My Philosophy

It’s an honour and a privilege to work with every single client that entrusts me to guide them on their health journey. It’s a vocation that I take very seriously and am very passionate about.

I wake everyday with gratitude for the very wild ride that led me to becoming a naturopath. Like most of the clients I meet in my practice, I too was first drawn to naturopathic medicine out of sheer desperation during a difficult time in my life when I wasn’t well, and the conventional medical path clearly wasn’t adequate to help, guide or teach me about how to be well and live my life free of dis-ease.

After almost a decade in private clinical practise seeing thousands of clients, many with some very chronic health issues, and healing a variety of my own previous conditions, there are many patterns I’ve observed:

  • What the most common underlying causes and drivers of illness are
  • The many incredibly effective natural treatments that can help and how they work
  • The usefulness of testing when utilised appropriately 
  • How hugely influential our diet and lifestyle affects our health (food, movement, sunlight exposure, artificial light exposure, sleep quality, filtered water, relationships and community)
  • The importance of addressing and preventing the negative effects of environmental toxicity on our bodies (heavy metals, pesticides, mould biotoxins, plastics, cosmetics etc.)
  • How unresolved stress, trauma and a dysregulated nervous system can drive illness and prevent people from progressing in their treatment
  • How every single disease is influenced by disturbed digestive function, an imbalance gut microbiome and intestinal hyper-permeability (aka ‘leaky-gut’)

There are so many variables and underlying causes to consider when working through the many dimensions that affect our health.

I’ve come to learn and strongly believe that there is one variable that is the most influential:

  • Your mindset and perception – particularly in relation to how you understand and interpret what you are experiencing. The stories you tell yourself and how you are narrating your experience. What you believe to be possible, and what you believe is not possible. 

The most important aspect to consider before embarking on any sort of treatment protocol with any sort of practitioner is grounding yourself in a mindset and perspective that is conducive with restoring balance and harmony to the body.

When we are unwell and experiencing symptoms there are essentially two different perspectives that we can choose to hold about what we are experiencing

The first perspective that is unfortunately dominant within the conventional medical paradigm, is one of what I would describe as a ‘warfare mentality’:

  • You are a victim to your genes, your body and your environment
  • Your symptoms are random, meaningless and are something you need to ‘fight,’ ‘kill,’ ‘suppress’ and ‘manage’
  • Your body makes mistakes and is ‘messing up,’ or doing something wrong
  • Your body is broken and needs ‘fixing’
  • There are elements outside of you that need to be feared and hidden from, or battled against, e.g. bacteria, viruses, parasites, germs, dirt, the government, the system
  • Medications and supplements are needed to ‘get rid of’ and suppress symptoms
  • You are not an expert on you and don’t know what you need, so your body and health decisions need to be ongoingly managed and advised on by an external authority who knows better than you do about your own body, e.g. the doctor, the specialist, the naturopath, the energy healer

This perspective is a reflexive, reactive, fear-based one that keeps us arrested in a state of fear of our own bodies and the outside world, where we feel that what we’re experiencing shouldn’t be happening and is out of our control. This can lead to developing a victim mindset which will perpetuate the experience of dis-ease.

When we respond to and perceive our experience of symptoms in this way, our nervous system becomes conditioned to perceiving danger (the stress response) as its primary mode of being, which keeps us arrested in an ongoing state of nervous system dysregulation. We know chronic stress and a dysregulated nervous system is one of the main drivers of chronic disease and inflammation.

If we are fighting ‘against’ what we’re experiencing or trying to suppress what our bodies are trying to communicate to us, we are fighting against reality.

There is a second perspective we can choose to hold that is more congruent and in alignment with understanding how the body works, and what symptoms and dis-ease are:

  • Health is a constant and natural state of being. Dis-ease is an adaptive response to disturbance in an organism. The body possesses a self-regulating and inherent ability for self-healing, as do all other life forms. A removal of disturbing factors will result in the return to normal health.
  • The symptoms or dis-ease you’re experiencing are not random. They are in wise-response to unaddressed physical imbalances in the body, your daily lifestyle choices, your environment, your thoughts, your perceptions and suppressed emotions.
  • There is nothing ‘wrong’ with your body. The body does not make mistakes. There is only the law of cause and effect
  • There is nothing to ‘fight,’ ‘kill,’ ‘suppress.’ Your body is not a war to wage against. Nor is the environment.
  • The body communicates to you via symptomatology when it is out of balance.
  • We are designed to experience symptoms when we are living out of alignment, and our evolution can only support so much wrong-living by design – it can only handle a certain amount of stress, toxicity and disconnection from nature.
  • Symptoms are an invitation to enquire into yourself and why you may be out of balance, and to learn how to work with the intelligence of the body. Not against it. 
  • Dis-ease is an opportunity to grow emotionally and spiritually. Your personal narrative is relevant, and dis-ease holds deep personal meaning.You can either take on dis-ease as your identity, or reframe it as an invitation to the journey of your own self-discovery and reclamation of power.

