How to Choose a Provider

To fully realize the benefits of treatments that balance the mind, body, and spirit, it's important to find a holistic health practitioner that's right for you.

Questions to Consider Before Choosing a Holistic Health Practitioner

  1. Have they treated patients before with similar needs to yours?
  2. Are they qualified to provide that particular holistic practice? (e.g. do they have any special certification or education, or are they registered with a professional organization such as the NHPC?)
  3. Is this practice covered by your health insurance, and if not, is there another way to pay for treatment, such as through a health and wellness spending account or through other employee benefits?
  4. How long, on average, is each individual session of the practice?
  5. Are there risks associated with this practice?
  6. Are there any other practices that can address your specific needs, and if so, what are the pros and cons of each practice?
  7. What time commitment will be required to receive these practices?
  8. How many follow up visits are usually required for this type of practice? 

Client's Role

  • Be a proactive participant in your health.
  • Tell your practitioner what issues are causing you difficulty.
  • Tell your practitioner what outcomes you would like from the treatment.
  • Answer all of your practitioner's questions honestly, as this will affect your treatment outcomes.
  • You may have to disclose pre-existing conditions and medications.
  • Ask what level of dress/undress is required for practices and decide what you are comfortable with.

Your NHPC Practitioner's Role

  • Usually begins with an initial assessment that involves a question component and then will determine the course of treatment based on that assessment.
  • Inform the client of the focus of the treatment, routines to be used, and symptoms to address.
  • Treat the client with respect, dignity, and compassion at all times.
  • Facilitate the health and well-being of the client.
  • Adjust the treatment according to the client's needs.