The Consultation Process - What to Expect

Initial Consultation

As you may expect from visiting other health professionals, on your first appointment we will undertake a detailed history of your presenting concern.  However, so that we can gain a fuller picture of you as an individual, we will also discuss various other body systems, not just those directly related to your primary concern, along with discussions about any previous health concerns and treatments. 


In addition, as treatment is deeply rooted in a person centred approach, we will also work to identify any previous struggles you have faced in trying to maintain your wellbeing.  In doing so, we can work together to create tools to overcome those previous challenges, helping you to achieve your wellbeing goals in a supportive environment.  


Where necessary, clinical examinations similar to those done by your GP, may also be performed during the consultation.  This can include blood pressure and weight checks or chest or abdominal examinations, for example.


We will then formulate your personalised treatment plan, which may be based on a herbal prescription to support you presenting health concern, as well as the agreed lifestyle strategies for longer term benefits.   This will also be sent to you in writing, along with any further useful tools, techniques or information.


This consultation can last between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on needs.

Follow-Up Consultations

After your initial consultation, a 40 minute Follow-Up appointment will usually be scheduled for approximately 3-4 weeks after, once you have begun taking your first prescription.

 

This appointment allows us to go through your progress, identify any challenges you may have faced so far, and formulate further strategies where required.  It also allows us to assess your herbal prescription and make any adjustments if needed.

All further appointments are then generally scheduled at three monthly intervals, where we will continue to assess your progress together, adapting your plan to  incorporate further strategies as you progress on your wellness journey.  

This is usually a 20-30 minute consultation, depending on your needs.

Should your treatment plan span further than this, you may be eligible to be moved onto a telephone consultation scheme instead, which reduces the need for you to physically attend the clinic unless you would prefer to.  

All options are flexible and can be discussed at each stage of your progress to find the best solution that fits you.