The first session will initially involve a discussion about the condition you would like to be treated and how it effects you. A detailed case history is taken to gain an in-depth understanding of the character and nature of the complaint and your general state of health.
The first meeting
The consultation is an essential and integral part of the homeopathic healing process. It provides a confidential environment where you can build up a trusting therapeutic relationship with your homeopath. You will be invited in this quiet space to explore in depth all the problems in your life, spiritual, emotional and physical and how they affect you.
I will guide you towards recalling significant events, which may have affected your health or influenced your life, junctions in your life where you have made choices or perhaps changed direction. Together, we will be looking at the journey of your life from your birth to the present moment paying particular importance to any repeated patterns in terms of behaviour and response. This process will help you to see more clearly your current situation and how your responses to life’s events have brought you to where you are now.
During the first part of the consultation your homeopath will listen to you.
This opportunity to talk freely allows you to make connections between your current symptoms and events in the past, which you may not have been aware of. These links can be a valuable insight during the healing process and useful for the selection of the right remedy for you.
You may then be asked some questions in order to clarify or elaborate on what you have said. For example many people suffer headaches but each person will experience it differently. Is yours better lying down, walking around, worse in the morning or starting in the evening? Where do you feel it and what is the nature of the pain? Does warmth help or do you prefer cold? You may have talked about “stress” but what does this really mean for you, what sets it off and what feelings do you experience? Maybe you feel better for a run in the open air or just sitting quietly, are you better with people around you or do you avoid them? These are termed modalities and are very important in the choice of a remedy individual to you.
Your life story together with your symptoms and modalities paint a unique picture of who you are and how you respond to people around you and your environment. In homeopathic terms this whole image is the measure of your health not just the symptoms that you currently experience.
In the treatment of babies and children the input of the parents or close family members is important. Details of the pregnancy, birth and formative years provide valuable indications as to how the present state of health developed.
At the end of the consultation
Which usually takes anything from one to two hours I will feedback my understanding of your situation and will discuss the next step. The short and long term possibilities for your health will be considered so that you have a realistic expectation of what can be achieved.
The consultation is just the start of the process and further feelings or thoughts may continue to arise. It is useful to record these and share them with your homeopath. Additionally, you may be asked to make certain changes to your lifestyle, for example diet or daily routine.
In the meantime, I will be studying the information you have given to discover the links between your life and your symptoms. This Involves a detailed analysis of your story to identify the key aspects, which relate to each other and to the totality. It may seem as if the various aspects of your life and symptoms are separate and disconnected but what she is trying to do is discover the thread, which links them together to form a coherent whole. These linked symptoms form a picture of your disturbed health, which is then matched to a homeopathic medicine with the ability to create a similar picture when proved on healthy people. This is the Law of Similars, the cornerstone of homeopathy.
After taking the remedy - In the weeks and month after taking the remedy
Changes may occur not just in your symptoms, but also in your life. It will be helpful in the healing process to give detailed feedback of these. These are important as they precede the physical state and without them, physical changes are likely to be temporary and relatively superficial. The remedy will often instigate the re-experience of old and possibly painful emotions which can lead to major life changes and the release of physical symptoms to which they have been tied, often for many years.
There may be an initial, temporary increase in existing complaints. This is known as the homeopathic aggravation and is an encouraging indication that the healing process is underway. Old symptoms, which you may re-experience, are similarly encouraging, particularly if you can relate them to the circumstances or emotions to which they were originally connected.
These are often not recognised as part of the healing process and may include changes in your work, life style, family circumstances, personal relationships, etc. After taking the remedy, it is useful to closely observe your life and its direction as an indicator of the healing process and discuss these in detail at the follow up consultation.
Follow up sessions in the initial stages are usually between one and four weeks apart, though this may be longer in some cases. These sessions are to assess how you have responded to the remedy and for me to make any necessary adjustments to the prescription. If you have any concerns about your treatment during appointments I can be contacted during my phone in time in the morning, between 9.30 am and 10.00 am. The number of times that I will need to see you depends very much on individual circumstances and the length of time that you have had the condition. If your energy is very low or you have been unwell for a considerable time, treatment may take longer. However many people often feel improvements after two or three sessions.
ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTH PROVIDER PRIOR TO STARTING ANY NEW TREATMENT OR WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE REGARDING A MEDICAL CONDITION.
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