You are feeling over it…sick of feeling sick, tired, bloated and depressed… and now you are really ready to commit to make some changes for your health and you’ve heard that a naturopath might be the way to go. But you are nervous…am I going to have to give up chocolate, live on kale and meditate every morning at 5am? Well, no…not really.
Naturopaths have a patient-centered approach to taking your case rather than a symptom-centered approach you might find else where. This means we are here to listen to your whole health story not just the pain or discomfort you are feeling right now. We believe in having a safe space to talk about how this is impacting your daily life and future goals. By knowing this we can work together to craft a holistic plan that works with your lifestyle but… be prepared to make some adjustments as your lifestyle may not be serving you!
A fundamental belief of naturopathy is that ill health begins with a loss of vitality, we view health as not just as the absence of disease but being able to live vitally in all areas of ones life. This may incorporated not just the physical health such as digestion or reproduction but including emotional and mental health but also spiritual and environmental factors.
When you book an Initial Naturopathic Consult with me it will be up to 75 minutes so we can really dive into the whole picture. Upon making your booking you’ll receive a confirmation email with 3 x forms attached: a consent form, a brief patient information form and a Food, Lifestyle and Symptom Diary to fill in. These are required before our consult.
If you have booked an online consult (which is pre-paid at the time of booking) we will chat via Zoom which means no getting stuck in traffic or parking hassles (how cool is that!).
First we explore what brought you to see me…of course it is always what you feel comfortable telling me but also knowing that all relevant information will be helpful to finding a resolution. We will discuss your symptoms, how long you have been experiencing them, what makes them worse or better and what other (if any) treatments have you tried, and importantly did anything happen at the time that it started.
We will discuss your health history, your families health history your current social, mental and emotional situation. If you are currently taking any medications, vitamins or herbs.
Then we get to the fun part…talking food! (a friendly reminder…there is no judgement here about what you have been eating)
Then we will go through a range of questions for each body system eg: digestive, reproductive, nervous to see if there are any other clues.
This is what I’m looking for…clues…little breadcrumbs that may lead me to the root cause of your symptoms because we don’t want to just treat the symptoms we want to get to the root cause and get you back to vitality!
I truly believe as Kofi Anan said “knowledge is power and information is liberating”…so if you want to be liberated from ill health you need to find out what is causing it and why. Don’t be scared of finding out where things are going wrong because it is how we get to heal…acknowledging our perceptions of ourselves and our health stories can also liberate us from unhelpful habits that have kept us stuck.
I can help you understand how different systems in the body relate to and impact each other.
We may also need to do further testing which will give us more insight.
Testing I can order include:
- Full Thyroid Panel
- Organic Acids Test (OAT)
- Dry Urine Testing for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH)
- Hair Testing for food and environmental intolerance
- Cortisol Awakening Response Test (CAR)
- Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CSA)
I prefer to work together to set goals as I feel you need to be fully on board so you can commit to making changes. It’s a time to clarify the priority areas to work on first and a time to answer any questions. I prefer to work in stages so as not to overload you with things to do or changes to make as we want to make them sustainable.
Treatment / Wellness Plan
Within a few days of your Initial Consult you will receive your comprehensive Wellness Plan via email and we have a complimentary 15 minute phone consult to go through it together, agree on supplements and/or herbs and/or Bach flowers to order and be delivered to you directly.
Your personalized plan will include your wellness goals, lifestyle advice, dietary advice plus supplement and medicinal herb or Bach flower recommendations and any testing recommendations, plus pricing.
Within your plan you will also receive up to 3 delicious recipes that align with your needs and will inspire you to make changes…on-going meal plans that are tailored to your dietary needs are available to purchase also.
We discuss any testing or referrals that maybe relevant at this time to gain further insight or support to your root cause, and how to go about it.
I often get asked how long will my treatment plan be for? However this is a difficult question to answer as it can depend on so many factors; how compliant your are with your treatment plan; taking your supplements/herbs, changing any diet, doing your mindset work, how you respond to the plan.
It can an exciting time when you receive your plan, the trick is to maintain the flow of changes at a slow steady pace, listen to your body and don’t be afraid of asking questions. Many people experience improvements quite quickly in some areas and a bit slower in other areas. It’s also helpful to not compare your health journey to someone else and be kind to yourself along the way when things don’t go quite to plan…just remember you are your own expert but it helps to give yourself the time and space to tune into your own wisdom. I’m here to support you do just that.
Follow Up / Independence
Ideally I like to have a follow up appointment with you around 3 weeks after your initial consult. This is a very important appointment as it enables both of us to check in with how you are doing. Sometimes I see people who are fixated on one symptom that hasn’t shifted much at the first follow up yet three or four others have completely dissipated and they haven’t realized. It’s such a joy for both of us to see the progress that they are making!
It’s a good time to discuss what isn’t working (due to lifestyle or circumstances that have got in the way) and how to adjust it so it can work. A time to check in on dosages and diet and make adjustments as needed if at all.
I encourage questions at this time but also in between appointments via email.
This is your plan and I’m here to support and guide you but you are here to “do the work” and make the changes and what an amazing journey you have begun!
If you are ready to move forward with your health, make some sustainable changes I’m here to guide you and I’d love to work together with you
Still need to sound me out? Let’s chat…book a FREE 20 minute Discovery Call today!
Here is what a few of my clients have had to say:
“I have found Jane to be an inspirational Naturopath. When I first visited she listened to what I had been through - and on the second visit we talked about options. She does not judge you, but offers encouragement.
Nothing is too much trouble, and she has no problems with me contacting her through email. Jane has a lovely caring nature and makes you feel at ease.”
“I’ve been having regular massages with Jane for about 5 years and she is the best massage therapist I’ve ever come across. I’ve seen a few! She knows exactly which tight spots need work but despite the ‘work’ I always come away from a massage feeling soooooo relaxed. The essential oils she uses are wonderful too.
More recently I’ve been seeing Jane for some naturopathic guidance and it’s been so beneficial. Jane is very knowledgeable and thorough and put together a comprehensive plan with ideas and options to help maximise my health. She’s also super kind, empathetic and non judgemental.
If you’re looking for a Massage Therapist and/or Naturopath I’d really recommend you get in touch with her.”
Jane's knowledge and support in maintaining a healthy physical, mental and emotional busy me had been hugely transformative and helpful beyond my own well being , to my clients and family. Thank you for all you provide.
Always a pleasure to speak with you Jane. Your knowledge in natural health is extensive and far-reaching, and you have a lovely way of relaying it.
- MICHELLE VK