Alex Howard Group

Our Team

Lee Harbour

BA (Hons), MA Critical Theory and Culture

Lee became interested in psychology following his own journey in recovering from ME – he crashed in 2016 preceded by years of chronic headaches and a growing frustration about his health. Despite having never meditated he quickly found that a daily meditation practice offered help with his often scary and varied symptoms. Once he realised what was going on for him with a diagnosis of ME it soon emerged that psychology, with a particular focus on emotions, was going to play a pivotal role in his recovery.

He has a keen interest in philosophy and reading a wide range of literature, fuelled by a fascination in human expression and people’s inner worlds. Although having read extensively about emotions, Lee felt he did not have the right tools to help him improve the relationship he had with his own. Part way through his recovery Lee decided to join the Therapeutic Coaching practitioner training where he was introduced to a range of tools which allowed his two passions of people and philosophy to wed, offering a personal participation whilst having the privilege of helping others. His previous career was in accountancy, which never felt aligned but with no obvious alternative it seemed a sensible path to follow, it was through getting unwell that Lee feels he has now found a career that feels fulfilling and is an expression of everything he is passionate about. Lee is keen to continue his learning and has a strong passion for Neurodiversity and the authentic self.

Our Team

 Jess Thompson
Clinical Director

Jess completed a psychology degree in 1995 followed by a PGCE in primary education and, after a 10 year career in teaching...

Alex Howard
Founder and Chairman

Alex Howard is Founder & Chairman of The Optimum Health Clinic, which he set up after his own 7 year struggle with ME...

Ana Bárbara Pereira

Ana Bárbara’s interest in integrative health and psychology began while dealing with her own chronic illness...

Bebe Kohlap
Practice Manager

Bebe entered into nutrition quite unexpectedly when she went to an open day at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, just to...

Charlotte Thomson

Charlotte initially trained as a musician and worked as a performer and teacher for several years before embarking on...

Claire Sehinson
Head of Research and Protocol Development

Claire is an educator, researcher and functional medicine trained nutritional therapist. Claire has over a decade of...

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