Business profile: Red Orchid Wellness Centre | Science and tradition bring health

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COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENT: Naturopathy combines evidence-based science with traditional healing philosophy for holistic health.

COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENT: Naturopathy combines evidence-based science with traditional healing philosophy for holistic health.

The practice of Naturopathy today is evidence-based science combined with traditional healing philosophy. It is highly professional in its delivery and sets out to restore health by addressing the underlying causes of illness. For centuries it has used herbal medicine, supplements, nutrition, dietary advice and counselling to ensure its dedication to establish and maintain human health, to co-operate with the body's natural processes.

Naturopathy may help with:

  • Enhancing mood and energy levels
  • Digestive issues
  • Stress management and stress-related conditions
  • Detoxification
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Nutritional coaching
  • Natural fertility management and pregnancy 
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Skin complaints such as eczema, acne, and dermatitis

Stephanie Donougher has over 15 years of experience in the natural health care industry. She has worked in private practice at the Lotus Health in Neutral Bay and at Blackmores. Stephanie has now re-established herself on the South Coast, providing us with her skills, knowledge and experience into this healing art. 

Stephanie is full of compassion and integrity in her consults and is experienced in treating a range of chronic and acute health conditions. She is passionate about holistic healthcare and committed to providing safe and effective methods of treatment, providing the tools and advice for living an empowered, balanced and healthy life. 

Stephanie is committed to keeping up to date with evidence in the Complementary Medicine Industry, she frequently reviews literature and is knowledgeable in the interactions between pharmaceutical medications and naturopathic treatments.

Stephanie can also give general health assessments and check-ups, focusing on health education. She is a member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia, which means she is required to meet the highest standards of education, to adhere to a strict code of ethics, and actively participates in the continuing education policy.

An initial naturopathy session of 1.5 hours is $95, a follow-up consultation of half an hour is $80 and health fun rebates are available. Contact via

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Talking through tough times

Talking therapies across the disciplines – counselling, mental health nursing, psychology, psychotherapy – help because they re-align cognitive understanding with affective (felt) experience. When these are out of alignment, inner turmoil arises and using talking therapies is the simplest, most efficient way forward.

A simple start is to look around for the right word(s) to adequately describe the experience. When this skill is undeveloped we experience a phenomena known as Alexythemia. This is the inability to adequately put into words and share our felt experiences in a manner that feels complete and true. Clearly, this is an important part of the healing process all talking therapies include.

A similarly important aspect of caring for the self in times of anguish, is the ability to align thoughts about what has happened with how you feel about what happened. When ideas, thoughts, beliefs or assumptions about Self, Other or World don’t support the lived experience of life then again, we experience anguish. Changing our minds – ideas, thoughts, beliefs, assumptions – is not easy to do.

It requires new perspectives to integrate newness into existing thought patterns and develop a stronger sense of Self, an enhanced understanding of what’s possible and deeper connections. With a little effort on your part, and some skill on the therapist’s part, this can be achieved for almost everyone, regardless of what they’ve gone through. At Red Orchid, we have a variety of talking therapists all with many years’ experience and registered with appropriate healthcare bodies, including AHPRA. By Ruth Tarrant.