Dr Sarah Hadfield qualified as a medical doctor in the UK in 2001 and has been a GP since 2006. She is passionate about using a whole person approach to health care; recognising that physical, mental and emotional health are all integrated and so a therapeutic response has to take all of these into account in order to facilitate healing.
She has been interested in mind-body medicine for many years and believes that psychological factors play a vital role in the manifestation of physical symptoms and the aetiology of many common diseases and disorders. She has found that the traditional western medical approach to healthcare can be limited by its rigid objective view of the body as a predominantly physical entity. She has extensively studied Focusing, developed by Eugene Gendlin, which is a technique that invites the inner felt experience to be acknowledged and validated as a guiding force in our lives. By bringing these techniques into her GP consultations she has been able to work with the subjective experience of her patients alongside their usual medical care, allowing for a more meaningful assessment of their present needs and a truly patient-centred approach to managing these needs and helping people find their next step forward.
She is a qualified Focusing Practioner and Mindfulness Teacher. She is particularly interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which incorporates traditional behavioural interventions with mindfulness and acceptance to create a wide range of teachable skills and practices which have been proven to enhance psychological flexibility.
She first learned about Havening Techniques® in 2018 and trained with Tony Burgess and Louise McKay, qualifying as a Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner in 2020. She has used Havening with many patients and has had great success in helping them to manage their symptoms more effectively, especially with anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD and phobias. With her understanding of mind-body processes, she has found that the idea of a body-mind technique, such as Havening, makes so much sense and has so much potential to facilitate healing, process trauma and add weight to the shift in traditional medical thinking that is so urgently needed in the face of the current deluge of medically-unexplained symptoms.
She has recently set up her private practice, First Light Clinic, and sees clients in person at her office or on-line. She integrates her medical training with all of these other techniques to find a suitable approach for each individual, teaching a wide range of skills that help people to disentangle their lives and move forward.