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Ann-Maree Bortoli

Canberra Holistic Health

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Ann-Maree Bortoli (B Naturopathy) and Julia Byford (PhD, MA Counselling) have an abiding interest in helping people in their care to be as healthy and happy as possible. Ann-Maree and Julia provide private consultations and an extensive dispensary of high quality practitioner-only herbal products and nutritional supplements.

Canberra Holistic Health

Focus areas

Health issues Lifestyle Herbalist Irregular periods Hormones Endometriosis

How we can help you

Ann-Maree Bortoli Naturopath and Herbalist can help you with:

Womens health
  • Fertility/infertility and antenatal care
    • Pre-conception and pregnancy care
    • Optimising the chances of conceiving
    • IVF support
    • Reducing post-natal blues
  • Problem periods
    • PMS/PMT, pain, irregular periods, heavy periods, mood changes, skin problems
    • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
    • Endometriosis
    • Thrush
    • Fibroids
  • Menopause/Perimenopause
    • Hot flushes and night sweats
    • Sleep problems
    • Mood changes
    • Weight gain
    • Memory problems
    • Joint changes
Mens health
  • Fertility problems
  • Prostate health
Childrens health
  • Learning and concentration difficulties
  • Eating problems
  • Frequent infections runny noses, colds, ear infections, coughs
  • Allergies and food intolerances
  • Colic and other digestion issues constipation and diarrhoea
  • Asthma
Teenage health
  • Healthy eating that tastes good
  • Pimples and acne
  • Study problems
  • Problem periods
  • Anxiety and depression
General health issues
  • Dietary and lifestyle advice for good health and disease prevention
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression, anxiety and assistance though life transitions
  • Weight loss and weight gain
  • Digestive problems
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
    • Bloating, pain, flatulence,constipation and diarrhoea
    • Food intolerances and allergies
    • Minimize symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease, Coeliac disease, gastritis
  • Musculo-skeletal problems
    • Arthritis osteo, rheumatoid, gout
    • Osteoporosis and osteopenia
    • Fibromyalgia
  • Support through cancer treatment
  • Immune system problems
    • Frequent colds/flus/urinary tract infections/coughs
    • Autoimmune disorders
  • Thyroid
    • Hyperthyroidism (overactive), Hypothyroidsim (underactive), Viral thyroiditis
  • Diabetes prevention and support
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Appropriate dietary and lifestyle choices to prevent diabetes
    • Diabetes support and minimizing the risk of diabetic complications
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Cardio-vascular disease
    • Circulation issues
    • High cholesterol
    • Heart conditions
  • Healthy aging

Julia Byford Counsellor and Psychotherapy can help individuals and couples with:
  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Challenges of being a new parent
  • Loss and change
  • Work or study problems
  • Apathy, constant tiredness
  • Loneliness and social anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Confusion and indecision
  • Relationship problems
  • Major life-events, e.g. redundancy, menopause, ill-health, disability
  • Trauma and Adjustment Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Health-related issues
  • Coping with chronic and terminal illness
  • Living with or affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Eating disorders
  • Workplace bullying
  • Impact of abuse

About us

Ann-Maree Bortoli, an experienced, university-trained naturopath and herbalist, practiced at Melbourne Holistic Health Groupwhere she worked as a consulting naturopath and simultaneously undertook extensive post-graduate training for more than 5 years in general naturopathic practice and womens health in particular. She is happy to be back in Canberra to establish Canberra Holistic Health.

Whilst her main professional interest is in all aspects of womens health from puberty, reproductive years, peri-menopause, menopause and beyond she also treats men, children and teenagers. Ann-Maree works closely with other health professionals, including specialists and GPs, who refer patients to her. When appropriate Ann-Maree also works alongside health professionals where a team-based approach provides the best outcome for patients. This is especially the case for couples experiencing infertility

Ann-Maree is a main contributor to the textbook Women, Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle, a definitive guide to natural medicine and womens health. She is committed to a collaborative approach to healthcare. Ann-Maree is experienced in working with patients doctors and other health practitioners. She uses evidence-based natural medicine and traditional naturopathic knowledge.

Ann-Maree completed the 4 year Bachelor of Naturopathy at Southern Cross University, Australias leading naturopathic education program, and was awarded two prizes on graduating the ANTA prize for excellence in naturopathy and the clinical nutrition prize.

Julia Byford has 40 years experience in Australia and internationally as a counsellor, researcher, medical anthropologist, academic, nurse and midwife. Her qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience give her a solid foundation to understand and work with people dealing with challenging issues.

Julia uses a broad-based counselling approach drawn from Eastern and Western psychological theory and philosophy and influenced by her Zen Buddhist practice. Julias approach is mindfulness based and encourages clients to notice and pay attention to the link between their emotions and their bodily feelings. This approach is known as Process Experiential Emotion- Focused Therapy.

As a Clinical Member of CAPACAR (Counselling And Psychotherapy Association Canberra and Region) and member of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) Julia is bound by the organisations Codes of Ethics and Practice and subject to the organisations Complaints Procedures. Julia is committed to continuous professional development and regular consultative supervision.


Ann-Maree Bortoli Naturopath and Herbalist

First consultations typically take 1-1.5 hours or a little longer. Ann-Maree will ask you to complete a form and she will ask you a comprehensive range of questions aimed at finding out about you and how best to help you attain better health and minimize preventable disease. Ann-Maree will develop a treatment plan for you and with you. This plan may include diet and lifestyle changes and may also include herbal medicines, vitamins and minerals.

Initially Ann-Maree may need to see you on a regular basis to monitor your health and she may need to change your medicines. Repeat consultations typically last for approximately 30 minutes.

Additional time is needed for Ann-Maree to dispense your medicines and to explain how to take them.

Julia Byford Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Julia meets with clients for an initial session. During this session clients are able to experience what therapy can be like and Julia has the opportunity to find out more about her client(s) and all parties can ascertain what it would be like to work together.

The first appointment is usually one and half hours and provides an opportunity for clients to clarify what they hope to gain from counselling, to ask questions of Julia, and for Julia to make a thorough assessment, explain how she works and what she can offer. If Julia and her client(s) decide to go ahead and work together, they make an agreement on issues such as method of working, duration of therapy, fees and confidentiality. Occasionally when Julia and her client(s) agree that the clients needs may be met better elsewhere, Julia can help find an appropriate counsellor.

Regular appointments are usually weekly and last for an hour. Therapy may be open-ended or time-limited according to individual need. Changes can be made following review at any time subsequently, with the clients agreement. Typically 6-12 sessions are usual for counselling. For psychotherapy it is open-ended and can continue longer, up to a year or more according to individual needs.

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