My name is Denise Grieve, I’m originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to France in 2011 with my husband. We love our new life here in the South West of France and have always felt at home here. We renovated our old farm house, have adopted many abandoned, mistreated and sick dogs and I became an English Teacher in a school for children with psychological and emotional needs.
My career path began in Psychiatric Nursing (1983). After some years, I became a CBT Psychotherapist (1998) and worked at the Cullen Centre in Edinburgh. I worked with people who had difficulties with eating, depression, phobias, anxiety and personality disorders for many years. Through this work, I sought additional ways to work with people who could not find their voice, people who had no words to describe their pain and traumatic experiences. I first trained in Basic BAT 1 and 2 (Basic Body Awareness Therapy), a holistic Scandinavian physiotherapy model (2003). I later found EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and I was very lucky to do my Level 1 and Level 2 Advanced Practitioner training (2006). I integrated EFT into a lot of my patient therapeutic interactions with great effects. EFT is a technique that is taught to a person so that they can use it whenever they feel they need to, hence owning a significant part of their health and well-being. I co-managed and ran a DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) group for 8 years. DBT is a group based treatment aimed at changing repeated self-defeating and self-sabotaging behaviours, with Mindfulness at its foundation. This led to me learning and practicing Mindfulness further and I completed the Five Mindfulness Trainings by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (2008 and 2010).
Then I felt guided towards more spiritual approaches and completed an Angel Therapy and Attunement course (2010) and went on to complete a Sapphire of Angels course and attunement (2011). This work led me to Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki as the 2 sisters who trained me in Angel work were both Reiki Masters. I went on to complete the 1st and 2nd Reiki attunements and degrees in 2011. This changed my life. I felt lifted, clear and enlightened in a new, fresh way that I hadn’t felt before. I felt like I was wakening up! I began to practice Reiki. Then in 2013 I completed my Reiki Masters training and attunement. I’ve never looked back !
I have completed a Diploma in Reflexology in 2021.
In summary : I have been a Reiki practitioner since 2011, a Reiki Master since 2013 and an EFT practitioner since 2006. I have practiced Mindfulness since 2003.
I have been, and continue to be passionate about healing through energy work, the chakras and the meridian lines, through meditation and mindfulness. It’s always a pleasure and privilege to help with our reconnection to the natural healing systems inherent and available to all of us.
I love my work and hope you come to experience this with me !