Our Team

Here at Torus Wellbeing CIC we have a diverse team of dedicated specialists, each committed to making the highest quality wellbeing services available to everyone in the community.

Directors

Nicola

Dr Nicola Brough’s interest in wellbeing comes from her personal journey to support her own mental and physical health using complementary and integrative medicine. She has been a practitioner for 20 years’ and her academic interests lie in patient reported outcomes and the evaluation of wellbeing and health.  She is passionate about supporting individuals to reconnect to their intuition, inner wisdom and knowing and uses energetic and physical processes to facilitate this.  She runs Torus Wellbeing Clinic in Shelton, Stoke on Trent and collaborates with a team of Associate practitioners to deliver a wide range of health related services to support good mental and physical health. Nicola is an experienced group facilitator and has regular psychotherapy/body work and clinical supervision for her work.  As part of her self-care regime Nicola play’s netball, runs and practices yoga regularly.  Nicola’s role within Torus Wellbeing CIC is to oversee the day to day operations of the organisation and to ensure quality services are delivered.

Sally

Sally Abel is an experienced Physiotherapist with over 20 years clinical practice. Sally has worked in the NHS and in private practice, as well as teaching Internationally on persistent pain.
Sally believes that the most important thing in healthcare is the ability to listen. Often time is cut short in clinical situations and there is little time to get to know the client. Only by truly understanding the person in front of us, do we actually make a difference to their recovery. Like fitting together pieces of a puzzle, things that people often feel are irrelevant can be the key to change. Understanding each individual’s circumstances and history is paramount. As a Director of Torus Wellbeing CIC, Sally has a key role in the design and implementation of the physical health and educational group sessions. She also delivers pain management and Physiotherapy as part of the bigger Torus Wellbeing 12 session programmes.

Sally believes that health and wellness should be available to everyone equally.

Janine

Janine has over 20 years’ experience of supporting families in different settings and circumstances and has developed many vital and transferable skills which she now uses to provide expert support and care to children, parents, and carers.

As a Director of Torus Wellbeing CIC, Janine oversees the governance of safeguarding, ensuring that the principles and duties required are implemented and applied appropriately.  She is also instrumental in ensuring we have the necessary funding to offer our services to the communities in which we serve.

Janine’s professional qualifications include PhD Social Policy Candidate, BA (Hons) Social Work, Accredited Early Attachment Practitioner, Open University – Health and Social Care (K100) and Diploma in Nursery Nursing NNEB.

Her personal vision is for every family to live happy, healthy lives with positive relationships and a chance to reach their potential.

Nicola

Dr Nicola Brough’s interest in wellbeing comes from her personal journey to support her own mental and physical health using complementary and integrative medicine. She has been a practitioner for 20 years’ and her academic interests lie in patient reported outcomes and the evaluation of wellbeing and health.  She is passionate about supporting individuals to reconnect to their intuition, inner wisdom and knowing and uses energetic and physical processes to facilitate this.  She runs Torus Wellbeing Clinic in Shelton, Stoke on Trent and collaborates with a team of Associate practitioners to deliver a wide range of health related services to support good mental and physical health. Nicola is an experienced group facilitator and has regular psychotherapy/body work and clinical supervision for her work.  As part of her self-care regime Nicola play’s netball, runs and practices yoga regularly.  Nicola’s role within Torus Wellbeing CIC is to oversee the day to day operations of the organisation and to ensure quality services are delivered.

Sally

Sally Abel is an experienced Physiotherapist with over 20 years clinical practice. Sally has worked in the NHS and in private practice, as well as teaching Internationally on persistent pain.
Sally believes that the most important thing in healthcare is the ability to listen. Often time is cut short in clinical situations and there is little time to get to know the client. Only by truly understanding the person in front of us, do we actually make a difference to their recovery. Like fitting together pieces of a puzzle, things that people often feel are irrelevant can be the key to change. Understanding each individual’s circumstances and history is paramount. As a Director of Torus Wellbeing CIC, Sally has a key role in the design and implementation of the physical health and educational group sessions. She also delivers pain management and Physiotherapy as part of the bigger Torus Wellbeing 12 session programmes.

Sally believes that health and wellness should be available to everyone equally.

