Providing You With Mental Health & Wellness Solutions
We specialise in helping you find the right mental health and wellness tools for you. Whether you are an individual, company or school we have everything needed to provide you with support, education and resources in this important area.
Director of The Holistic Healthcare Group
My name is Sophie Kirk, and I am the founder and director of The Holistic Healthcare Group.
I started studying over 12yrs ago, firstly in Chinese medicine. I completed an integrative approach BSc (hons) degree which means we studied both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and The Five Element Theory. Through learning this integrative approach we looked very closely into the body, emotions, and systems and how they interact. This caused me to take a keen interest in mental health and I wrote my research dissertation on Bi-polar disorder and then went into private practise specialising in treating mental ill-health. I recognised the need for further skills to compliment and integrate with the knowledge I already had so went on to study Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), The Science of Wellbeing and become an Anxiety UK Approved practitioner.
On the other side of the coin, I like many people have a number of close friends and family members who have struggled with mental health issues. These challenges are very common now and touch all of our lives in some way.
What The Holistic Healthcare Group Stands For
That point is really where The Holistic Healthcare Group began. I wanted to change the way people look at their mental health. To give people all of the options and not just the very limited ones historically offered. To help people understand that there is help out there and they can find what works for them. Providing a way to easily access the help they need, rather than suffering in silence with therapies or medications that may not actually help them at all.
I, along with my team of counsellors, coaches, nutritional therapists and more, are all medically trained. We are trained to look at the systems in the body and mind, to match symptom patterns into syndromes, create a diagnosis and treat the ailment using our specific type of medicine. In the western style, this is with medication and operations. For me, it’s acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle advice. For counsellors, it’s talking therapies and techniques to treat the brain and for nutritional therapists it is using diet, food and supplementation. The only difference with these practitioners is the ‘tools’ they use to help. Each approach is looking to achieve the same outcome – you getting better. But the approach they use is different. Different approaches work for different people which is why it is essential to work in a holistic way.
My dream for The Holistic Healthcare Group is to not only have the great teams of professionals we have, but to make that resource accessible to everyone. To provide a comprehensive education around the issues of mental health to all children, so that THEY know how to manage their own mental health, and what options are available to them if they need extra help. With that education, we could create a generation of children growing and knowing how to help themselves without the first options being pills or surgery, prescribed after a 5-minute appointment by people who don’t really know them, or their problems.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there. We need to work hard with adults in companies and through local authorities to give them the education and support in this area that they have missed, teaching them now to help them untangle the mess that has been created by ‘the one size fits all’ approach we have been taking so far. Giving them back the power over their own mental health and teaching them to trust that, with education, they do have the ability to understand what they need to do to help themselves.
At The Holistic Healthcare Group, we are well on our way with this mission, and truly believe this can be a reality soon.