WHAT DOES TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Initially, it will involve completing a short questionnaire about your health (which I will send to you to complete and bring with you to your first consultation). I ask you to provide me with health information in the form of a timeline. Dates are given for the onset of symptoms as well as significant life events. Past patients have fed back to me that they find this process useful and many have started to make links (that they may not have made before) between life events and the onset of symptoms.
Your first consultation lasts approximately one and a half hours during which I would find out through sensitive and detailed questioning all about you and your current symptoms, your medical history, stress load, how you feel about things that may have been traumatic, sleep patterns, energy levels, digestive health, family health. You may be asked questions about physical or mental symptoms or complaints you feel are unrelated to your visit. However, this could be vital information in choosing the most suitable remedy for you. A homeopathic consultation is about gaining an insight into your life and experiences. You are seen as a partner in the healing process rather than as a passive party.
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For children the consultation is shorter, usually about an hour for the first consultation, recognising shorter attention spans! I make use of toys and art materials to make the process as enjoyable as possible.
I will then spend time after the consultation assessing the information that you have given and will prescribe a remedy. This will be sent to you with instructions as to how to take the remedy and what you might expect to experience. I contract to send out the remedy no later than two days after your consultation. You will be encouraged to keep a record of changes, however subtle as it can be difficult to remember everything (in our busy lives) between consultations.
Your reaction to that remedy will be assessed at subsequent consultations, which are normally one month apart. Follow-ups may be used to gather further information and insights. I also use deep relaxation techniques and integrate them with follow-up appointments for patients where an agreement has been reached that they may benefit from this approach. Examples of patients who may benefit from this are those suffering from anxiety, grief, etc. This is agreed with the patient at the first consultation.
Homeopathy is subject to a strict code of ethics. You can be assured that the information you give will be treated in the strictest confidence.
How many consultations might I need?
A difficult question to answer as each case is different. I usually recommend at least 3 sessions to enable us to establish changes in health. When you call to discuss potential treatment, I will give you an estimate of the number of sessions that may be required. Please note that this is based on my experience of treatiing individuals with similar health problems. This will be constantly reviewed as treatment progresses. Please think of improving your health as a process, not an event.
I have heard that I may get worse before I get better. Is it true?
Patients initial reactions differ in many ways. It sometimes happens that symptoms become worse immediately after taking the remedy but when this happens the patient usually feels better in themselves and their symptoms quickly improve. However, many patients improve without an aggravation of their symptoms. Please observe what happens with an open mind.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION'S definition of Health
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL TIMES DURING HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT I WILL ENCOURAGE YOU TO KEEP UP ONGOING TREATMENT WITH A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED CHOICE ABOUT YOUR HEALTHCARE. IT MAY BE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE A MEDICAL TEST OR HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS OTHER OPTIONS.