How did I become a homeopath?
I love homeopathy. There’s simply nothing else like it. It gives you control over you and your family’s health and well-being, it’s fast and effective with no nasty side effects, and just makes perfect sense. But like many people working in alternative healthcare, it took me a while to find my way to homeopathy.
My grandfather was a Harley Street doctor and radiologist, and I grew up being given antipyretics for fevers, antibiotics for ear infections – the whole standard conventional medical repertoire. In my teens I suffered from meningitis and was plagued by excruciating headaches for years thereafter. Reliant on strong painkillers, I began looking around for alternatives and tried many different approaches.
In my twenties, I began studying alternative medicine, including phytotherapy, iris diagnosis, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, reiki and different bodywork modalities such as classical massage, shiatsu, Feldenkreis and reflexology. We were also taught homeopathy, a cohesive approach to medicine that was first formulated by a German doctor called Samuel Hahnemann. It was mind-blowing to discover the existence of a holistic system of medicine with a proper philosophy behind it that is safe, effective and long-lasting. I can truly say that I have become a much healthier and happier person as a result of homeopathy.
My homeopathic career
I’ve worked as a homeopath for over 15 years – initially in Berlin where I studied alternative medicine and qualified as a Heilpraktikerin, and more recently in Cornwall. After a degree in modern languages and a career in translation and copy editing, I went on to study homeopathy, phytotherapy and naturopathy in Germany – the birthplace of homeopathy and a country with a wonderfully progressive approach to complementary healthcare. I completed this degree in 2005 and then qualified as a Heilpraktikerin (complementary medical practitioner – an officially recognised profession in Germany) in 2006.
Since then I have attended many postgraduate homeopathic courses and seminars, including Jeremy Sherr’s 3-year Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathic Studies in Copenhagen and seminars with Alize Timmerman, Diyva Chhabra, Prafull Vijayakar and school, Jayesh Shah, Dinesh Chauhan and many others.
While working as a homeopath in Berlin, I set up and ran my own multi-discipline alternative health clinic called The Green Room. Since moving to Cornwall, I’ve opted to concentrate fully on homeopathy once again.