Our team includes a doctor, physiotherapist, nurse, counsellors and chaplains, who between them have many years’ experience of helping people with ME/CFS at all levels of severity.

Dr Claire Taylor

Joining us in February 2021


Melanie De Luca

Melanie De Luca

Physiotherapist

Melanie gained a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree at 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.

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


Emma Leisinger

Emma Leisinger

Nurse

Emma qualified as a registered nurse in 1998 and has worked in many specialities over the years, including haematology; coronary care; general medicine and practice nursing. More recently she has worked in a Hospice and for the past 7 years, as a school nurse.

When her son was diagnosed with ME in 2016 after becoming unwell 2 years previously, Emma began reading and researching as much as she could on ME. By chance she came across the ME Trust and the rest, as they say, is history! Emma has sat in on clinics with Dr Paul Worthley and continues to gain knowledge and experience on lifestyle and symptom management of ME.


Jenny Gray

Jenny Gray

Counsellor

Jenny Gray 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.


Ingrid Holmes

Ingrid Holmes

Counsellor

Ingrid Holmes has a BA in Psychology and Communications, and completed a 1-year Programme for Trainers. In 2004 she completed a 2-year WPF* Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. Her core training is psychodynamic and she also has training in couples and telephone counselling. She is accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and committed to continued professional development to enhance her skills and keep abreast with latest research in counselling theory and practice. She is a registered “Understanding Your Eating” Licenced Practitioner and as a Supervisor for CRUSE bereavement counselling.

Ingrid began counselling at The Counselling Centre in Tunbridge Wells (TCC) in 2003 and continued to see clients at TCC until 2009. In addition to her private practice she also worked as a Counsellor at Burrswood Hospital in Kent for ten years. Over the past 13 years she has helped many men and women from all walks of life. Although her core training is in psychodynamic counselling she uses use a more integrative approach to suit individual needs. A description of this approach can be found on the BACP website.


Louise Dang

Louise Dang

Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Louise holds a MSc Family Therapy. She is an accredited psychotherapist with the BACP and a registered Family and Systemic Psychotherapist with the UKCP. Louise has worked in the NHS as a Family Therapist within Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in a private London hospital as a Macmillan Cancer Counsellor. Louise is a former nurse who believes passionately in supporting the emotional needs of those with a physical illness.


Jane Harris

Jane Harris

Counsellor

Jane is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and holds a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy from the University of Central Lancashire. She has worked with a wide variety of client issues in a general counselling agency and briefly in a student counselling service in a university setting. She also has personal experience of chronic illness spanning many years and is passionate about helping those who are suffering from ME and other debilitating health conditions.


Sonja Beacham

Counsellor

Sonja holds an MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy, is registered with UKCP, a member of the BACP and accredited with ACTO for online working.

Over the last 30 years, she has worked in a variety of settings, in schools, Universities, mental health teams, GP surgeries and occupational health departments. As well as working with the ME Trust she currently works in private practice in Nottingham, where she offers sessions working integratively with a range of therapeutic approaches.

Sonja has personal experience of living with long standing health issues and understands the many challenges this can bring personally and to family and friendships.

She is fully committed to keeping up to date with professional development and offering a non-discriminatory service.


Rev David Flagg

Rev David Flagg

Chaplain

The Rev David Flagg is an Anglican priest with many years’ experience of both parish and healthcare settings, including 11 years at Burrswood sharing in whole-person care, and 11 years in a large acute hospital. He understands the frustrations of not finding consistent help for ME in the NHS.

Having managed a multi-faith prayer room in hospital he welcomes meeting those of all faiths and none. He holds a Diploma in Pastoral Counselling and is also an accredited Pastoral Supervisor.He offers Spiritual Accompaniment as part of his current work in semi-retirement. David is accustomed to walking with those with chronic illness and all the losses and fears that this brings with it.


Ruth Lampard

Ruth Lampard

Chaplain

Ruth Lampard 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.


Jane Davison

Jane Davison

Chaplain

Jane Davison offers Spiritual Accompaniment to people of all faiths, those of uncertain faith and those of none. Jane Davison began 1:1 meetings in the second half of the 1990s, undertaking training to become first a Listener and then a Spiritual Director. She established a private practice as a Spiritual Director in 2001. She has also tutored on courses exploring a variety of ways of praying/reflecting and been involved in different forms of retreat work. Rooted and trained in the Christian tradition, her spiritual journey has been very enriched by the insights of other faiths and by everyday wisdom found in different walks of life. She was inspired to take up this work following a period of debilitating illness, during which she was spiritually and very helpfully listened to by trained listeners.

She has since been alongside many people who face highly challenging health and life questions. She has been knocked sideways by further times of ill-health and by difficult family situations. It is this combination of professional and personal experience which she brings to her Spiritual Accompaniment role.