Cost

There are as many cost structures as there are Homeopaths. For those who do not have the money up front to book in an appt. in my private practice, we have lower-cost clinics, one of the ways I found help for my family over the years. Many Homeopaths work at these clinics to make homeopathic care accessible to as many as possible. I have helped in such clinics over the past several years, and look forward to continuing to do so in the future. The downside is that sometimes you have to wait to get a slot, but it is worth it when finally you get started. Sometimes you are able to be booked in to be seen on short notice, for instance if there is a cancellation. You can find clinics local to the San Francisco Bay Area on the Bay Area Homeopathy Association website, or you can talk with Homeopaths in your region to find out whether there is such an option near you.

My private practice rate is structured to fit the flexibility you want. Chronic care, also referred to as Constitutional care, is a process and just one appointment, while it might result in some relief, is not likely to result in longterm resolution of susceptibilities in your life.

- A bundle of 3 appointments
(the first long one and two Followups over the next 2-3 months) is based on Chronic Care and is $600, remedy/ies included **   

- A bundled 6 months of care and remedy/ies is $950 (or $900 for each additional family member who is seen for Chronic, or Constitutional care).

Some think of this like Concierge Care. This represents my total concentration on your case, often 10 - 12 or more hours beginning with a 2 - 2-1/4 hour appt. (plus the sometimes many hours of my studying your case to prescribe your initial remedy), continuing with whichever number of Followups is needed (unique to each person, but there will be several, and your remedy is included in the package, and includes Acute care intervention when that is needed over those months. I will be making tracking notes and often doing more study on your case after each Followup), we may have some email exchanges between appointments, and sometimes some short phone calls. After that initial 6-month package which is designed to give us enough time to set you on track toward long-term wellness, future Followup appts. are $150 each, remedy included unless you need to order it directly from the lab ** (see below). Many people are so improved after 6 months that, they don't feel a need for more immediate Followups. 

Another option is paying appointment by appointment. The initial appt. cost is $400 for the  initial long appointment and the hours I will spend after that appt. studying your case and prescribing, and $150 for Followup appts. 

Followups often also require considerable time, thought, and research beyond the appointment time, as well as creating good tracking notes to be used in future appointments. I book in 60 minutes for Followups though it's possible we may not need that long together. Even if everything is on a good trajectory we need these Followups (often no more frequently than 4 or 5 weeks apart) to track changes you might not even have on your mind; these give me a lot of information about how the remedy is working, whether it is appropriate to move into another potency, or whether you have moved into another remedy state over time.

I like to bundle the 6 months together in that time and again we see that when people are feeling better, they are less likely to come to Followups. Even when you hear, "Things are looking good," we're continuing to gather information which guides us in understanding the remedy's action in you, and we use the information along the way to develop a clear picture of how you are functioning now in comparison to how you were when first we met.

Too often when patients feel better they don't bother coming in for Followups and they start to slip back to original symptoms and think that Homeopathy does not work. But when there is slipback, we want to track that as it helps guide us to a good potency and frequency of dose for you. We're tracking a lot with these appointments, and they are important to your homeopathic healthcare. A bundled package helps many people follow through in getting the best care they can.

It's about providing deep care. Classical Homeopathy practiced as Hahnemann developed it demands much of the Homeopath's time and consideration to serve you well. People who attend a series of Followup appointments with their Homeopath tend to have better longterm outcomes. We like to remind people that your serious symptoms may have developed over decades; it takes time to have sustained deep improvement.

If a year has passed since your last Chronic Care appt., I will need to retake your case as what you experience in a year's time has the great possibility of moving you into a new remedy state. Because I will have some of your family history and an understanding of your past, I will retake your case for $250 and as I then will have a recent record, if in the following time period you have what you feel is an Acute incident that needs attention I will have a more complete, recent picture of you available for my consideration as I look at whether this is a true Acute, or an Acute Exacerbation of a Chronic condition. This may affect your remedy Rx.

A true Acute Care appt. is $150 if you are not a client under the first 6 months of Chronic, or Constitutional care with me (if you have that 6 months package, Acute Care is included when it is required). Though we may talk only 20 minutes when you call for the Acute, we will follow up during that week and that care will not be charged separately. 

