Meet the team

Corrine Ward

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP), qualified 1988

Corrine Ward is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist of over 25 years experience. Her expertise lies in breathlessness management across a broad range of clients from chronic lung disease sufferers to athletes and musicians. She also specialises in physical rehabilitation programmes for lung, heart and thoracic surgery patients.

She currently practices in the Chest and Allergy Department of the prestigious Imperial College Healthcare Trust in Paddington where she has contributed to local projects in conjunction with the Commission for Quality and Innervation (CQUIN), Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for northwest London and national audits. She also practices privately at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in St John’s Wood, and contributes to professional journals.

Corrine is a retired Karate instructor and competitor who enjoys skiing and who has benefitted from several years of being a Stretchworks client. She has found Stretchworks to be a unique approach to not only maintaining flexibility, strength and a healthy posture but to reducing tension and promoting relaxation. As such it has not only influenced her personal well-being but her approach to her rehabilitation clients. She considers it to be particularly beneficial to people who suffer stress and its associated physical manifestations as a result of their condition or injury. It provides a distraction from stressful stimuli and improves awareness of changes in posture, muscle tone and breathing patterns which she believes are essential tools for management of injury, and physical effects of anxiety. Corrine is excited to be involved in promoting Stretchworks’ universal appeal in its adaptability to any age or ability.

Libby Schofield

Senior Physiotherapist Oncology MPhys BExSc

Libby Schofield graduated in 2005 with a Masters of Physiotherapy and a Bachelors in Exercise Science, and is now a Senior Physiotherapist in Oncology. She currently specialises in rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries from the side effects of cancer. Her interests lie in exercise prescription for clients, especially for those with a disease or illness, and in the assessment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Working at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust, Libby contributes to the Acute Oncology Service pathway development. She is the Trust representative for London Cancer Alliance (South and West) in both the Rehabilitation and Survivorship Interest Groups. She also works on a cardiothoracic ward in a private hospital in London, and contributes to professional journals.

Libby has a strong sporting background, competing at a National level in Australia for Swimming, Orienteering, and Surf Life Saving. She is discovering, both on a personal and professional level, how exercise and emotions are intrinsically entwined, and how exercise and activity helps her clients achieve their goals. This is why the Stretchworks approach excites her and why Libby is now an active advocate for this innovative project.

Michael Appleton

Michael Appleton Dip Psych, CMed, BACP Reg

Michael Appleton is a psychotherapist who specialises in trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, self-esteem and individual growth. He works as a sessional and group therapist for Mind and as a high intensity psychotherapist in the NHS.

Formerly a television documentary producer, he became interested in conflict and trauma through his work in conflict zones including Central Africa, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. His orientation reflects an interest in correlating intensive therapy with the reduction of suffering. He has an interest in transition and growth which includes training in analytical psychology and the unconscious.

As part of his work with acute clients he works with Mindfulness which when practiced regularly has been known to reduce anxiety and stress. He noticed that Stretchworks is one means of producing similar results. Bringing the mind and body back into mutual contact can have positive effects on the individual’s emotional regulatory system, reducing tension and lowering environmental stress.

His training includes Jungian, cognitive-behavioural and neurolinguistic psychotherapies. He has studied at The Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (UKCP), the UK College for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Applied Metapsychology International (AMI), the ABNLP and The Mediation Agency. He has attended training seminars with the New York Institute for Jungian Studies, and has completed courses in Mentalisation, Trauma Incident Reduction, Hearing Voices, young people in care and addictions. His approach is ‘integrative’ – combining aspects of systemic, Jungian, psychodynamic, third wave CBT and dialectical orientations.