Homeopathy is a fantastic way of working with people to help them!
I bring a scientist’s training combined with a lot of empathy, an open mind and keen interest in my clients’ welfare to my work, and I feel very lucky to be able to practise homeopathy.
It is incredibly rewarding to work with people and to watch them really getting better! I also love the fact that with homeopathy I can work with people all over the world via Skype or Zoom in English, French and Spanish.
LCCH Licentiate in Homeopathy from the Contemporary College of Homeopathy
MSc Environmental Technology
BSc Chemistry with French
I speak fluent French and Spanish and work in both of these languages, as well as in English. I also do occasional translation/interpretation work.
I engage in more than a hundred hours of Continuous Professional Development every year and have attended Courses in Advanced Homeopathy at IACH (the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy) headed by Professor George Vithoulkas, as well as following the E-Learning course from IACH.
I love science and languages, so I originally studied Chemistry and French. But after doing both research and running a laboratory, I hit a crisis. I realised wanted to work with people, not in labs, and I wanted to use my language skills! A year teaching English as a foreign language and learning Spanish showed me how much I like to help people learn, and I moved into training evaluation in Latin America. This was fantastic, and I loved it – but after several years I was forced to abandon it due to major health problems.
I was so lucky to be able to retrain in homeopathy, since now I can help people all over the world, which I find incredibly rewarding and a real privilege – and use my languages at the same time!
My clients tell me I have a natural empathy with others. I also have experience of working with a wide range of people from very different backgrounds and of very different ages, from the very young to the very old. I have lived in France, Spain, Costa Rica and Honduras as well as in the UK, and in both cities and in very rural areas. So I know what it is like to live in another culture – and also what it is like to feel quite isolated, as well as how difficult fielding life crises and major health problems can be.
I have brought up two children – and a dog! – and had experience of lots of stages of life, from breast-feeding difficulties to depression, Parkinson’s and looking after the elderly.
I am married with two (mostly) grown up sons, and we live in a village south of Bristol in the UK, with our dog, a lively spaniel, who needs lots of walking.
How did I get into homeopathy?
My first brush with homeopathy was when my oldest son was about two and developed a terrible rash that would not go. We were in London, and it was summer, and hot, and the rash got worse and worse over the course of four days, almost covering his body. He was miserable and nothing was making it better. Finally I was recommended to a homeopath, and the remedy she prescribed got rid of the rash within hours! I was impressed – and it was the start of something far bigger than I could ever have imagined.
Over time we used homeopathy more and more – colds and ‘flu, bruises and headaches, cuts and cramps and stomach upsets and hangovers, twisted ankles and damaged knees and even insomnia, teenage difficulties, kidney stones, and trigeminal neuralgia have all been dealt with through homeopathy – either by us at home for first aid measures or with the help of our homeopath for more complicated problems. Of course we get anything serious checked out with a doctor, but we use conventional medication rarely because we have homeopathy to help us.
As our experience of homeopathy grew, I bought books to learn more, took a homeopathy first aid course, and eventually decided to completely retrain, gaining my Licentiate in Homeopathy from the Contemporary College of Homeopathy in Bristol
A learning journey
It has been a very interesting and rewarding journey – especially from the point of view of someone who started out with a degree in Chemistry. I think this has given me a slightly different approach to homeopathy and to judging how well things work.
As a scientist, used to looking carefully at the facts and making judgements accordingly, it is not possible to ignore the body of evidence that exists – both what I have learned of from the work of others, and from what I have seen for myself.
I can say with absolute certainty that homeopathy can have a quite incredibly positive effect on health.
I simply could not consider living life without it.
Why the meerkats?
I choose to use a group of meerkats as my logo because they are such alive, alert creatures, always on the lookout. I really like the fact that they work as a social unit, helping each other out and looking out for each other. I felt these two aspects of their characters (as we humans perceive them) represented what I want to convey to clients about what it is like to work with me. I aim to ensure that I am as friendly and alert as my logo animal, keeping an eye on what is happening for my clients as I work with them to improve their health.
The final clincher on my choice of logo was the realisation that the word meerkat is an inversion of my name before getting married, since my first name is Catrin, and my original surname was Meir, pronounced ‘meer’.
So that’s why the meerkats – they are the best way I could think of to represent the fact that I am
‘Looking out for your health’.