Dr Catherine Steele

My background:

I have worked as a coach with private and organisational clients for over 10 years. I am registered psychologist and specialise in workplace wellbeing and health (see below for qualifications and accrediting bodies).

In the last few years I have been on my very own health journey. In 2015 I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, an autoimmune thyroid condition. I was told I needed to have my thyroid removed and take medication for life! I was shocked by this and decided to research alternative perspectives. With the help of various practitioners I chose to take a different route. Modifying my diet and lifestyle has enabled me to reverse my condition without the need for surgery or pharmaceutical medication, something I was told was impossible.

For years I had survived on a diet of toast and coffee during the day with take aways, meals out and alcohol to fuel my evenings. I would work extremely long hours, 7 day weeks and often be counting the days to the next holiday. I’m still learning, day by day and still find stopping a challenge but I now have a much deeper understanding of what my body needs to function well and to avoid disease.

Like many people I also have personal experience of supporting family members through periods of ill health. My mother suffered decades with liver disease and most recently my life has been transformed when my partner was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. Through these experiences I have developed an understanding of the impact ill health has on individuals and their families.

What I’ve learnt

All these experiences also led me to question some of the solutions offered by traditional Western medicine and to look for different perspectives on health. I trained with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and qualified in 2018 as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. I am now studying with the Functional Medicine University and will qualify as a practitioner in 2020.

My approach

Functional medicine looks to identify and address the root cause of an illness. It’s personalised medicine, we look at a client’s history to consider any triggers for ill health and examine the environmental factors that may contribute to how they are feeling. One illness may have multiple causes depending on the individual’s story. Functional medicine practitioners spend a lot of time listening to their clients and trying to understand where they are in their lives. It’s not a one size fits all approach. We use a wide range of approaches looking at things like nutrition, sleep, movement and stress.

As a psychologist I’m also fascinated by mind-body medicine and the impact of our minds on our health and wellbeing.

I am now very committed to working with people experiencing life and health difficulties to find their way back to health and vitality! Nothing is more rewarding than seeing individuals get back the life they deserve to be living.

Qualifications and accreditations:

  • I have a PhD in Psychology.
  • I’m a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a registered coaching psychologist with their Special Group in Coaching.
  • I’m also a registered Occupational Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council.
  • Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach.
  • Member of the British Society for Lifestyle Medicine
  • Member of the International Society of Coaching Psychology
  • Evolution of Medicine Meet Up Host