Sarah Whittaker, LSECH, MSECH, RSHom, HbT

 

A former solicitor and law lecturer, Sarah Whittaker founded Phoenix Homeopathy in 2003.

Sarah Whittaker holds a Licentiate in homeopathy (LSECH), and has been awarded a postgraduate qualification, Member of the South East College of Homeopathy (MSECH).

She is a Registered Member of the Society of Homeopaths (RSHom), which means that she practises homeopathy according to strict ethical guidelines, and always with regard to the best interests of her patients.

Sarah Whittaker has also been trained in the use of Australian Bush Flower Essences by Ian White, who developed the range of essences.

She is also a trained and qualified Homeobotanicals Therapist.

Sarah has completed the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths’ training for Supervisors. To maintain quality control, she engages in peer supervision, recognising that expertise requires lifelong learning.

Co-author of the Society of Homeopaths publication Running a Successful Homeopathic Practice (with James Butler of Painless Practice, Sarah has worked as a homeopathic supervisor and mentor, has written about homeopathy for general and specialist publications and for Brighton’s Evening Argus newspaper blog, and has taught homeopathy at the South East College of Homeopathy. She contributed her expert advice on love and relationships to Susan Broom and Marc Zakian’s guide to online dating, Love@First Site, published in 2005.

 

Sarah’s approach

Sarah sees homeopathy as both an art and a science, so her practising and prescribing style is a blend of the creative and intuitive, together with structured, thorough and logical thought – a mix of right and left brain, yin and yang. She is innovative and results-orientated. Her prescriptions can occasionally be complex, and her warmth and thoroughness is appreciated by patients.

Although Sarah trained initially at the London College of Classical Homeopathy, she completed her training at a more practical college, and her approach is rooted in practical homeopathy, so you are less likely to receive one dose of a single remedy if you choose Sarah as your homeopath. (See21st century homeopathy for further information.)

 

Sarah’s background

After a degree in English from the University of Sussex, she trained and practised as a commercial litigation solicitor with a well-known London law firm, taught law at postgraduate level, and worked in free legal advice centres. She is trained and experienced in working with people going through severe emotional crises, such as bereavement, breakdown and depression.

When she discovered at first-hand the changes homeopathy could bring (read Sarah’s story, below), Sarah ditched her legal career, and studied homeopathy at college for over four years and qualified as a professional homeopath herself. She is passionate about homeopathy, and believes that everyone has the potential to heal themselves and transform their lives for the better.

 

Sarah’s story

Paralysed by Stress

A former litigation solicitor with a high profile London law firm, in the mid-1990s Sarah Whittaker was working as a law lecturer when she developed numbness, tingling and burning, lack of co-ordination, muscular weakness, fatigue, visual and balance problems, and started to have great difficulty walking.

Shocking Diagnosis

After numerous tests, including several lumbar puncture (spinal taps) and MRI scans, doctors diagnosed Sarah as having Multiple Sclerosis, a disabling neurological condition, for which there is currently no known cure.

Rapid Paralysis and Despair

Sarah’s symptoms worsened quickly, despite repeated high-dose courses of steroids, and by June 1996, Sarah was bed-bound and almost completely paralysed, needing help with all functions except speech.

Sarah also developed meningitis-like pain in her head, most likely caused by intra-cranial pressure as a side-effect of the steroids. Extremely strong painkillers, including Pethidine, were prescribed for this, and excess cerebro-spinal fluid was drawn off via further lumbar punctures to keep the pressure down. Sarah’s prognosis was so bleak at this time, that she and her family contemplated euthanasia for her.

More bad news at Hospital

Neurologists were shocked at the pace of Sarah’s paralysis over the following weeks and months, and soon diagnosed a second chronic neurological condition, CIDP (similar to a chronic form of Guillame-Barre syndrome), in addition to the MS.

This second disorder was treated with a course of intravenous IgG antibodies, and, after extensive in-patient physiotherapy and occupational therapy, Sarah learnt to sit, stand and walk again, and to tackle stairs.
Sarah was discharged from hospital, a year after her initial diagnosis, only able to stagger a few yards with sticks, and needing extensive care and aids at home. She had been prescribed a cocktail of medicines, including diuretics for the excess intra-cranial fluid, antidepressants, tranquillisers and painkillers (as well as drugs to help her digestion cope with the amount of medicines), and was told that she would most likely need to stay on these medications for life, and have repeated courses of IgG every few months.


The Turning Point – Homeopathic Treatment starts

Fortunately for Sarah, a friend introduced her to a homeopath: within a few months, Sarah had been able to come off all of her medicines (with her GPs knowledge), and was starting the slow and on-going process of rebuilding her health, wellbeing and happiness.

Stress – the underlying cause

During the course of her homeopathic treatment, Sarah gradually came to understand how she had become so ill during the course of an ostensibly ‘normal life’: Sarah learnt to understand how her illness was due to stress â�� from work, from family life and from unhappy and unstable personal relationships, and how her symptoms had started years earlier on an emotional level.

Sarah’s homeopath also helped her to understand how the stress had led to deeper and deeper warning symptoms over the years, which Sarah had ignored or suppressed with conventional medicine. Slowly, Sarah came to realise that the MS wasn’t something that she had ‘caught’ or developed by chance: it was the result of years of stress, a toxic lifestyle, and suppressed emotions.

Quitting Law for Homeopathy

Sarah was so impressed with the physical and emotional changes she felt on her homeopathic remedies that she decided to quit the law for good, and retrained as a professional homeopath. Sarah started her practice in 1999, at first under supervision as a trainee homeopath, graduated and registered in 2003, and founded Phoenix Homeopathy that same year.

Present Day Health

Now a busy practitioner at Phoenix Homeopathy, Sarah is happily married and manages her remaining MS and CIDP symptoms in a drug-free way, using only natural medicine, preferring to rely on homeopathic remedies to manage both her neurological symptoms, the benign pituitary tumour found recently that she feels may have been caused by steroid treatments, and any day-to-day ailments.

Sarah remains eternally grateful to the team of neurologists, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, care workers and ancillary workers who helped her during the worst days of her illness, but feels strongly that it was her homeopathic treatment that helped her to build a new life, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of her old life.
To date, Phoenix Homeopathy has similarly helped hundreds of patients to transform their own health, wellbeing and happiness.

 

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