How Can I Help?
Here are a few examples that describe situations I often work with patients on. As you read, see if they sound familiar to you:
Flat out exhausted, that’s how you’d describe yourself. A long, growing list of things you have to do to keep your life afloat and no energy to help manage the unending list. You feel like you’ve got no reserves, not even enough for you to get some help. Even that seems too overwhelming.
You like what you do, you might even love your job, but the long days you spend seated at your desk are really starting to wear you down. First your low back started to hurt. Now your neck does too. Yoga and exercise are things you’ve tried, but they’re just not enough. Headaches and body pain have become a regular part of your life.
Because you’re struggling with a chronic illness, like debilitating digestive problems, long-term infection, cancer, or a genetic disorder, you’ve got a treatment plan and maybe even a team of providers. The pain and side effects from medications you’re taking or procedures you’ve had are intense and you want more options for coping with them than what conventional medicine can offer you.
Injury and Accident
Recently you were injured. Maybe it was a car accident. Or maybe it was a sport’s injury. You’re adjusting to the recovery process and following the protocol given to you but despite your best efforts, things are moving slowly and you’ve got pain that just doesn’t seem to be going away. Even worse, you haven’t felt your energy or enthusiasm for life come back.
You feel disconnected from yourself and from the people in your life, almost like something inside is broken. Maybe there is a specific cause you can point to, like a traumatic event, and maybe not. Even though you’ve gotten counseling or thought about therapy, you can’t help feeling like your body is holding onto something that you want to let go of but haven’t been able to.
You needed a surgical procedure that required anesthesia. Maybe it was dental work or perhaps something more serious, like a tumor removal, injury or cesarean. You’re glad you did the procedure, but you’re just not back to “normal.” You’ve had frightening nightmares, become suddenly depressed, or your body is recovering much more slowly than what you’d hoped for. Either way, you’re feeling strangely disoriented and distressed.
It’s been months since everything changed. Maybe it was your relationship that ended, or a change in your job. Maybe you lost someone you loved. You just haven’t gotten back to feeling “like you.” You’re exhausted when you wake up in the morning, but when you try to get a good night’s rest, you just lay there mulling over all the details of your life. Being around people isn’t comforting anymore; it’s uncomfortable. Deep down inside, you’re suffering.
As a woman, you’ve arrived at a time in your life where you need or want to take better care of your reproductive health. Maybe you’re ready to welcome a child into your life, or maybe you’re struggling with menstrual or menopausal issues. One way or another, getting your hormones organized feels necessary but you’re just not sure where to start.
You have a pediatrician and go to regular check-ups but can’t help feeling like there are more ways to help your kiddo as they grow, especially since you struggle with the same things most parents do: managing the colds, flu’s, tummy aches, behavioral ups and downs and growth transitions that are a normal part of infancy, childhood and adolescence.
As someone who identifies as LGTBQ, you’re sensitive about your healthcare. Maybe you’ve had painful experiences with the medical system or were confronted with providers who didn’t understand your specific healthcare needs. You want healthcare, but from someone you sees you, respects you and understands your needs.
Here is a basic list of people I’ve been able to help:
People recovering from trauma, including accidents, surgeries or difficult life events
Sports and injury recovery
People seeking additional support and palliative care for serious illnesses
People struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental/emotional issues
People with chronic illness
People at any stage of life seeking support for menstrual health, pregnancy and postpartum care, menopause and other reproductive health issues
LGTBQ identified, including folks currently in transition
People who need or prefer gentle treatment
People seeking a holistic, energetically based, integrative approach to healthcare
I’ve found that I have the most success when working with people who share these ideas:
Want to take an active role in their own healing
Value a holistic approach to healthcare
Are interested in self inquiry
Are interested in personal growth as part of the healing process
If one of these scenarios sounds familiar, you've found yourself on the list of people I’ve been able to help, or if you share some of the same values, we might be a good fit for working together. Learn more about how I approach patient care.
“Kate provides a quality and a depth of care unique amongst acupuncturists. Her touch is incredibly intuitive and her attention is unwavering. She comes to each session curious and excited about working with me instead of at me. Because of this, each session is unique and I am left feeling a part of the process and totally taken care of. “ — ZR
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