Caroline Star Walrad, Ph.D., CH
I admire many classical homeopaths. They are exceptional at finding remedies which create healthy changes and reversal of disease in their clients. I ask them often, ‘Tell me how you found this remedy!’ I learned early on from my professors and homeopathic teachers that homeopathy is both an art and a science. Finding the one best remedy from over 3000 available can be like finding a needle in the haystack.
Most classical homeopaths have an incredible amount of advanced training in psychological intake and physical modalities. The emotional and spiritual part of the intake may even direct the best remedy selection for the physical complaint and thus revitalize the client on many levels. I truly believe most of homeopath’s education continues with each new client and the resulting experiences in the session. The passion for being a homeopath comes from watching a client regain vibrancy, sleep, mental balance and vitality from a well-selected remedy. Homeopathy allows the rejuvenation of the client without side effects.
Below are qualities I feel are what the great classical homeopath’s have:
- Open minded. It takes stepping aside from their own experiences to listen and observe someone else’s dialogue. All clients do not fall into the group of four or five remedies. If this is the case, then the homeopath is always seeing what they personally need. The therapist must be present with the client and accepting of the total person’s complaints.
- Active listener. For example, if you have pain in your knee, the good homeopath knows that the knee pain is connected to something else in the client complaint list. In the repertory, knee pain has over 250 remedies to choose from. How does one get to the answer? It takes the question: “tell me about your pain”. A good therapist will let the client talk. To select a well acting remedy, the classical homeopath may want to know what time of day the pain is worse. Remedies are indicated for each answer. ‘Is it the right side, left side, degree of immobility, temperature, environmental factors, type of pain, length of pain, better to rub or touch it, or does a warm bed make it worse? These are some of the 65 modalities or symptoms under knee pain in a homeopathic repertory. Many times, the pain is also the type of pain one feels on the emotional level. Including the emotional symptoms can bring the answer to the physical symptoms. A classical homeopath is trained to listen to you.
- Observant. Classical homeopaths are trained to notice everything about you…how you sit, what you wear, how you speak and even how you make the appointment. So many ways to collect information. A good homeopath understands what it means to see you in person. Observation can be done over the phone as well. A trained therapist will understand much about you even through a phone conversation.
- Curiosity. The homeopaths I know love what they do and know that each person is different. Everyone experiences and responds to pain or fear individually. Homeopaths are trained to observe and be curious about you. Every little complaint you have makes the selection of a remedy easier. Bring all your complaints to a classical homeopath. They care about your childhood and traumas of the past. They care about what you like and don’t like. They care how you respond to a trauma event more than the event itself.
- Knowledgeable. They are always learning from homeopathic books and from their clients. It is normal to communicate often with other homeopaths about client cases (with no names as privacy is very important). Their library is full of books and always purchasing the next helpful author’s release. Each good homeopath I know believes in your ability to heal naturally. They each know the miracles of selecting the correct remedy for the session. They believe in you. They believe in themselves.
- A Great Homeopath loves their client unconditionally.