The 3 years that our Naturopathy students spend studying for their degree – Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine is a journey of education and self-discovery, but this learning journey continues long after Graduation. Naturopath Christabel Ritson talked to us about what life has been like since she graduated from Wellpark College and set up her own practice The Holistic Naturopath
You graduated from Wellpark College’s Bachelor of Naturopathic and Herbal Medicine Programme 6 years ago. You have since set up your own Naturopathic, Nutrition and Reiki practice, presented short courses, taught Yoga, sold wellness products on and offline and have set up a mentoring programme.
What have been the biggest lessons you have learned since leaving Wellpark College and starting your career in Health and Wellbeing?
What have been the highlights of being a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist, how have you been able to help people?
Providing space to share and process
“In naturopathic appointments, we provide time and space for clients to share their full health journey, which ensures that their wellness needs are really heard. Through posing questions and creating a spacious journey, a person can have their own realisations and “ah ha” moments that really empower their journey moving forward”.
Doctor as teacher
“I believe one of the greatest ways naturopaths can help people is following the naturopathic principle “doctor as teacher”. When we provide personalised education, we are also facilitating autonomy within a person’s healthcare. The more someone understands themselves and their internal environment, the more they can make positive choices that can really improve their wellbeing – autonomy in healthcare through education is very important to me as a practitioner”.
What advice would you give to someone just about to enter studying for a qualification in Naturopathy or Holistic Healthcare?
What is your advice for supporting our mental health?
What Quote do you always revisit?
What is your favourite Herb and why?
What Crystal do you always have nearby?
What are you reading right now?
“Sapiens by Yohan Hari & Shelters of the Stone – Earths Children by Jean M Auel”
What is your go-to comfort food?