Choosing Your Health Practitioner

A Quick Guide to Choosing Your Health Practitioner


Health practitioners treat the whole person, so this naturally includes a wide range of health care issues. These include nutritionists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and psychotherapists, and many more... So when it comes to choosing your practitioner, it can be difficult to know where to begin. So how do you go about choosing your health practitioner?

This article aims to help you get clear on how to get the best practitioner for your current needs.


What is a holistic practitioner?

Holistic care practitioners are therapists who view their patients in a unique way that can make all the difference during treatment and care. They take the whole person into account when creating a treatment plan so that the persons needs will be addressed, in order to promote better balance throughout the body.

When the practitioner takes the patient’s mind, body and spirit into account, they can explore other reasons behind diseases and mental health problems.

Practitioners take their knowledge of the holism philosophy and treatments to bring their patients the best health care treatment plans and systems available.


Types of Practitioner

Because holistic health practitioners approach their clients as a whole person, there are many areas of well-being which they may incorporate into their practice.

Some of these practices may include:

  • Nutritional therapies
  • Relief from chronic pain
  • Mental health therapies
  • Personal development
  • Emotional release
  • Spiritual growth
  • Support for chronic illness

Basically, there are a multitude of different types of practitioner, each with specialist qualifications, and levels of experience.

When you choose your practitioner, it's important to select someone who suits the problems that you are going through at the moment.  This will change over time, so it's entirely possible that a practitioner who is well-suited to your needs right now, may not be the best suited in five years time.


How to choose your holistic practitioner

Choosing a great holistic care practitioner is not hard, but, it does require research and patience. A good practitioner can be found a few different ways:


Relevant therapy

Your practitioner needs to suit the requirements that you have in your life right now.

If you are struggling with stress or anxiety, then choose someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in this area. Or if you have chronic fatigue, choose someone who has specialist skills in this area.

Sometimes you may need to combine the skills of a few different types of therapy to get the best results. For example, if you have severe anxiety, you could see a massage therapist, who can release physical pain and tension. Simultaneously, a psychotherapist or counsellor can help you to work through the underlying issues or thoughts which are creating your physical symptoms.


Qualifications and experience

Check that your therapist has the appropriate training, skills, qualifications and experience to help you. There are a lot of short, or weekend, courses out on the internet which can provide people with a certificate, but this does not mean they have the necessary level of insight and training to help you.

Do your research - find out if your practitioner belongs to any professional organisations, whether they are insured, how long their training lasted for, and how much practical experience they have in this area.

Find a practitioner is as easy as typing key words into a database. First, find the professional organisation for the area that you want help with, and then do a local, or online search to find someone who is suited to the type of support that you need.


Personal compatibility

The best holistic care practitioner-patient relationship is achieved when both parties trust one another, exchange values, and come up with therapies and treatment plans that are effective.

In order to do this, you need to get on well with your practitioner. Plus, you need to share the same values and have a compatible approach to what you are trying to achieve.

This is the are which can be most challenging, because sometimes it is difficult to recognise whether a practitioner is aligned with who you are.

Often you will naturally seek out a particular therapy which appeals to you. But if you aren't sure, ask yourself whether you have a preference for a certain approach. For example, if you want to find a psychologist, be aware that there are multiple types of therapists within this domain, and they may have opposing viewpoints and methods for working. So, take a few minutes to find out more before you enrol - it may save you time and effort later.


The right practitioner can really make all the difference in your healing process and overall treatment.  Remember to do your research first, and make a decision which feels right for you.