Dr Patricia Worby
Founder of Alchemy Therapies
Award-winning* Somatic Trauma therapist, educator and author
I am Patricia Worby, Phd – former scientist and health researcher* who, after having chronic fatigue and finding no answers in the current medical system, sought solutions for myself and recovered. What I found out shattered my previous beliefs as it was so contrary to my former understanding; so I decided to use what I have learnt about the real causes of illness and become a somatic psychotherapist specialising in chronic anxiety, pain, fatigue and stress-related illness. My experience has taught me that is often important to treat both the mind and the body for full health and wellbeing.
So, my approach is to work with the mind and body using a range of treatments depending on your needs. I call it ‘Alchemy’ as it is the ‘art of transformation’, and this is what I hope to do for every client; not just get them back to health, but to be more connected, more in tune with their lives and spirit than ever before. It is a radical departure from most mainstream healthcare… so requires pro-active participation not passivity. Come join me as a fully realised human being.
My path to becoming a therapist began with my own health issues: after experiencing health problems of my own I was forced to seek help outside conventional medicine and, despite being very sceptical, found alternative medicine (acupuncture and herbs) to be very effective after months of pain. This lead me on my own health journey which required re-learning everything I had been taught to believe about health and wellness in my science-based background! I wanted to find an answer and believe I now have. I wrote about this in my book The Scar that Won’t Heal which is available on Amazon. The body is an incredibly complex self-healing organism which we still know so little about. I am just beginning my study of this field and hope to share some of my knowledge with you.
(*) I have a PhD in the traumatic components of chronic pain with the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine (IBAM), worked at Hammersmith Hospital, Southampton University Hospitals Trust and University of Southampton in medical research and medical education. Latterly I was in multidisciplinary research support. I am a Member of the International College of Holistic Medicine, the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), but registered in the UK via the British College of Clinical and Medical Hypnosis.
(**) The highest UK accreditation you can get in Hypnotherapy, The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) have accredited my training as a Wellbeing Coach and I have truly walked my talk – for more about me and my story see my book The Scar that won't Heal available on Amazon (as paperback, kindle and audiobook) and click here for other books, free resources and downloads.
1. Dr James Alexander; The Hidden Psychology of Pain
2. Dr John Sarno: Healing Back Pain or The Mindbody Connection
3. Dr Mark Atkinson: The MindBody Prescription
4. I was a member of the European GRACE partnership looking at reducing antibiotic use. http://www.grace-lrti.org/
5. At Surrey University completing a PG Diploma in Nutritional Medicine 2012.