As an herbalist, I don’t diagnose, treat, or cure medical conditions. I work from an entirely different framework: I work to support your capacity to be deeply embodied in the fullness of who you are, trusting your body’s own capacity to heal, even if a cure for your condition is impossible. Healing is not about being free from disease and injury, its about recovering the capacity to be in the world, fully engaged, woven in deep and reciprocal connection with human and other-than-human communities. Sometimes cure is a side effect of healing but it is not the focus.
I believe that all your physiological functions and all your behaviors represent your body’s best efforts to respond to the situations it has been required to live through using the information and resources you had available. I want to help change the information you have about what is possible, and provide the resources you need to heal.
Given that, I am not interested in categories of medical and psychological diagnosis, except in that they represent a kind of shorthand for what a clinician observed happening for you in a particular situation. As the late Dr. Oliver Sacks said, the most important clinical questions are “How are you? How do you be?” I want to understand as best I can what it is like to be you, living in your body in the world in this moment. Then, together, we will identify what you would like to shift in your body, your life, and your world, and find herbs, talismans, and ritual practices that can help you embody those shifts.
I see individual, community, cultural, and planetary healing as deeply intertwined. The goal of my work is to help you be able to bring forward your unique gifts to aid in healing, liberation, transformation, and the celebration and creation of beauty.
I currently see clients one day a month at A Wellspring of Natural Health in Beaverton, OR. Call 503.526.0397 to book an appointment. There is a fee of $100 for a consultation, which does not include your custom formula which can be filled and shipped to you by Five Flavors Herbs.
I also am available for house calls in the Portland, OR; Hood River, OR; and White Salmon, WA areas. E-mail email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Beginning in 2019, I will also be seeing clients in Bellingham, WA.
I am occasionally able to provide free or reduced cost help to people in great need.