Future Group Meetings

Next Zoom Meeting is 

Saturday 14th October at 1pm

Our Expert Guest Speaker is

Dr Hannah Ryan   (BA, MSc, DClinPsy)

A UK-based, registered clinical psychologist.

Hannah has kindly agreed to Present 

Making Friends With Our Bodies: How ideas from Compassion Focussed Therapy can help those of us with vestibular and balance conditions to soothe our suffering with kindness

Hannah has worked for many years within the UK NHS system and charity sector whilst suffering herself  from a chronic vestibular disorder. Trained and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist, Hannah’s rare personal insight into chronic and severe balance conditions has resulted in a unique approach to helping those with chronic illness.   

Because she truly understands, from the “inside out”, how debilitating it can be to live with a balance condition, as well as how painful it can be when the world does not seem to understand. Hannah has been drawn towards Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in her work with adults, as both have been shown to be compassionate, validating and effective therapeutic approaches for people living with chronic illness.

This will be a first for the support group to be addressed by a clinical psychologist who lives with their own chronic balance condition, resulting in Hannah not only a “clinical expert” but also an “Expert by her Experience”.

After the main presentation there will be a Q & A session, where Hannah has kindly agreed to take members questions relevant to coping with balance conditions.

Dr Hannah Ryan (BA, MSc, DClinPsy), is a UK-based, registered clinical psychologist. She works with a range of specialisms in adults and adolescents including chronic illness, parent-child relationships and domestic abuse. She has worked in a range of different roles drawing on systemic, compassion focused, acceptance based, narrative, mentalizing, motivational and other approaches in the NHS and charity sector. Dr Ryan’s own balance condition has been both a server of professional challenge and an inspiration towards finding more focused therapy-based treatments to help fellow balance sufferers.  If you wish to explore options for further support, Hannah’s independent practice can be found at https://twoleavestherapy.co.uk/ where therapy via video link is now available.

For our new members, about to attend your first Zoom support meeting, please just join in via Zoom and you will be under no pressure to talk or participate in any way, so you can just sit back relax and watch and listen to others, where you will find that we all share so many common challenges, issues and anxieties.  

Always on Saturdays at 1pm – Next Dates are :

October 14th, and December 9th

We will announce details of Expert Guest Speakers closer to each meeting date.

Open to members only. But we are free to join and there is no pressure to do anything, except receive help, support and friendship. Contact us now to join and be at our next meeting – You will never face these issues alone again.