The Nest is a team of qualified professionals offering services for perinatal health and wellbeing.

Katharine Milazzo, BSc (Hons), MSc, CPsychol
Chartered Counselling Psychologist

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and mother of 3 children. I have a special interest in pre- and post-natal mental health and well-being, My own experiences and hearing the experiences of others during their journey into parenthood have made me passionate about providing support for people during this time.

My background includes working in various roles in the mental health services in the NHS, and my professional training was based in the NHS in a variety of settings and with people with a range of needs, including children and families. I have also worked with pregnant women and new mums individually and in groups outside the NHS in different organisations in Perth and Edinburgh.

Professional Registration

British Psychological Society (BPS)
Health Professions Council (HPC)

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Abi Thomson, MA(Hons) , PgDip

I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist, working with both individual clients and with couples. I currently work part-time in Edinburgh at an organisation called Bright Light (Relationship Scotland) and have a private psychotherapy practise. I have an MA(Hons) in Theology from the University of Edinburgh, a Post graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Edinburgh (COCSA accredited), a PG Diploma in Psychotherapy for treating Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. (ATSAC accredited middlesex University) and am currently completing a Diploma in Relationship and Psychosexual Therapy (Relationship Scotland COSRT accredited).

If you are considering therapy but are unsure if it is right for you, I am happy to meet with you to discuss your therapy needs.

Jilly TambaNhabay, MA, B.A (Hons) Phil

I’m Jilly TambaNhabay, I’m 66 and have spent a lot of those years taking care of many children, both in the UK and in the U.S.A.

I started out as a Nanny when I was just 16 and since then have worked with, and had a whole lot of fun with, children of many different backgrounds and personalities.

Some of these children had special challenges to face in life or unhappy situations to deal with and I’ve learned a great deal from these  little ones. I hope to put this experience to good use as an enthusiastic child support at Nest.

I have a B.A (Hons) Phil and a Masters, working for some time in the American political arena but having semi-retired I run a small project in Sierra Leone for young children who are alone and uncared for, especially after the Ebola crisis of 2015.

These children too, with their bravery and sense of fun and innocence still intact  have given me huge inspiration and I’m very much looking forward to being one of the Nest team  and using my past experience to learn more, to help where I can and to have some more fun.

Shona Menzies BA, MAR

My background in Reflexology began in 2006 when I studied Classical Reflexology and qualified in January 2007. I then went onto study Bachelor of Arts Complementary Healthcare (Reflexology) at Edinburgh Napier and graduated in July 2009. After graduating I went onto study Maternity Reflexology with Susanne Enzer and qualified in December 2010.

During my training in Maternity Reflexology I could understand the benefits that it had for the mum to be and I knew that this was the Reflexology path I wanted to follow.

The most important part of giving the mum to be Reflexology for me is that it allows her to have some time out for herself. This helps keep the mum to be calm which in turn helps support her mentally, physically and emotionally throughout her pregnancy.

Full member of Association Of Reflexologists (AOR).

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Jessica Benien, MSc.

I began my journey into nursing in 2013 when I began volunteering for a local charity which provided respite for children with additional and complex needs. I had the realisation of how rewarding a career in caring for children could be. In late 2014 I began training to become a paediatric nurse, studying in Edinburgh. My training allowed me to experience various specialists services within the field of children’s nursing.

I found my passion lied in working closely with parents and families and their infants. I am passionate about providing support to parents empowering them to best care for their child. In late 2017 I decided to consolidate my experience and development as a nurse and began the journey of undertaking my masters degree in Nursing and Health. My special topic area of interest was providing support and family integrated care to parents of preterm infants while their children were receiving care in neonatal units.

Since achieving my MSc, I have worked on creating evidence based sensory development classes for infants. My main goal for these classes are to encourage development of main aspects of a child’s emotional, physical, and sensory development while constantly encouraging the bond between the family and their baby.

My main ethos in working with parents is to promote confidence and autonomy in their ability to raise their child, while empowering them to utilise personal judgment alongside the best available evidence in making decisions regarding bringing up their baby.

Lesley Quinn, CIBTAC. Upledger CSTI CSTII SERI
Energy healer & Body therapist.

I am a complementary therapist and mother of 1 child. I have a special interest in natural health and healing. My background started in beauty and body therapy which led me into training in Reiki over 20 years ago. Since then I have undertaken training with the Upledger institute and I have also qualified as a bioenergy healing practitioner.

Treating pregnant women with Craniosacral therapy and bioenergy healing is amazing, babies in utero seem to love it!
I incorporate Craniosacral therapy and biohealing techniques in treatmentsto make your treatment individual to yourself and your baby.

Bioenergy healing and craniosacral therapy are gentle non invasive clothes on therapies which work on the whole person, addressing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.

Call me directly on  07917696960 for more information or to make appointments

Pieter van Aswegen
Reiki Master

My Reiki journey began in 2008 and I became a Reiki Master in 2010.I work with children and adults.

Born in South Africa, I have always been surrounded by African traditional healers and am aware that Western medicine is not the only option. Less invasive, non-drug therapies do exist and do have real benefits – even if unexplained by conventional medical professionals.

Reiki involves working with energy to bring physical and emotional healing. Reiki does not involve physical contact, but heals on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

During pregnancy Reiki is completely safe for mum and baby. Reiki can be a wonderful preparation pre birth – for relaxation, for balancing within the body and creating a strong emotional balance to aid in the delivery ahead. Post birth Reiki can assist in helping the body heal physically, while also offering balancing and calm.

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