Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2011 / Article / Tab 6

Research Article

A Grounded Theory Study of Homeopathic Practitioners' Perceptions and Experiences of the Homeopathic Consultation

Table 6

Category 5: understanding self.

SubthemeExamples

Understanding self“how I am in the consultation and what I do is vital, being aware at times of my reactions, as it cannot help but affect how a patient reacts. Surviving practice is about practitioner know thyself and thyself in relation to other people,” (Int 25)
Understanding self helps connecting“I probably use inner work to make that space feel safe to develop that energetic connection with the patient” (Int 14)
Prior experience can produce biases“I am surprised that this lady is not grieving, having lost her mother one year ago but I realise that I mustn’t impose my feelings on this patient” (Diary 1)
Being drained: judged“You feel that not only are you being judged at a practitioner but to some extent the profession is being judged by our individual successes and failures” (Int 9)
Finding a remedy“there are more than 4000 remedies now and it can be extremely difficult to find the remedy because obviously if you find the right remedy you get the results” (Int 17)
Challenging patients“the difficult ones ummm needy, aggressive and desperate” (Int 15)
Being too involved“I can get very drawn into a patients space and you know I I think in a lot of occasions this has been quite detrimental to my own health process” (Int 7)
Being replenished: good connections“Personally I feel like it’s a job well done when they’ve had a good response to a remedy or made a connection that was valuable for them” (Int 1)
Hobbies“I do it through music. I’m a jazz singer and I cos I try and sing every day and I feel better” (Int 6)
supervision“I see a counsellor, for my own development I also do back to back mentoring with another homeopath and I also go to group peer supervision and one to one supervision” (Int 23)

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