Donna Valaskova, DipCNM, MBANT, CNHC Registered
As a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist I practice a client-centred therapy focusing on individual’s personal needs and goals; always taking into account the whole health picture and always looking for the underlying root cause of the problem.
Naturopathic nutrition is about supporting health through healing power of whole and organic foods, nutrients, and also about supporting body through healthy habits and healthier lifestyle. I offer a food and dietary support. I use traditional naturopathic techniques, good quality supplements and diagnostic testing. I use an emphatic approach and enjoy sharing my knowledge with my clients, motivating them so they find they own way to health, vitality and calmness.
I have been involved in nutrition for over six years. Initially this related to dealing with my own health issues, but I soon realised that I would like to take things a step further and become a nutritional therapist myself. Coming from a busy corporate environment I understand the challenges people face when trying to implement dietary changes into their busy lifestyle.
I also run a regular six week health coaching programme called "Lose weight, boost your energy and love your body". This is an empowering course where we have the opportunity to discover hidden reasons that may have been making it hard to lose weight; we learn what can be done to get things back on track; covering topics from hormone imbalances and food sensitivities, to chronic stress and bacterial imbalances in the gut.
My approach is friendly and supportive and I am passionate about the positive impact healthy living has on our lives. I work from the wonderful Tree of Life Integrated Health Centre in the city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex.
I regularly contribute to local magazines and give talks at health events.
As well as seeing clients at the clinic I also offer supermarket tours where I teach my clients what foods to buy to support optimal health. We go through all main sections of clients favorite food store.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I am a fully qualified Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, I graduated from the College of Naturopathy Medicine (CNM) where I studied for 3 years
- Member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)
- Member of Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
- Reiki I & II Practitioner
In addition to my clinical work, I also support nutrition students at the College of Naturopathy Nutrition (Brighton) as a Clinic Assistant Supervisor.
Previous career in the Hotel Industry as an Events Manager for 5+ years.
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of nutrition deal with
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have this medical condition, 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.
1st Consultation (90 mins): £75
This includes follow-up consultation notes, summarising all recomendations given, and where appropriate a personalised plan for you to follow at home.
Follow-up (45 mins): £45
Includes follow-up email where needed
Before your first consultation, you will be sent a questionnaire and I will also ask you to fill in a 3 day food diary so that I can have an initial idea of your overall nutrient intake and a health history.
At the initial consultation (which takes 90 minutes) we review your complete health history, ask about current and past symptoms, look at diet and lifestyle, and order functional testing when appropriate.
What you’ll get after your consultation? Your healthy, personalised lifestyle plan with nutritional advice, guidance on lifestyle changes, where appropriate supplement plan and an explanation of the current triggers and how the recommended changes can improve your health.
Depending on the health issues you come with, we might have follow-up sessions to keep track of the progress you make.