Here are some frequently asked questions about treatment. Can't find what you need to know about treatment here? Give Olwen a call on (02) 6672 6255 or email her through the contact form below.
How long treatment continues depends on many factors, including the severity of your condition, how quickly you respond to treatment, how compliant you are with treatment, and your health goals. Sometimes people attend treatment to address a specific health goal, and decide to terminate treatment when it has been resolved. Others may decide to continue with treatment in order to maintain their improvement or address other issues.
I will periodically review your treatment goals with you and initiate discussion about your progress. Termination of treatment usually happens when we both agree that your treatment goals have been achieved, however you are free to terminate treatment at any time.
It is best for us to discuss treatment termination prior to ending contact. Please feel free to talk with me about any concerns or questions you have about your treatment.
If I think that you would be better served by other treatments I will talk with you about this.
My qualifications are:
A few people have mentioned to me that they have no idea what a naturopath does, so I'd like to fill you in about what we do, and more importantly, how you can benefit.
Our job is to find what is really causing your health problem, whether it be from poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, or an inherited condition that must be monitored. We ask you: What would you like to achieve with your health? Then we find the fastest, most efficient and cost effective way to get you there.
Accredited naturopaths study health science and traditional remedies for four years full time, then undergo supervised clinical work before accreditation. After our basic training we usually focus on one or more specialised fields, called modalities (my modalities are nutrition, herbs and homoeopathy). We are required to continually upgrade our skills and keep up to date with current research, in order to remain accredited with our professional association. A lot of our work is now evidence based, particularly in the field of nutrition.
So, why visit a naturopath for a consultation rather than buying a remedy off the shelf? You will probably get better results. Naturopaths are trained to carefully assess the real cause of your ill health. We can arrange pathology testing, or refer you to your doctor for further investigation. Many people do not know where to start, so they approach their health care in a haphazard way – the results are often haphazard too. You might save yourself a lot of money. How do you know if that off-the-shelf remedy that you spent your hard earned dollars on is the right one? And is it the right dose? You may find that you need fewer supplements than you are taking now; or that purchasing more effective remedies gives you a better result.
Your ill health may have an emotional component. Can you remember the last time just talking something over with a trusted advisor enabled you to find a solution to a problem? Naturopathic consultations are a little like that. It can be stress, lack of exercise and lack of time for self that's causing your ill health, not always a disease. Olwen is also a counsellor, with a Postgraduate Diploma of Counselling.
It takes time to fully listen to your story – that is why naturopathic consultations take at least an hour. Many people say that just the experience of being heard in a consultation is therapeutic.
I work with people who want to take responsibility for their well being. They want to remain energetic right through the day, slow the aging process, and they’re willing to change their diet and lifestyle to get it. These are the kind of people who see a naturopath regularly to maintain good health.
Now you know what naturopaths do, why not start thinking about where you would like your health to be in 5, 10, and 20 years time; and book your consultation to find out how to reach these goals.
I am accredited with the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) to practice in Naturopathy, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Homoeopathy and Counselling. You can locate my listing on the ATMS website As a member of the ATMS I am required to abide by standards of professional conduct. Details are on the ATMS website, here, or you can read a copy held in the clinic reception.