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Dr Vicki Creanor

MA MSc D.Clin.Psy

Dr Vicki Creanor gained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2004. The following year, she began her Masters in Psychological Therapies in Primary Care at the Universities of Stirling and Dundee to enable her to work with adults with mental health problems including anxiety, depression and sleep problems. In 2007, she began her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow. Her doctoral research focused specifically on children and sleep. Following qualification, she worked as a Clinical Psychologist for five years within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. She is currently the Principal Clinical Psychologist within the Learning Disabilities service in East Renfrewshire, part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. For the past number of years, however, she has also worked within the private sector. Much of her private work has focused on helping people (adults, adolescents and children) with anxiety, depression and sleep problems.

Dr Vicki Creanor
Clinical Psychologist
Southside Private Psychology Services

Sondra Barrett

PhD

Sondra Barrett serves as advisor to Rainbow Valley. Her experience and teachings provide the backbone to our courses and everything we do.

Sondra was a funded research scientist engaged in human leukeamia investigations at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco (UCSF). Funding for this clinical research was from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute (the US). She was on the faculty for almost a decade and began working with patients, primarily children with cancer, setting up support programs for children, siblings and even teachers. She was also a consultant to the Children’s Cancer Study Group, a consortium of medical institutions in North America who managed the care of children with cancer.

Sondra’s book Secrets of Your Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence, talks a lot about cancer at a cellular level and many of the ideas in this book (gathered from research by experts in the field of cancer and gene expression) are easily taught in intimate settings for healing. Bridging the gap between science and spirituality, we are honoured to be have the guidance of Sondra Barrett Phd and to share her wisdom and experience at Rainbow Valley.

Karen Stokoe

Course Facilitator

Karen retired from full-time work in 2015 having worked for NHS Lanarkshire as a Community Health Visitor for over 25 years. She is a qualified Nurse and Mid-Wife and travelled extensively in her younger years working as a nurse in Saudi Arabia, the US, New Zealand,Australia and London before returning home to Scotland and starting work for NHS Lanarkshire.

Karen has taken part in many charitable events, most notably when she cycled the width of Mexico in 2002 raising money for The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust.

She brings empathy, enthusiasm and a positive attitude in all she does and has a wealth of experience and knowledge which she still uses working 2 days a week in the Community.Karen is passionate about Rainbow Valley and helping people to take back control following a cancer diagnosis.

She has been happily married for 26 years and has 2 grown up daughters and a nutty dog.

Karen helps devise new content and deliver our courses.

Phil MacDonald

Course Facilitator

Phil keeps himself busy working for a local health and care partnership, as well as running a health and beauty business in Dumbarton. Phil qualified as a social worker before progressing in a career developing professionals and services to support people with vulnerabilities. Phil has always been involved in charitable work, having several roles in Scouting, before committing more time to promoting the wellbeing of others.

Phil brings understanding, humour, and a great attitude to anything he faces. His enthusiasm about what Rainbow Valley can achieve is inspiring, as he strives to help people take ownership of their overall well-being.

Phil spends his spare time with his boys, who understand and value what Rainbow Valley is all about and they love taking part in whatever they can to help.

Phil helps devise new content and deliver our courses.

Polly Douglas

PhD, MBANT, CNHC

I am a fully qualified nutritional therapist, with a diploma from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Edinburgh. I am registered with The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Healthcare Council (CNHC). I have a background in biological sciences and I worked within the NHS for 5 years before deciding to re-train, following the birth of my two daughters.

I first found out how diet could help with health problems because I had really bad eczema & hayfever and IBS. Taking certain things out of my diet and increasing other things helped so much that I felt I needed to understand the science behind it all. I went on to complete a 3 year diploma course in naturopathic nutrition and love helping others who have struggled to find relief or answers from conventional medicine, by finding the root of the cause and supporting the body to heal.

Vicky Mulholland

Calming Minds

As a Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist I have for many years been very aware of the mental and physical implications of stress and anxiety, not only in clients but in their wider family unit.

In 2015 I trained as a Relax Kids / Just Relax coach teaching mindfulness based strategies to help children and adults stay in control of their thoughts and improve their own mental
and physical health.

I’m delighted to be able to bring these strategies to Rainbow Valley on a regular basis introducing the concept of mindfulness, exploring breathing technique and delivering guided visualisation.

The medical world often divides our health into mental and physical but to the body it’s all one.

Sharon Miler

Director of Joyworks, Laughter Therapy

She and her freelance team of artists have been zealously delivering happiness and laughter workshops, events, projects, keynote speeches and trainings across UK, India and Australia. They are fervent about empowering individuals and organisations to open hearts and do things differently.

Sharon has a professional background in Theatre, Education & Rehabilitation spanning 30 years and trained with Dr Kataria in India.

Since 2008 they’ve lifted the spirits and broken down barriers in the corporate, health and education world with clients such as Coca Cola, Learning Teaching Scotland, NHS, BBC Comedy, Scotland Women’s Football Team, Scottish Water, Nestle, Lloyds TSB and MacMillan Cancer Research. Joyworks house style and approach brings proven results and consistently outstanding client feedback.

In their celebrated weekend courses they have trained over 150 Laughter Yoga professionals and the leading trainers in Laughter Therapy.

Yoga, meditation, the right nutrition and veganism are paramount to her own life after lived experience of depression a year in ashram in India and a profound cleanse.

A lover of all things creative and her adopted two Bengal cats Sharon is absolutely thrilled to be part of the incredible Rainbow Valley team. Her life’s work is to share the inherent gifts we have to smile, laugh, breath and feel good, which when utilised make our lives and everyone around us healthier, beautiful and easier.