Lizzie Mae SmithNatural Medicine - Holistic Health Practitioner
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My original professional background was in Social Care where I worked with homeless people in hostels and day centres, gaining extensive experience of drug and alcohol addiction, learning disability, and mental health. I have a degree in Care Management and training in Community Rights Issues. I became deeply frustrated with how some of these systems were not truly getting to the root of the problem. When I sat with a man called Malcolm as he was dying from an alcoholic related disease, he managed to tell me he was so angry. I asked him why and he replied “because I never found my purpose.” I was very fond of Malcolm, he was an extremely gifted poet, in fact my colleague and I thought he was quoting Byron or Shelley to us at first, until we found out these were actually his own words from his own soul.
I didn’t know then how to help him or any of the other tragic cases I worked with. Until I found homeopathy and a crucial piece of the puzzle appeared. I can now work with people in these situations from a renewed angle where I can offer a much deeper healing process to guide them to their full potential. In fact, in any type of case, and now I work with a wide range, I always look for the root cause but more importantly I hunt for the passion, the purpose, the spark of life in the patient that can bring them to a true healing.
I discovered homoeopathy first as a patient and was so impressed with how it changed the course of my life for the better, as well as curing within days a long standing ear infection, I found myself sitting in Homeopathic college and knowing I had found the way forward and a subject and practice that would interest me passionately for the rest of my life.
I practice classical homeopathy according to my training, but I am also deeply informed and guided by intuitions and dreams. I believe Homoeopathy requires the balance of the rational and the intuitive mind, and I like to work consciously with both aspects. My personal path is to always seek a deeper understanding of the transformational processes of life and this in turn benefits my practise.
I enjoy mentoring work with people, sometimes we are our own obstacles to cure and regular mentoring sessions to support the work of the remedy can make an immense difference. The healing process can be a labyrinth where sometimes gentle and focused guidance is needed to help the patient find their way back to full equilibrium.
I have developed a special interest in Womens ‘issues’ mainly because I am a woman and have spent the last 20 years working out what that means and learning how to be a woman despite our cultural restrictions and constructs. I love working with menstrual and especially menopausal symptoms (this is because I am now through to post menopause, had a bumpy ride which has taught me vast amounts and now feel much clearer, more vigorous and keen to help fellow menopausal travellers.)
I practice and teach yoga and meditation, I began studying with my yoga teacher back in 2011 and see her every year to deepen my learning. I love painting, writing, and being creative. I am also a fully qualified holistic massage practitioner with a great curiosity about how the physical body interacts with the emotional and spiritual bodies.
I love being out in nature and sometimes do walking in nature/homeopathy/healing sessions in the beautiful countryside just outside Glastonbury as well as holding sessions in my peaceful clinic in Wells. I have completed the first year of a training in Norse Shamanism which is tapping into my Scandinavian roots. I am involved in a cutting edge project in Northern Portugal creating a nature and health sanctuary and a rewilding zone (www.valedaslobas.com.) I write a bi monthly column for the wonderful Juno magazine (www.junomagazine.com), I am interested in all aspects of health and wellbeing, including food and nutrition and although all of those things make me sound busy, I am most interested in how to rest well, stay balanced and do less. It is possible.
I am a mother and grandmother, becoming “Granny” has been the most wonderful thing, a complete joy in my life. I believe life gives us gifts and challenges and they are one and the same, my life and practice are dedicated to transforming wounds into gifts. I look forward to hearing your story and supporting your transformation.