For over 30 years Karen Thomas worked as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS in the mental health field both in the UK and New Zealand. She has always believed in an holistic approach working with the whole person not just their problem, disability or diagnosis.
Throughout her career in the NHS, Karen developed and facilitated many therapeutic groups and workshops and is also a keen presenter to organisations and groups about the effectiveness of holistic therapies.
In 2005 Karen set up her own holistic therapy business, Red Oak Coaching, not only as a life coach but as a Neuro-linguisitic Programme (NLP) Practitioner and an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Tapping) Practitioner.
By bringing Reiki into her practice she has added another dimension to the work she does with clients. A big area that is often left out by conventional approaches is the spiritual dimension and Reiki provides this aspect.
Reiki has had a huge impact upon her life – it brought her courage to leave the NHS, taught her tolerance and patience and has enhanced inner peace and acceptance. Karen feels very humbled and privileged to not only offer Reiki to people but also to attune them, through training courses, to be healers themselves.
Karen continues her own development through attending regular supervision, peer support groups and is now delighted to offer Shamanic healing to her holistic practice.
Karen understands the pressure that healthcare workers face and sometimes how little time there is for their own needs. With this in mind Karen offers specific days for those working in the healthcare settings to reconnect with themselves, slow down and reflect.