Seeing any type of health practitioner can be a little daunting at first, so I wanted to give you a little run down of what you can expect if you book in with me. Bear in mind every practitioner will practice slightly differently, and have their own processes in place, so this information may not apply to every naturopath out there!
An initial consultation with me is usually the longest consult and involves me taking an in-depth case history, this is so we can look at every aspect of your health and make sure we don't miss anything. I want to understand what has contributed to where your health is today, so we may discuss various areas from stress levels, to your current gut health to your menstrual cycle and your diet.
If needed, I may send you away for further high quality testing to identify issues such as nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, gut issues or possibly genetic variations. This ensures that we are on the right track and not purely guessing what's going on with you, allowing the treatment plan to be individualised to your specific needs. Having accurate information about your health is very important when forming a health care plan.
The treatment plan..
I'll then analyse the information you share to develop a treatment plan for you, and we'll work to implement achievable yet effective strategies that are specific to your current needs and goals. I may recommend dietary and lifestyle changes, therapeutic herbal medicines (teas, tinctures, supplements, creams) and/or nutritional supplements tailored to your current needs. I also focus on patient education, providing you with the information and knowledge you need to support your health outcomes in the time we aren't together.
As a naturopath, I access the highest quality supplements and prescribe at therapeutic doses guided by research. This ensures we get you to where you need to be, with quality and safety in mind. There is a massive difference between supplements you may find in your local supermarket and supplements you are prescribed from a practitioner. The specific forms of nutrients, combinations of ingredients and how they work together, doses of ingredients, interactions with medications, excipients (added substances found in supplements they are not the active ingredients), and finally the suitability to you will all be considered when prescribing supplements.
Please remember that naturopathic treatment may take time. For example when working with hormones, it can take around 3-4 months to notice changes and +6 months to restore the menstrual cycle. Be patient, changes won't happen overnight.
I'm super excited to work with some of you. If you have any questions regarding what I do, please send me a message, I would love to help!