Our Healthcare Services

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Our clinical team

Our clinical team

Our Healthcare Services includes a doctor, physiotherapists, counsellors and chaplains, who between them have many years experience of helping people with M.E./CFS at all levels of severity.

Dr Robin Kerr

Robin is a General Practitioner with over 10 years of experience. He also runs a medical clinic in his local hospital and so brings knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for helping people with complex multi-system illnesses.

Robin's interest in M.E. and research about the condition is long standing. More recently he has been involved in research regarding Long COVID. He understands how debilitating M.E. can be as a complex multi-system illness. He intends to help patients in his role with Action for M.E, tailored to their individual needs.

Melanie De Luca - Physiotherapist

Melanie gained a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree at the University of Brighton in 2008. Since then she has had various roles within the profession, mainly with musculoskeletal and neurology clients. She has also managed a multidisciplinary team in a specialist clinical setting and been the manager of a Physiotherapy and Pilates clinic. She has been teaching Pilates since 2009.

She worked alongside some of the previous ME Trust clinical team at Burrswood Hospital from 2009-2011 as part of the multidisciplinary team providing care for people with M.E.

Melanie loves her career in physiotherapy, which allows her to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. She achieves this through developing a relationship of trust and providing a holistic and individualised approach.

Becky Sessions - Physiotherapist

Becky qualified from the University of Hertfordshire with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. She worked at the Luton and Dunstable NHS Hospital for three years before working privately in hospital and clinic settings.

She won a scholarship to Bradford University and graduated with a Post Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy in Women's Health in 2011.

She has a special interest in treating patients with M.E.

Jenny Gray - Counsellor

Jenny is a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), having trained at West Kent College and holds an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. She has worked in the NHS in both Primary and Secondary Mental Health Services for over 15 years. Jenny set up and managed the Family and Carers Counselling Service within Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. She has a successful private practice and is also a Supervisor for Cruse.

Jenny is committed to providing effective and supportive counselling and psychotherapy adhering to professional standards and ethics, using an integrative model.

Rosanne Joseph-Horne - Counsellor

Rosanne is an integrative psychotherapist with a background in nursing and midwifery.

She has a Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy and is an accredited member of both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Infertility Counsellors Association.

Rosanne has had experience being alongside many individuals and families at significant and sometimes traumatic periods of their lives. She has a particular interest in working with individuals coping with anxiety, trauma, pregnancy or neonatal loss and chronic ill health conditions.

Rosanne has worked as a psychotherapist in the voluntary, NHS and private sector. She currently works for the NHS, a fertility clinic, and in private practise as well as with Action for M.E..

Rosanne uses a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches to provide care best suited to the individual. She believes in a collaborative approach and that the relationship established with her clients is of central importance in her work with them.

Kelly Alldersea - Counsellor

Kelly is a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and holds a Diploma in Counselling from Stoke-on-Trent College. In addition, she holds a qualification for online/phone counselling.

Kelly is a person-centred counsellor but will use other counselling models if it is of benefit to the client. Her work is client-led, and she believes that the relationship built between the counsellor and client is of the upmost importance in therapy.

Kelly is experienced in brief and long-term therapeutic work and has worked with people from a variety of backgrounds and ages; working with a diverse range of presenting issues. Kelly’s experience has been gained over the past 14 years by working in schools, GP practices, homes and community settings. She also works for a charity who provide counselling to those affected by bereavement, loss and life changing illness and has a successful private practice.

Kelly is committed to her personal and professional development and is continually reflecting on her practice to ensure she is adhering to professional and ethical standards.

Jacky Pyle - Counsellor

Jacky is a qualified, registered and accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and also a qualified supervisor of counsellors/psychotherapists.

She runs her own busy private practice, is an approved supervisor for the Leeds University Masters Counselling and Psychotherapy course, and also works with several other organisations and healthcare providers.

Jacky's therapeutic approach to counselling is person centred, relational and holistic. She offers a warm, respectful, supportive, and collaborative relationship with her clients, following BACP guidelines for ethical and professional practice. She has extensive experience of working with clients suffering from a range of chronic and complex illnesses, as well as with carers and family members of those affected.

Jacky also has a deeply personal relationship with M.E., being mother to two of her children who have M.E.; one of whom suffers from multiple complex, long term issues. She has seen first-hand the journey of sufferers and is passionate about supporting and being an advocate for all those affected by M.E./CFS. She helps people to stabilise and live the best possible life they can, even when it is challenging and difficult to maintain any hope that there might be a more positive future. Jacky strives to enable her clients to have a voice and to be heard, believed and validated, and to provide appropriate, informed, emotional and therapeutic support.

Ruth Lampard - Chaplain

Ruth is an Anglican Priest, was ordained in 2000, and has experience in parish and chaplaincy ministry, supporting people from all walks of life. She understands the value of ‘walking’ as a pilgrim with and alongside people who are struggling, including people with chronic illness, people at risk of homelessness and ‘on the margins’ of life.

Ruth grew up in inner city Leicester alongside friends of many faiths and none, and welcomes accompanying people exploring what faith and life means for each person.

She completed her training as a Spiritual Director in 2011, and has recently been a SPIDIR course tutor, training spiritual directors. She has personal experience of chronic illness and understands the life-giving nature of spiritual accompaniment.

Bob Whorton - Chaplain

Bob is a Methodist Minister who has worked with churches as well as in different chaplaincy settings. He now lives in Cambridgeshire.

Bob is a pastoral supervisor and trainer and has written on reflective practice and palliative care. He has trained in spiritual accompaniment and enjoys creative and soulful engagement. During the last few years, he has re-discovered the joy of writing poetry.

Robert Foster - Chaplain

Robert has been a Methodist Minister since 1998, during which time he has ministered to people from a range of church traditions and faith perspectives. Robert has journeyed through and supported people experiencing a range of life’s challenges and joys, including chronic illness, bereavement and loss.

Robert’s approach to pastoral care has been shaped by his own life experiences and reflections, his academic studies including an MA in Pastoral Theology and a Certificate in Pastoral Supervision, his practice as a pastoral supervisor and the work that he has done around spiritual development, vocation, personal wellbeing and living out faith in daily life.

Robert’s personal spiritual life continues to be shaped by music, reading, reflection, walks in the countryside, prayer, worship and whatever life brings his way.