Finding a complementary therapist

Contacting a professional association is a good starting point for finding a therapist. Your family or friends or support group may also be able to recommend a therapist.

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. 

Some complementary therapies may be offered at cancer treatment centres, or your centre can recommend practitioners with experience treating people with cancer in your local area.

What to consider when choosing a complementary therapist

  • Confirm that the therapist is willing to communicate with your doctors about your conventional treatment, especially if you are using remedies that may interfere with this treatment.
  • Check whether the therapist would like to see a list of the medicines you’re taking or your conventional treatment plan. This reduces the risk of them dispensing remedies or other treatments that might interact with your conventional medicines or treatments.
  • Keep a record of 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.
  • Check out our glossary if there is a word you don’t understand.

This information was last reviewed in May 2018
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