Sheila Woollam LCCH MARHProfessional, Registered, Homeopath
“Give yourself freedom to try out new things. Don’t be so set in your ways that you can’t grow.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
My name is Sheila Woollam and I have been working in Kent as a homeopath since 2005.
I am married with two children and am fortunate to have been granted a very colourful life so far. Having been brought up on the remote moorlands of the North Pennines, I left to study Art and Design in Carlisle. From there, I went to Leicester for my Degree course and then to London to pursue a career in film and television. After an exciting, fulfilling time as an animation director in Soho, I became aware that I had reached a major crossroads in my life.
With the help of my own homeopath and some well prescribed remedies, I navigated the transition between design and homeopathy and began four years of training before being awarded a Licentiate from the Contemporary College of Homeopathy in Exeter.
This was by no means a calculated career move. It was in fact a moment of synchronicity, all fueled by an unconscious desire to become a modern day alchemist. Following my intuition required a leap of faith (and a lot of freelance designing to pay the tuition fees!) but I am glad to say I have not regretted the change.
I often joke that the “hippy” I was trying to be all through my time in Art College was actually the person I became when I stopped trying. I love my work and I particularly enjoy meeting people, connecting, opening a dialogue and helping people navigate life’s many paths.
When I was choosing a name for my clinic, I originally intended to use the French word for owl, which is “hibou”. I enjoyed the sound of the word and, as a symbol, the owl embodied what I was trying to achieve in my homeopathic practice.
The owl represents a messenger, an oracle of sacred knowledge and to me this embodied the idea of homeopathy. Owls also herald change and as a nocturnal bird this change is often in the dark: that which we can neither see nor understand. This was a great description of my ‘uncanny’ calling to change my life and become a homeopath.
With a dyslexic tendency, when I registered my clinic with HMRC I misspelled the word “hibou” and wrote “hebu”. Once I realised what I had done, it was too late to go back and I simply had to live with it. I established my practice under my own name, Sheila Woollam, and I didn’t enquire of its meaning until I decided to to change the name of my clinic. , It seemed like it was time to own Hebu and to put it to use. So I typed in “meaning of the word hebu” and sat back to laugh at what was returned. Here I was, trying to embody all that was owl… and there in front of me was the simplest answer I have ever been given: a true message from the dark.
The word “hebu” is Swahili and has the meaning, ‘Come now… be happy… be content’. I have taken this as my Mission Statement and it is my personal definition of health for all who visit my practice