Your initial appointment will go for up to 90 minutes. This will give me enough time to gather detailed information about you and your presenting complaint. We’ll look at your habits (don’t worry, I’ve seen it all!), and routines around sleeping, exercising, relaxing, family/friends, social life, alcohol and coffee, stress and emotional health. We’ll also take time to discuss your current level of happiness/satisfaction.
Our initial consultation may include naturopathic testing and physical examinations (such as monitoring blood pressure), and I may refer you to a GP for blood work. General blood test results will give me baseline information on your nutritional status, liver/kidney functioning, blood cells (immunity), and cholesterol. The initial appointment will give me enough of an overview of your health and goals to design a comprehensive treatment plan.
Generally around 60 minutes. This will include presentation of your personalised treatment plans and educating you on health-based strategies to suit your current lifestyle. Your treatment strategy may include herbal remedies and nutritional supplements. I will also give you recommendations around diet and wellbeing. I will be able to give you an idea of how long treatment might take, based on your condition, age, and how long your system has been out of balance.
Generally this will only take around 30 minutes and will entail further implementing your treatment strategy plus managing other concerns if and/or when they arise.
For regular clients who just need a repeat script or who have an acute infection, I’ve introduced 15min appointments. I just need to ascertain your particular symptoms so I can make up the most effective mix for you (personalised herbal mixes to suit particular conditions).
I favour an integrative approach that approach allows for referral to other practitioners such as GP, osteopath, counsellor, kinesiologist, personal trainer – I seek out the best of the best practitioners so my clients are in good hands
What kind of tests might be included?
In addition to tongue, nail, hair, and skin analysis, Naturopathic analysis may include:
Each person’s irises are unique. Iris analysis is a profound tool where the practitioner can ‘read’ both irises, using either a magnifying glass and bright light or an iris camera. This remarkably accurate test provides insight you’re your individual constitution, and the consequences of your life choices and external influences (disease exposure, stress, diet & lifestyle).
Practitioners use this information to support holistic treatment strategies.
Physical examinations & medical tests
As a naturopath I am able to do various physical examinations including monitoring your blood pressure. I prefer to work in conjunction with your GP and rely on them to provide referrals for medical testing.
These tests provide baseline data on such things as nutritional status, liver, kidney and thyroid function, cholesterol and blood glucose levels, hormone profile, plus red and white blood cell analysis. These tests providing valuable information for holistic treatment strategies and long term monitoring of your overall health status
I came to Belinda early in 2012 with chronic IBS, having seen several other medical practitioners. I was unwell on a daily basis and very unhappy as a result. The first thing that struck me about Belinda was her enthusiasm for getting me well. Her mood was infectious and I started feeling better as a consequence. We talked through my symptoms thoroughly and she prescribed me a herbal remedy that had an immediate beneficial effect. She also recommended some changes to my diet.
I saw Belinda for most of 2012. By the time we parted ways I was well again. I had made some significant changes to my diet and lifestyle, all recommended by her, and I was feeling confident about being able to manage my own health. If I have health problems in the future, she is the person I will go to first.
I was working full time, studying and had two young children under the age of two. I was stressed, sick and had no energy at all! It was because of my dwindling energy levels and constantly feeling under the weather, that I sought help from Belinda.
My situation is a little out of the ordinary having had my stomach removed because of gastric cancer, but Belinda was able to give me the information I needed and some great recipe ideas as well.
But, it wasn’t just fixing up my nutrition that made all the difference, the ideas on how to deal with my stresses and the support and understanding that Belinda gave me during this time was just as important for me, to get me through.
Belinda helped me go from a stressed out mess with absolutely no energy to a totally new person, feeling great with energy to burn.
Belinda is a wonderful holistic practitioner, with utmost professionalism. Belinda is thorough and leaves no stone unturned when it comes to your health.
It is inspiring to work with Belinda as beyond the knowledge and wisdom she shares, she is personable, warm, abundantly caring and focused on her approach to your health and well-being.
Even after a few sessions with Belinda my digestion improved and I now have increased energy, motivation, clarity of thoughts and a greater awareness of how my lifestyle and food choices impact on my health. My family is also benefiting from the changes.”
I have been a chronic sufferer of sinus and respiratory illness, since I was a child. At the beginning of 2014 I had, had enough. I was unwell and miserable. I would ordinarily be heading to the GP every 5-6 weeks. I haven’t been in 9 months! Stepping into Belinda’s clinic has changed my life. Through her naturopathy, I have been able to be free from sinus, respiratory troubles and general illness. My general health and wellbeing has sky rocketed. Through yoga, I have learnt balance and inner peace. I apply everything I have learnt from Belinda through naturopathy and yoga in my daily life and I am still learning. I have a busy, sometimes crazy life, as a mother of three boys, but I am happier and stronger than I have been. I am calmer and more accepting of the world around me. I cannot thank Belinda enough for helping me feel like I have my life back.
Belinda’s class is a lovely mix of the physical and deeply relaxing aspects of yoga. Belinda is such a lovely uplifting person and the class always feels like a sanctuary. Any stressful energy flees my body within five minutes of arriving and I leave with a smile on my face. Another reason for why I love the class is because I always seem to learn something new about yoga every week. Suddenly a pose that was difficult for years becomes magically easier.”