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Helen Cooke Nutritional Therapy & Functional Medicine BSc, MA. mBANT, mCNHC

Bristol BS8 & Cheltenham GL50
07905 383203
Bristol BS8 & Cheltenham GL50

About me

I’m a highly-qualified, functional medicine trained nutritional therapist specialising in the latest nutritional approaches to improving your overall health and 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. We are currently developing a course to support people with complementary and nutritional approaches to mental health  - please see my website for further information.

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.

I also see clients in Cirencester as well as Bristol and Cheltenham.

For further information please see my website www.helencookenutrition.co.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 the Nutrition Expert Board Member for the National 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).

Member organisations

BANT

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.

CNHC

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

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

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.

Nutrition topics

Information about health conditions (*)

Nutritional therapy can help enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.

Fees

Please contact me directly for the consultation fees.

Personalised nutrition/Functional Medicine inital consultation: A single appointment to set you on your path with a personalised nutrition programme. For some people this is enough to get them going to make the necessary changes – for others longer support will be required.

[This option includes around 3 hours of my time analysing, researching and completing your personalised nutrition plan]

Includes:

  • Analysis of your health and lifestyle questionnaire
  • Review of your 3-day food diary
  • A 1 hour face-to-face or phone/Skype consultation to include a comprehensive
  • Functional Medicine case history and detailed discussion about your questionnaire and food diary
  • Discussion about functional testing
  • A personalised nutrition plan based on the information gathered to include relevant diet and lifestyle recommendations (emailed within 3 days)
  • Supplement recommendations (if required)
  • Guidance notes/information sheets (as necessary)
  • Suggestions of other supportive therapies (as appropriate)

Follow-up sessions

Extended follow-up sessions available on request to include stress management approaches

4-month Well-being Package

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 1.25 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)

'Ask Helen' 30-minute phone consultation:
A 30-minute phone consultation for any nutrition related queries. Please note, this will not include a personalised nutrition plan.

Further information

*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.

The Practice Rooms
24, Regent Street
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 4HG

The Practice Rooms
32 Cambray Place
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 1JX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a nutritionist's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the nutritionist to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

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