When you are paying a Classical Homeopath, you are paying primarily for Labor, though one of the benefits of how I work is that since I have put many thousands of dollars into filling out my personal pharmacy with hundreds of remedies in multiple potencies from the best quality labs I know based on direct experience with them, and consultation with multiple longtime Homeopaths, as soon as I have figured out your prescription (Nancy Drew, girl detective here…), if I have the remedy you need in the potency you need, there is not the slowdown of my ordering from the pharmacy and waiting to receive the remedy. If the order is after a mail pickup on a Friday, or is Saturday or Sunday, that can result in a significant delay before you receive your remedy. Having invested in a large personal pharmacy is part of my commitment to you.

** Please let me know who will pick up your remedy for you when you are not able

You cannot walk into the Hahnemann Labs Pharmacy in San Rafael, California; it is not set up to be able to serve people in person. While I include in my rates the cost of remedies I have in my stock, in some cases, such as ** if the remedy needs to be ordered and time is of the essence, I may call in the remedy order for you. You will call the pharmacy (open M-F only) and pay by credit card and they will send your remedy to you. If you are in the SF Bay Area, you may want to have UPS deliver from the labs to you. UPS orders which go in by mid-afternoon often arrive the next day within the S.F. Bay Area. Please ask the labs to make a note to have your package left in a shady, dry place as remedies should not be left to get hot, or be left in damp areas. 

My other primary homeopathic remedy suppliers are Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy, in England, and B. Jain Homeopathic Pharmacy, in India.

Focused Consultations (see page): $150 / hour

My rates take into account my own family's experiences as Patients of different Homeopaths and at Homeopathic lower-cost clinics over years. Too often prior to becoming a formal student of Homeopathy (though I have seen Homeopaths for care since 1983), I did not realize the importance for the overall "case" to be coming for Followup appointments. I had limited money and each month divvied up what I had to cover all our costs, including healthcare. Had I understood then what I do now about why Followups are crucial, I would have prioritized more of the limited money for Homeopathy.

Often, things would improve after taking a remedy so I figured all was well and we didn't always do the Followups on the suggested schedule. We all would begin slipping and eventually we'd go for another appt. but had we had a solid series of appts. without large gaps in time, there's a better possibility we would have kept moving forward in our health with susceptibilities being positively affected. We were sort of cobbled together, but much of the time the help was not long-lasting. 

By bundling your initial 6-months of care, I hope you will prioritize your Followup appointments. If you don't feel you can do this, Homeopathy may not be the best match for you.

When people don't follow up after an initial appt., some are tempted to say Homeopathy doesn't work. We must follow you closely until which time your Vital Force has gotten the boost it needs to keep you on an even keel. 

In our modern times things can get very confusing as we need to wade through a host of chemical exposures people face in their neighborhoods, daycares, schools, and workplaces, while at the same time taking into account negative effects of Vaccinations, Birth Control, and other Pharmaceuticals, and the very suppressive effects of Antibiotics, while also tracking other maintaining causes of disease, even the effects of cordless phones, cell phones and towers, and WiFi, and mold in environments where you spend time.

All of this is part of Posology consideration. After the initial time period it is not uncommon to have to change the potency, frequency, or manner of dosing. You are paying for expertise and skill we have developed over many years of study and practice in considering myriad possibilities to determine what likely is best to help you.

Since we cannot know every incoming issue or exposure in your life, I encourage my Patients to think about what they feel is affecting them. When I know more about your family's surroundings and inputs, and your family's known responses to them, I have the best possibility of helping you most deeply. Often, it is a process of unfolding. With more time, Patients tend to share more information and details which allow me to answer that question Hahnemann always asked: What Is To Be Cured? 

The purpose of the Followups is for me to track your progress, anything good, or anything slipping, and we want to look for old symptoms from your past making an appearance, and anything that appears to be a new symptom showing up. We don't always have a way to know that what seems like a new symptom was not a symptom from your youth, or something you experienced as a baby, but if your parents are still with you, you might ask them if they remember a particular symptom which has come up for a brief appearance in the weeks following an appt.

We bring together all that we know about you from the initial appt. and look at what you have experienced since taking the remedy. You're not necessarily going to know why we are asking certain questions in a Followup, or all of what we're tracking (for lack of time to explain it all), but be assured that those questions help us to understand you through the homeopathic lens, and to see if there is a miasmatic layer which needs addressing for you to experience more help from your remedy. Upon occasion we will realize with some new information that, a different remedy is needed. It is likely to be one sharing many characteristics, and may be part of a family of remedies that included the original prescription, but if we see a closer match we may change your Rx after the Followup appt. to something which more closely matches your state. 


