Although the Buxted GP has never tried alternative therapy herself, she has seen first-hand just how much it can help her patients.
She believes the holistic, compassionate natures of most alternative therapies offer patients a welcome respite from the strict 10 minutes of GP time usually allocated to each person on the NHS.
“I think a lot of patients would benefit from talking to people. A GP can only give them 10 minutes, which is not long enough,” DR Fabre explained.
Alternative therapy focuses on healing the whole self, rather than just one aspect. So, whereas a GP will examine only the area of concern, an alternative therapist (depending on the kind of therapy) may ask questions about happiness, well-being and general health too. This is known as a holistic approach.
Dr Fabre hopes that the surgery, located at former GP practice April Cottage (since located to PCT-funded premises), will particularly benefit those suffering from conditions such as stress, addiction and back pain, which often have underlying psychological causes.
All therapies offered at April Cottage will be funded by patients, although Dr Fabre has expressed her hopes that all therapies will one day be available on the NHS.
The surgery was opened September 1 and offers a selection of therapies including acupuncture, pilates, reflexology and hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapists use specialist relaxation and linguistic techniques, including NLP, to help identify and alter clients’ behavioural patterns. This technique can be used to treat a huge range of issues, from physical conditions such as back pain and IBS, to mental states such as addiction and low self confidence.
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