7a Alva Street
I called my business Vital Spark because I know what it's like to feel that your 'spark' has gone out - and how amazing it feels to get it back.
Like many nutritional therapists, I came to this work after struggling with my own - quite serious - health problems for many years. I cleaned up my act six years ago, became vegan (after 20 years as a vegetarian), embarked on studying nutritional therapy, changed careers and haven't looked back.
What helped me most was understanding how amazing the human body is. It tries so very hard to keep things balanced but all too often we take it for granted, push it too hard and then wonder why we aren't feeling great...
People turn to nutritional therapy for a variety of reasons and a big part of my work is helping people to understand a bit about what the underlying issues might be, and how we can work together to address them.
Clients often say that they have valued the chance to reflect on all aspects of their life and can see where changes might need to be made. I look at the 'whole person' so we might address things like sleep patterns and stress as well as diet and nutrition.
Before we meet up, I will send you a detailed online questionnaire asking you about your medical and health history, and giving me an overview of what your diet and lifestyle are like. When we meet up (or speak on the phone) we'll go through your responses and try to get to the root causes of what's going on.
A face-to-face consultation usually takes around an hour or I can arrange a home visit in Edinburgh and the Lothians, or we can speak on the phone or via Skype.
After the consultation I will prepare a tailored programme for you, along with suggestions for any supplements I think might help, and other lifestyle changes that could be beneficial. I also include recommendations for further reading, some sample recipes and any other information I think you might find helpful.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied with the College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating in 2013 with a diploma in Nutritional Therapy. I'm a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and am also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I'm the Scotland-wide volunteer co-ordinator for BANT as well, which means I organise learning events and meetings for BANT members based throughout Scotland.
In a previous life I graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA(Hons) in English Literature in 1986, and worked in corporate communications and journalism for almost 30 years before finally working out what I wanted to do when I grew up.
As well as my practice in Edinburgh, I also write regularly for Vegan Life magazine and blog on The Tartan Carrot - an online hub for vegans and vegetarians in Scotland.
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- Adults and elderly adults
- Anaemia *
- Balanced diet
- Cancer *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME *
- Coeliac disease
- Constipation *
- Crohn's disease *
- Diarrhoea *
- Digestive problems *
- Eczema *
- Fibromyalgia *
- Food allergy and food intolerance
- Healthy eating
- Healthy hair
- Heart disease *
- High blood pressure *
- High cholesterol *
- Iron deficiency anaemia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome *
- Life stages
- Megaloblastic anaemia *
- Menopause *
- Migraine *
- Obesity *
- Osteoporosis *
- Polycystic ovary syndrome *
- Premenstrual syndrome *
- Psoriasis *
- Rosacea *
- Skin health and conditions *
- Thyroid problems
- Tiredness *
- Weight gain
- Weight management
- Women's nutrition
* If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Consultations are £60 in person or via phone or Skype and £65 if I come to your home. Follow up sessions, which usually last 45 minutes are £45.
Cancellation other than in emergencies, with less than 24 hours' notice, is £20.
Type of session
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Appointments are available Monday to Saturday daytime, and Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.