My areas of interest

I have studied many different traditions of healthcare in order to understand how health is conceptualised in various cultures. This has included the most robust and demanding of western academic scientific enquiry, resulting in my attaining a PhD in the Psychology of Health from London Metropolitan University, along with exploring more eastern traditions, folk medicine and complementary approaches.

The scientific basis of the Lightning Process

The Lightning Process, however, is drawn from the western academic tradition of a scientific understanding of how the mind and body interact and is based on my studies in anatomy, physiology, linguistics and psychology. In this case, applying new ways of thinking using familiar western models. It began with failure. In the 1980s I ran a clinic where those with hard to treat issues and complex issues were referred. And, although I helped many, there was a percentage that I just couldn’t help. As they had been referred to me as the last hope, I wasn’t happy to just send them back with no answers. I felt we must have missed something and some new thinking was required to find new solutions.

The research project that started the Lightning Process

So, I began a qualitative enquiry into their experiences to see if together we could identify any themes or patterns in their symptoms, affected body systems, etc. This study eventually resulted in the formulation of the LP and its core theoretical and practical elements. If you’d like to know more about what is included in the LP then I’d recommend the book Get the Life you Love Now and this peer-reviewed paper both of which detail the concepts and steps of the intervention.

Blind alleys, red herrings and a new intervention

My research to date has taken me on a fascinating journey, introducing me to a broad range of approaches, some of which informed the creation of the LP, and others that turned out not to be relevant. Now that my PhD is completed and that research is published, I’m exploring what’s next in my mission to find innovative ways to improve peoples’ health and wellbeing.

I’m currently recording a series of interviews with the leading researchers such as Prof Irving Kirsch, Prof Andrea Evers and Prof Luana Colloca discussing the research and science of the mind-brain-body connection, which has been humbling and fascinating.

I’m certain that not every idea I come up with will be life-changing or even any good, but as they say, you have to kiss enough frogs to find a prince.