What makes a good homeopath
Homeopathy is both a complementary and alternative medicine with a rising profile as more and more people become disillusioned with the approach of modern medicine which is symptom based as opposed to looking at the real causes of the dis-ease.
The current situation is that at least 30% of the population regularly use homeopathy and this is continuing to grow as the demand for safer alternatives to the drug and surgery based approaches offered by the NHS.
One must remember that allopathy categorises symptoms and gives these symptoms names. Homeopaths see symptoms as the body’s communications that something is not right the ‘dis-ease’. Therefore homeopaths look for the cause of the symptoms and any obstacles to cure i.e. what stops the body from completing its own healing process.
Homeopaths can treat people with a wide range of medical conditions. They take a ‘holistic’ approach – looking at the individual’s life as a whole, rather than just their physical symptoms. Clients come for help with a wide variety of complaints – from relatively minor conditions, e.g. headache, toothache or insomnia, to potentially more serious illnesses, e.g. asthma or arthritis.
The job entails:
meeting patients and asking questions about their condition and their wider lives, taking an accurate time line to place the symptoms in the correct context of the patients life.
choosing the most appropriate method of applying homeopathy.
choosing a treatment strategy that is most likely to work for each patient – either a one-off remedy or a course of treatment, which may include herbs, nutrition, flower essences and life style changes.
explaining how to take and store the remedy supplied
advising on diet and other lifestyle factors
monitoring the patient’s progress, through phone calls, email or further consultation
keeping patient records
advertising and publicising the practice, perhaps through talks or seminars
managing the business accounts
keeping up to date with developments in homeopathy and other health issues.
Mentoring and Supervising Homeopathic students
Professional Skills - A homeopath needs to:
have a strong belief in, and commitment to health and natural healing with homeopathy as an important tool in the healing process.
an interest in alternative and complementary approaches to health
a concern about conventional medical treatment and its side-effects
knowledgeable about disease processes and homeopathic remedies
responsive to clients’ personal issues and problems, but remain professional
a good manager
an enquiring mind and a willingness to learn
be good listener, skilled at explaining complex issues in a simple manner
be able to inspire trust, and form a rapport with all kinds of people
confident ,enthusiastic and energetic to promote and build a practice.
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One liners from Homeopaths.
Setting personal boundaries are vital - having two completely different jobs enables me to strike a healthy balance.
Passionate about educating and empowering people in their own healing.
Being reflective and open to dealing with own issues & health
You need to work very hard to make it work and you need to have lots of self belief.
It is important to find regular peer support so you need to create those links or they just won't happen.
How enjoyable it is when you are interested in people and solving puzzles.
Being realistic about the level of commitment required from you prepares you to make sure your own needs are met, especially in terms of self reflection and self care and that needs dedicated time to keep you healthy and effective.
It is a very flexible career option as it can be started later in life and one you can continue until you choose to stop. You can work part time only or build up a busy practice and develop in to a full time occupation with earnings increasing with the growth of the practice. It is possible to set up a practice almost anywhere. Success will depend on you, your confidence, competence and ability to attract patients so if you want to be a homeopathic practitioner it is important to choose a homeopathic course that will support you in developing these.
Advancement is mainly through building up a practice. With experience, homeopaths may move onto running seminars and tutorials, teaching at colleges or supervising students and other practitioners and writing articles, books and health journalism. They may get involved in homeopathic research, or advise manufacturers on the production of homeopathic remedies. Many homeopaths combine homeopathy with other alternative and complementary approaches to health.
Our homeopathic college can help you develop the necessary skills, knowledge, expertise, confidence and competence to become a professional homeopath and develop a life style that suits your needs and aspirations.
If you want to make a difference in the world and have a successful and effective practice when you graduate then our homeopathic college is the place to start.
Our homeopathic college offers an integrated holistic approach to health and healing, because we understand that a structured case analysis is important.
We support students to understand the links between symptoms, resources to heal and how to use remedies, nutrition, herbs, and flower essences to empower their clients on the road to health.
We teach students what they need to know to get the results their clients came to see them for.
The ‘fix it mentality’ of allopathy does not work in practice for holistic practitioners, especially homeopaths because in today’s toxic environment most clients are on multiple drugs, need more than one remedy to heal with.
Homeopathy is a rewarding occupation, watching people change evolve and most of all get better, some case are a privilege to work with and others rock you with laughter but every day is different.
The holistic nature of treatment means clients may confide personal and emotional problems.
Building up a practice can be an interesting and challenging process, like any other self employed business it requires inner strength, fortitude and persistence.
It offers the freedom to choose how, when and where you work. Some practitioners complement their work by offering other therapies, such as massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, kinesiology or Craniosacral therapy.
Hours and working environment
Almost all homeopaths are self-employed and run their own practice. This may be from their homes, or within a clinic as part of a wider alternative therapy practice. They may also visit patients at home or increasingly they see clients worldwide using available technology such as Skype.
There are opportunities available in GP surgeries or hospitals as the Government has increased the funding for complementary therapies.
Although Homeopaths may need to offer appointments in the evenings and weekends for their clients’ convenience it is increasingly accepted to deal with clients over the phone and by email and this really enhances the flexibility for homeopaths to create their own lifestyle.
Each homeopath will decide what the most appropriate hours to run their business are and this varies according to personal circumstances.
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