The Plane Tree was opened in December 2011 by John Mallinder BSc(Hons)OstMed, Osteopath, and Martina Leeven BA(Hons), MA, Counselling Psychologist, whose vision it was to develop a clinic that recognises and promotes the integrated health of our mind and body.
John qualified as an Osteopath in 1998 and has worked on the Roman Road in East London since 2001. Early in his practice he came to understand that the physical health of his patients is tied to their emotional wellbeing, and has sought to acknowledge and communicate this in his work.
Martina has been working as a therapist since 2005 and became chartered as a psychologist in 2008. She gained her clinical experience in working with issues of the body, in particular health, disability, and trauma in a number of settings. She has sought to address the embodied experience of emotional distress with particular interest in therapies such as EMDR and mindfulness approaches.
Why The Plane Tree?
Like much of London, Bethnal Green is home to many Plane trees (officially called the London Plane), originally planted here because of their natural ability to process pollution, helping to purify the air. Their tolerance of urban conditions makes them popular in many cities across Europe. Our clinic aims to support you to achieve and maintain good health for mind and body, which can be especially difficult in urban environments.