How do you become a homeopath?
Homeopathy is a form of therapy which uses natural ingredients to treat a variety of illnesses as an alternative to traditional medicine. Homeopathic treatments are created by taking small doses of substances which may cause symptoms similar to those experienced by the patient in large doses, and diluting and shaking them many times over, so barely a trace of that ingredient remains in the remedy.
If you’re interested in a successful career in homeopathy you will need to take into account any underlying causes of your patient’s conditions, be they physical or psychological, as well as their symptoms.
The practice of homeopathy is voluntarily regulated, which in effect means that anyone, regardless of qualifications or experience, can set up a consultancy. However, there are professional bodies, such as the The Society of Homeopaths or the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths, which require some kind of qualification earned through structured study for you to become a member.
Homeopathic qualifications can vary from one year foundation courses to formal degrees, with online and distance learning also among the options. They are generally part time courses, with any formal classes taking place at weekends.
If you already possess medical qualifications, you can take a postgraduate course in homeopathy approved by the Faculty of Homeopathy.
Most homeopaths are self employed, charging hourly rates for consultations, in addition to the cost of any treatments you may prescribe. You can either work from home, or at a clinic. Some practitioners operate from GP surgeries. You may find it is best to be flexible with regards to working hours, especially if you plan to visit patients at their homes.
Unless you have a large client base which can justify running your consultancy full time, most homeopaths work part time alongside other jobs or commitments.
As well as good communication skills, a deep knowledge of homeopathy, and being able to earn the trust of your patients, you will also need strong business skills as you will most likely be working for yourself and therefore wholly responsible for the success or failure of your practice.