Finding a complementary therapist

Contacting a professional association is a good starting point for finding a therapist. Many people find good therapists through recommendations from family or friends or through a support group.

Some registered health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists) are also qualified in a complementary therapy such as nutritional and herbal medicine, hypnotherapy, counselling, acupuncture or massage.

Helpful tips for finding a complementary therapist

  • Confirm that the therapist is willing to communicate with your doctors about your treatment. This is particularly important if you see a practitioner who may use remedies that might interfere with conventional treatment.
  • Check whether the therapist would like to see your test results, a list of medications you’re taking, or your conventional treatment plan. This information reduces the risk of them dispensing remedies or other treatments that might interact with your conventional medicines or treatments.
  • Ask for a written treatment plan outlining the remedies and dietary or lifestyle changes recommended.
  • Keep a record of your consultations, including the treatments given and medicines or supplements you have been prescribed.
  • Write down any questions you have or use the question checklist.
  • Take someone with you to appointments to offer support, get involved in the discussion, take notes or simply listen.
  • See the glossary if there is a word you don’t understand.

This information was last reviewed in May 2015
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