Helen Cooke BSc, MA, mBANT, mCHNC
The Complete Health Centre
24, Castle Street
The Practice Rooms
24, Regent Street
I’m a highly-qualified, functional medicine trained nutritional therapist specialising in the latest nutritional approaches to improving digestion. I will help guide you through the maze of different approaches and devise an easy-to-follow, personally-tailored nutritional programme to suit your pocket and lifestyle based on the latest scientific evidence.
One of the first things you should know about me is that I truly believe food is one of life’s soul pleasures! By working together, we can develop a plan that not only best suit your health needs, but also enables you to still enjoy food (though of course dietary restrictions may be necessary at times).
As well as having a busy private practice, I teach nutrition to a wide range of health professionals (including Bristol medical students) so work hard to keep up to date with current research in the area. I combine the latest scientific thinking with over 30 years of experience of working as a healthcare practitioner.
As poor digestion lies at the root of a myriad of health conditions, I specialise in offering support and giving advise about microbiome friendly/FODMAP diets etc. and psychological health issues. I also have considerable experience of supporting people with a wide variety of health conditions (see below).
My other specialist area of interest is mental health. I have worked with people with eating issues for 25 years initially in a treatment centre and now in my practice. I have regular referrals from a Bristol psychiatrist who specialises in this area of work.
How I work:
Initial consultations include analysis of your health history, family history, and detailed assessment of your current health, so I can understand your situation as fully as possible.
I may suggest functional testing to assess digestion/gut bacteria imbalances /neurotransmitter (stress hormone) imbalances etc., to help us target the root cause of any imbalances and create an individualised nutrition programme to help bring you back to balance.
As stress can have a major impact on health and well-being and significantly influence digestion, I may recommend relaxation approaches such as calming breathing/mind-clearing exercises are incorporated into the work we do together, but this is entirely optional.
For further information please see my website www.thesoulfoodcompany.org.uk or call 07905 383203
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, qualifications and experience
I have a nursing background and a degree in Nutritional Medicine (BSc). I have undertaken additional training in Functional Medicine/the microbiome and stress management. I also have a Masters degree (MA) in Complementary Health Studies, which will enable me to offer you guidance about incorporating these therapies into your programme as required.
I have worked in leading complementary/integrative health organisations for the last 25 years including the world renowned Penny Brohn Cancer Care charity (I was Director of Therapy for 5 years). After my nurse training I worked in a rehabilitation centre that offered support to people with a wide range of problems including eating issues.
I work in affiliation with Professor Tim Spector (British Gut Microbiome project, London) as one of ‘Map My Gut’s’ microbiome specialists. This exciting new service uses the latest technology to provide a personalised analysis of the thousands of bacteria living in your gut together with information on how they associate with health and disease. This test will provide you with important health enhancing advice on lifestyle and nutritional changes.
I’m also Nutrition Lead for the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine.
I am registered with: The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council(CHNC) and the British Association of Nutritional Therapy and Applied Nutrition (BANT).
Helen Cooke MA (Complementary Health Studies), BSc (Nutritional Medicine).
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- Adults and elderly adults
- Anaemia *
- Anorexia nervosa *
- Balanced diet
- Binge eating disorder *
- Bulimia nervosa *
- Cancer *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME *
- Coeliac disease
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Constipation *
- Crohn's disease *
- Diarrhoea *
- Digestive problems *
- Eating disorders *
- 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 *
- Pregnancy and preconception
- Premenstrual syndrome *
- Psoriasis *
- Rosacea *
- Schoolchildren and teenagers
- 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.
Initial consultations range from £75-£120 depending on case complexity - please enquire for further details
Follow-up sessions - £35-£55 depending on length of session or if phone/face-to/face)
Extended follow-up sessions available on request to include stress management approaches
3-month Well-being Package - £325 (10% saving):
This is ideal for people who want ongoing support/motivation or for people who have more complex health issues.
- Initial consultation -
- Analysis of your health and lifestyle questionnaire
- Review of your three-day food diary
- A 1 hour face-to-face or Skype consultation
- Discussion about testing
- A personalised nutritional programme (given during the consultation or emailed within 24 hours)
- Supplement recommendations if required
- Guidance notes/information sheets (as necessary)
- Email or 15 minute catch-up every 2 weeks (up to x 6)
- 2 x 40 min follow-up face-to-face or Skype/phone sessions (6-8 & 12-14 weeks after initial consultation)
*Please note, I am happy to offer a certain number of sessions at a reduced rate for people on a low wage – enquire for further details.
Type of session
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