About Margaret

About Margaret
 

 

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Naturopathy
  • Diploma of Natural Medicine & Nutrition
  • Certificate of Colonic Lavage
  • Certificate of Remedial Massage
  • Diploma of Professional Counselling
  • Diploma of Theology
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling & Mediation - Human Relations & Communication)
  • Honours Research in Counselling
  • Master of Education (Adult Education)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Biblical Studies)

Australian Traditional Medicine Society Australian Traditional-Medicine Society

Fully accredited in Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Remedial Massage, Herbalism and Counselling with ATMS (Member 0618) from 1983 to 2011, continuing Associate Membership.

National Herbalists Association National Herbalists Association of Australia

Fully accredited in Western Herbal Medicine, holding full membership until 2008.

 

My Professional Life

I became a naturopath because I had grown up with natural medicines in Germany, and because my husband and I intended to build a health retreat. As it turned out, the health retreat didn’t eventuate, and I remained in private practice as a naturopath and medical herbalist. You can read more about my approach to natural medicine on the natural health page.

Three years after starting my practice, something huge happend. I had been deeply involved with New Age philosophies and parapsychology, but one day two clients talked to me about a different god. Not the New Age god within, but the God of the Bible. The passages Jan showed me from her Bible convicted me of sin (by the way, 'sin' is an old marksmen's term and means 'falling short of the designated aim'). As painful as it was, I had to admit that I was a sinner and humbled myself before the great creator of the universe. I finally found what I had been looking for all along: true love and unconditional acceptance. If you are interested, you can read my testimony or watch it as a slideshow.

But please don't worry; I am a professional therapist, not a Bible-basher! When I became a Christian, I simply re-evaluated the tools I used in my clinic, retaining those that were based on empirical and scientific evidence, and discontinuing those that were based on ‘intuition’ and New Age philosophies.

I also started to notice that many of my clients had emotional and relational problems, and that these problems not only caused them a lot of stress, but at times also physical symptoms. They needed someone with whom they could talk about their issues, which taught me the value of counselling. You can read more about this side of my work on the counselling page.

Because I love to help others improve their health, take charge of difficult situations in their lives, and become as independent of therapists as possible, I am an avid advocator of adult education and life-long learning. This is why I have developed training courses and facilitated workshops on so many topics: natural medicine, communication, relationships, attitude, self-image, happiness, and getting on with difficult people. Enjoy some of my articles on the resources page.

 

My Personal Life

Henry & Margaret

Henry & Margaret - Married for 45 Years

Margaret's Children

Our Children - Both Walking with God

I have reached the magnificent age of sixty-five and have had the privilege of being married to the same wonderful man since I was nineteen. Together, we have raised two children and survived a somewhat prolonged owner-builder’s project – some of you may understand what that means:-) Besides working as a consultant, I have enjoyed many hobbies, home-schooled our children, and taught scripture at schools.

Our favourite Bible verse:

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

Prov. 3:5-6 [NKJV]

Above all, I have learnt to be content and thankful for my life, to appreciate the little things along the way, and to give God the glory in everything I do.

 

I hope that this website will assist you in some way, whether you are browsing for information, looking for a practitioner, or wanting some questions answered.

 

 

Hi there

Wishing you health and happiness...

Margaret Lepke