Ossi became increasingly intrigued and interested in complementary therapies following a successful treatment of chronic chest problems she used to suffer from.
At that time Ossi was working in the computer industry and was looking for a more personal and meaningful occupation. Working as a shiatsu practitioner involves physical touch with its special healing properties, which enables an immediate non-verbal connection between the client and the practitioner.
Ossi completed her 3-years training at Ki Kai Shiatsu Centre in London in 1994 and went on to become a Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society. As well as practising at the Brackenbury, she has worked in the voluntary sector with drugs projects, HIV/AIDS, disabled people, gay and mental health projects.
Ossi also taught at Ki Kai Shiatsu Centre practice classes and at Westminster Adult Education Service.
In addition, Ossi is a BACP accredited counsellor, trained in psychodynamic counselling and a manager of a day centre for people with mental health problems. The emphasis of her work is often on events from the client’s past and on relationships. Events from the past and particularly from early life often influence the interpretation of subsequent relationships and colour the perception of on-going life events.
In her counselling work Ossi encourages clients to explore these past events in a safe space and try to make links between the past and the issues they are concerned with. Counselling offers the opportunity to reflect, explore and understand past events in a safe environment as a basis to look at and change patterns of behaviour, to take more control and make significant life choices.