Our thoughts, beliefs and state of consciousness are extremely powerful…all healing begins with being open to the practice of changing your mindset.

As a practitioner, the most important thing for me to communicate and inspire into your conscious awareness when you are experiencing dis-ease, is that there is nothing wrong with you. There is nothing wrong with your body or mind, and what it is showing you. Shifting your perspective to ‘nothing is wrong here’ is the imperative first step of learning to consistently send our body a signal of safety – the state in which our bodies are designed to restore themselves back to balance.

If we can shift our response to symptoms out of fear and control, into trust and curiosity, we begin healing our most important relationship – the one with our body. We make a truce with our body and surrender to our experience with acceptance, curiosity, gratitude and awareness. We no longer fight against our reality. Once we understand what’s really happening in our body and why, there is nothing to fight or suppress.

By simply shifting our perception –  that we are safe, the body is safe, that symptoms are the intelligence of the body getting our attention that something is up – then the body is able to facilitate its own innate mechanisms for whole-body healing and restoration. 

To hold this perspective is not an end-game. It is an ongoing practice of creating awareness around our experience and using it as an opportunity to listen and decode why we are unwell, and what we need to do (or not do). It requires self-compassion, faith, discipline and learning to be honest with ourselves – seeing where we may be holding onto what is harming us, and acknowledging that we always have the choice to let it go.

Consciously seeking advice from someone with experience in a field you’re interested in, e.g. a practitioner, coach or mentor, are useful catalysts for a period of our health journey where we feel like we would benefit from some guidance and accountability. People we can turn to who we can trust to hold space for us, facilitate our innate self-healing capacity and empower us to believe in ourselves and what we’re capable of. 

My ultimate goal when working with clients is to guide them back to their inner compass so that they can discern what is best for them, and to develop authority and sovereignty over their body, mind and spirit. To teach them how to listen to their body and learn how to decode what they need. 

We all have an internal guidance system that communicates with us at all times. However, it can feel almost impossible to know what you need when you are physically unwell, inflamed, and consistently flaring up with symptoms.

Our signals can become so distorted in the physical plane of reality that we can’t tell the difference between gut intuition and the symptoms we’re experiencing. Our racing, over-active and anxious minds can disrupt our ability to perceive internal guidance and what decisions we need to be making for our health.

This is why I strongly believe the most effective way to begin any healing journey is to begin by fortifying the physical body and healing the nervous system. Many symptoms we experience are related to physical imbalances that can get in the way of us being able to perceive the deeper emotional, psychological and subconscious drivers of our suffering.

Many people sit through years of different types of therapy without feeling like they’re getting anywhere because they’re physiological imbalances continue to drive their symptoms and “fight or flight” responses. 

Prioritizing and returning to simple self-care practices, nutrition, lifestyle choices, realignment with nature and nervous-system regulation allows us to shift into the regenerative, parasympathetic nervous system state that facilitates self-healing. Where things become clear and your internal compass comes back online. This physiological stability and embodiment facilitates the pathway to effectively navigate the deeper drivers of our emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of health. 

With this foundational mindset and understanding in place, my role as a practitioner becomes clear:

  • Facilitate your journey into self-empowerment by developing the knowledge to be able to decipher what you need to be well and thrive.
  • Equip you with the knowledge you need to actively transform your health and self-care
  • Hold empathy, curiosity, faith and space for you as you navigate your health journey
  • Provide expert guidance and recommendations around dietary protocols, lifestyle, testing, supplementation and natural medicines where appropriate as part of a shared-decision making approach to treatment.
  • Empower and encourage you to turn inwards, discover what you believe and uncover what it is you require to thrive and be your true self. 

My role as a practitioner is not to:

  • “Fix you” – because there is nothing ‘wrong’ with you
  • Heal you  – I can provide the space, encouragement, empowerment and information for you to heal yourself.
  • Convince you – if this path is right for you, it will feel like a relief, and a source of inspiration. It should not feel combative or skeptical.
  • Disempower you by feeling like you must always outsource decision-making to someone else, because you don’t know any better

Your role as a client is to:

  • Believe in yourself. The first step to being able to make transformative, long-term changes in your health and quality of life is to actually believe it’s possible.
  • Adopt an attitude of personal-responsibility. Many of us experience very painful things in life that are not our fault, and we are not to blame for. Despite this, to move forward in the present moment and resolve our suffering, we must accept that we are the only ones responsible for our experience. Shifting from blame and projection, into personal-responsibility and awareness, will set you free.
  • Be open to learning the language of your own health, symptoms and dis-ease.
  • Be open to sitting with a new way of thinking about what the body is and how is works.
  • Commit to health and self-care as a practice, not as perfection. Healing is not a one-time treatment with a finish line. It is a way of life, a process. New experiences and chapters will unfold as we grow, and we can choose to consciously participate in them as we mature and evolve from a place of curiosity and acceptance.