Mental Health Assessment for the Integrative Practitioner


I became interested in working in mental health not entirely of my own free will.  I guess you could say, it had made it’s way into my world via family members and friends as well as my own problems when I was younger. So when I was at uni and I came across any information about mental illness, whether it was pathology or prescription, it was when I undoubtedly resonated most strongly with what I was learning. I’ve had some great opportunities throughout my career to feed my interest, met some wonderful mentors and some other powerful teachers who were often my patients. It’s now become a running joke among my teenage children that all my friends are either psychologists or have some sort of mental health diagnosis, ‘…and what does that say about you?’ they love to add teasingly.  Well it says a lot probably: that I enjoy people who are comfortable talking about the psychology of our lives and ourselves, that I deeply appreciate that to be human is to suffer and we all suffer it’s just a question of degrees and the bravest of us share that with others.  Lastly, I think it tells you that I live in the real world with real people 🙂 (more…)

You’ve got mail!

I’ve received so much lovely feedback (fan mail!) recently I just had to share some with you (note I look much more excited than Meg does when I get mine!). It’s so exciting to be a part of our burgeoning naturopathic & integrative network.  From Alyssa Tait a Brisbane based naturopath, clinical nutritionist & physiotherapist: “I am so appreciative of your mentoring and your professional development (e.g. recent Health Masters Live webinars). You make me really enthusiastic about being in this field, and you actually help me feel like I sort of know what I’m doing…most of the time!!” (more…)


Rachel is superb at honing in on critical issues that are not always immediately apparent. One of her greatest strengths is her ability to examine a case in-depth and break it down piece by piece to determine what tests might be most valuable, and then to  interpret the lab findings in an overall context, e.g. what a patient’s copper balance is in relation to zinc, rather than just looking at independent values, in order to build a comprehensive picture of a patient’s health or otherwise.

Claire Montgomery, New Medicine


Rachel invariably pulls a rabbit out of the hat …  ! Not only is she supremely generous with her knowledge and clinical expertise, she is always glad to share her research and has been known to go to extraordinary lengths to set aside time for supervision / mentoring – even if this means 9pm on a Saturday night!

Claire Montgomery, New Medicine


“Sessions with Rachel have given me the insight and knowledge I need when I don’t have time to research myself.  An hour with Rachel is similar to three months of filtering through books and data.  Valuable  evidence based knowledge and support for any practitioner”.

Kylie Cloney
CairnsNaturopathic Clinic


“I have found the mentoring sessions with Rachel invaluable in terms of professional development and support. Typically the clients that come through the door present with quite complex health issues. This can be overwhelming as a new practitioner, and having Rachel to discuss cases with has been a huge boost to my confidence and my effectiveness.” 

Cate Creemers, Naturopath & Medical Herbalist
Ibod, Clevedon, Auckland