Dr David Beales FRCP MRCGP DCH DRCOG Dip Psych

Group Founder and Co-ordinator

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Diplomas in Child Health, Obstetrics & Psychotherapy
  • David is a Physician and previous full time NHS GP, trained in Rheumatology and Elderly Care (Senior Registrar)
  • He is an independent practitioner specialising in behavioural medicine and functional somatic syndromes (FSSs)
  • He co-created ‘Bridging the Gap’, an educational programme for GPs and psychiatrists to work with FSSs.
  • He has additional training in Mindfulness (Bangor) and Biofeedback using capnography
  • He wrote with Helen Whitten Emotional Healing for Dummies (Wiley)

Web details on Linked In and www.mindfulphysiology.co.uk; www.emotionalhealinguk.com

Janice Benning

Expert ex-patient, course developer and advisor

  • BA, Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education,
  • Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming.
  • Certified Practitioner Mindfulness based NLP, ABNLP recognised
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, NLP, Life Coaching
  • Expert ex-patient, course developer and advisor

Having recovered from 14 years of severe ME/CFS, Janice went on to train in the disciplines that enabled her to regain her health and well-being. Six years ago she developed a course for individuals and groups which she runs from several locations, including a GP practice in Essex.

Read Janice’s road to recovery story, click here!

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Helen Whitten

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy advisor

  • FISMA, ACA accredited coach
  • Advanced Diploma in Stress Management
  • Qualifications in cognitive-behavioural methodology
  • Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, multi-modal counselling and NLP

Helen is a very experienced cognitive behavioural therapist and life coach, specialising in stress management and life change. She has an advanced diploma in Stress Management, and has written five books on the subject. She also has experience in developing “training the trainer” courses.

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Julia MacDonald MA, Cert Ed, Master NLP Diploma NLP, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy

Expert ex-patient, course developer and advisor

Drawing primarily from NLP and Mindfulness and her personal experience as an ex-patient, Julia has worked with hundreds of clients individually and in groups both  in the UK and worldwide for over 6 years. Julia also teaches in an independent secondary school and is an ordained Interfaith Minister.

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Read Julia’s personal journey here:


Dr Gina Johnson MBBS MRCGP MSc

NHS research lead, website manager

Gina is a GP partner in Luton who has been research active since 1987. She has co-ordinated and published several primary care research projects. She is an author of the Minor Illness Manual and Clinical Tutor at the National Minor Illness Centre. She has an interest in psychosomatic medicine which she has pursued through an MSc in Medical Anthropology, and is a medical acupuncturist.


Dr Kate Seddon BM BSc(Hons) MRCPysch PGCertMedEd FHEA is a neuropsychiatrist and lead clinician for Medically Unexplained Symptoms at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.