There is deep science in Homeopathy, and Posology includes a lot of the art of Homeopathy in bringing together what we know about the Patient and the likelihood that one potency or frequency is needed, or one way of giving the remedy is better than another for this Patient (dry vs. in water; just one dose; weekly doses over a month; or many other methods), and we consider the pace of a particular remedy which helps us to decide when a Followup is needed; these decisions are part of the art. 

I'm looking for the point at which you feel so improved that you return only maybe a couple times a year after the first year or two, and after that only when you feel a need. We want to see you continuing on the positive trajectory of your life.

When I talk about Labor, this is where I describe what I call 'keynote prescribing' where there is a focus on one or two keynote symptoms. Someone takes the case quickly, sends you out the door with a different remedy in hand every time, and over the course of years you may be given a very long list of remedies.
If you're feeling grief about a loved one's death, you might be offered Ignatia. If you have skin issues, Sulphur is likely to be suggested. It's not that those would harm you and after much consideration, in some cases those might be good matches, but in Classical prescribing we're not jumping to conclusions. We're considering all we understand about you as a person and bring all of that together with your chief complaint(s) to come to an appropriate Rx. In Homeopathy practiced classically we bring together mentals, emotionals, physicals, and even the spiritual, when that comes up, to understand the whole of how you experience life.

While sometimes we have to prescribe in that 'keynotes' fashion, for instance when we are seeing people in free clinics where we literally don't have the time for a normal full intake, and because we have no idea when next we will see these Patients, it's not ideal and that is not how I treat in my normal practice. And still, we keep careful notes at these clinics so that, over time we gather more information about each Patient and can build upon that information to treat on a deeper level if, and when they return. 

In theory Homeopathy is beautifully simple but in reality the practice of Homeopathy requires many years of dedicated study and practice to obtain enduring results. We're hearing increasingly frequently about M.D.'s, Osteopaths, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Dentists, and other practitioners saying they "do Homeopathy, too". I have to question, when I hear this, what has been the quality of their studies? I cannot help wonder why they are prescribing rather than referring, as do Professional Homeopaths when that is appropriate. While I have some background in various modalities, I will suggest adjunct care for you from the professionals in their fields when I believe you would be helped by them. I'm not going to pull out my needles in your presence!

But because I have working knowledge based in certifications in Shiatsu and ancient Anma, and introductory CranioSacral Therapy, and Nutrition and Health coaching (CHC), and over decades have had help via many modalities including Chiropractic (multiple styles), Hellerwork, Acupuncture (modern and ancient styles) and Chinese herbs, Rebirthing Therapy, old style Osteopathy, old style Naturopathy, Physical Therapy to avoid going under the knife, Alexander Technique, and Reiki, and healthy Biological Dentistry as well as specialized Orthodonture, I can talk with you about these modalities, including differing forms of Orthodonture and why one might choose a certain type.

I've birthed my babies in a free-standing birth center, and at home with enormously skilled Lay Midwives and Doula help. I'm happy to help direct you to therapies or to modalities I believe will help beyond the help I will provide you through Classical Homeopathy.

If you embark on the study of Homeopathy, you will become aware of some keynote symptoms associated with remedies. It is important to think about those, but is equally important to realize that Classical prescribing is based on a significantly long appointment with the patient during which the Homeopath is trying to understand what makes that person tick, how she experiences life, how they react to challenges, what is characteristic about him, and their responses to bumps in the road, or even to tragedies.

If there is nerve pain, how does the patient experience and describe it?
This information helps describe a person's 'remedy state' and helps in confirmation when we are considering a remedy for the patient. Our study
 doesn't end when you leave the office; taking the time to allow deep consideration of all aspects of the case is what distinguishes Classical Homeopathy practiced as Hahnemann taught his students. I have been trained to prescribe thoughtfully and deeply and
will always do my best by you. 

An Example : Two people can be involved in the same tragedy, for instance watching a bomb explode over a neighborhood. One person might be overcome with tremendous grief along with guilt that this happened to her but she was spared, while another might primarily feel fury and outrage, and want retribution. We are not judging the person's reaction, but looking at the very different central responses as remedy states, and we use those as a guide to finding a remedy whose profile would include that state.

The different remedies taken by those two people would help each of them come to more equilibrium and be able to cope with life after this tragedy. The reality would not be removed, but these people's responses would come toward less extremes. The person with so much guilt might be able to pull out of the overwhelmed state to find a beneficial way for her to respond, maybe joining a grief group set up to help people deal with the emotional effects of the experience. The one with so much fury might find a way to funnel that outrage into a productive outlet such as bringing together needed clothing and bedding for the ones who survived the bombing, and gathering their information in order to notify their kin of the situation, finding a way to do good in the midst of grief.

