Jo Rowkins DipNT MBANT
86 Church Road
Hi, my name is Jo and I am a qualified Nutritional Therapist. I am experienced in helping clients with a variety of different health issues, and I have worked successfully with female hormonal imbalances, stress-related conditions, weight management and many others conditions.
I work to educate and inspire my clients to find the balance in their lives, helping them to improve their food choices based on their individual needs. No two people are the same, so you will go away with a tailor-made plan unique to your own requirements. I do not believe in strict, hard-to-follow protocols, food has to be enjoyable and in balance with your lifestyle and current needs.
Many things can be part of a healthy lifestyle, including drinking wine or eating cakes, if used in a balanced way. No two people are the same, as the factors that make each and every one of us tick are unique. Giving yourself the gift of undivided time to consult with a nutrition and health professional allows you to shed light on your own habits, needs and health goals. I enjoy being able to facilitate and guide each client to a place of better health, vitality and balance.
I am fascinated by the profound effect nutrition has on the body. When disease processes and imbalances have set-in, nutritional therapy can set you back on the path to health again by addressing underlying causes, rather than simply treating symptoms. In the first consultation, I look in detail at your diet, lifestyle, sleep, stress levels, previous medical history and current symptoms, to work out a plan specific to you. Any changes we make to your diet are for therapeutic reasons, for example, if you're suffering from a particular condition, I'll explain to you what foods are making your condition worse and which foods and nutrients will make your condition better. Quality supplements may also be prescribed to correct imbalances and top-up your nutrient levels where needed.
The naturopathic approach to nutrition particularly interested me as it comes from the principles of treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. No two people are the same, so no treatment plan is the same for everyone. The naturopathic principles focus on "therapist as teacher", i.e. the therapist teaches and empowers the client to take responsibility for their own health - awakening their health potential by guiding them to make the right choices based on their current situation.
I believe that finding balance is the key to abundant health and vitality. Often people force themselves to make healthy choices, or get obsessed by a fad diet, or make a series of attempts at trying to get healthy, without finding the balance in their lifestyles that they are actually seeking. I'm interested in exploring many aspects to guide a client to a place of balance. Connecting with the reasons behind why we do something can be very powerful.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having trained with the College of Naturopathic Medicine, I qualified in 2008 as a Nutritional Therapist. I am also a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).
I spent many years enjoying a healthy lifestyle before deciding to train as a nutritional therapist with the College of Naturopathic Medicine. I spent much time travelling the world awakening my own inner health and being inspired by different cultures and cuisines. I believe having a positive mental outlook and minimising stress are crucial to optimum health.
I am qualified to understand the biochemistry of disease processes and can therefore shed light upon foods and habits that may be hindering the healing of a particular condition, as well as suggesting specific nutrients to enhance certain biochemical processes and address biochemical imbalances. I am passionate about functional medicine and orthomolecular medicine and the profound effects they have on healing imbalances in the body.
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- Adults and elderly adults
- Anaemia *
- Balanced diet
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME *
- Coeliac disease
- Confidence and self-esteem
- 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 *
- Infants and pre-school children
- Iron deficiency anaemia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome *
- Life stages
- 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.
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I offer a 10 minute Free initial telephone consultation to see if nutritional therapy may be of benefit to you, and to answer any queries you may have.
- £60 initial consultation (up to 90 minutes)
- £45 for follow-ups (up to 45 minutes)
- Skype sessions available also.
The first appointment lasts up to 90 minutes during which a detailed case history is taken. (This is also available on Skype if you prefer, so please contact me from anywhere!) You will be asked about your current health, previous medical history, stress, energy and sleep patterns, as well as your diet and lifestyle. You will be sent a pre-consultation questionnaire to bring with you (or email back to us if using Skype) to your appointment.
Usually I'll arrange a follow-up session 4 weeks later, depending on what we are trying to achieve. Often tests may be recommended, such as hormone testing, food intolerance testing or stool testing to investigate further. Your budget is always taken into consideration.
I also run a private 3 Day Green Smoothie Detoxes for small groups of friends upon request, depending on location. Please contact me to discuss further.
A little bit more about me - I spent three years living and working at a cleansing and fasting wellness retreat in Thailand at The Spa Resorts, Koh Samui. As their Executive Health Consultant, I guided many people through supervised fasting programs and helped them to make healthier food and lifestyle choices for when they returned to their home countries. I also ran my nutrition consulting practice from there and saw hundreds of clients from all over the world with an array of health complaints. I then moved to Berlin, Germany, where I started running detox workshops until giving birth to my daughter in the Spring of 2012. I enjoyed a healthy and vibrant pregnancy and a non-medicated natural water birth, thanks to the wisdom of yoga and meditation and by following a healthy lifestyle. I relocated back to Europe in 2011, I now live in Brighton where I see clients for nutritional therapy and run the 3 Day Green Smoothie Detox.
Location - Central Hove, a short walk from Hove train station. Numerous buses stop just outside the clinic. I also consult via Skype for clients who are not in Brighton and Hove.
"Jo has a lovely warm manner and a way of making a person feel totally at ease and very comfortable discussing details of one's health" - Fiona, Brighton, England.
"Jo is an extremely knowledgeable and caring person and she is the best nutritionist I have ever seen. I was suffering from intense and frequent sugar cravings but after following her advice I seem to have that under control. She is an absolute mine of information and she has given me many tips and recipes that make my diet so much better. She told me things which I had never known before and thanks to her I am having an allergy test as well as a candid-a and parasite test done in order to eliminate or confirm various possible causes of my many symptoms. I still have a long way to go but thanks to Jo I am on the path to better nutrition. I am waiting for her to return to Brighton so that I can see her. My daughter wants to see her as well." - Sushila, London.
"Through the efforts of Jo’s nutritional tips, my energy levels have increased, and my blood sugar levels have decreased – and best of all I’m enjoying eating again without gaining weight! I have lost 20 pounds and have eliminated the need for my Prozac! I am very pleased with my new outlook on eating healthily with choices. The biggest change is my eating 6 small meals a day instead of 3 larger ones. Even with eating 6 times instead of 3, I don't gain weight! And never feel hungry, and don't crave the things I used to such as chips and chocolate, coffee and wine." - Beverly, Singapore.
Type of session
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Appointments are available Mon, Tues, Wed,Thurs & Fri until 2.30pm. Other times can be arranged upon request.
The 3 Day Green Smoothie Detox runs at least once a month.