What to Expect from my first acupuncture treatment

Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture Treatment

Before we get started on any acupuncture treatment, I get you booked in for a free 30-minute telephone consultation. This enables you to see if we’re a good fit and for you to ask any questions you might have about how acupuncture can help you.

If we decide to work together then the next step is to book in your first acupuncture treatment.

When we meet for the first time in person I will ask lots more questions to make a complete diagnosis of your main complaint and to get an overall picture of your health. We’ll also talk a little about any emotional experiences that may have contributed to your physical symptoms. This extended appointment is a great opportunity for us to take an in-depth look at your health and join up the dots with everything that’s going on for you.

I am a trauma-informed acupuncturist. This means that I understand that our emotions, traumas (big and little), past illnesses and current and past life experiences all contribute to our physical health and well-being.

After our chat I will look at your tongue and feel your pulses before starting your acupuncture treatment.

The needles are left in for about 25 minutes, during which time you can fully relax. Many people find acupuncture treatments to be deeply calming and may even fall asleep during the session.

Discover a bit more about what this feels like…

After we’ve done some acupuncture, we’ll go through your treatment plan. I will also recommend lifestyle changes that you will need to make to ensure a quick and successful recovery. We work together on this so that you feel fully supported.

How many sessions of acupuncture are recommended?

The frequency and number of treatments will depend on the severity and complexity of your symptoms and how long you have been experiencing them for. A shorter course of 6 sessions is common for acute conditions. For more chronic or complex conditions you will most likely need to come weekly for a bit longer.

How many acupuncture sessions before I will see results?

This depends on what you’ve got going on. You should feel a difference after your first treatment, particularly a reduction in any pain and lower stress levels. People often report sleeping very well the night after their first treatment.

In fact, you should see results after every treatment, but to see a permanent shift in your health you will need to complete a course of treatment.

If you aren’t able to follow your prescribed treatment plan you may find that treatment is not effective or that your symptoms take a lot longer to improve.

After you have completed your treatment plan you should come back once a month for a tune-up to prevent your symptoms from returning. This will also help you to stay in optimum health.

Many of my patients tell me that they stay in much better overall health since making a monthly acupuncture treatment part of their self-care routine.


30-minute telephone consultation – free

Initial appointment (80 mins) – £90

follow-ups (50 mins) – £60

Extended follow-ups (70 mins) – £80

This is the ideal option if you’ve not been to see me for a while, or if you need to have some extra time relaxing on the couch with the needles in.

Save with packages

A treatment package gives the process structure and commitment and saves you money as well. Paying up-front also takes the hassle out for you of making weekly payments.

6 x treatment package – £342

6 x 50 minutes sessions
ongoing lifestyle advice and support to make these changes
ear seeds for support between treatments
email support between treatments

10 x treatment package – £540

10 x 50 minutes sessions
ongoing lifestyle advice and support to make these changes
ear seeds for support between treatments
email support between treatments


Did you know you may be able to claim for acupuncture on your health insurance? I am more than happy to provide receipts for you to make a direct claim to your health insurance company.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that if you need to cancel your appointment please give at least 24 hours notice. Should you fail to arrive for an appointment without prior notice, the full fee is payable.