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Herbalism & Nutrition Consultation

Holistic Wellness: Vitalism, Herbal Therapies, Nutrition & Lifestyle Practices 

Vitalist Herbalism

Did you know your body has an innate intelligence to heal itself?

Vitalism is a holistic wellness practice that focuses on removing obstacles to a person's vital life power and addresses the root causes of disease so that the body can restore balance in the tissues and ultimately heal itself. This practice supports the healing process using tools such as herbalism, flower essences, nutrition, nature cure, and other lifestyle factors to facilitate healing and rebalancing on all levels of being. Nature is the primary source of intelligence and guidance in the healing process.

Although it is possible to experience immediate relief of symptoms, it is important to understand that the healing process cannot be rushed, it can take time (think of how long it took for you to get where you are today), and requires commitment and patience on your behalf. In other words, symptoms provide clues that lead to the root cause of dis-ease. While you can and will see shifts in symptoms, it can take time to truly heal the root cause of certain health challenges.

 

As a vitalist practitioner, I support a person's whole state of well-being, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially, ultimately addressing the root cause of dis-ease or imbalance. My role honors nature's vital intelligence by supporting the body's natural healing abilities including in situations of acute and chronic illness.

Individualized Holistic Wellness

The word ‘holistic’ is often thrown about in many contexts, but in vitalist herbalism it means I look at the whole person and address the root cause of dis-ease to support the body’s innate capability to heal. I do not practice allopathy, which is a “use this for that” approach. All of us have a unique story, have different needs and because every ‘body’ is different, a blanket approach does not work for true healing to take place.

I create wellness protocols in our sessions that are unique to the client based on their constitution, health history, present symptoms, diagnosed conditions, tissue states, nutrient imbalances, etc. Depending on how a client is presenting to me, I will use wellness tools that best benefit the client to achieve optimal health and vitality. Examples of tools I utilize during sessions include herbal medicine, nutrition education, lifestyle practices, astrology, mindful meditations, breathing techniques, yoga asana, and energy healing.

Clinical Focus

My clinical focus includes supporting clients with autoimmune dis-ease, chronic stress & anxiety, depression, digestive problems, allergies, hormone imbalance, insulin resistance, chronic pain including migraines, sleeping disorders, PMS & menopause complaints, and those navigating weight-loss or seeking to manage their weight.

Initial Consultation: Free/20 minutes*

This is the first step. All potential clients are required to schedule a free initial consultation. Let's talk about your individual needs and how I may be of service to you. We can then determine if we are the right fit for one another.

Intake Session: $100/hour (1.5 - 2 hours)*

We will go through your full health history including any previous or current health problems and dietary and lifestyle practices. We will set health and wellness goals and develop an integrated herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle protocol to support you in achieving those goals. My first priority in this session is to provide you with a safe place to discuss your personal story.

Sessions include:​

  • Developing a personalized health & wellness protocol

  • Reviewing & demystifying blood panels/bloodwork (if applicable)

  • Custom herbal formulation(s)

  • Educational and/or research handouts depending on your goals, symptoms and condition(s)

  • Reasonable email support and accountability between sessions

  • Please Note: I spend approximately 3-6+ hours on research, case preparation, formulation, and creating a customized wellness plan for you.

  • We will schedule both your initial check-in and your first follow-up visit after your intake session is complete. The Initial Check-In to Dispense & Review Protocol is scheduled about a week after the initial appointment, and your first follow-up will be scheduled approximately 2-4 weeks thereafter.

Check-In to Dispense & Review Protocol: $40/30 min. + Cost of Herbs & Supplements (Varied Pricing)

About a week after your first appointment, we will check-in so that I can dispense and review your personalized health and wellness protocol. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions that you have before you begin your protocol. If we are meeting in person, I will dispense your herbs directly to you. Or, if we are meeting virtually, your herbs will be mailed to you prior to the check-in.

We will also review your herbal medicine formulas. Your herbs may come in the form of medicinal teas, herbal broth blends, herbal powders, tinctures, and/or flower essences targeted specifically to your individual constitution and for your health condition(s).

Your personalized health & wellness protocol will include:

  • Suggested short + long-term goals to directly address your health challenges

  • Customized herbal formulations based on your constitution and health conditions

  • Dietary protocols, recipes & supplement suggestions

  • Lifestyle therapeutics

  • Flower Essence Recommendations (if applicable)

  • Wellness education

  • Your wellness plan & protocol will be emailed to you after our session.

Please Note: Pricing of herbal formulas and supplements will vary and are in addition to the consultation cost.*

Check-In or Follow-Up (Existing Clients Only): $40/30 min. or $80/hour*

Your first follow-up appointment is usually scheduled within 2-4 weeks of your intake session. This 60 minute session is an opportunity to check in on your progress and discuss any questions you may have about your personalized herbal protocol. We will review your wellness goals, shifts and changes you’ve experienced in your health since our intake session or our most recent follow-up. In addition, we will discuss any new or acute needs you may have. Adjustments to your personalized health & wellness plan will be made accordingly. Check-in appointments last 30 minutes and can be used in between return appointments to discuss challenges or towards the end of your consultation package to review next steps.

  • For acute needs: It’s best to schedule at least two follow-up visits after your intake session. 

