Paula Needham BSc Hons Nutritional Health, DipION, mBANT, CNHC reg
The Coach House
01629 258364 / 07754 803164
Paula’s philosophy and approach
Nutritional therapy is educational as well as therapeutic. The emphasis is on developing healthy, long-term eating habits, as opposed to crash dieting, and to dispel many of the confusing nutritional myths prevalent in the media. Advice is based on research evidence where possible. Sometimes it will be based on emerging research and positive clinical experiences, where firmly established research is lacking. Sometimes functional lab tests will be suggested, which incur an additional cost and are therefore optional.
As you receive nutritional coaching during the sessions, you will become equipped to gradually change your eating habits and understand the reasons for doing so. This means you may not need many sessions over a long time period.
Nutritional therapy aims to strengthen and support the body’s systems so it can heal itself, or remain in good health. It can make a big difference to the way you feel. It is estimated that 80-90% of mortality in Western populations is due to the influence of diet, inactivity and environmental exposures such as smoking, not genetic factors (Willet, 2002). All of these factors can be modified by changes in lifestyle.
Willet, WC. (2002). Balancing lifestyle and genomics research for disease prevention. Science. Vol.296:695-7
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc in Nutritional Health, studying with the University of Greenwich in collaboration with the UK College of Nutrition Health (BCNH). I also have a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the Institute of Optimum Health in London. Previously I was a research scientist, with a 1st class honours degree in Combined Science and an MSc. My work experience in the international science arena, and working in education, is highly complementary to my work as a nutritional therapist.
I am a member of the Nutritional Therapists professional body (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which ensures that high professional standards are adhered to. I engage in continuing professional development, including attendance at specialist nutritionist forums, in order to keep in touch with current thinking. I was a tutor at the UK College of Nutritional Health for two years, assessing mainly Year 4 students in their clinical practice, and marking Year 3 degree assignments.
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- 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
- Heart disease *
- High blood pressure *
- High cholesterol *
- Irritable bowel syndrome *
- Life stages
- Menopause *
- Migraine *
- Obesity *
- Osteoporosis *
- Polycystic ovary syndrome *
- Pregnancy and preconception
- Premenstrual syndrome *
- Psoriasis *
- Rosacea *
- Skin health and conditions *
- Thyroid problems
- Tiredness *
- 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.
What to expect from a session
Prior to the consultation, you will be sent a questionnaire which ideally is returned to me a few days before the consultation.
This lasts about one and a half hours. There will be an in-depth discussion about your health concerns and past history. A diet and lifestyle action plan will be negotiated and tests or supplements may be suggested. Fact sheets, recipes and tips will be provided.
Follow up session
About 4 to 6 weeks later, there is a follow-up session lasting 45mins to 1 hour. Here we will review your progress and make any adjustments and further recommendations as required. Further sessions may be needed depending on the complexity of the case.
What will it cost?
The initial session of one and a half hours is £70 and a follow-up is £50.
Because I am registered with the CNHC, you may be able to claim a substantial amount of the consultation fees from Westfield Health Insurance, and Health Shield Insurance. Please check the details of your policy.
How can Nutritional Therapy help me?
Changing the way we eat, along with other lifestyle changes, can help the body to regain homeostasis (balance). It is used to enhance and support:
- Structural imbalances
- Reducing oxidative stress and enhancing energy
- Addressing environmental imbalances
These imbalances can occur due to a variety of triggers such as foods, environmental toxins and stressful life events.
Health issues which may benefit from nutritional therapy include:
- Weight loss
- Sports nutrition
- Healthy Ageing
I also offer packages if you want to commit to a few sessions, as many chronic issues take more than 2 sessions to sort out. In addition, you can sign up for 6 sessions which specifically look at weight management and healthy eating, where emphasis is on removing barriers to success and focusing on goals. This is cheaper than the usual rates when booked as a package. I also offer group sessions if you would prefer to come with your friends (4 to 6 people).
Type of session
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I am away from 16th July until early August. I will answer any email queries as soon as I return.