The New Medicine Group is a highly experienced healthcare team based in London’s Harley Street, which integrates holistic and conventional medical approaches to provide a patient-centred approach to well-being. Founder Mr Stefan Chmelik explains: ‘Our holistic approach to health means that our patients receive the most effective treatments for their conditions. Although we see patients independently, we work together on complex cases providing a unique integrated approach that saves our patients, time, money and stress.’
Stefan is a Chinese Medicine Physician. He has been practising for nearly 20 years and specialises in the treatment of skin disorders, women’s health and complex conditions using a combination of Chinese medicine techniques, dietary therapy, integrated bodywork, counselling and mindfulness.
‘I offer nearly 20 years of real-life clinical experience with holistic therapies and a highly refined understanding of what makes people ill as well as what gets them better; including diet, breathing and stress levels alongside a range of effective natural treatment options,’ he explains. ‘Chinese Medicine is all about understanding what makes people tick, or what is making them ill, irrespective of where they come from, their culture or their background. For me, seeing a patient’s quality of life improve as treatment progresses is the most rewarding aspect of my job.’
Dr Damien Downing practises Ecological Medicine, focusing on allergy, environment and nutrition. He specialises in the identification and treatment of food intolerances, chemical sensitivities, inhalant allergies and environmental toxicity, including detoxification therapies. ‘Ecological medicine takes account of all the metabolic interactions between an individual and his or her environment – diet, allergies, toxicology and infection,’ he explains. ‘In a way what we practise is world medicine. We are highly aware of non-British approaches and medical advances and our patients choose us because they trust what we say about their health and about what we can achieve together.
‘I enjoy working on really tough cases and gain great satisfaction in treating patients who tell me that their specialist is baffled by their recovery against all prognoses!’
Dr Brian Kaplan is a Homeopath Physician and Provocative Therapist with 28 years clinical experience. ‘I am a fully qualified medical doctor running a private GP practice. I incorporate Homeopathy, Autogenic Therapy and Provocative Therapy as the three primary therapeutic approaches of choice. I find that Provocative Therapy is one of the most effective ways to catalyse change in people and I have to say it is my passion, as well as my favourite speciality in medicine,’ he explains.
‘Provocative Therapy is the cutting edge of the use of humour and reverse psychology in psychotherapy. Essentially an extraordinary conversation, its caring and therapeutic approach provokes patients into articulating, prescribing and enacting their own solutions to their problems. When patients own the solutions to their problems in this way, they are much more likely to enact those solutions in real life. This makes Provocative Therapy a potent form of brief psychotherapy that quickly gets results that tend to be long lasting and durable for a variety of issues.
‘I once used Provocative Therapy to treat a diplomat who needed to lose weight. It was difficult for her because she was invited to so many functions where she was offered the most tempting, delicious food imaginable but the reverse psychology of Provocative Therapy did the trick!’
Hephzibah Kaplan is an Art Therapist and Psychotherapy Supervisor. She offers a unique approach to the resolution of a range of emotional problems, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, health problems and general life struggles.
‘Art Therapy is a unique creative process where art and psychotherapy combine to aid individual growth, awareness and healing. No art skills are required – patients are free to make images which provide a more tangible and immediate way to express feelings and emotions,’ she explains.
‘A conventional approach might be psychotherapy or counselling but because art therapy involves the making of images, it can be extremely effective for people whose mother tongue is not English. I recently treated a political activist from Eastern Europe with cancer. We spent time understanding her history of protest and violence and how the cancer had given her a purpose to continue her fight. This helped her understand her illness and gave her space to express her distress.’