Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nutritional therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science.  It is recognised as a complementary medicine and may be suitable for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.  A nutritional therapist is not a medical practitioner and therefore not permitted to diagnose, or claim to treat, medical conditions.

What happens in a nutritional therapy consultation?

The focus of a nutritional therapy consultation is to understand the underlying causes of your health issues and make personalised diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations. Recommendations for diagnostic testing and/or the use of nutritional supplements are personalised, optional and at an additional cost to the nutritional therapy programme. 

How long is a consultation?

Consultations will range from 20-minute review calls to 90-minute initial sessions according to your programme requirements.

How long is a nutritional therapy programme?

The programme length depends on your health goals.  It takes time to explore new food plans and build new habits.  I can work with you for a period of 8 weeks or more and the average length of a programme is 12 weeks. Many of my clients continue to work with me on maintenance programmes.

How much do you charge?

The cost is dependent on which of the programmes is best tailored to your needs, i.e., the level of support can be weekly, fortnightly, or monthly.  Nutrition programmes start from a cost of £300 per person.

Can I cancel or rebook a consultation?

Cancellations/rebooking: a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is necessary in writing to [email protected]  to cancel an appointment.  Notice of less than 24 hours may result in your appointment being forfeited without refund.

What health concerns can you help with?

Nutritional therapy can help support you with a range of health concerns including headaches, hormonal imbalances, digestive troubles like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), constipation, diarrhoea, stress, anxiety, weight gain, poor concentration, sleep issues, tiredness, muscle and joint pain, frequent infections and low immunity and candida and other parasitic or fungal infections.

I specialise in digestive health and in my Master of Science research I reviewed the link between the integrity of the intestinal lining and gut bacterial imbalances and rheumatoid arthritis inflammation (e.g., joint, muscle pain).  It highlighted the possible role of probiotics in the reduction/management of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

How can you help me with IBS?

I know how to support you using my knowledge of nutrition and the human body and my personal experience of IBS.   There is no quick fix, and everyone experiences digestive issues differently.  Working with me takes you on a journey to learn about your unique triggers and manage your symptoms.  Together, we can identify which foods you tolerate better than others, adapt recipes and explore lifestyle factors.  Diagnostic testing can also be used to identify food sensitivities, nutrient imbalances, and to personalise supplementation.

What are diagnostic tests?

Diagnostics tests are specialised private functional assessments, which are discussed at your consultation (s) and considered relevant in the assessment of the identified areas of your health.  Examples of diagnostic tests include stool tests for bacterial population levels, types and possible infections, blood tests for hormone, vitamin and mineral levels, urine tests for hormone levels, immune function etc. 

The results of these tests can help to direct your future nutritional therapy recommendations and guide any specific supplementation that you may require.  Tests results are discussed with you at a follow-up consultation.

Can I get a discount on supplements?

Yes, when you order from the Natural Dispensary or Amrita Nutrition you will receive a 10% discount on supplements I recommend as part of your nutritional therapy programme.

Do you give meal plans and recipes?

Yes, I provide you with a personalised food plan after the first consultation with 3-4 options for each of breakfast, lunch, and dinner so that you can start build your own balanced meal plans.  I can also provide specific food plans for low FODMAP, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and low histamine. 

My signature recipes are available on my website, and we can discuss other recipe ideas, i.e., links and recipe packs.

What happens if there are foods I don’t like?

Nutritional therapy is a process that we do together, I can educate you and provide you with nutrition and lifestyle information.  We negotiate and agree a way forward together considering your food likes, dislikes, beliefs, and budget.  You will always have a choice.

Do you work with other healthcare professionals?

I frequently work alongside a medical professional (e.g., general practitioner) and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in a client’s care to explain any Nutritional Therapy programme that has been provided.  As a practitioner I always endeavour to refer any client with obvious ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional.

Is my health and personal information kept confidential?

The consultation environment aims to provide a safe and confidential space.  All consultation paperwork including notes taken (and recordings if requested) are treated as confidential and stored securely.  Please refer to the Privacy Policy for how your personal information is collected and safeguarded.  The Nutritional Therapist reserves the right to break with confidentiality in the following circumstances:

  • As part of ongoing training, to discuss clients with a professional supervisor (to ensure your confidentiality, you will only be referred to anonymously to by a client code)
  • If provided with information which may indicate a threat to your own life, or that of someone else, the Nutritional Therapist reserves the right to report the information to your GP, emergency services or the police.
Do you share my information with other organisations?

Sensitive information may be shared with third parties (such as your GP, supplement companies and laboratory testing companies) to support your ongoing healthcare.  Consent is needed by you to use your information in this way to support your healthcare.  

What are your nutritional therapy qualifications?

I’m a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), trained at the College of Nutrition, Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM) and completed my MSc in personalised nutrition with University of Middlesex in collaboration with CNELM (with merit).  I’m also an NLP coach with the Association for Neurolinguistic Programming Language (ANLP). 

Who governs Nutritional therapy professional practice?

Standards of professional practice in Nutritional Therapy are governed by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) Code of Conduct. 

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