they are experiencing emotional stress and might be feeling grief, anxiety or depression. Some even come because their mental function is not what it was - such as memory problems, or difficulty concentrating. Each person has a history of how they came to be where they are at healthwise today. To focus on this we discuss the obvious - what they want help with, but in more detail than most have experienced before - and the less obvious, such as their preferred sleeping position, food they hate and favourite weather! Of course, all of this talking is confidential, and this allows people to talk freely about things they might not be comfortable talking about elsewhere.
Children can be very knowledgeable about what affects them, and sometimes they explain things more clearly than adults. Other times I listen to their parents or carers and use my skills as an 'unprejudiced observer' - which all homeopaths must be - to understand a baby or young child better. Even screams or a tantrum are vital clues to the homeopath and all part of what I need to know to be able to select an appropriate remedy.
My favourite bit is listening to what makes each person unique, and I love it when people hear themselves say something out loud and make connections they've never made before!
Things I love about being a homeopath #2 to follow soon.
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Joanna Shipley RSHom, Registered Homeopath. Loving homeopathy and natural health and passionate about sharing through practice and teaching. Lecturer and tutor at Salisbury Homeopathy College. Informal talks, courses, workshops and provide one to one consultations for all ages.