Evolution of a Psychotherapist Nurse Herbalist – Laura
Grew up with herbs, gardening, and alternative medicine
Maintained interest and use
Made healing products for family members and myself as a teen
Went to college became a Master’s level psychotherapist working with mentally and physically ill patients
Earned a Doctorate in Nursing because of the population I served – complementary/alternative medicine was included in doctoral curriculum
Saw a need for non-pharmacological interventions in both medical and psychiatric clients
Wanted health alternatives without harmful chemicals
What could I do to improve the health of my family, clients, friends and myself?
When I became ill, I needed to heal, used herbs, aromatherapy, and alternative medicine along with allopathic
While the training in my doctoral program was helpful, I needed more training that would lead to certification –
While working on PhD at Fielding – entered into a 3 year program for western, Ayurvedic, and traditional chinese herbal medicine. Graduated in 2012.
Grew organic herbs, fruits, berries, vegetables to make products
Produced handmade soaps, culinary herbal blends, herbal and aromatherapy products for mind, body and spiritual health