Hi, I’m Tania. I am a 46 year old home educating mother of six (down to the last two at home) and now also enjoying three beautiful grandchildren. I love God, my family and my friends. I enjoy time in my garden, a good book or movie and coffee with friends. I love simplicity in life, good food, laughter… in a word I love ‘hygge’.
I may not fit your stereotype of a naturopath... I enjoy a glass of wine, a cup of good coffee, some dark chocolate and believe that food should be enjoyed as well as maximised for nourishment. I believe in eating real food and filling your life with that which brings you joy. I believe in balance - that people were made to be free, but also to look after our bodies.
I have personally experienced many years of chronic fatigue which stemmed from maternal depletion; I have walked through post natal depression, stress and burnout, major depression and mild anxiety, food intolerances and autoimmune challenges. I also have a son with type 1 diabetes. I have walked, and am still walking a journey that gives me understanding and empathy for others health journeys – for what they may be experiencing and what may have gotten them there; as well as a passion to see people free and whole.
About Shalom Health
Shalom is a Hebrew word rich in meaning and one that we don’t have an equivalent for in the English language. It communicates well being and harmony both within and without - peace, harmony, wholeness in body, soul & spirit, completeness, victory, prosperity, welfare, tranquility, quietness of soul. It encompasses healing and restoration of every broken relationship. It is nicely summed up, “Nothing Missing, Nothing Broken.” It is also used as both “hello” and “goodbye”, but spoken in this way as much more than a casual or social greeting – it is a blessing, a deep desire, a prayer, encompassing all that is mentioned above.
'Shalom' expresses all that I desire for my clients. I long to see my clients well, whole, free and living life to the full.
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to health. It considers the whole person – the body as a whole as well as mind, emotions and spirit. It doesn’t just treat symptoms but addresses the underlying imbalances.
In many ways being a naturopath is like gardening (another of my loves). A gardener pays attention to the health of the soil, the location of the plant (where does it thrive), providing what the plant needs (water, sunshine or shade, mulch, good food, good companions). I know that if my plant has the right conditions and is strong and healthy, it is less susceptible to disease or pests.
Similarly, I know that if a person is well nourished, well positioned, in conditions where they thrive, has supportive relationships, is strong and healthy then they are less susceptible to disease and infection. If the body is given what it needs then it has the ability to be well. And when a person’s health is out of balance and weakened I work with the person to address the underlying cause and nurture it back to health.
When I work with a client I am not only working with their presenting symptoms but the whole person and everything that has contributed to their current state of health.
We work together to identify the why of your current health and how to improve your health, energy and vitality.
After taking a comprehensive case, I work with you to create an individually tailored treatment plan.
Food as Medicine
I prefer to use food as medicine rather than just prescribe a bunch of supplements. I do often find however that supplements are needed - at least to begin with - but it is never my plan to have someone permanently on supplements. Some people need to make a lot of dietary changes and are ready to jump in the deep end; for others this is overwhelming and we make adjustments little by little. I will continue to communicate with you to understand where you are at and work with you at your pace.
Ultimately if our body is unwell then it means we are doing something it isn’t happy with. The healing journey therefore will require you to make changes. I will help you to identify lifestyle choices and habits that are weakening your health; and recommend lifestyle strategies to support good health. These recommendations may include how much you move or exercise, how much sunshine you get, how well you sleep, how you manage stress, what you do for fun and relaxation. These will all be areas we will explore together.
As I said, my preference is to use food as medicine. Sometimes however we need some extra supplemental assistance. This can be for a number of reasons: deficiencies or depletion as a result of poor food choices, poor food quality (such as foods grown in depleted soils) and availability, higher demand of certain nutrients on the body (due to stress, illness, genetics or pregnancy).
I prescribe supplements that I know and trust for quality.
I love herbs! Diet and lifestyle are foundational to health. Herbs are my medicine chest. There is so much that we can do to support and improve health with well prescribed medicinal herbs, without the level of risks and side effects of pharmaceutical medicines. To me, herbs are God’s medicine packaged perfectly for us with a rich history of use by healers throughout time and cultures. In Western herbal medicine, this history has been taken and tested and we understand more about the composition and action of the herbs.
I will refer you to your GP if needed and will work with your GP to support your health; or recommend other health professionals and treatment options to complement your treatment plan.
Where necessary I will request testing – pathology or functional testing to provide additional information to what is happening in your body.
Advanced Diploma Naturopathy
Advanced Diploma Nutritional Medicine
ACFED approved practitioner
Completed Eating Disorder Essentials course 2020
Completed Psychological Approaches for Clients With Weight Concerns course 2020