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I am a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist with a degree in Nutritional Medicine. I am a member of The British Association for Applied Nutrition (BANT) and am registered with both the Nutritional Therapy Council and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.
I have always had a passion for cooking and eating delicious healthy food. Having worked for many years in the NHS, I decided to combine my interest in health and wellbeing with my love of food, by training as a Nutritional Therapist. I completed a degree course in Nutritional Medicine, graduating in 2009. The course was fascinating and combined studying the science of food and nutrition and its effect on health, with supervised clinical training working directly with clients.
I really enjoy working with my clients to help them understand how nutrition works in supporting the underlying processes in the body which are contibuting to their symptoms and how, sometimes quite simple, dietary changes can have a big inpact on health. I see Nutritional Therapy as being a supportive process which gives the client the information and motivation to make changes and take more control over their own future health.
I have also worked as an NHS Speech and Language Therapist for many years. This has given me an in-depth understanding of how to support individuals in a ‘person-centred’ way to meet their own goals and aspirations, and has given me a wide knowledge of the healthcare process.
Areas of health in which I have a particular interest include
- Digestive and bowel health This is one of the most frequent concerns of people who come to see me and I find it very satisfying to help clients who have often suffered years of unpleasant and sometimes embarrasing symptoms to get these under control, which can really improve their quality of life.(It is vital that symptoms are checked out with your doctor to rule out any underlying disease process such as bowel cancer). Doctors frequently recognise the importance of diet in controlling the symptoms of IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) and Nutritional Therapy can provide an individually tailored approach and support.
- Mood and brain function. I find the subject of how nutrition can influence mood and brain functioning through regulating neuro-transmitters and hormones absolutely fascinating and this is a rapidly growing area in nutritional research and practice which I follow with interest. Clients often comment on how their nutritional programme, even when aimed primarily at physical health needs, also has a positive impact on how they feel mentally.
- Fatigue Many people complain of being tired and it is vital to look at what is underlying this such as disrupted sleep pattern, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies such as low iron levels or vitamin D deficiency etc. Stress and illness can lead to long term fatigue conditions such as as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) or fibromyalgia. I have undergone additional training with The Chrysalis Effects programme to help you use nutrition to support your energy levels and help you find a pathway back to better health.