Meeting with Me

What to know and expect about different kinds of consultations

Initial Consultations (Intake Appointment)

This is the most common appointment for people who want to begin working with me, appropriate for people who have one or more health concerns which they need ongoing support with. Ongoing can mean that we have a few follow-ups or it can mean that we will be working together long term. Healing is relational and I strive to create a healing container. This appointment can range from 1.5-2 hours, depending on needs (breaks are fine and encouraged). I will guide the conversation but it is your time to talk about what is most important to you. We will discuss your concerns, your larger health picture, and your goals. My primary role is as an educator, a co-collaborator, and to create a responsive, encouraging, non-judgmental, non-hierarchical space for you to work toward your priorities and desires, providing my toolkit alongside yours.


Here is a quick rundown of all the steps to the initial consultation:

1) You schedule the appointment and will automatically receive a zoom link and be redirected to a page which contains the intake and consent forms. 

Please schedule with ample time to complete these. Many people find that the intake form clarifies their goals before they come into the appointment, so it is often helpful for both of us.

3) We will meet at our scheduled time for 1.5-2 hours. Before it ends, we will schedule an appointment for an outtake for roughly a week later.

4) I will take the week in preparation for the outtake. This means that I will be researching and spending time building the protocol being sure I have a complete picture and all the details of your situation.

5) At our outtake appointment, we will go through the protocol together. This serves two main purposes. First, you have the opportunity to ask questions so that we check your understanding of what I am recommending. The second is that it also checks me, to be sure that I have understood you and am addressing your concerns in a form that feels resonant and doable. We can change things as needed during this outtake.


Pricing:

My consultations are justice pricing (sliding scale). This allows my consultations to remain accessible for a larger group of people. 

$80-175+ is the range for the intake, my research, and the outtake, averaging about 7 hours of work on my part.

See FAQ below for more on justice pricing, access, and intentions behind the practice


CLICK HERE to schedule an Initial Intake Appointment

Follow-Up Appointments

Follow-up appointments are for people who have already had an initial consultation with me. We will often schedule them at the end of our previous appointment. How frequent the follow-ups are depend on your situation and availability, so isn’t a one-size fits all process, but a rhythm we will set together. Most often, the first follow up would be roughly one month after the outtake so we can see how your formula is going for you. After that, they might be monthly or they could be less often, depending on your needs and desires. Many people find that monthly appointments keep them more on track and supported with their ever evolving health journey while others just prefer periodic check-ins. Scheduling one sets aside an hour.

 

Pricing:

Follow-ups are sliding scale $25-85+

 

CLICK HERE to schedule a Follow-up (for people who have already done an initial intake)

 

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Acute Care Consults

These are short appointments for single, acute conditions that do not require a lot of background or follow-up, just some in the moment strategies and, when needed, herbal access. These are not for situations where you would be better served by the emergency room. 

 

Please feel free to use this type of appointment for:

– Acute issues that do not require medical care, such as colds, flus, non-emergency injuries (ex. sprained ankle, non-severe burns), certain infections (ex. yeast infection, BV), and similar things

– Acute issues where you already have or are seeking medical support and want additional herbal support. This could be for things you already are experiencing (ex. kidney stone) or pre-emptively seeking support when you know there is an acute or periodic issue you want herbal support with (ex. upcoming surgery, seasonal allergies, frequent panic attacks, etc.)

There are many things that would be better served by an initial consult, which takes a deeper dive into the holistic picture of your health. Single-Issue consults are shorter and less thorough and the recommendations may be more general than the tailored approach I use in the more in-depth work in which I specialize. If you’re unsure what type of appointment would be best for you, please contact me for guidance.

Pricing: $30


CLICK HERE to schedule an Acute care appointment

Skill Build Appointment

Skill Builds are 1 hour appointments to learn one-on-one with me. It could include how to make an herbal preparation, chatting about a general topic related to herbalism or practice. If you’d like to schedule something with multiple people, contact me. We may be able to schedule a group skill-build or it may inform different classes I teach throughout the year.

 

Pricing: $50 

If you self-identify as BIPOC, unhoused, unstably housed, or disabled, and it feels authentic for you to utilize justice pricing (more below), then the cost of this appointment is $10-40.

It is important to me that these skills are available to all, especially communities from which much “western” herbal knowledge derives.

 

CLICK HERE to schedule a Skill Build appointment. If you need an alternative physical location, more than one hour, or would like to schedule for a group of people, please CONTACT ME before scheduling.

 

Este tipo de cita también está disponible en español! Mas información y paginas en español prontos. Tenga en mente que aprendí español mas tarde en mi vida, pues esta cita podría ser un poco mas colaborativa o quizás vaya a necesitar buscar palabras técnicas.

FAQ

Disclaimer: As an herbalist, there is no official license in the so-called United States. While knowing your diagnoses is helpful to me, I do not diagnose or treat disease; I identify imbalances and work with herbs, foods, lifestyle, ritual, and connection to understand where the imbalance is coming from (where possible). We then give the body the tools and support they need to do the healing they are already trying to do. We work together toward greater resilience. I strive to be honest and transparent all along the journey and to provide information and reflections to the extent you desire.

