It’s 06:30 on a Monday morning and your alarm goes off. You groan, bemoan your existence, and check your phone. You hop in and out of the shower, shovel your breakfast mechanically into your mouth, and off you go to your 9 to 5.
For the average person, that’s a pretty standard morning. However, staving off an existential crisis everyday before work shouldn’t be the norm. What most people don’t realise soon enough is that you can—and sometimes should—shift gears in the middle of the freeway in order to get yourself where you need to be.
When it comes to career options, the world isn’t as black and white as most people have been led to believe. Interested in a career in healthcare? Believe it or not, that doesn’t mean you have to go to medical school. It is possible to contribute meaningfully to your community’s wellness without pursuing a more conventional career.
Natural health consultancy is just one of the many paths you can take toward putting your passion into practice. Keep reading for everything you need to know about becoming a Natural Health Consultant (NHC).
What Does a Natural Health Consultant Do?
It’s 08:00 on a Monday morning and you’re still in bed. You wake up naturally, yawn, stretch—heck, maybe you even get a yoga session in. You draw a bath while you go over the day’s schedule.
Your first appointment is at 11:30—an hour long session with a local college student suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Your next session is only after lunch—a follow-up appointment with your former co-worker, the one with the eczema prone skin. A new client, one with a yet undiagnosed issue—and referred to you by your colleague, will be dropping by at 16:00.
How you define “consultations” is entirely up to you. While the average patient is lucky to get 20 minutes with their physician, you have the freedom to structure your client’s appointments as you see fit. For most NHCs, that means exercising your interpersonal skills and giving your client’s the opportunity to open up about their concerns—and giving yourself enough time to investigate them.
So, what is a NHC anyway? NHC’s support the body’s natural healing process—and general wellbeing through a variety of natural therapies. As an NHC, your clients would look to you for non-invasive methods to better their quality of life. Chronic and acute pain, gastrointestinal issues, and nutritional deficiencies are just a few of the issues that NHcs can help their clients address.
For the most part, NHCs conduct holistic consultations, not just fighting the fires that are already raging on in the body, but looking beyond the symptoms and taking the time to learn about their clients, their bodies—educating and helping them modify their lifestyles. That means recommending certain dietary changes, supplements, and topicals. In this sense, NHCs quite literally change lives.
Like most alternative health practices, natural therapies are often best integrated with conventional ones. This is especially the case where illness is concerned. As with any good alternative health practitioner, NHCs can and should refer clients to physicians or specialists when the need arises.
How Much Does a Natural Health Consultant Make?
Of course, things look a little different when you run your own consultancy or partner up with other healthcare professionals. In this case, and depending on your skills and qualifications, you can expect to earn between $250 to $500 per consultation. While your earning potential isn’t quite as impressive in other countries like Australia, a career in natural health is one of the most transferable skills around and can open up doors the world over.
How to Become a Natural Health Consultant
NHCs are typically unlicensed. However, that doesn’t mean you or your clients have to settle for less. While getting a degree in natural health or a related field will undoubtedly give you an edge, becoming a certified natural health professional is easy with Academy Epic’s Naturopathic Doctor Program—one of the best ways to wade into the natural health waters. After all, is there anything quite as reassuring to a client as knowing that the person they are entrusting with their health is, in fact, qualified for the job?
The two main natural health certifying bodies, the National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals, Inc. (CNHP) and the American Council of Holistic Medicine (ACHM) have slightly different requirements for qualification. The CNHP prefers applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent and requires the completion of five seminars and a practicum. For the ACHM, you must have a bachelor’s degree, at least 120 hours of experience.
While completing the five seminars is all you need to do to get certified by the CNHP, for ACHM certification, you’ll need to pick a specialisation, for example, naturopathy or pain management. You will have 30 days to complete the test, however, before you can do so, you’ll need to send in your completed application, degree certificate(s), transcript, passport-sized photos, and pay the application fee.
That said, if you’re interested in a different route, remember that Academy Epic offers Board Certified practitioner-level natural health programs.
Get a Job
With the global population slowly turning toward a healthier way of life, it’s no wonder that the demand for natural health practitioners is growing. Whether you’re setting up your own consultancy, Youtube channel, or working at your local gym, there are a myriad of employment opportunities opening up in the natural health sector.
An NHC is just one of the many doors open to aspiring natural health professionals. If you have great communication and interpersonal skills and have always dreamed of doing your own thing, you may be suited to natural health consultancy.
Kick-start your new career with Academy Epic’s certified Naturopathic Doctor Program.