About the Practitioner
- Registered Nurse, Australia
- Advanced Diploma Naturopathy (ND)
- Advanced Diploma Western Herbal Medicine (Adv Dip HM)
- Master of Social Science (Counselling)
- Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
- Clinical Counsellor Registrant, Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation Australia
- Certificate I & II Hatha Yoga
- Registered Yoga Instructor, Yoga Alliance (RYT500) & Yoga Australia Level II
- Registered Yoga Therapist, Australian Association Yoga Therapy
- Certified Yoga of Heart™ Therapist (for cancer and cardiac patients)
- Certified Critical Alignment™ Therapist (for back, neck, shoulder & hip issues)
- Australian Register of Naturopaths & Herbalists
- Australian Traditional Medicine Society
- Herbalists Association of Australia
- Counselling Association SA
- Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia
- Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine
- Yoga Australia
- Yoga Alliance
- Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists
Health Fund Status
Belle has been an integral part of my cancer journey. My specialists each look after their own area but Belle looks after the whole of me. With her medical background, Belle understands the side effects of surgery and chemo and what complementary medicines can and cannot be used. The supplements I take and dietary changes recommended have been explained with a scientific approach and have helped my body cope with all aspects of my treatment, far better than the doctors expected. Belle doesn’t oppose conventional medicine but works with it to make for a better outcome. Going to see Belle was my decision and gave me back some control in a situation in which I first felt I had no control.
Just as a routine check-up the Doctor suggested a blood test & to surprise of all it showed high white cell count. What I heard from the Doctor was I should have five good years left & then five years of treatment which be a declining wellbeing period & then dead. He may have said other things but that is what stayed in my memory. He suggested I see a Specialist which I did & still do periodically, including a blood test.
About 7 years went by & I heard a speaker at a Leukaemia Foundation Education day being held at Hope Valley. The speaker was Belle McCaleb & she spoke about looking after the whole body & not just concentrating on the failing components. That is to keep the overall body as good as practical which would then give the body more opportunity to repair or at least slow down the failing of components by using nutrients, herbs etc. that have a proven track record.
As I had passed the 5 year mark & it looked like I might live a bit longer I needed somebody that showed an interest in my overall wellbeing. The short story is Belle looked at my blood test results, had my hair, urine, saliva, my job, life style analysed. She then set about with a list of actions I should take. This included what would be good for me to eat, how to enhance my life style, nutrients & herbs I should take. The herbs & nutrients have specific tasks that are some are for glucose & cholesterol control. Others are for trimming blood disorders, others to assist in combating my exposure to oil & fuels. This is all reviewed every two or three months including the latest blood test results, she also uses her Live Blood Assessment, cholesterol, glucose tools as well. The last change has been to now make green juice to lower my acid levels & raise the alkaline level.
All in all it is good to have someone assisting you to keep well.
In my battle with cancer Belle has been a constant and comforting support. She is an excellent listener and poser of relevant questions and ensures a full understanding of the patient’s situation. She then brings her wide knowledge and experience in several fields to bear in planning a regime of products and practices tailored optimally to the patient’s needs.
Belle is a willing and empathetic sounding board and works with the patient to monitor symptoms and further refine treatment if needed.
She works not just as a naturopath but as a counsellor, teacher (through seminars) and a yoga instructor. I have greatly benefited from taking part in Belle’s course Empower Yourself To Heal, a profound and uplifting series of classes examining highly evolved thinking on true physical, psychological and spiritual health and the most practical ways to achieve it. In addition, complete sets of notes were provided after every session.
Yoga with Belle (my class being specifically for cancer patients) was very peaceful, relaxing, affirming and yet still providing rigour and challenge in exercising body and mind in the most beneficial way.
I highly recommend Belle as a practitioner who is not just thoroughly professional but who has a genuine concern for the welfare of each patient. She is patient, kind, generous and completely approachable.