Dr Nicola Brough (Phd, MPhil, RCST, ITMC), Torus Wellbeing Clinic Director
I am continuously devoted to overcoming my own sensitivities and someone who strives to maintain balance and have a positive impact on those who I meet, whether it be momentarily or through establishing a longer-term therapeutic relationship. I am fortunate to have a calling not a job, I am grateful for those who seek my support and skills.
I am fully insured and a registered member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK (RCST). I am also trained in First Aid and have a current DBS certificate.
I undertake ongoing Cranio-Sacral Therapy sessions for myself and undergo regular supervision for my work. I understand the importance of ongoing personal development and I have committed to and am involved in ongoing training.
Post Graduate CST Courses
Sacred Space/Dynamic Stillness with Franklyn Sills M.A. RCST.
The Living Matrix and Trauma Energetics with Dr James Oschman. PhD.
Healing the Wounds of Spirit, Retrieving the Roots of Soul with Dr William Emerson. PhD.
Resolving Early Developmental Trauma with Spiritual and Psychological Approaches with Dr William Emerson. PhD.
Miserable Baby Part-1: Feeding and digestive disorders in newborns and babies with Miranda Clayton, Registered Osteopath.
Miserable Baby Part-2: Treating shock, trauma & birth interventions in newborns and babies with Miranda Clayton, Registered Osteopath.
Miserable Baby Part-3: Treatment for Positional Plagiocephaly, Lacrimal Duct Obstruction, Congenital Muscular Torticollis, Newborn foot, Constipation with Miranda Clayton, Registered Osteopath.
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences, University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School from 2013 – 2017 (PhD)
Masters of Philosophy in Health Science, University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School from 2010 – 2012 (MPhil)
Cranio-sacral Biodynamics, Karuna Institute, Devon, from 2004 – 2006 (BCST)
Other Training & Experience
During the earlier part of my training within the field of complementary therapy I obtained a wide skill base of body orientated therapies whilst studying at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, Melbourne, Australia. Also whilst living in Australia I was introduced to the Usui Method of Reiki and I am now a Reiki Master/Teacher.
(Introduction, Intermediate & Advanced Training) from May 2008 – completed in Feb. 2014.
This training combines two forms of psychotherapy: Psychodrama and Bodywork. Psychodrama uses dramatic action methods to free and integrate spontaneity blocked by earlier trauma. Bodywork uses safe touch to help individuals connect with the messages that are held in the body as pain, numbness and/or illness. A spiritual component that deepens the effectiveness of the work is incorporated into the training.
Craniosacral Therapy for you, your babies, children and young adults
Craniosacral Therapy helps people with a wide range of illnesses and disabilities get better and help others to access higher levels if wellbeing. What I observe in my practice and has been evidenced in the research I have undertaken, CST users reported changes in physical, mental, social/relational and spiritual wellbeing. They identified three ways in which their health status changed, including the relieving, reducing and resolving of symptoms. This was influenced by the outlook participants had towards their symptoms and how relief was experienced at different times.
New levels of self-awareness instigated changes in many areas of their lives including self-concept; mind-body-spirit links; psycho/emotional aspects; the adoption of coping strategies; undertaking self-care routines, taking responsibility for their own health and improved interpersonal relationships.
My role is to facilitate and support you by creating a safe space for your story to unfold. Together we bring the unconscious into awareness, using the body, tuning into psycho-somatic (memory stored within the tissues of the body), emotional or energetic processes, I trust the wisdom within everyone to communicate, how I can best support a process of reconnection and reintegration.
New Mums: I provide a space to help mum to rest, restore and recover from birthing. Motherhood is often a time when energy is depleted so it important to make sure that mum is as resourced as she can be too. It can also help with a smooth transition into parenthood.
Is your baby irritable or unsettled? I offer support to mums and newborns. My skills and therapeutic experiences in the field of craniosacral therapy have contributed to the development of deep listening skills and an understanding of the subtle non-verbal communication processes and gestures used by babies and infants that is significant in this work.
One of the joys of working with mums and dads with babies and young children is that they tend to engage so well with this way of working. A crucial phase of any babies’ journey into being is the bonding process between mother and child which on occasion may be inhibited post birth. Providing an empathetic space for mother and child to ‘just be’ gives rise to the possibility of deepening this special relationship.
Clinical experience informs us that many infants’ problems like colic, sucking problems, breathing difficulties, restlessness and irritability can result from craniosacral imbalances caused during the birth process and therefore sessions may help to regain a natural state of health.
I am trained in using a manual therapy approach for the following:
a) feeding and digestive disorders
b) effects of traumatic birth and birth interventions – forceps, ventouse and c-section
d) 1st breath syndrome (sometimes the 1st breath happens before it should, or is ineffective)
Children (I work with toddlers up to young adults).
Working with children is a joy. Usually parents come to see me because of the behavioural issues, speech and language concerns, sleep issues or a sense of their child being agitated, always on the go and not able to rest. Or that they are struggling in some way to cope with situations that they are being put in. Some people come hoping that I can help their child and others come because they are at the end of their tether and just want to try something new.
Sessions take up to 1 hour. Home visits can be arranged for an additional fee. Either call or email the clinic should you wish to discuss the possibilities for your family or to arrange an appointment.