I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist offering 1:1 nutritional therapy consultations and food intolerance testing in Colchester and Kersey.
Nutritional therapy is a person-centred, holistic approach to health care. This may be getting to the root of niggling symptoms or using food therapeutically to support a diagnosed, chronic condition. We begin with a thorough assessment of your health, diet and lifestyle
I work with people of all ages with varying symptoms and health goals.
I have an interest in gastrointestinal health, female hormone balance such as PMS and cardiovascular health.
My aim is to support you to improve your health and wellbeing by recommending appropriate and individualised diet and lifestyle changes. I will explain my rationale, so that you can understand how these changes will work for you as well as how to make them part of your normal daily life.
How it all works
We will speak on the phone, at a mutually convenient time, before you book an appointment. This is so that I can answer your questions and find out a little about what each you are hoping to achieve from your consultation. This normally takes 10-15 minutes and there is no charge for this.
Prior to your consultation, you will be asked to complete a detailed health questionnaire including a 5-day food and lifestyle diary. This gives you the opportunity to provide me with details of your general health, family history, diet and lifestyle habits, before we meet, and ensures that you get the most from your consultation.
The initial consultation (approximately 90 minutes) provides an opportunity for us to have a thorough discussion regarding the aspects of your health you wish to address.
Based upon our discussion, I will explain what I suspect may be contributing to your symptoms and then work with you to devise a personalised dietary and lifestyle plan suitable for your circumstances. This may include dietary adjustments, lifestyle changes and food or botanical supplement recommendations. In addition, diagnostic tests may be recommended to investigate a problem further.
What my clients say:
'Helen was able to offer the expert support, guidance and knowledge I needed. Right from the initial consultation Helen has listened to my concerns with a caring, kind and pro-active approach.
I really feel with the advice Helen provides around nutrition, appropriate supplements, testing and lifestyle improvements I am feeling in control of my digestion and health in general instead of it controlling me.
I would not hesitate to recommend Helen if you are looking to seek support with your nutritional health.
HR, Colchester, April 2019
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified from the College of Naturopathic Nutrition (CNM) in 2009 after 3 years of study.
I am a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and regularly attend BANT Supervision groups. I am also registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC)
I am committed to continual professional development (CPD) and regularly attend seminars and workshops to update and broaden my knowledge on health topics and functional testing.
Recent CPD includes:
Female Health: Genetics and Functional Testing
Dysbiosis and Small Intestinal bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Organic Acid Testing
Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH testing)
Haematology and Blood Chemistry Analysis
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.
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.
Initial Consultation (90 minutes) £80
Follow up (60 minutes) £55
Follow ups are intended to review your progress and agree the next most appropriate steps, as well as support you to stay on track.
I usually suggest the first follow up after approximately 4 weeks and then after that at regular intervals as needed (usually every 4-6 weeks). The number of follow ups very much depends on the aspect of your health that you wish to work on.
I am happy to advise you on the range of food intolerance tests available.
Sometimes it may be necessary to investigate a problem further. A range of functional tests are available. I will happily discuss and recommend the most appropriate test for you as part of your consultation.