Specialised in Addictive Behaviour, i.e., food addiction, Emotional Ill-Health, i.e., stress, anxiety, depression, Transpersonal Psychology, and Psycho-Spiritual Development,
Stephane offers also support along side other health professionals such as experienced registered dietitians with – Pre and Post Bariatric Surgery Support, IBS, IBD, Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, Weight Management, and experienced registered physiotherapists working in the musculoskeletal services within the NHS with an interest in pain, rehabilitation and return to the community.
Stephan’s expertise is rooted in Buddhist Psychology Therapeutic Model of Health and Wellness, as part integral of the individual’s personal development and organic growth of the Whole Person.
Having experienced several co-existing addictions, Stephan realised that everyone develops at some point in their life, an addiction. The ‘onset’ of addiction manifests in an individual’s life psychologically, emotionally, physically and spiritually as a response to an intense experience of fear, anger, illness, loss of someone, neglect from a care giver or accident, to name a few.
More importantly, Trauma and Addiction go inevitably hand in hand. Often the sufferer adopted a coping mechanism that helped soothing the experience of a related trauma to suppress the uncomfortable experience or psychological pain of that trauma.
Stephane also realised that at the very moment of the trauma, the individual finds itself powerless, hopeless stuck in a distressful situation directly causing harm to them. In that situation, the individual is deprived from psychological, emotional, physical security and safety. This deprivation or sense of insecurity creates a void within the individual. To avoid this unpleasant feeling, the sufferer tends unconsciously to create a psychological prison in which, they can find long lasting happiness through recreational drugs, substance abuse and other behavioural activities.
If unresolved, the sufferer develops somatic, psychological and neurological adverse effects causing long-term and debilitating life changes; often, manifested as physical and psychological cravings. From biomedical, behavioural and addiction models of addiction, there is a strong focus on the symptoms which, limits the complete healing of the sufferer. Stephane advocates the need to move away from these models, and instead integrate spirituality or religion as the lens to explore the individual’s addictive conditions – in essence considering this void as a spiritual void/crisis rather than just being bodily reaction to a trauma.
Buddhism and Buddhist Psychology enabled Stephan to establish a unique method of teaching meditation and healing technique to safely explore these extra-ordinary experiences, in which they can be transformed within a transpersonal and psycho-spiritual framework.
Hi, I’m Heba Abuwarda, and I am an experience Registered Dietitian with over 7 years’ experience in community and acute settings, based in Birmingham, West Midlands. My approach is to offer clear, understandable, realistic and holistic advice and support to help you tackle your nutritional issues and achieve your goals. I will work with you to put together an individualised action plan which takes into consideration your medical background, condition, nutritional requirements, activity and lifestyle. I am also skilled in a wide range of dietetic consultancy, including developing and delivering group training a workshop, creating resources and writing articles.
I offer individual private consultations to suit your convenience. I usually offer face to face appointments. However, I also offer virtual consultations. I am very experienced at delivering group work, providing training and workshops to small and large groups, and producing high quality resources. I am passionate about all aspects of nutrition and dietetics. In particular, I enjoy advising on weight management nutrition, diabetes, infant and toddler nutrition and enjoy the challenge of supporting people to change their diet, lifestyle to lose weight/ improve symptoms of chronic illness and seeing their success.
Ellen Calteau – Registered Dietitian, Specialisms – Food Addiction and Twelve-Step Facilitation.
PhD Candidate for Coventry University– Centre for Intelligent Healthcare
Research Area – Screening for Food Addiction during a clinical consultation
Ellen is an experienced Registered Dietitian with 5 years of working across the Midlands within the National Health Service (NHS). Her areas of expertise reside in supporting patients that may have an addiction to food and more specifically in obesity and eating disorders. Currently, Ellen is completing her PhD in Behavioural Sciences where she will conduct a feasibility RCT of a brief intervention that involves screening for food addiction among people who access dietetic services.
Ellen is passionate about the potential for 12-steps programmes and strengthening the research evidence-base underpinning these programmes.
Ivna studied physiotherapy at the University of Applied Health Sciences in Croatia completing placements with a wide range of clinical areas including musculoskeletal outpatients, neurological, subacute and elderly inpatients. In the UK she completed a masters degree and gained further experience in working in the community as part of the NHS musculoskeletal services. Ivna has a keen interest in musculoskeletal pain, rehabilitation and return to desired activities.