  • For chronic needs: It’s best to schedule subsequent monthly visits as needed until you reach your ideal state of health.

My main goal as your practitioner is mirroring accountability so that we get to a point of maintenance-only sessions.

Shift Wellness Package: $250 ($320 Value)

This is an introduction wellness package that includes an intake session, a check-in to dispense & review your personalized protocol and a 60-minute follow-up session at a discounted price.

Payment plans are available. Please inquire when booking. Additional check-in & follow-up sessions can be added at an additional cost, and will be discounted by 10% off the a la carte pricing. Additional sessions will be suggested and offered on a case-by-case basis.

 

*Pricing of consultations & wellness packages does not include cost of herbs, nutrition supplements, flower essences or shipping (if applicable).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cost for Herbs?


Because each person is unique, so will be the herbs we suggest for you. Your herbs may come in the form of medicinal teas, herbal broth blends, herbal powders, tinctures, flower essences and/or a combination thereof. We will discuss herbal recommendations in consultation to figure out what will work best for you and your budget. On average, pricing can range from $40 - $120/month. Please check my FAQ page for more info on where to purchase your supplements.




Sliding Scale Pricing & Payment Plan Options


Sliding Scale and payment options available for those truly in need and want to do this work. If you would like to learn more and/or sign up using the sliding scale option, please download and email the completed Sliding Scale Form to laurie@evolvingheartwellness.com.




Payments & Refunds


  • A non-refundable deposit of $35 is due upon scheduling a la carte sessions, and will be applied to the balance of the wellness services rendered. Payments in full in advance will also be accepted and are appreciated.
  • Introduction packages need to be pre-paid in full when you schedule your first appointment. However, payment plans are available. Please email me at laurie@evolvingheartwellness.com to get set up.
  • When your herbal medicines are ready to ship, I will email you a separate invoice for the herbs & shipping costs, and confirmation of shipping w/ approximate delivery date. My goal is to have the herbal formulas in your hands by the time of your first check-in to dispense & review protocol. Currently I work with the CSCH apothecary for herb orders. Many factors can alter this timing however, such as out of stock herbs & USPS shipping times. Therefore, there’s a possibility your herbs may arrive a little later than our first check-in.
  • Refunds for services are not available, except in the case of a dire situation or emergency. You are supporting a small business and investing in your health. You will only get out of it what you put into yourself.
  • I am happy to reschedule any appointment if you are unable to attend during your originally scheduled date & time. To reschedule your appointment, please contact me at least 48 hours in advance. If you reschedule within the 48 hour time frame, you will be charged a $35 cancellation fee.




Policies & Scheduling Logistics


Please see my FAQ page for more information about Policies & Scheduling Logistics.




What are the Benefits of Seeing a Clinical Herbalist & Holistic Nutritionist?


Working with a clinical herbalist & holistic nutritionist can be incredibly empowering and enlightening, and can ensure you are making safe and educated decisions about using herbs, foods and supplements to support your health and wellbeing. To this end, one of the biggest benefits of seeing a clinical herbalist is guidance and education. Clinical herbalists have extensive knowledge and experience working with herbs in a clinical setting. They have in-depth training on the herbs themselves, know their best dispensed forms depending on the ailment & person, are trained to formulate based on constitution & tissue states, are able to interpret scientific research, and can assess possible herb-drug interactions. Clinical herbalists are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment to their clients, whereas this may be impossible for other practitioners to provide. Clients will have the opportunity to share their concerns and joys alike in each session. This is important as many people feel that part of their healing comes with sharing their personal story and being heard. Clinical herbalists understand that our life experiences can shape and craft our physical well-being, and these aspects of our lives are taken into consideration when they develop personalized wellness plans for their clients.




Herbal Consultation Intake Forms


Please fill out these forms and return to laurie@evolvingheartwellness.com at least a week prior to your Intake Session. Please take pictures of all medications and supplements along with dosage and/or amount taken & frequency, and email them with your intake forms. New Client Intake Form (Herbal Consultation) Statement of Informed Disclosure Sliding Scale Form




How & Where are the Sessions Held?


All sessions will be held virtually via online platform, and therefore can be done from anywhere in the world who has a reliable and safe internet connection. Due to extreme mail delays and challenges, I can only ship herbs within the U.S. If you live outside of the U.S. you will need to have access to herbs local to where you live. Currently I am using Skype as the main online platform of communication, but you also have the option to use FaceTime if you choose. I am looking into other options and those will be offered later in 2021. Due to COVID, I am currently not offering in-person consultations. However, this is likely to change later in 2021 as vaccinations roll out and infectious rates go down. Stay tuned!





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Advanced Herbalism Certification

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540 Classroom Hours, Fundamentals of Vitalist Medicine, Vitalist Therapeutics for Acute Symptoms, Clinical Nutrition in the Vitalist Paradigm, Toxicity and Detoxification, Roots of Chronic Disease I – Nutrition, Digestion, and Immunity, Roots of Chronic Disease II – Insulin Resistance Syndrome, Reproduction and Vitalist Therapeutics, Safety, Side Effects, and Contraindications, Bach Flower Essences, Nature Observation and Field Trips, Interview Skills, Case Analysis, Professional Practicum, Materia Medica Independent Study, Advanced Herbal Pharmacy

Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism

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