As I look back over 2017, I am filled with gratitude for all that I have learned, both in school and out, and the work I have done with remarkably strong and inspiring clients. I have missed writing posts and staying in touch with more of you, but (I'm sure this comes as a great surprise) medical school takes up a considerable amount of time.
That said, I am still here and still coaching, just taking a step back from outreach for a while. I find myself supporting more clients who have chronic mental and physical illness, as well as people who are neurodiverse (ASD, ADHD, SPD, HSP - all the acronyms...), because as my medical knowledge expands and I continue to do personal research about the diverse ways our brains work, I can better tailor support to these experiences. I am constantly amazed by the profound change and balance that can come from making seemingly simple changes to how we feed and move our bodies, minds, and spirits.
This January marks exactly halfway through my naturopathic medical training: 2.5 years down, 2.5 years to go. I am hopeful that Indiana will license naturopathic physicians in the coming years (you can find out more about supporting Indiana's NDs here), but even if it does not my intention is to return to KY or southern Indiana to practice after graduation. I hope to continue at least half of my practice as a health coach over video chat as I do now (called "telemedicine"), but with the additional knowledge of herb/pharmaceutical interactions and the ability to work with clients' physicians in a supportive, integrative natural medicine consulting role.
I am entering the clinical stage of my masters in integrative mental health training this year and am eager to begin counseling and applying my knowledge of how to help support mental health and wellbeing naturally (and pharmaceutically, when appropriate for the patient). I am also continuing to learn bodywork, particularly Cranialsacral therapy, and am exploring how hands-on treatment can be used to help with physical complaints, TBIs/concussions, and even emotional trauma.
I hope that all of you are looking to 2018 with hope. I will leave you not with pushes for making resolutions and healthy changes (although I completely support that, if it works for you!), but with this advice: Be unapologetically and authentically you, because only you can offer that to the world.
Happy New Year!