Advent blog 10 of 24: Katie Ruane the Harley Street Naturopath

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I didn’t really know exactly what services a Naturopathic Phyiscian provided , so I was very happy when Evelyn recommended Katie Ruane to me.

Here’s what Evelyn has to say:

“Katie instantly puts you at ease when you meet her. She listens to you, which always is a great starting point, because she shows such interest in you as a whole person not just the ‘symptoms’.

She spends time understanding your situation and then asks more questions and never do you feel that she isn’t sure of the situation. She is delving a lot deeper to find out more, and within no time she has a history of you that can go back several years.  Once she has this information, she will give you some solutions regarding how to relax orwhat to eat;  however these by no means are the only ones. This is the start to making you feeling and getting better.

Katie will again look at this information and the next time, goes into greater detail about what she has diagnosed and what she prescribes.  At all times, Katie is gentle and very kind and never puts any pressure on you. She allows you to be an adult in your own situation and for you to take responsibility;  something which empowered me to take control of my own situation.  You know something is wrong and cannot completely put your finger on it and with Katie’s help you find the answer. She has proved to be so brilliant at what she does.  Her dedication and study of her subject shines through! I would strongly recommend Katie.”

Katie’s practice is called the Harley Street Naturopath and is based in Wimpole Street.

So what is it exactly?

This is from Katie’s website: Naturopathy, also known as complementary medicine or therapies, uses natural means of healing which have been validated through scientific research. Naturopathy aims to bring the body back into balance treating the cause of illness, not the symptoms.  This provides the body with an opportunity to begin healing.

As a Naturopath I work to support you as a whole.  I acknowledge how your health concern makes you feel and how you experience it.  I take into consideration biochemical interactions influenced by diet and medications, and musculoskeletal aspects of posture and breathing.  This means I treat you as an individual rather than a set of symptoms.  Symptoms are the body telling us that something is not right.

By getting to the root of the cause and treating that, rather than symptoms, helps establish balance and health.

 After finding the cause of the symptoms, I create an individual treatment plan for you.

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There is an initial consultation of 90 minutes to gather information about your health concern(s) and to identify a goal for you to work towards. The follow-up consultations are 60 minutes.  These may contain a variety of therapies such as massage with aromatherapy, and will include lifestyle advice within the bespoke treatment plan.

  1. Why did you become a therapist?

The simple answer is because I like to help people.  I had a ‘quarter life crisis’ working in a job I didn’t really care about, in an industry that wasn’t suited to me and realised that I didn’t want to be doing that for much longer.  I thought about what I actually wanted to do and nutritional therapy was very appealing, due to the importance of diet and how I have made dietary changes myself and felt better for them.  I was directed to the University of Westminster, as they have therapy degrees that are science based; resulting in a Batchelor of Science.  I felt this was important as it gives my training validation. I saw, on the website; Naturopathy and didn’t know what it was. I read the description and knew immediately that it was the one for me.  Nutritional Therapy is a part of my training alongside various manual therapies and I love that aspect of it. You learn so much about someone when you place your hands on them, and to know that, after a session on massage or reflexology or hydrotherapy they will feel so much better and relaxed, is a wonderful service to be able to offer.

  1. Why and when did you decide to be a sole trader or company?

During the final year of my degree we had a module called ‘Starting Your Practice’ and we discussed the pros and cons of being a sole trader vs a limited company.  I decided to be a sole trader as my business, at the moment, is only me so it seems to make more sense to be a sole trader.  In the future, depending on if I employ staff or have a very large income, I will investigate turning my business into a limited company.

  1. What makes your service special?

The fact that I am a true Naturopath following all the principles of Naturopathy and the triad of health means I do really treat you holistically, to treat the cause and not the symptom.  I also treat the individual, the cause and not the symptoms.  During my training, I accumulated over 400 hours of clinical experience both observing and treating patients.  I also have all the science of the body which means that everything I do is backed up by scientific research.  Due to my training I have been able to join the General Council and Register of Naturopaths which only the elite in this country can do.

  1. Did you or your company prepare a Christmas marketing campaign and what did you do?

As I have only recently started up in practice I did not really, no.  Through the WIBN meetings, I promoted a Christmas offer of an aromatherapy massage for £60 –  which has had interest.  It may be something that I spend more time on next year, when I am more established.

  1. What’s your preferred ways of communicating with clients?

Face to face.  I will always see my patients for their consultations in my consulting room as, 9 times out of 10, I will be carrying out a manual therapy which is impossible to do over the phone or Skype.

  1. What’s your biggest challenge in 2015? 

Becoming more established and being more effective in turning interest into paying patients.  In some ways, it’s difficult being a Naturopathic Physician as very few know what it actually is However, this is also an advantage as it means people don’t have a preconception and I can explain.

  1. What’s your hidden talent?

One pot cooking!  In all seriousness, I’m good at picking up on things and whilst I make sure everything I do is safe and scientifically proven, I am very instinctive when treating people.

  1. What your proudest business achievement in 2014.

Finishing my BSc (Hons) with a 2.1 overall, but a 1st in my clinic module.

  1. What’s your oddest request?

I haven’t really had any so far.  A standard response from my male friends when I mention I am trained in massage is an ‘oh really?’ response.  I very quickly put them in their place.  If anything, I am the one giving odd requests such as dew walking as self-care.

  1. What’s your favourite piece of business advice to pass on?

To listen to your body, it knows what it wants.

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You can book Katie and find out more about Naturopathy here

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