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 is very knowledgeable and human. She showed me care and compassion. All of the advice and goals she gave me have been achievable and realistic. I would recommend seeing her for any nutritional issues.' A Martin, Colchester, October 2017
'Based on sound evidence from blood and stool samples Helen discovered that I no longer have a yeast overgrowth problem, and was able to rebalance my gut bacteria. In addition a food intolerance test proved that I have no serious food intolerances. After only a couple of months of recommended food & supplements my symptoms have largely disappeared and a great cloud has been lifted. Thank you Helen.' Belinda King, Sudbury, October 2017
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
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- Adults and elderly adults
- Balanced diet
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME *
- Coeliac disease *
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Constipation *
- Crohn's disease *
- Diabetes *
- Diarrhoea *
- Digestive problems *
- Eczema *
- Endometriosis *
- Fibromyalgia *
- Food allergy and food intolerance
- Healthy eating
- Healthy hair
- Heart disease *
- High blood pressure *
- High cholesterol *
- Hypothyroidism *
- Iron deficiency anaemia *
- Irritable bowel syndrome *
- Life stages
- Menopause *
- Migraine *
- Obesity *
- Osteoporosis *
- Polycystic ovary syndrome *
- Premenstrual syndrome *
- Psoriasis *
- Schoolchildren and teenagers
- Skin health *
- Thyroid problems *
- Tiredness *
- Weight gain
- 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.
Initial Consultation (90 minutes) £80
Follow up (60 minutes) £55
Food Intolerance test (90 minutes) £125.00
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.
Food Intolerance Testing
I use the Food Detective Test from Cambridge Nutritional Sciences. This is a finger prick test which looks for immune mediated intolerances by identifying IgG antibodies to a total of 59 foods.
Food Intolerance tests for a broader range of foods or to specific foods, such as spices, can also be arranged.
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.
Type of session
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The Tree Room is wheelchair accessible (via removable ramps) and there is a consulting room on the ground floor. There are toilet facilities on the ground floor but unfortunately these are not wheelchair accessible.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday daytime and evening.