Strength in Numbers: Exploring a Model for Group Clinical Practice

An important component of trauma-informed herbalism is financial accessibility—ensuring that care is affordable to those who need it most. To minimize cost barriers, herbalists in private practice often look to sliding-scale payment structures, pay-it-forward programs, mutual aid, and free clinics. This presentation proposes an additional approach: group work. Energetic clinical herbalist Gina Badger explores this model, drawing on their experience running a pilot group consultation focused on building immunity. What are the unique benefits of group consultation for both clients and clinicians? What can herbalists learn from offerings in other modalities, such as community acupuncture and psychotherapy groups? What can a group herbal consultation look like? And, what are the limitations and possibilities of this model?

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