If you haven’t seen a Brisbane naturopath before, it can seem a bit confusing as it is very different to what you’re used to in mainstream medicine.

A naturopathic consultation is very different to a conventional doctors visit, because your naturopath needs to know much more information to assess you holistically.

There are 3 parts to your initial consultation with our naturopathic team. First, we need to gather all of the information we can about you – your story, how you got here, what happened when and any other information helps us to understand what we’re dealing with.

Second, we will spend a lot of time and care to explain to you what we see going on in a way that you can understand. Naturopathic diagnostics allow us to really understand how the body works as a whole, and what we need to do to help you heal. It is then your naturopaths role to convey this to you so you get it too.

Thirdly, and very importantly, we need to look at what we’re going to do about it. You’ll walk away with information on what dietary changes you need to make first, what tests you might need (or what you current ones mean) and what the path of treatment looks like. You wouldn’t go somewhere new without plugging it into google maps and this is exactly what this part is about – giving you a roadmap to healing.

If you’d like to skip forward and learn more about the initial naturopathic appointment, which we call the Discovery and Diagnosis Session, click here (also you can come back and book through here if you’re local to Brisbane). Otherwise scroll below to learn more about how naturopaths work so you can understand how we’re going to be helping you.

What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy dates back to 400BC, when naturopathic terms were taught by Hippocrates. Today the role of a naturopath is to use the healing power of nature to promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself, and promote total well being of the mind, body and spirit.

As naturopaths, Katherine and her team work with clients to address their health issues using natural medicines, dietary and lifestyle coaching to achieve the best state of health. Katherine and her naturopathic team are all Bachelor qualified (4 year degree) and have over 45 years of collective experience that they will use to determine your treatment plan.

Naturopathy is a holistic therapy that is beneficial for the treatment and management of many health issues including digestive disorders, immune dysfunction, thyroid issues, hormonal imbalances, fatigue and stress.

Watch the video below where Katherine was interviewed at Shift at  Brisbane Natural Health about what a naturopath does for student edge. It sums up what a naturopath does day to day nicely!

Katherine and her team use a style of naturopathy that is individualised to each person, with your needs and desired outcomes a priority in treatment.

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is Katherine’s absolute passion!

It dates back thousands of years and is still used by over 80% of people in the southern hemisphere as a first line of medical treatment according to the world health organisation (WHO).

It involves the use of plants with medicinal properties to assist the body in the healing process. Different plant parts are used depending on actives in the herb, for example, Echinacea, is best used as a fluid extract of the root, as this is where the alkylamides (active constituent) are located. Using the correct plant types and parts are essential to a successful treatment which is one of the reasons why you see better results under the care of a qualified naturopath.

As naturopaths and medical herbalists, Katherine and her team will assess clients on an individual basis and as well as herbal medicine, treatments may include nutrients, flower essences, diet and lifestyle advice.

These treatments are aimed at helping the body to heal holistically, so that you can feel vibrant, healthy and ready to cope with whatever life throws at you.

The team use both traditional knowledge and current research to determine treatments, using only treatments that are safe and effective, even in conjunction with other medications.

At Shift, Katherine and her team will work with you to tailor treatment to suit your individual needs, so that you have the best results possible.

What Will Happen in My First Consultation?

During your first consultation your naturopath will:

  • Discuss the health issues most important to you
  • Discuss your health history
  • Discuss your family history
  • Ask you questions about relevant body systems to gain a better understanding of your condition
  • Perform Nail and Tongue analysis, which verifies processes occurring in the body
  • Perform Iridology, which involves looking into the iris to determine the health of the body
  • Take your blood pressure
  • Refer you for any necessary blood or other testing
  • Discuss any medications that you take to ensure that treatments will not interact with them
  • Explain your health issues from a naturopathic perspective and discuss the implications of this
  • Make a tailored treatment plan to suit you
  • Give you tailored dietary advice, including recipes and handouts with guidelines to assist you
  • Provide ongoing support to ensure maximum efficacy of treatment

Why should I come and see Katherine and her team?

Many people who visit Katherine’s clinic have never been to a naturopath or herbalist before and are really surprised at how good you can actually feel! It is not normal to have low energy or be feeling out of whack, and you too can discover how good it feels to be free from dis-ease and live life to your fullest potential.

There are many reasons that you might come and see Katherine. From low energy or indigestion to complex diseases and infertility, Katherine can help you achieve a better state of health and improve your quality of life.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are just brilliant… I have had a couple of great sleeps not disturbed by any hot flushes and I’m only getting a few mild flushes during the day. Sometimes I wonder if I’m actually having a flush at all or whether it is just warm. Thanks again. I just wanted to let you know how happy I have been with your treatment and especially the results”
-HF, Brisbane

How long is a naturopathic consultation?

Every person is unique so consultation times may vary slightly, however usually an initial consultation will take approximately 90 minutes, and is very thorough.

If you are a couple that are both coming in for fertility care, your initial appointment will be 2 hours long and will include both partners.

When is Katherine and her team available for consultations?

Katherine heads up the naturopathic team at Shift – Brisbane Natural Health, a complete natural health care center in Milton.

Availability can be limited, so please call us at 07 3367 0337 to arrange a time for your appointment.

Alternatively you can use the appointment request form to request your appointment via email.

What if I want to see a naturopath at Shift Brisbane but live too far away for an appointment?

Katherine and her team offer phone or online (like Skype, but easier) consultations to clients who live in remote areas and need a naturopathic appointment with her or her team.This works just as well as a face to face and we can then express post your herbs and supplements along with anything else you need.

To learn more about the Discovery and Diagnosis Session and pay and book for your appointment online, check out this page here. 

What should I bring with me to my first consultation?

So that Katherine and her team can best assess your needs please bring with you any recent blood test results, or other test results. If you do not have copies usually your doctor will be able to post or email a copy out to you.

Taking note of or bringing in any medications and supplements that you are taking will also help Katherine in determining your treatment plan.

I’m ready to take the next step. How can I book an appointment?

Making an appointment is easy. Simply call 07 3367 0337 or use the appointment request form to organise your appointment via email.

Booking your appointment is your first step to better health and well being, so call 07 3367 0337 now to begin your journey towards good health!