A Q&A with Claire Snowdon-Darling
- Tell us a bit of background about yourself…
I got into the complimentary health world when I was looking for solutions to my own health issues. In 2004 I nearly died giving birth to my daughter and the experience left me with PTSD, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and eventually premature menopause. The solutions offered by the medical model were minimal and I needed to search far and wide to get the answers I needed to manage my conditions. Prior to this career I ran a theatre company for people with learning disabilities which I loved but when I stumbled upon kinesiology, I knew I had to start my own clinic.
2. Are there any challenges you have had to overcome as a therapist? How have you overcome these?
The main challenges I have faced have been around people not knowing what kinesiology is or how fantastic it can be at reducing symptoms and empowering us emotionally. Even if they do know there is still a lot of scepticism around complimentary medicine. I have tackled these issues by focussing not only on research and results but also building bridges with the medical community and looking at the gaps in their offering and how my work fills that gap.
I also struggled with how outdated much of the information we are taught as therapists is. The world and our bodies have changed radically in the past thirty years and a lot of training hasn’t been updated to reflect this. To overcome this, I started a college to ensure practitioners are offered the latest scientific research to support their clients with.
3. What interests you outside of work?
My spare time is usually spent doing a variety of hobbies such as cycling, tennis, badminton and paddle boarding as my partner and I love activities (preferably outdoors) and I have a three-year-old Weimaraner and he needs a lot of snuggles. I’m also a member of a competitive chorus so I’m usually learning a new song. Other than that there is lots of adventures in the UK and abroad or festivals in my diary!
4. What is your seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with?
My seminar is about the hormone issues at the root of client’s health problems. Viewers will come away understanding why most issues, even those such as acne, joint problems, fatigue and digestive issues are caused by hormone imbalances and how with some very simple tweaks to our diet and lifestyle we can create radical change. Hormone issues sound mystifying but actually most people are astonished how simple they are to understand and rectify.
5. What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
Having trained in a variety of different disciplines I wish I had known this information! It really doesn’t matter what therapy you do, this is essential information that people need right now to be as well as they can be! This topic is incredibly holistic because it talks about what “whole health” means on a real and practical level and how important we are in helping our clients achieve their wellbeing goals. It is full of nuggets of information that are real “aha” moments!
6. What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?
Never stop learning! The world changes and science evolves so we need to keep our training up to date.
7. What do you consider to be the most important traits for a therapist to have?
I truly believe the most important traits are:
- The ability to change our recommendations when new information or research comes to light, so we stay current.
- Listening skills and learning the ability to support our clients emotionally. We generally have the luxury of time with our clients which is more than the medical practitioners have. Being able to use that time to empower our clients is essential regardless of what our modality is.
- Becoming comfortable with either speaking publicly either in person or on a video or writing a good blog. The world needs your knowledge and passion!!