Doctors came to see her singly and in consultation, talked much in French, German, and Latin, blamed one another, and prescribed a great variety of medicines for all the diseases known to them, but the simple idea never occurred to any of them that they could not know the disease Natasha was suffering from, as no disease suffered by a live man can be known, for every living person has his own peculiarities and always has his own peculiar, personal, novel, complicated disease, unknown to medicine. - Leo Tolstoy
Dr James Hawkins specializes in both the treatment of psychological difficulties and in helping people enhance their health and wellbeing. James has worked as a medical doctor and also has extensive training in psychotherapy. He has lectured and run workshops both nationally and internationally. He stays very up to date with emerging research and produces a bimonthly newsletter that goes out to therapists around the world. This broad background of skills means that it is often possible to find ways to help even when a problem has proved resistant to previous attempts at therapy.
As a child James was fascinated by what made a ‘good’ life. Later he read philosophy, before switching to medicine and graduating from Cambridge as a doctor in 1976. As well as working in hospitals, he trained in various forms of psychotherapy, complementary medicine, meditation and group work. He subsequently qualified in cognitive behaviour therapy, using this as a foundation for his work as an evidence-based therapist.
head and heart
James aspires to practise ‘good medicine’. He believes this means providing expert therapy in a warm-hearted, perceptive, human way. For almost any health problem, there are a bewildering variety of treatments that claim to be useful. Finding one’s way through this maze requires a huge amount of knowledge that needs constant updating. James has a personal database of over 24,000 research articles. On average he spends about three hours weekly scanning forty or so key journals in his fields of interest. So much new research is being published all the time. GP's and hospital doctors rarely have the time to read very much of this important work. Complementary therapists may be unaware it's available. Once the therapies that have the best chance of helping you have been selected, James will either carry out the treatments himself or refer you to an expert in the relevant field.
It’s great to have therapy that’s highly appropriate and delivered with significant skill. If however treatment is all head and little heart, the results may well not be nearly as helpful as they otherwise could be. James believes that knowledge evolves, but the heart of medicine remains constant in the care and sensitivity with which it is practised.