Read more about me and my education.

Yes! The vast majority of people I work with are also working with other practitioners, such as doctors, naturopaths, psychiatrists, acupuncturists, and specialists. I welcome when people have a robust supportive health team. I am not an expert in other modalities, but I thoroughly research all medications to do my best to avoid contraindications and interactions. You do not have to choose one or the other; a combination of modalities often gives the most complete level of care. I believe in harm reduction and agency, so this is reflected in how I practice.

Herbalism which is accessible to all, especially those among us experiencing the most societal marginalization, is a big part of my passion for why I practice herbalism in the first place. As I am currently in the early stages of building my practice, there is a lot of room for growth. Paying on the higher end (or donating) allows me to create more accessible offerings and discounts to people who could not access herbal care otherwise, while still allowing me to care for my own needs. It also allows me to do distribution, mutual aid work, land-based and ancestral-based work, all of which are big parts of where my heart is and how I contribute to community. Regardless of where you pay on the scale, your treatment is the same – access is why it’s there. If my pricing is inaccessible to you financially, I encourage you to contact me. We may be able to set up a payment plan, barter or work trade, or some other agreement.

 

 

In our society (me included!) we often have difficulty talking about money in healthy and frank ways. Below, I will give some clear guidelines, adapted from other organizations and individuals who are also utilizing sliding scale in the best way they know how.

 

 

Some questions to ask yourself, adapted from aorta collective, include:

  1. Are you and your family homeowners or landowners?

  2. Have you attended private education institutions or do you have an advanced degree?

  3. Are your bills or credit cards on autopay?

  4. Do you not have difficulty accessing and affording healthcare or health insurance for you or your family members?

  5. Do you have zero to no debt and/or do you have disposable income?

  6. Do you have a safety net composed of “financially stable” or wealthy family and friends?

  7. Do you have U.S. Citizenship?

  8. Does your income only support you, and not other loved ones?

  9. Have you or do you expect to inherit money or property?

  10. Have you (or could you have) attended college and/or graduate school? 

  11. Considering that many of my offerings and distribution efforts are geared towards BIPOC, diasporic, and unhoused communities, that I am a diasporic POC femme, and that paying on the higher end of the sliding scale helps me sustain my efforts in these communities, do you possess wealth or resources which was directly at the expense of these communities? If you are unsure, it is worth looking into the history of your place and reflecting on your societal positionality.

If you answered yes to 9-11 questions, consider paying me at the high end of the sliding scale and/or donating. For an initial consultation, this would be $175, which pays me $25/hour on average. If you answered yes to around 4-8 questions, you might consider paying toward the higher end but not the highest, such as around $150-100. If you answered yes to around 1-3 questions, consider paying at the lower end of the sliding scale, down to $80. If you answered yes to 0-1 of the questions and feel that paying $80 for a consult would seriously prevent your ability to meet your basic needs, consider contacting me to work out a different arrangement. Of course, each situation is different and this is only a guide, so all of it is self-selected with no questions asked, no proof of income needed, creating a culture of trust and mutuality.

 

 

Alexis Cunningfolk of Worts and Cunning also has some extremely important reflections on sliding scale, including the difference between sacrifice and hardship, which can add more individualized self-reflection and nuance than the admittedly imperfect method of determining through a predetermined list such as that above. I don’t believe in binaries of any form, so understand that your situation might be unique. I highly recommend reading through the article and all the other generously available and cool stuff on their site. It can be difficult to wrestle with these questions of privilege and access, regardless of where you fall on the scale, and I am so grateful for your considered reflection and engagement in mutual community care. And you are by no means alone! I am committed to having a confidential and non-judgmental conversation with you one-on-one if you find that that is a better way for you to decide where on the scale for you to pay.

My books are open to all. The foundations of health can be similar for many concerns, and I enjoy working with a variety of people.

 

I am most passionate about working with BIPOC and diasporic communities, supporting kin in their goals and processes, including connecting with ancestral plants and lands where desired, even when this is complicated for many reasons, and for those who are multiethnic (like me!). I also run a queer-affirming practice and am passionate about the role of supporting care and connection in my clients’ lives. I am based in the Wapato Valley (Portland, OR) and work most closely with plants which can easily and sustainably grow in this region, though not solely.

Sí! Hablo español. Lo aprendí en mis veintes.  Sin embargo, estos temas de salud y las metas de uno pueden ser complicados y es probable que le refiera a otro herbalísta que tiene un entendimiento mas profundo del idioma y de la cultura. Quiero que todos reciban el mejor servicio posible y en varias situaciones podría ser que yo no sería la mejor persona para proveerla. Es ese caso, con much gusto podría recomendar a un colega.

 

Ofrezco mi “Skill Share” tipo de cita (Compartido de Habilidad) en español también y es posible que en el futuro ofrezca clases y talleres en español.

 

Aside from Spanish, I do not (yet!) speak other languages. However, I am learning Arabic from this wonderful human. So stay tuned habaybi!