People often ask me why I do what I do - swim against the tide of popular opinion, for a relatively small amount of money. So I thought about this and my answer is: there's nothing more rewarding than helping others to get well and become empowered; to take charge of their health and wellbeing and learning from their illness. So that's it! And it brings me great job satisfaction. My patients' life stories never cease to amaze me - just like the breadth, simplicity and wisdom of Homeopathy. No two days - or two patients - are the same. And it's that which keeps me engaged in what I do.
So how did it all begin?
I first came across Homeopathy 35 years ago when my forward-thinking Mum took me to a Homeopath for a minor skin ailment after a friend made a remarkable recovery from glandular fever, enabling her to do her A level exams. The appointment was very different from visiting the GP and an interesting experience. Results came overnight and I never had a return of that problem.
I thought nothing more of it until a few years later when I was getting nowhere with a chronic ear problem. The GP was honest - and at a loss. I'd been to several consultants and, being allergic to Penicillin, his toolbox was limited to one antibiotic. It was a case of more of the same and being told 'to live with it' but I knew there must be another way. I came across a leaflet about Homeopathy and wondered if it would help me. I figured I had nothing to lose and it was a last resort really, as Homeopathy is for many people.
Within days of treatment with a few tablets my symptoms were all but gone and I knew then that I was onto something special. At the same time I was looking for a meaningful career change and decided to study at the College of Practical Homeopathy, London (read more) from where I graduated in 1999, and have never looked back.
I went on to establish practices in London, Orpington and Whitstable and after 10 years I decided to take a break and do a 'gap year for the middle aged', during which I considered how to develop my practice. I decided to upgrade my Licentiate with a Degree, at the Centre for Homeopathic Education, London (read more). It has been a rewarding decision which gave me the opportunity to review the evidence-based research around Homeopathy - of which there is plenty, some of which is impressive - as well as to develop advanced case taking and prescribing skills.
I attend regular CPD workshops to include Special Focus Groups and Advanced Case Taking Skills for a degenerative and terminal disease (Alzheimers, Dementia, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
I have a special interest in Arthritis and Rheumatics, Adrenal Fatigue, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Chronic Fatigue/ME, Digestion, Eczema & Skin conditions, Fertility and Menopause. However, there's not much that I don't treat because Homeopathy is about treating people rather than just the disease name - so don't hesitate to contact me to discuss how Homeopathy might help you.
I am registered with the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths so you can be assured that you will be treated by an experienced, professional and registered Homeopath. You can also find me listed at Find a Therapy.
I look forward to helping you in your journey to better health.
Felicia Foster, BSc (Hons, Hom), LCHE, LCPH (MARH)