with life’s stresses – as well as helping her deal with certain health conditions.

Michelle is also trained in a number of other complementary therapies – including Moxibustion (a herbal therapeutic warming treatment), Cupping and Gua Sha (both used to relieve pain and tension and encourage better blood flow), and Tui Na (a form of Chinese massage).

Michelle is a fully insured member of the British Acupuncture Council.  

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Marzia Caldirola
Marzia Caldirola

Marzia practices Systematic Kinesiology, a complementary therapy that uses muscle testing to access the body’s biochemistry. Through balancing the body systems, organs and glands Systematic Kinesiology can address a wide number of conditions, including structural, digestive, immune and hormonal, mental and behavioural, skin, respiratory, blood conditions and much more.

Your first session with Marzia will begin by discussing a brief health and lifestyle questionnaire to determine where you are and where you want to be. She will then proceed with the muscle testing to identify the priorities to be addressed and treat them with the four modalities that are specific to Systematic Kinesiology: Physical, Bio-chemical, Mental and Energy (the body’s Meridians). Through precise muscle testing Systematic Kinesiology is able to find the root cause of the problem and Marzia will establish a bespoke treatment program, including firm reflex massage, gentle structural and re-alignment techniques, nutritional recommendations, lifestyle changes and emotional support.

Marzia is very interested in continuously learning new techniques to introduce in her practice, using kinesiology to detect and treat the imbalances found. Her passion is listening to people and helping them remove the negative emotions that are preventing them from finding the natural state of balance and wellbeing that is within them.

She is a member of TASK-UK Network (The Academy of Systematic Kinesiology), FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists), KA (the Kinesiology Association) and Knowlative (the international applied and specialised kinesiology community).

She is also a trained Walk Leader with “Walking for health”, a Charity part of Ramblers UK that promotes walking for keeping healthy. She believes in nature and outdoors as being essential to maintain mental and physical health.

Click here to submit your request for an appointment with Marzia.

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Patricia Bahs, Reg. MBACP (Accred.)
Patricia Bahs, Reg. MBACP (Accred.)

Patricia is a counsellor and psychotherapist with 20 years’ experience in her field. She has full accreditation and is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). She obtained her PG Dip. in Integrative Counselling in 2001.

Patricia focuses her personal research and professional development on breakthroughs in neuroscience concerning our understanding of the body-mind system, expanding this approach to support clients with issues that arise from attachment disruptions and developmental trauma. Her vast experience allows her to attune herself to the client’s unique needs, adapting to the individual and their goals and therefore opening up access to a wider range of clinical methods. The aim is to avoid a prescriptive or rigid approach, giving place instead to the unique narrative of the individual and acknowledging the complexity and richness of the human experience.

Like many therapists today, Patricia believes that a good relationship between the practitioner and client is vital. This doesn’t mean thattheclient and therapist become best friendsbut the relationship should form a solid base to work from, as issues and theoretical or skill-based interventions are engaged with. For some, this isn’t always easy – and so Patricia offers an initial and completely confidential consultation (without commitment to further sessions) which allows clients to get a sense of how Patricia works and decide whether this style of therapy is right for them.

Patricia remains fully engaged with her work and is always looking for ways to enrich her therapeutic understanding further, undertaking a range of courses related to a number of relevant subjects such as: attachment-based therapy, somatic integration and relational and systemic influences. In the last ten years, in particular, she has developed a keen interest in the incorporation of trauma-focused approaches with an integrative stance, including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and AF-EMDR, used mainly to treat PTSD and Complex PTSD, among other things.

Patricia also specialises in attachment-based life coaching, offered either as a stand-alone treatment or integrated into a course of counselling or psychotherapy sessions. This approach looks to heal the traumas of the past by observing and processing the patterns that develop from our early life and attachment narratives. From here, we can begin to recognise how these are mirrored and replicated in our adult relationships at home, at work and with friends, in order to heal and bring about change.

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Poppy Altmann
Poppy Altmann

Poppy is a homeopath with over 15 years experience. She has taught homeopathy at College of Natural Medicine (CNM) and The College of Practical Homeopathy in London, as well as organising speakers and running her own home prescribing courses. Homeopathy is a gentle, non-invasive and comprehensive system of medicine which uses specially prepared medicines called remedies. It is non-toxic, there are no side effects and it is ideal for use in pregnancy and for young babies as well as children, teenagers and adults. Homeopathy is holistic, which means it looks at the whole person, on a mental, emotional and spiritual level. An initial consultation takes about an hour and involves looking at your medical and family history, lifestyle, diet and overall health.

Poppy will then do extensive research into your condition or problem, and will write a timeline of your life, noting any big events and traumas that have led to your current state of health. She will come up with a programme consisting of naturopathic guidelines, homeopathic remedies and / or flower essences and health coaching. If necessary, she will refer you to another practitioner for body work or nutritional advice. Poppy recommends booking four appointments over a six to eight month period as homeopathy works on a very deep level and tracks back over your entire life, even prior to conception, so it can take time.

Poppy specialises in the area of mental and emotional health, including addictions and eating disorders and this led to an interest in Family Constellations. Poppy completed her training as a Family Constellations facilitator in January 2017, and subsequently became an apprentice on the Coming Home training course with Barbara Morgan. She now regularly runs workshops in Kingston and sees individuals for one to one work. She is a highly intuitive, empathic and intelligent facilitator.

Family Constellations is a group practice which sheds light on unconscious inherited family trauma and hidden dynamics. It can be used to look at issues in your life such as relationships with family and in love, finances, work, health and much more. It is a profound healing modality. You don’t need to bring your family along, we use people from the group to represent family member. Rituals help to consolidate constellations and are deeply transformational.
With individual work we use figures or markers instead of human representatives to look at issues or symptoms. Poppy also facilitates individual work looking at other systems that you are a part of, and can tailor a programme consisting of 4 appointments. You can schedule a free 15 minute chat to see if this would help you.

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Veronika Lake
Veronika Lake

Veronika is a Colonic Hydrotherapist. Highly qualified in her field, she graduated from the European College of Naturopathic Medicine obtaining qualifications under the Colon Hydrotherapy Association (I-CHA).

She is ITEC certified with a level 3 in Anatomy and Physiology – and after years of experience abroad, she has completed her studies under the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy.

Over the years, the mucoid plaque detox program has helped many people overcome their struggles with ongoing bowel and serious intestinal issues.

Veronika’s loyal client base is currently over the one thousand mark and continues to grow.

“I feel that trust and safety are very important in the relationships with my clients”.

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