Janine

Janine has over 20 years’ experience of supporting families in different settings and circumstances and has developed many vital and transferable skills which she now uses to provide expert support and care to children, parents, and carers.

As a Director of Torus Wellbeing CIC, Janine oversees the governance of safeguarding, ensuring that the principles and duties required are implemented and applied appropriately.  She is also instrumental in ensuring we have the necessary funding to offer our services to the communities in which we serve.

Janine’s professional qualifications include PhD Social Policy Candidate, BA (Hons) Social Work, Accredited Early Attachment Practitioner, Open University – Health and Social Care (K100) and Diploma in Nursery Nursing NNEB.

Her personal vision is for every family to live happy, healthy lives with positive relationships and a chance to reach their potential.

Practitioners

Dr Nicola Brough (Phd, MPhil, RCST, ITMC)

About Nicola

I am continuously devoted to overcoming my own sensitivities and seek balance. I aim to have a positive impact on those who I meet, whether it be momentarily or through establishing a longer-term therapeutic relationship. I am fortunate to have a calling not a job and I am grateful for those who seek my support and skills.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy helps people with a wide range of illnesses and disabilities get better and help others to access higher levels of wellbeing. What I observe in my practice and has been evidenced in the research I have undertaken, CST users reported changes in physical, mental, social/relational and spiritual wellbeing. Clients identify three ways in which their health status changes:  relief, reduction and resolution of symptoms. This is influenced by the outlook participants have towards their symptoms and how relief is experienced at different times.

My role is to facilitate and support clients  by creating a safe space for their story to unfold. Together we bring the unconscious into awareness, using the body, tuning into psycho-somatic (memory stored within the tissues of the body), emotional or energetic processes, I trust the wisdom within everyone to communicate, how I can best support a process of reconnection and integration.

Sally Abel
Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Healthcare Lecturer Noi UK

Sally is an experienced Physiotherapist, qualifying in 2000 years ago from the University of Manchester. She initially worked in Liverpool and Broadgreen teaching hospitals before moving to Staffordshire and completing an MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal Healthcare at Keele University.

Sally worked in the NHS for 7 years before moving into Private Practice. Her area of expertise is in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with a special interest in pain management. She has worked in all areas of Physiotherapy practice and spent 3 years as a senior Physiotherapist in Women’s health, advising and treating those with antenatal and postnatal problems as well as those suffering with urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency. She was part of the Keele clinical educator pro-gramme and regularly took students in all areas of Physiotherapy.

Whilst in Private Practice in Cheshire Sally set up a Fit Back and Bumps programme for ladies antenatally and postnatally with pelvis girdle pain. These were a set of 6 educational classes incorporating exercise and movement alongside education of the changes in the body during pregnancy.

Sally now works full time and is self-employed in two Physiotherapy Clinics, one in Staffordshire and the other on Cheshire border. Her case load is made up of GP and Consultant referrals as well as Insurance clients, Occupational Health referrals and Private Clients. She has a broad and varied experience in this area of Physiotherapy and a bust caseload. Sally also teaches in the UK and through Europe for the Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute, teaching two courses, Explain Pain and Mobilisation of the Neuroimmune system. These courses blend the Neuroscience of pain and the nervous system with client presentation and symptoms, aiming to help clinicians to understand the many facets of pain.

In her spare time, she has 2 boys and spends most of her non-clinical time by the side of a cricket pitch or a rugby pitch! She enjoys yoga and competes in some extreme running events. She is currently training for the Liverpool Rock ’n’ Roll half marathon.

Esther Donoff BSc (Hons), MSc, mBANT, CNHC reg

Esther Donoff is a registered nutritional therapist and NLP coach.

Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.

Nutritional Therapists recognise that each person is an individual with unique requirements and take time to define personalised nutrition plans rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Nutritional therapy may help a wide range of health conditions and symptoms, including​

  • Blood sugar balance and management of diabetes
  • Cardiovascular problems – high blood pressure, raised cholesterol
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue
  • Weight problems – high or low weight
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Healthy ageing
  • Digestive health: IBS, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Allergies and food intolerance
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Female health – PMS, fertility, pregnancy, menopause, PCOS
  • Male health – fertility, pre-conception, andropause
  • Skin, hair and nails
  • Bone and joint health
  • Individuals who are recovering from eating disorders and require nutrition counselling

Esther’s mission is to help you alleviate your symptoms and feel fantastic whilst enjoying your food in a way that fits in with your lifestyle.​ Using her coaching skills, she will help you to enjoy a healthier relationship with food, giving you tools to help make the recommended changes.

