– FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS –
What are your qualifications, and are which professional body are you registered with?
Which therapies do you practice?
Although I am a herbalist – my broad training in naturopathic medicine means I’m also qualified in a number of other areas. For example, I have training in nutrition, and am qualified in the diagnostic techniques of Iridology and Chinese tongue diagnosis. For information about individual therapies, please visit the home page on my website.
What sort of clients do you see?
Anyone can benefit from paying a visit to a Naturopath. I see people from all walks of life! As no two people are the same, I always create totally bespoke treatment plans tailored around the individual needs of each person who comes to the clinic. I love to work with people who take an active interest in their health and want to learn more about how herbs and nutrition can improve their well-being.
What can I expect from my initial consultation?
This really depends upon which service you opt for.
If you come to see me for herbal medicine, your initial appointment will last between one, and one and a half hours. During this time I’ll take a detailed medical and holistic case history. You’ll be asked a variety of questions about your lifestyle and current state of emotional and physical well-being. This helps me to create a clear picture of your unique constitution. At some point I’ll also take a peek at your iris and tongue to help me glean more clues about your inherited strengths and weaknesses. You’ll then be prescribed western and / or ayurvedic herbs with specific information about how to take your medicine. I’ll also ask you to complete a food / sleep / mood diary which will help us to monitor your progress at any future follow up sessions.
I also offer Ayurvedic consultations. These are a little different in that I’ll focus more on discovering your “dosha” or unique constitution. You’ll be offered advice about lifestyle and nutrition, and there’s also the option to have an ayurvedic herbal prescription made up (at an additional cost) for you to take at home. Your initial Ayurvedic consultation will last approximately 30 minutes. I also run courses in Ayurveda both online, and at various locations across the country. You can find out more about my online Ayurveda course here or sign up for the newsletter for updates about classes.
Iridology consultations last approximately 30 minutes. Herbs are not generally prescribed (although there is an option to do so at an additional cost should you wish.) During your appointment, I’ll photograph your iris and explain the visible iris signs which are an indication of your inherited strengths and weaknesses. For more information about Iridology click here:
Private Banting sessions can take place either online or in person. Your initial appointment will last approximately one hour, but follow ups are significantly shorter. Banting sessions are entirely focused around working with you to design a specialised eating plan for the purposes of managing weight, or controlling blood sugar. The cost for these sessions is £40 per month, and we will meet weekly to keep you motivated and discuss your progress. For more information about private Banting sessions, click here:
If you have any questions at all about any of the above services (prices etc) please feel free to drop me a line. I’m happy to arrange a short telephone call with you free of charge so that you can be 100% satisfied that you are choosing the service which is most beneficial to you.
What happens at a follow-up consultation?
As your well-being improves, your herbal prescription and dietary requirements are also likely to alter. Remember, Naturopathy is not a one size fits all therapy, and so follow up appointments are vital if you want to move forward towards your health goals. Follow up consultations track your progress and help to keep you motivated. Most people initially need a lot of support in making changes to their diet and lifestyle, and so these appointments are designed to monitor your improvements and highlight any areas which still need some work. In short, follow up appointments are a crucial part of your wellness plan.
How do you decide which herbs are right for me?
Many people visit the clinic after having wasted lots of money on over the counter herbal preparations that haven’t worked. This is because herbs are not like drugs, and shouldn’t be taken on a “pill for every ill” basis. Find out more about how herbs work here:
Based upon the information you provide in your initial consultation, you’ll be given herbal liquid extracts, powders or capsules with specific instructions on how to take them. All herbs are sourced from an independent dispensary with over 30 years experience in both the growing, and distilling of herbal preparations to the highest quality. Not all of the herbs prescribed are organic, but where possible, I may be able to source these on request. Certain conditions might require you to take herbs in a powder or oxymel (syrup) form, but this can be discussed during the appointment. Your unique formula will take the form of a blend of up to 8 individual herbs, chosen specifically for your current situation and based on other considerations such as digestive function and the energetic taste of the plant. I rarely make the same formula twice, so you’re guaranteed to receive a customised herbal mix which not only saves you money, but will help you to reach your health goals much more quickly.
How quickly can I expect to see results?
This really is a difficult question to answer as it depends both upon your condition, how long you’ve had it, and how much work you’re willing to do to get well.. Although I can’t guarantee results, most people will begin to see positive changes within a week or so of starting their program. Of course, if you’ve had a condition for a very long time, it isn’t going to vanish overnight. But if you’re determined to take your health into your own hands, follow advice and make the necessary changes to heal, then you should expect to feel increased energy, have better sleep and notice an improvement of your symptoms in a reasonably short space of time.
I’m still not sure if I’m ready to commit to booking a health consultation, how can I find out more?
It’s important for me to have happy, healthy and satisfied customers! Please do spend some time reading around the website and blog, and if you’re still not sure, sign up for my newsletter to learn more how I’m currently helping others. I only ever send emails that contain information that’s enjoyable to read and useful to share. This includes recipes, herbal news, uplifting stories and information about practical resources. Alternatively, if you feel you’d like to arrange a no obligation 10 minute chat about your health concerns, please get in touch and we can make that happen.
WHERE WILL OUR CONSULTATION TAKE PLACE
All appointments take place in my home dispensary which is located opposite the beautiful beach at Porth in Newquay. Free parking is available, and full directions and a map will be sent to you at the time of booking. Medicines are mixed and dispensed at the time of your appointment so you can begin your herbal programme immediately.
I love the images on your website, did you take them?
The vast majority of the images on my website are taken by the lovely people at Unsplash. I would like to thank them for their generosity in allowing me to use their stunning photographs.