For me, homeopathy is an art, a science and a passion! I am committed to providing the best possible service I can to all of my patients. I am a homeopath, lecturer and tutor and get my inspiration from colleagues and regular professional development courses with wonderful homeopaths like Professor George Vithoulkas and Ton Jansen.
Appointments are sufficiently long (1-2 hours for a first consultation, 1/2 to 1 hour for follow ups) to allow me to get to know the patient properly. I offer contact between consultations where needed to allow for the best treatment possible. I have learned to charge for this time as I can sometimes spend hours on the phone talking to patients between appointments, for example during early winter peak illness such as cold/flu season or hayfever acutes. However, I always ensure I provide up to 15 minutes of consultation and analysis time between appointments so that I am accessible for question and to keep an eye on any important developments.
I take time to find the best remedy, and will often work on a prescription after the appointment if needed as it saves time in the long run - finding the right remedy from over 3000 to choose from is not always a quick process! I set aside one day each week to allow for this extra work, which is why I am generally not available to patients via phone or email on Fridays.
I am committed to Continual Professional Development. Even after over a decade of experience I have a supervisor, colleagues I meet with regularly to discuss issues and 'cases' in confidence (always with the patient's permission first). I undertake constant training to develop my homeopathic skills such as my curent 2 year e-learning course with one of the best homeopaths in Europe, Professor George Vithoulkas, and have recently studied with Dr Farokh Master (from India) and Dr Liz Thompson (UK - NHS) recently. One of my first homeopathy teachers, the wonderful Sheilagh Creasy, was in her eighties when she first taught me. There is always more to learn, more depth to appreciate - I have lots to look forward to!
I practise 'classical' homeopathy in the main as both research and experience have taught me that for the deepest, long lasting results there are no short cuts. A good friend once said that for chronic illness homeopathy is like slow cooking, not fast food! That said, I choose other approaches where it is helpful, such as CEASE therapy. Of course, in acute illness the action of the remedy is much, much quicker.
I am proud to be a lecturer at Salisbury Homeopathy College, a wonderful, warm college with great vocational training aimed to really help the homeopath-to-be fledge as a knowledgeable, safe and grounded practitioner after a 4 year part-time course. The Principal, Annie Batchelor, has been my family homeopath in the past (when I lived in Salisbury) and is an inspirational homeopath, lecturer and supervisor.
What inspired me to become a homeopath? I came across homeopathy after recurrent, annual bouts of tonsillitis and chest infections which led to me being off work and feeling generally miserable for about a week at a time. One medical doctor commented that my throat was 'the worst I've seen for years!'. In desperation I thought I'd try something different and approached a homeopath.
The homeopath gave me three tiny white pills to take over 24 hours. Being used to long courses of antibiotics I didn't really hold much hope, but took them anyway. Within a day my throat, which had been covered in white, grey and black ulcers, was completely clear! I could hardly believe it! I returned to work, symptom free, the next day. To this day I am not convinced my boss ever believed that I was really off work with tonsillitis as there was absolutely no sign of me having it the day before. I decided the time had come to leave my job, which was in the army, and train to be a homeopath.
My training It was important to me to get the best training I could, after great advice from a homeopathic GP. For this reason I sought a full time course. I graduated from the University of Westminster with a first class BSc honours degree in Integrated Health and Homeopathy in 2005. Living in Wiltshire, I attended a postgraduate Paediatric Homeopathy course in 2006-2007 as I wanted to further develop my ability to treat babies and children. I completed the Orion Advanced Homeopathy Course which ended in May 2013, as well as various detox approaches. My current challenge is the 2 year International Academy of Classical Homeopathy e-learning course, which is taught by the inspirational Professor George Vithoulkas. Also in 2015 I have attended the International Course at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy to further develop my knowledge and understanding.
As continual professional development is the cornerstone of my practice, I attend seminars regularly on homeopathy with homeopaths such as Farokh Master, Christina Head, Divya Chhabra and Dr Liz Thompson to name but a few. I also have a supervisor with whom I refine my work on a regular basis and am a member of both the national Society of Homeopaths and its local Winchester and Oxfordshire groups. I am also privileged to lecture at Salisbury Homeopathy College, as well as running my own talks and courses. With a background in adult antenatal education after a thorough training by the NCT it is wonderful to be using my teaching skills to both undergraduates and professional homeopaths on a regular basis. I have also undertaken supervision training with the School of Homeopathy, near Stroud.
My practice I currently practise in Shrivenham, Highworth and via Skype. I have treated patients from conception to those in their late 90s, from the UK and oversease, and always been humbled and awed by the impact homeopathy can have on people's health and lives. In addition to my homeopathic work I am a trained NCT Antenatal Teacher which has enhanced my understanding of conception and development of the baby in the womb, as well as my teaching ability and experience. I have better been able to understand and meet the needs of the baby and parents at this exciting time, both homeopathically and otherwise.
My life I am a mum of two boys, and currently live in Shrivenham. I enjoy cooking (mostly organic and sometimes raw), gardening, keeping a few chickens and keeping fit (well, trying to!).