"Excellent. Liz is lovely, very calming and easy to talk to. Treatment is very peaceful."
“Highly recommend. Liz's wholistic approach is difficult to find elsewhere, especially with a conventional medicine background. Liz has helped me with bereavement, stress, relationship difficulties, menopause, and overall weight."
acupuncture for stress & anxiety
Stress and anxiety play a part in all of our lives at some time. Panic attacks are now common in our society, often brought on by overwhelm, loss, bereavement, or conflict in the workplace or in our personal lives. Struggles with fertility affect many couples. Whether trying to conceive, the anxiety of going through an IVF cycle, or the sadness of a miscarriage, the effect on mood can be intense at times. During pregnancy acupuncture offers a way of relaxing and reducing stress and anxiety at a time when you would prefer to avoid taking medication.
how does acupuncture help stress?
As well as reducing existing stress levels acupuncture may also have a protective effect. Studies have shown reduced stress hormone response with acupuncture (Eshkevari et al. 2012; Eshkevari et al. 2013) with continued protection 4 days after treatment despite ongoing stress (Eshkevari et al. 2015). Protection against stress-related addiction has also been demonstrated (Yoon et al. 2012) and it is thought that acupuncture may work by blocking the stress response (Roh et al. 2018).
Acupuncture and auricular acupuncture can be effective for…
work related stress
fertility and IVF stress
acupuncture for work related stress, compassion fatigue & more…
Studies suggest that acupuncture may improve performance by reducing burnout, emotional exhaustion and compassion fatigue as well as improving sleep and anxiety. Auricular (ear) acupuncture can be performed in any private workspace without requiring a treatment table.
5 auricular acupuncture sessions resulted in significantly reduced anxiety and improved work engagement and dedication (Buchanan et al. 2018)
healthcare workers receiving 5 auricular acupuncture treatments reported reduced stress, anxiety, burnout, and compassion fatigue, and improved courage and patience (Reilly et al. 2014)
stressed university students and staff received 12 weeks acupuncture resulting in significantly reduced stress with effects lasting at least 3 months after treatment finished (Schroeder et al. 2017)
acupuncture for fertility stress & anxiety
women receiving 3 treatments of acupuncture during IVF had reduced anxiety following embryo transfer (Smith et al. 2019)
6 acupuncture treatments reduced fertility related stress and anxiety (Smith et al. 2011)
4 sessions of acupuncture reduced anxiety scores in women undergoing IVF (Isoyama et al. 2012)
improvement in depression and anxiety scores in women with PCOS treated with acupuncture (Stener-Victorin et al. 2013)
reduced stress levels with acupuncture treatment during IVF has been linked to improved pregnancy rates (Balk et al. 2010)
coaching for stress & life transitions
Coaching differs from therapy in that it is more oriented to the future, while therapy helps resolve past pain. My approach is person-centred, focused on the Carl Rogers model of Unconditional Positive Regard, and Nancy Kline’s model of Time To Think, to establish a sense of safety and act as a thinking partner in what you are facing. I specialise in fertility coaching and also work with stress, overwhelm and specific life transitions such as relationship problems, promotion, becoming self-employed, return to work, grief, loss and new medical diagnosis. Coaching can be combined with acupuncture and nutritional therapy to help balance stress hormones and mood.