What happens in a consultation with a naturopath?
During your first consultation, I take a comprehensive health history that covers your presenting complaint, medical history, family history, medications, current dietary habits and any other relevant factors (such as sleeping habits, lifestyle factors, environmental exposures etc). Depending on the situation, I may order further blood tests or other investigations, to fully understand your health picture. In terms of treatment, I typically work with dietary advice, nutritional supplementation and/or herbal medicines, depending on the patient in front of me and their individual situation.
What can naturopathy help with?
One of the key principles naturopaths abide by is ‘treating the cause’ (tolle causam). This means that wherever possible, we work to identify and address the cause of disease or dysfunction in the body, with the aim of improving wellbeing. We also work alongside other health practitioners such as medical doctors, chiropractors, physios, acupuncturists and more to ensure our patients are receiving truly holistic healthcare.
In addition to thyroid disorders and women’s health, some of the other aspects of health I can support you with include:
Nutrition, weight management and dietary guidance
Reproductive health (PCOS, painful periods, endometriosis or amenorrhoea)
Digestive disturbance, IBS, Coeliac disease and other gastrointestinal disorders
Stress, low energy and fatigue
Sleep and insomnia
Anxiety and depression
Allergies and food intolerances
Poor immune function (frequent coughs and colds)
Recurrent UTIs or thrush
Headaches and migraines
Skin conditions, like hives, eczema and psoriasis
Cardiovascular health (high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc)
What should I bring to my first appointment?
We always ask our patients to bring along a list of all their current medications (names and doses!), so we can check possible drug interactions with whatever we might prescribe. If you can, we also ask our patients to bring along any recent blood tests or other investigations they might have had.
Do you offer Skype consultations?
Yes! Whilst it’s always ideal to be able to meet face-to-face, this isn’t always possible due to working arrangements, distance and other factors, so I’m happy to be able to offer Skype consultations in such circumstances. To find out more about arranging a Skype consult, get in
touch via my contact page.
I studied a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) at Endeavour College of Natural Health. The BHSc(Nat) is a four year degree covering human biology, pathology, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, nutritional biochemistry, herbal medicine, nutrition and dietetics.
I’m currently completing post-graduate education in genetics and nutrigenomics, as I’m always looking to expand my knowledge of health and disease, stay up-to-date with current research and ensure I am providing my patients with accurate, evidence-informed information. In addition to this, to maintain my registration as a naturopath, I have to undertake continuous education in the form of seminars, webinars, conferences, post-graduate research and more - fortunately, I’m passionate about staying up-to-date with research, so I love this aspect of my job!
What did you study to become a naturopath?
Not at all! In many cases, dietary changes can be helpful to improve our patient’s health and wellbeing, and that may or may not include recommendations around certain foods. When there is a clinically indicated reason to remove a certain food from a patient’s diet, I always educate my patients as to why this is the case and work with them to find suitable alternatives. Sometimes these changes are temporary, and sometimes patients need to come off certain foods for a longer time, but it’s important to remember every individual is unique, and so too is the diet that will work best for them.
Do all naturopaths take people off gluten/dairy/sugar?
Can I take herbal remedies if I’m on pharmaceutical medicines?
During your first appointment, I take a comprehensive case history that explores not only your presenting complaint and medical history, but also any medications you might be taking, whether you take them on a regular or intermittent basis. Many of the herbs and supplements we prescribe in clinic can be taken alongside pharmaceutical medicines, but before prescribing them, we always assess whether there is any possibility of an interaction first.