About Faye

I began my career in nursing 28 years ago, I am also a fully qualified Aromatherapist, Reflexologist and Masseuse.

I first became involved in Traditional Chinese Medicine 14 years ago after having major surgery which left me in terrible pain and unable to walk or function. All Western Medicine options had been exhausted therefore, I decided to see an acupuncturist for the first time and after 10 sessions my symptoms had dramatically decreased and after 3 months I was no longer taking opioids for pain relief and was back to my old self.

My journey had begun, I needed to know how and why this worked and I wanted to be able to help others. After much studying of the current research of this medicine and meticulous book reading I began my training at the International College of Oriental Medicine in East Grinstead and continued training at the City College of Acupuncture in London, which is a British Acupuncture Council Accredited school where I completed a 3-year degree level licentiate in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am also a qualified auricular (ear) acupuncturist and I specialise in alcohol and drug addiction treatments, weight loss and pain management. Please see my page on Auriculotherapy for more information on this.

I am fully qualified, insured and I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council.

My hobbies include keeping fit and healthy, I enjoy going to the gym and walking my beloved German Shepherd dog. I am also involved with UK German Shepherd rescue in my spare time where I do home checks and inspections for our rescue dog re-homing scheme.  

My passion is to bring Ancient Medicine to a Modern World.

What to expect on your first visit – 

My treatment room is a custom built log cabin style dwelling at the rear of my garden very close to the sea. The main noise heard here are the birds and the waves. I am passionate about providing the highest level of complimentary healthcare to all of my patients in a peaceful safe haven ensuring that I provide treatment with respect and dignity at all times and that I create a space where patients want to return too.

An initial consultation takes between 60-90 minutes and during this time you will be asked about the reasons that you are seeking treatment. I will walk you through the consultation process asking general health and lifestyle questions. This time is also a nice time for getting acquainted with each other so that you feel at comfort and at ease before receiving your first treatment. I will carry out some diagnostic techniques in order to make an individual tailored diagnosis from a Chinese Medical perspective. This will include taking your pulses on both wrists, looking at your tongue and for musculoskeletal/pain issues palpation will be gently carried out to the painful areas. Occasionally your temperature and blood pressure may be checked. If you are taking medication or have had any recent tests done it may be beneficial to you to bring this information to your first appointment. It may be necessary to take a photocopy of these to attach to your clinical notes and all information on you is held in the strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act guidelines. I am also qualified to give dietary and exercise advice.

It is advised to wear loose clothing for appointments and please make sure that you have eaten and are well hydrated prior to your treatment. A complementary bottle of water is given at each appointment.

Please see the frequently asked questions section for further information or contact me for an informal chat.

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Some kind words from my clients

  •  I first received Gua Sha during an acupuncture treatment for my painful neck and shoulders. Faye explained the process in full prior to the treatment and explained that Gua Sha can leave some marking on the skin for a few days afterwards. What a difference it made to my pain levels after treatment, my neck and shoulders were not as stiff and painful and it completely got rid of the headaches I was experiencing. The whole experience was relaxing and not painful. Gua Sha is the best form of massage I have ever had - Amanda K - London

  • Well what can I say about Faye Hopcraft Acupuncture, I went to see Faye with a terribly painful knee that had been going on for ages. My Doctor had told me that nothing could be done and that it was just a sign of getting old!, Faye sorted it after just 2 treatments. I now have a painful shoulder that Faye is now treating me for with very good results. The treatment is pain free and Faye always makes you feel very relaxed and comfortable. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
    Adam Brown – Selsey

  • Having, over the years, experienced more than one acupuncturist, I am so glad to have found Faye. I initially went for a long-term back problem, hip pain and  insomnia which has now all been relieved. I now visit her fortnightly as part of my general healthcare routine as she relaxes me with her friendly and confident nature and, as an 82 year old, I find her treatments enable me to stay active and positive about my health and general wellbeing. I actually fall asleep during every treatment and I never want to get off of her warmed treatment couch at the end of each session!.
    Margaret M – West Wittering

  • I saw Faye for a series of acupuncture sessions earlier this year and from start to finish she was absolutely brilliant. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable but she is deeply passionate about what she does. I felt very safe with her treating me (as someone who has a slight aversion to needles!), but at all times she was a total professional and extremely kind. She explained why she was doing things and included me in my treatment plan. She was very patient and calming, and as a result meant I got the best out of my sessions with her. As an experienced holistic therapist she also brought in all her knowledge from other areas too, which made my treatment feel whole. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend her, and if you have any doubts about getting acupuncture, don't! You definitely wont regret seeing Faye
    Philippa Ryland - London

  • I contacted Faye after my newly acquired cat from Cyprus gave me a bite to my hand. It was at the weekend and my GP surgery was closed and I did not want to go to A&E. My hand was hot, red and swollen and very painful. Faye fitted me in last minute on a Saturday evening and I was amazed how the treatment gave me instant relief. I now have regular acupuncture and cupping therapy for other health issues that I have. Faye’s treatment room is such a lovely, relaxing place to be with dimmed lighting, music and a warming treatment couch which is so comfortable. I really look forward to my treatments and often doze off once the needles are in. I just love her calming nature.
    Janice J – Tangmere, Chichester