A healing practitioner tells ... Naturopathy, holistic medicine, folk medicine

... about her daily practice, from serious and responsible work and from dealing with flat-rate judgments.

Michaela (* name changed) gets snaps. Your beloved car is only a total loss without a significant residual value. The horn is still going. Unfortunately, the owner of a free car repair shop accidentally cut a load bearing part with a flex. That's it. The car lands in the scrap yard. "Sorry," says the self-employed mechanic with an alcohol flag.

Thomas (* changed name) gets Herzrasen. His asset adviser opened up with an unbeatable eloquence that he could perhaps eat an ice cream with his wife with the money he had saved for his retirement for decades. Less than the fees, it might even be enough for a cappuccino afterwards. The securities deposit no longer offers more purchasing power.

Both stories are true and both happen in my circle of acquaintances. I wonder why these people did not go public and loudly demand a professional ban on all free car parks and all free estate agents. I mean that seriously. In both cases, blatant mistakes are undermined and such people are not allowed to exercise their profession any more! And not just these two, but if so please all right!

But they still exist: the investment bankers, the free wealth managers, the free car parks, the big corporations with their diesel fleets. The reason is simple: there are also very well trained, serious and fair people and companies. In any profession.
Flat-rate translations are not very helpful, as are unspoken and motivated discussions. They scare all the people of a profession over a comb and lift the black sheep on a stage which is not due to them. Those who work hard, honestly and honestly suddenly stand out of the limelight and are hardly noticed anymore. This is a deeply subjective and one-sided perception, objectivity and sound arguments are lost.

I work as a naturopath for psychotherapy in my own practice. I base my work on empirically proven interventions. Since I am a human, it can be that I am mistaken. But my duty is to act to the best of my knowledge, to continue to develop, to exchange with colleagues and to seek competent help when I feel I do not get any further. This is how it works. I know what I can and I know my limits at the same time. I love the exchange with family doctors, including those with psychological psychotherapists and psychiatrists. On some occasions it happens that I agree with them after a patient's obligation to disclose the patient.
I have noticed several times that they are astonished when I work as a psychotherapist for psychotherapy with ICD-10 coding, which has diagnostic criteria in mind and calls corresponding interventions and therapy plans. I once asked a doctor for a joke, to correct his stereotype: Howling whales, incense sticks, angel energy, card-laying and tablecloths belong neither to my training nor to my daily work. Since then we have been working together and he regularly sends me new clients. So easy.

I live in rural east Westphalia. A person in an acute crisis, an adaptation disorder or a depressive episode waits up to a year to a therapy place with a psychological psychotherapist who is a qualified psychologist. That's long. Too long. The loophole about the SGB V, which promises therapy at unreasonable waiting times, sounds reasonable and good in theory. In practice, patients often have too little power to deal with health insurance companies.

Then it can happen that my funkmelder with his shrill sound from the sleep tears me.
I am volunteering with the emergency carers. And then I go to families where father, mother, daughter or son have suicided.

He wanted to let him help, but nobody had a place ...

I hear not infrequently. In the clinic, only strong medicines were given, for psychotherapy the staff was missing ...
This is just one example that shows that health care practitioners could also close a gap in health care.

In objective terms, it is in no way a question of competing, but rather a meaningfully complementary cooperation. It is nevertheless a fact that when the school medicine is at the end of their arts, sometimes an alternative healing procedure reaches an alleviation of the complaints.

Here, too, I would like to make a true example: My daughter was then two years old and stumbled from one infection to the next. Tonsillitis, inflammation of the kidneys, kidney inflammation, and so on. Again and again antibiotics. Once even in a hospital in the Kinderklinik. It took no end and I, pregnant with her little brother, was also at the end.
On the recommendation of a friend of mine, I had a homoeopathic history for the little one. I paid from my own pocket and after two hours my little daughter got three small white balls put on the tongue. I was horrified! I went home and said to my husband, "Well, I have never thrown money to the window so quickly ..." Long speech, short sense: Our daughter was healthy from this moment on. Really healthy and very resistant. For years. This can not be a coincidence and no placebo. For neither I nor the child believed in success.

This is what I personally wish for: a respectful collaboration between school medicine and medical practitioners. Both professions and above all the patients benefit from this! Each professional group has core competences and neither has the right to impose a lump-sum incompetence on the other. Black sheep are everywhere!

Even in the banking crisis, there are still honest bank advisors. Despite the abuse scandal, fantastic priests and pastoralists work with heart and soul in the Catholic Church. There are likewise serious used car dealers and gifted mechanics in free car parks. When a single sick person becomes a death threat, no one cries out for a job ban for all nurses. Because it would be absurd and the whole structure of health care would be broken without sisters and carers.

Psychedelic drugs staggering medical practitioners in advanced training (such as in the Hamburg area a few years ago and large in the media), questionable treatments of cancer patients with a cryptic healing promise by naturopaths - yes, all this is forbidden and also prosecuted! But these cases can not be used as an argument against an entire professional group.

Personally, I would like to have a uniform training and examination of all healing practitioners in Germany. And an open, valued dialogue of all stakeholders in the health system. This is the only way to create ruthless stories and generalized statements on a rational level.
The fact that a few curative practitioners have damaged the reputation of our professional group is undeniable. I would not like to say that. I too was ashamed to call my title after meeting some doubtful colleagues. As these have passed an ambulance check, I am actually haunted ...
While I am convinced that this opportunity is also an opportunity,

For in factual and well-founded talks, grievances can be called openly. This is then to be eliminated, and the bottom line remains an improvement.
Those who have the courage to look for their mistakes and correct them according to the best of their ability are on the right path. In the end, a self-confident professional group of medical practitioners should be able to say: Yes, that went wrong, we corrected that. Above all, medical practitioners should be able to say: We do that, we are competent in that, there are our possibilities and there are boundaries where the patients are in the hands of school medicine. We are proud of this, and for the same reason our profession, just like everyone else, has its right in Germany.

Sandra Brökel
Heilpraktikerin für Psychotherapie
Schreib- und Trauertherapeutin

With the kind permission of naturopath Bierbach. Original text can be found here:

Last change: 2018/07/27

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