Since becoming a degree-qualified Naturopath I have been supporting people in many different areas including digestive health, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, skin complaints, headaches, endocrine disruption, nutritional support, general health, wellbeing and healthy living. I use herbal medicine as an excellent tool for rectifying imbalances within various different body systems, and they often work on multiple systems at the same time, gradually bringing the body to a state of homeostasis, rather than treating or suppressing individual symptoms.
I find naturopathic and herbal medicine plays a particularly wonderful role in mental health, especially anxiety, depression, mood swings, and acute and chronic stress. Sparked by my interest in the role of herbal medicine in this important area I went on to complete an Honours post-graduate degree by research in the field of Adaptogens – herbal medicines used to offset the detrimental effects of stress and improve physical and mental health. My knowledge and experience of adaptogens, combined with holistic underpinnings for health mean I am well-versed in the area of stress management and assisting with the management of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety (often co-jointly with other medical practitioners).
Personally, I have much experience supporting people in my life who have suffered with mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression. I also have a personal history of depression and anxiety and now successfully maintain my mental health with a variety of strategies including herbal medicine, food, yoga, exercise and lifestyle approaches. These experiences have given me a deep insight into mental health and illness, as well as the public mental health care system and the needs and challenges of people suffering, recovering, and healing from these conditions.
Prior to becoming a naturopath, I began my journey in wellness as a massage therapist many years ago, which I still practice with great enthusiasm and am an advocate of self-care and relaxation as essential components to maintaining good health, which are often neglected in our fast-paced modern lifestyles. As a remedial massage therapist (and naturopath) I use my knowledge of physiology, the body, and the mind-body connection to uncover the underlying cause of any physical imbalances or discomfort you may be experiencing to provide you with a treatment and the tools you need to feel well and live well in daily life. For more info on massage therapy at HotH please see our massage page. Please note massage and naturopathy appointments need to be booked separately (although you could book one after the other if you wanted to do both).
I currently divide my time as a naturopath/massage therapist and researcher. I am a PhD candidate in Public Health working on the integration of traditional medicine concepts into medical terminology and biomedical research. I hope to see concepts such as Adaptogens more clearly understood and defined so that we may grow the evidence base for beneficial traditional medicines and see them integrated into health care for the management of common physical and mental conditions.
In addition to private consultations, I run a community session on Thursdays between 12.30 and 2pm where you can drop in without an appointment and at no cost, to chat to me about any health concerns you may have and possible options for you to manage your health moving forward. This is designed to make naturopathic medicine more accessible to the community and is a way for us to connect without barriers rather than a substitute for a comprehensive consultation. Please see our community medicine page here for more information on the community sessions.
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I am currently available in clinic on Thursdays. If you require an appointment with me but cannot make it in on a Thursday please contact me via the contact form and we may be able to find another suitable day for your appointment.
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