Homeopaths look at such differing characteristic responses to make the remedy matches we do. If someone flipped in a situation like that bomb scene from giving a loud expression of outrage to sitting down and reading, seeming to block out others and dissociating from the situation, that would be something we would find important to consider in our homeopathic look at the person.


A Homeopath prescribing deeply will look for these kinds of details and so much more. We look at the timelines in your life, major events, what you feel needs help in your life, your family history, relationships in your life, health history, any pharmaceuticals in use, supplements you are taking, we discuss anything that feels important to you, and ask about other things which will help us come to a  remedy choice. Sometimes after you have been on a good remedy for awhile, more issues will come up at a Followup appt.

Things that you practically did not think about suddenly may be important to you to bring up and will lay the way for understanding more about you, more deeply, and so this might help us come to a change in potency or an appropriate next prescription.  

This process has been described as a dance between the patient and the Homeopath.

These initial appointments typically are 2-2-1/4 hours. Some Homeopaths do 1-1/2 hour initial appts. and follow up with brief phone conversations or email to gather more details. Followup appts. are 30-60 minutes. But what you should understand is that people prescribing classically typically spend much time following an appt. Even Homeopaths in practice 30-40 years often spend hours in studying your case to make sure they have figured out a good answer to our eternal question: What Is To Be Cured?

Upon occasion it is obvious that there is a miasmatic state which will be helped with one out of a very few remedies and that remedy may be given right in the office, but the Homeopath will continue to study your case to consider what could be the underlying Constitutional state and at Followups she is determining whether that miasmatic layer appears to be cleared. At the appropriate point, she will be able to prescribe a good Chronic Care, or Constitutional, remedy.

This process is unique to the individual. There is no way to know ahead of time how long that part of the process will take but it, also, will bring relief. 
We have to understand you deeply as a human being, and understand how you cope with difficult situations in your life in order best to prioritize the information we are presented as we receive your case, to bring it together to get a strong picture of a remedy state. Your very words and descriptions will "give" us your remedy state.

Again, the experience is unique to each person we treat. And while many people experience the whole process as therapeutic, we are not providing therapy, per se; we are listening and learning about your life to help us in our prescribing.

Homeopaths do continual study of myriad Materia Medica and often spend long hours reading books on remedy groups when we feel we see that a patient will need, say, a Bird remedy, or a Compositae (sometimes called Asteraceae) family remedy. While Arnica, a Compositae family remedy would be likely to help a lot in almost any traumatic accident, if a person were kicked in the belly, or had her gall bladder removed, Bellis perennis, in the same family, would be a more particular match and therefore would be likely to help her heal that much faster.

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH CHRONIC CARE, OR CONSTITUTIONAL, HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

We will meet as described above. I will ask that you give me about a week after our appt. as I consider and study my notes while I determine what absolutely must be reflected in the remedy, and what may or may not need to be seen in the remedy. I will look at which remedies share most of the central aspects I am considering in you. I will do a Materia Medica differential of 4 or 5 of what I think are the best possible choices and will settle on the one of those which will be the best fit for the time period. I will get that to you and once you take the remedy please let me know so I can note the date in your chart.

In many cases, we will have a 10-minute Followup phone call about a week after you have taken your remedy and will meet about 4 weeks after you take it, but in some cases where you are taking a slow-paced remedy we may make it about 5 weeks (does not have to be exact dates!). After the Followup, I'll determine how well the remedy is working and has held, and based on that will plan either another dose, or doses, or no dose at that time as the remedy continues in its work, and that will determine when the next Followup should take place. Sometimes another appt. about 4 weeks later is useful. Or if things are going well, it might be 6 or even 8 weeks. At that Followup we again will track symptoms and look back at where things were at the initial appt. to have a clear comparison.

I put a lot of effort into supporting you so that we catch things before they slip too far back, in order to keep the overall trajectory moving forward. It's a little like retraining muscles when you improve your posture; you have to keep giving your body the message of what is correct posture. It's the same here, only it is your Vital Force (like Chi, or Prana) which we are supporting and need to give these reminders. We are like Vital Force Whisperers! 

Your Homeopath is a facilitator as you move toward health and freedom in your life but
It is you doing the healing from the inside, out