Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is a Naturopath - Herbalist?
Naturopathy integrates the wisdom of centuries of traditional medicine with a modern scientific frame of reference. It keeps a wholistic view rather than focusing just on disease conditions. It is based on the concept of the vital force, also called Chi or Prana, which is the natural universal healing energy in us all, that we tap into and support.
Q2. What happens in a consultation with Susan?
In the initial consultation Susan connects with you gathers as much information as she can about you and your health situation, and your mental and emotional health. She may do some in -house testing such as iridology, blood pressure, pulse, tongue and skin checks, and she may recommend some pathology or HTMA (hair trace mineral analysis) testing if needed.
Every client and situation is unique- there are no cookie cutter protocols for conditions, involving lots of supplements. Simple recommendations may be given, including herbal tonics, mineral support or gentle exercise.
A 2nd appointment will be booked and at each subsequent appointment there will be fine tuning and suggestions made suitable to you, your unique life circumstance, including financial circumstance.
Q3. Does the consultation cost include any herbs or other products?
No, but these are kept as reasonable as possible. Susan has a herbal dispensary and makes individualised remedies for her local clients, and also has access to an online dispensary for non-local clients. Susan may recommend foods or products you can easily obtain at farmer's markets, supermarkets, pharmacies or health food stores.
Q4. What is a wholistic approach?
The medical model is a disease-focused model. It diagnoses a disease, and prescribes a pharmaceutical medicine or medical procedure which will alleviate symptoms of that disease. A wholistic approach works firstly with people, not disease names. It connects with people in the context of their whole life, and their whole being on every level, and looks for the underlying causes of symptoms. Natural Medicine is based on the premise that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself, given the right support. Using the healing power of nature, and gentle natural medicines and therapeutic techniques including diet and lifestyle, the whole person is supported during the healing process.
Q5. What sort of conditions do people present to Susan with?
Remember, Susan works with people first, with your health and wellbeing recovery, not disease names. Her approach is not the normal reductionist, disease-focused approach. Whatever your condition, she will look at the bigger picture of your whole health and wellbeing. Susan works with many different people who have a wide range of conditions including the following: Body image and self worth issues Healthy Ageing support
- Poor digestion: bloating, reflux, IBS, diverticulitis
- Women’s health including pms, menopause, pregnancy
- Men's health including prostate issues, erectile disfunction
- Adrenal & chronic fatigue, insomnia
- Anxiety, low mood
- Headaches and migraine
- Natural Pain Management
- Cardiovascular health, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
- Type one and type two diabetes
- Chronic pain, fibromyaliga, neuralgia
- Bone and joint health: osteoarthritis, osteoporosis
- Thyroid issues- hypo, hyper, hashimotos etc
- Low libido, erectile disfunction, prostate issues
- Dry skin, psoriasis, eczema & dermatitis
- Asthma, allergies, hayfever, sinusitis
- Poor immune function, recurrent infections
- Chronic infectious diseases, mystery illnesses
- Lyme-like illnesses
- Autoimmune conditions (eg hashimotos, caeliac, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Baby, Children's and teenager's health issues
- Vaccination support
Feel free to contact Susan to ask if she can help you in your unique situation.
Q6. Does Susan see people for one off consultations?
Although she realises people need to meet her first, Susan prefers to take a long term approach with clients, rather than a short term one. She supports clients long beyond the initial health conditions they came with, to maintain their health, and help them to live a more healthy lifestlye, through the ups and downs and seasons of their life.
After the first few consultations, appointments are recommended seasonally, and at these appointments, recommendations are made to deal with any current health conditions as well as to support constitutional weaknesses, and vulnerabilities, and help to prevent future issues. Herbal tonics, seasonal diet changes and general lifestyle recommendations are often recommended.
Once you become Susan’s client, you have an ally for all your health needs, someone who understands you and your body and health issues deeply over the long term, who has a reciprical committment with you, and who cares about you.
Q7. Does Susan work with my doctor, and other health practitioners?
Yes, Susan is always willing to stay in touch with your doctor and specialists. She also may recommend other health practitioners such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, bodyworkers, counsellors, trauma specialists and others, and is happy to stay in touch with them for a wholistic team approach to your health and wellbeing.
Q8. How much is a consultation with Susan?
Initial consultations are 60-75 minutes, and the cost is $130 incl. GST
Follow up consultations are 30 minutes and cost $80 incl.GST.
Extended and short consultations can also be booked for long term clients.
Q19. Are there any testimonials from Susan's clients?
Yes, on her Google business page, some of Susan's clients have left glowing testimonials
Q10. What is the cancellation policy?
Please give 24 hours notice for any cancellation or rescheduling, so that other clients may take advantage of the time. A $25 cancellation fee may be charge if less than this is given.
Q11. Where is the clinic and is there easy parking?
The clinic is at a convenient location not far from Fremantle, at 24 Oldridge St, Hamilton Hill. All the wonderful benefits of beautiful Fremantle without the parking issues! There is ample parking across the road.
Q12. How do I make an appointment?
You can contact Susan, and she will return your email, text or phone message as soon as possible.
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