There are a number of important factors to consider when choosing a Naturopath.
Find out what training they have done. The standard now is a four year degree in health science.
2. Membership of a professional association.
It is essential that your practitioner be a member of a recognized association. This means that they are qualified and uphold a professional standard of conduct and ethics.
There is no substitute for experience so ask how long they have been in practice and if they are working full time. Some Naturopaths work part time from home as a hobby or only see very few patients. Although this may be ok, you are more likely to have a positive experience with someone working full time in a professional clinic.
4. Personal Recommendation
This is usually the best form of referral. If a friend can tell you first hand about their experience then you are more likely to feel secure that the practitioner will suit you. Be sure to ask the specific questions that are relevant to your situation.
Costs vary considerably and each practitioner will use varying amounts of remedies. Make sure you budget for remedies as well as consultation fees. Find out before your consultation what the fees are and get a rough estimate of total cost of treatment.
6. Personal Rapport
At the end of the day rapport is very important. Your practitioner may have all the right training and experience but if you don't feel comfortable with them its best to choose someone else. This is under-rated area but studies have shown that patients who like their practitioner and vice versa get better results than those who don't.
Is the practitioner located in an area which is assessable to you.