Seeing a Clinician at the Evergreen Center – the Process

by Sheila Luna, Clinic Manager, CSCH

The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism offers a supervised student clinic, open to the public. This year, eleven of our amazing clinical students are seeing clients. Often, a person will walk into the clinic and say something like, “I’ve lived in Boulder for the last 15 years and I didn’t know you were here!” So, I decided to write a bit about how our clinic works.

The Evergreen Center at CSCH offers a safe, non-judgmental space. For your first visit, up to 2.5 hours is set aside to discuss your history, diet, lifestyle, health issues, and goals. We don’t diagnose or treat diseases. We look for health patterns in each individual person and offer education, support, and guidance for making positive changes. We recognize that everybody is unique and has different goals and needs. People visit us for a myriad of reasons, including nutritional advice, support for addressing food intolerances, respiratory health, immune support, metabolic problems … For diagnosed conditions, our clinicians are trained to work with other healthcare professionals as part of a healthcare team.

We sit with you. We listen to you and gather information on your health history, diet, sleep, exercise, etc. After the first session, your clinician researches and writes up your case (removing all your personal information so that it’s anonymous) and presents it to their clinical colleagues and supervising faculty. At Round Table, other students and faculty ask questions, give suggestions and provide additional viewpoints. Based on information from the session, research, and feedback, your clinician creates individualized suggestions and educational materials for you. This may include information on nutrition and dietary adjustments, supplements, sleep hygiene, stress-reduction exercises, herbal support, flower essences and more. It may also include a referral to another healthcare provider if we believe this would benefit the client or if any ‘red flags’ indicate that medical attention is advisable.

Some people only visit us for two sessions; they have the information they need to make progress with their health. Others continue to see a clinician for regular follow-up appointments, usually every 2-4 weeks or so. This provides accountability and allows us to fine-tune our guidance as our clients move toward greater health, step-by-step.

We only have eleven clinicians this year, so they book up very quickly. Sometimes we are scheduling up to a month out. Our student clinicians graduate in May, and the next group doesn’t start until October, so if you are interested in scheduling an appointment, give us a call at 720-406-8609. We also have a few graduate clinicians available during the summer months.

We frequently see people at our clinic here in Boulder, but many clinicians are also willing to do phone or Skype sessions. We welcome clients of all ages (except kids under 2), orientations, backgrounds, and socioeconomic status. Our regular fee is $75 per hour, but we do have a sliding-scale available upon request.