She is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Out of work, she is a mum to three teenagers and a home-cooking enthusiast.

Catherine Jaroszek (IIHHT) Fdsc – Qi-gong instructor and Complementary Practitioner

Catherine has been practicing complementary medicine (CAM) for 17 years, working in different settings. During her 6 years working in the NHS as a support worker she decided that preventative and supportive intervention such as CAM, to maintain an individual’s health and wellbeing, could work alongside conventional medicine. This led her into studying and pursuing a career in CAM.

She undertook her training at Stoke On Trent College (previously Cauldon College) and Staffordshire University. Catherine is a joint coordinator for her local Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), meetings and is passionate about promoting CAM and self care. She receives ongoing Complementary therapies, Psychotherapy/supervision and Body work.

Catherine believes that with the right modality, guidance, and willingness to accept change, that our bodies with their innate knowing can allow mental, physical and spiritual healing to take place.
Catherine looks forward to offering new and existing clients, a holistic, confidential, tailor-made treatment plan that is unique to their health and wellbeing.

Qualifications include:

  • Body Massage (VCTC)
  • Advanced Aromatherapy
  • Advanced Reflexology
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Reiki Master
  • Foundation Degree in Complementary Medicine (Fdsc)
  • Infant massage instructor
  • Shibashi Qi-gong instructor for health and relaxation
    (session leader) with http://www.shibashitraining.co.uk/

Tim Copsey BA (Hons) PGDip MBACP MBPsS – Psychotherapy and Counselling

Making the decision to find a counsellor can be a daunting task, and finding someone you feel comfortable working with can take even longer, so my first objective is to make sure you feel comfortable and safe, and to establish what your needs are and how I can help you. This isn’t always clear at the start, sometimes people just feel lost and overwhelmed, while others might have a specific mental health issue or a problem they just can’t figure out on their own.

I’ve been offering counselling and psychotherapy for 10 years and for various organisations, including bereavement support, help with a range of mental health problems, and coping with life changes, both the ones we chose and the ones we did not. I’ve been with Torus for a while now and really enjoy working as part of a diverse team to support our clients’ wellbeing. I also lecture in psychology and counselling skills to healthcare workers.

As an integrative practitioner, I have trained in a range of psychological therapies and therefore aim to adapt to your needs. This might involve a structured approach, which suits some individuals and issues better, including CBT models and mindfulness. Others might prefer a more open approach to explore their concerns, including reflecting on the past or on patterns in relationships. Our first session would focus on finding the best way to work with you, and your expectations from therapy.

I have experience of working successfully with a wide range of client issues including specific mental health issues, work and family related stress, health changes such as disability and long term illness, or any other circumstances which leave you feeling in crisis or despair.  We can focus on a single issue and set goals to resolve it, or explore the wider pattern around your concern which may involve deeper, more intensive work. Often my clients start work on managing immediate symptoms such as anxiety or destructive behaviours, before moving on to a deeper exploration of their underlying issues.

I’m a member of the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework. I offer sessions at evenings and weekends, with some daytime availability. Contact me via Torus Wellbeing Clinic to find out what we can achieve together.

Pamela Sunderland, Yoga Teacher

My journey into Yoga began 7 years ago when I became pregnant with my second child. I found parenting challenging and I was searching for tools to help me become a calmer and more patient mother. Whilst my role as mother will always present new challenges as my children grow, Yoga has become so much more than a parenting tool. Within two years of practicing, I enrolled on a teacher training course – not to become a teacher – to learn more about Yoga and its teachings.

Yoga was becoming a way of life and helping me to remember that I simply AM, beyond the labels of mother, wife, sister, daughter, worker etc. It took me four years to complete this course and within two months of completing, I was asked to teach. It is said, a student doesn’t fully master a subject till they start teaching the subject and I realise how true this is.

I may be far from mastership, but the journey itself is worthy. I love teaching and building connections within the community, helping other people to find a confidence within their bodies, to let go of irritations, to find an inner stillness within themselves. It is an honour and a blessing to serve.