Healing (also known as spiritual healing or the laying on of hands) is regarded as one of the complementary therapies. It is a completely natural process that promotes better health, and is a gentle non-invasive therapy with no side effects that has been practised for thousands of years. Healing is the channelling of healing energies through the healer to the client.

The purpose of healing is to bring the body, mind and spirit into harmony and allow the body’s own natural healing process to function, so creating wholeness and a restoration to health. It can be given for any illness or injury. It is particularly good for relieving stress and Penny Brohn Cancer Care (formerly the Bristol Cancer Help Centre) recommends it as the primary alternative therapy in the fight against cancer. Both physical and psychological problems may well respond to it. It may not always cure an illness, but healing often alleviates pain, puts problems into perspective and improves the quality of life. It can sometimes perform a miracle.

There is always some benefit from receiving spiritual healing: it may be a change in one's attitude of mind to the presented problem; it may bring an ability to cope; or it may bring the greatest gift of all, peace of mind.

The healing I give does not depend on adherence to any specific religious belief. Also it is not necessary to have any faith in it for it to be effective, though a belief in it does help. All you need is a willingness to receive healing and a wish to be in better health.

The sessions will be informal and relaxing, and last for about an hour. You may bring a friend or relative with you if you wish. It is a good idea to arrange to take it easy for the twenty-four hours after the healing, if possible, so that it can achieve its optimum effect.

I live in Bedford, close to Russell Park, in a quiet residential area. There is adequate free parking. When you come for healing you will be invited into a room on the first floor of my house that has been set aside for the purpose. (If you are unable to manage stairs provision can be made for you.) We will talk about the problems you have and, based on what you say, I will decide the best form of healing for you. All that you say will be in confidence. For the healing itself you will be asked to remove your shoes and any outer clothing and to lie on a couch or sit on a chair. During the healing I shall work with my hands a few inches from your body channelling the healing energy to you. For some problems, usually physical, I use a light touch, but this is only with your consent.

After the healing there will be time for you to talk about the experience of any sensations or thoughts that you have had. You may also want to discuss whether you could be helped in any other way and whether you would wish to have further healing sessions.

I charge a fee of £25 for each session. If this amount is a problem you may pay what you can afford. No one will be denied healing because of lack of funds.

I believe that I have a true vocation for healing. My training as a healer began over twenty years ago at the Quaker Centre for Healing, Rest and Renewal in Surrey and continued at the College of Healing at Malvern in Worcestershire. I am a full healer member of both Quaker Spiritual Healers and The National Federation of Spiritual Healers, now known as The Healing Trust.