Having said that, here are a few clues to help you decide on the person who may be right for you
- trust your own 'feelings' about the practitioner. Do you feel a flood of warmth and relief that you have found him or her, towards the person? Do you feel relieved that you have finally found someone that you just know will be understanding?
- from the first moment you pick up the phone and also while negotiating times for an appointment for a consultation : is the practitioner flexible and accommodating ? (without being too accommodating..the last thing you need is to get a sense that a practitioner 'needs' every potential patient!) Does making an arrangement 'flow' easily and you get a feeling of 'rightness' about having done the right thing?
- do you actually begin to feel physically better once having made your decision and made your appointment?
It is important that your homeopath has professional training and also seems unfazed when you mention the ailment/condition you need help with. If they are hesitant, you are perfectly within your rights to ask if they have treated a person suffering from this condition before. If a homeopath refers you to a colleague whom they know is more experienced in that particular area, then you may be sure you can trust that practitioner. Only a practitioner who knows their own limits, who is conscious of always being on a learning curve no matter how long they have been in practice, is a safe practitioner.
If you only knew the amount of regulation, accreditation, qualifications and continuous professional development at present required of most homeopaths who are on the Register of their own Professional Societies..then you would be surprised and gladdened. If you even knew how much it costs financially to maintain a practice then you would realise that most long-term established practitioners do it out of love for homeopathy.
The truth is that no amount of box ticking, and qualifications will guarantee you a skilled, vocational homeopath who has withstood the test of time through falling back again and again on their personal conviction combined with experiencing of homeopathic medicine and its power and scope. A polished professional veneer, classy clothes, and a practice-premises in an excellent location will not necessarily imply a deepened knowledge of homeopathy or skillful treatment leading towards permanent cure. Though obviously these features may not exclude the possibility of cure, either! It is not true that the higher a person's fees, the better they are at their work. Neither is a homeopath a charity, operating under the guise "if he really wanted to help humanity, he would give his help for free!". Homeopaths have families, livelihoods, homes to maintain, children to provide for.
If a homeopath appears confident but your inner feelings make you withhold trust in some manner, then do not go with that practitioner. If your practitioner fobs you off or acts like you are at fault when you question them and ask sceptical questions, then think twice. You do not need a homeopath who is not firm enough in their own knowledge to tolerate being questioned and tested. A humble person , one who can withstand self-doubt and who will be cautious and careful with the responsibility entrusted to them is what you need. A homeopath who makes no promises and gives out no guarantees is someone who has the life experience to know that no person is God, life is what it is, and although miracles happen, sometimes they simply do not.
We have all become so reliant on technology, test results, paper-work, large regulatory systems, ombudsmen and insurances that we have lost capacity to perceive others correctly by trusting our own senses. The best advice I can give you when seeking out a homeopathic professional is "See, how you feel". That may seem simplistic and unsatisfactory but ultimately you are responsible for making a good choice and for being in charge of your own health, as much as a practitioner is responsible for doing their best to facilitate healing with the best of what knowledge they have gained.
In the present world, mistrust is spreading its noxious influence everywhere, penetrating to the heart of therapeutic relationships which could potentially be the unlocking of a miraculous turning point but many times point towards tragic inevitability instead. Any health-care professional is a human being with flaws. Each and every person who ails and suffers sickness, is also flawed and not entitled to cure merely by virtue of their suffering. Health care professionals no matter what their discipline, do bear a great deal of responsibility to be the best they can be, without forgetting ultimately that each person' s life may be influenced by forces not best judged by a superficial and material attitude.