Esther Donoff BSc (Hons), MSc, mBANT, CNHC reg
I work with people who are seeking to improve their health and slow down or prevent the onset of chronic disease through nutrition and lifestyle. I consider each individual to be unique, and provide detailed personalised nutrition and lifestyle interventions to address nutritional imbalances, with individual support to help people to achieve their health goals and achieve optimum well-being, rather than a “one size fits all” approach.
I help individuals with a wide variety of health complaints, including fatigue-related conditions, stress, energy, gut problems, to name a few. I also help individuals who are trying to manage their weight, recovering from an eating disorder, planning a family, pregnancy, breastfeeding or peri/post-menopausal, or would just like to support their health and well-being now and for the future. My mission is to help you alleviate your symptoms and feel fantastic whilst enjoying your food in a way that fits in with your lifestyle.
I am a registered nutritional therapist working with clients from Edgware, Burnt Oak, Mill Hill, Stanmore, Borehamwood, Elstree, Radlett and surrounding areas. I see clients at the Natural Gateway Clinic in Borehamwood and Edgcare private GP practice in Edgware. Skype consultations can be arranged, although face-to-face consultations are preferable.
If you are not sure if nutritional therapy is appropriate for you, please contact me to arrange a free 15 minute telephone consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
My first degree was in Pharmacology and I started my career in the pharmaceutical industry setting up clinical trials. Building upon my knowledge of body systems and appreciating that food and lifestyle can have just as strong an effect on the body as medicine, I progressed to an MSc in Personalised Nutrition from Middlesex University (in collaboration with the Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM)).
Along with a Nutritional Therapy Practice Diploma also from CNELM (fully accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission) and an NLP Coaching Certification, I continually undertake continued professional development in order to keep up-to-date with ever developing nutrition research and practice.
Foundation Training in ME, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Recovery with The Chrysalis Effect.
ION Short course: Nutritional approaches to eating disorders and eating distress.
I regularly attend seminars, lectures and exhibitions to keep up-to-date with current scientific research and the forever-changing food industry.
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.
During the initial nutritional therapy consultation, you will be asked detailed questions about your current health concerns, symptoms, family history, lifestyle and medications. I will identify the antecedents, triggers and mediators which may have led to biochemical imbalances in your body and evaluate your individual needs in order to develop with you a personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme which fits in with your lifestyle and helps you achieve your own personal health goals. This session lasts up to 90 minutes and costs £95. A written report of personalised recommendations and diet plans will be sent to you after the session.
Follow-up nutritional therapy consultations are recommended to review progress and check the compatibility of the programme with your lifestyle. These sessions last up to 1 hour and cost £60. A written report of any adjustments to your programme will be sent to you after the session. Further follow-ups may be required depending on each individual situation.
Personalised Weight Management Programmes are also offered at £295. These include an initial nutritional therapy consultation (as detailed above) plus five follow-up consultations.
Weekly phone calls (up to 30 minutes) to check progress and provide encouragement and support are available at a cost of £10/month. This programme runs over a period of 6-9 months, depending on individual circumstances.
Supplements may be recommended as part of your intervention. These are optional and are available from recommended companies at additional charge.
Clinical tests may be recommended in order to identify a biochemical imbalance and should you decide to proceed with these they will carry an additional charge. Interpretation of tests is included in the consultation service.
Skype consultations can be arranged for clients who live too far away to come for a face-to-face consultation. These consultations are held in the same way as a face-to-face consultations, with the exception that I cannot do body composition analysis or weighing. For weight loss Skype consultations, use is made of the client's scales.
Skype consultations are also relevant for clients who are too busy to come to a consultation, although I am able to come to your office for a consultation as long as a private space is available in your office.
Corporate workshops: If you wish to improve the well-being of your employees, a tailor-made package could include group workshops on healthy eating or specialised topics which can be tailored to your organisation, as well as individual nutritional therapy consultations. I also work with organisations to improve their workplace menus.
- Dealing with stress
- Improving heart health
- Banishing sugar cravings
- Boosting energy
- Improving immune health
- Improving digestion
- Healthy eating for business travellers