For those who visit me and are wondering what I do in my clinic, I thought I would be useful to share with you a day in the life of a working Homeopath, and give you an idea of some of things I help patients deal with.
I tend to start my day early as I work 30 minutes from home. I reach my clinic in Rose Bay, Sydney around 7.45 am, allowing me some time to get set up before my first client at 8. Recently, I digitalised my entire business, meaning I write with a digital pen on a tablet or take paper notes and scan them at the end of the day, or in a moment between patients. This has been revolutionary for me. For example, if I get a patient call asking for an emergency phone consult, I can access the client’s notes immediately and see their prescribing and consultation history.
I also conduct many skype consults, which I generally save for a certain day in the week and do from home. These clients all live interstate or overseas, and I either send them their Homeopathic prescriptions, or arrange relationships with local homeopathic pharmacies who are able to fulfil my prescriptions.
Typical Homeopathy Clients
My clients come to me with a wide variety of health issues; once cured, they come back straight away if any other issues arise. Clients who had successful treatment from me years ago often return seeking (to use their words) "more of those magic drops"! I recently had an 11 year old (who last saw me briefly when she was 8) announce to her mother that “It was time to go and see Sam”.
Chronic Health Issues
I often treat serious, chronic health issues. These people come when they feel they are out of options; nothing else is working, and someone finally recommends homeopathy. I am often their last ditch attempt to get well. Being able to help them shake these conditions, that could have plagued them for more than 20 years, brings me much joy; I only wonder why they didn't come sooner.
One such chronic condition that I treat is Adrenal/Chronic fatigue. I work with some fantastic fellow practitioners such as the Naturopath Lisa Guy from Art of Healing, and Dianna Lee from Advance with Health. This condition is prevalent to the extent that almost every second adult client displays some symptoms of it. This is something where knowledge outside pure Homeopathy helps a great deal, and as I have worked with this condition for years, I use that broad experience to assist my clients to attain wellness and vibrancy. I also know when a referral to another health practitioner will be beneficial to their progress; an all-round approach is often the best way to tackle the issue.
Children and Families
At least 50% of my daily practice encompasses both children and family health. I have a big box of toys in my clinic to give me the opportunity to see the child at play, as this can be a significant determining factor in the prescription. It’s also equally important to keep little ones amused while I talk to their parent during the hour long, in-depth initial consultation. Once I've treated the child constitutionally, it becomes easy to determine which remedies will most benefit the child when they have an acute health issue. This is when having a Homeopathic kit at home becomes invaluable as it give the parent immediate access to 36 medicines that I can prescribe from.
Prescribing at Home
Many of my ongoing clients have purchased the Homeopathic Kits have supplemented this by doing my Online East Family Homeopathic course . This teaches them, via video-lectures and downloads, how to prescribe for simple ailments such as coughs, colds and flu, as well as Tummy troubles and First Aid. You can work at your own pace, and the course does not feature any assessment what-so-ever. I find once they have completed the course that my clients are extremely happy and successful with their acute home prescribing.
For anyone who is new to Homeopathy and wants to understand the basics for free, I have a useful link that will take you to my Homeopathy starter video series, and will also provide a deep discount on my online course.
During the day, I also see counselling clients, who come weekly or fortnightly to work on a broad range of emotional and psychological issues, including stress and depression. I usually also make some calls to respond to clients who have left messages updating me on their progress.
At the end of the day, I take a deep breath and sit for a moment or two, before taking myself home - satisfied and happy that I have made a difference to other peoples' lives.