Jo Feakes - Registered Nutritional Therapist
I practice in the North Essex/South Suffolk area where I offer one to one consultations to support clients of all ages with a wide range of health concerns. I give regular health talks on a range of topics and run group programmes and cookery workshops (for details please see my upcoming events).
I also offer employee wellness talks and programmes to businesses to inspire their staff make positive lifestyle changes to optimise their potential and energy levels in the workplace
My fascination for fun, fresh and nutritious food alongside a keen interest in a more integrated approach to natural healthcare led me to the science of nutrition. I draw on my passion and knowledge to guide and empower others to understand their individual nutritional requirements and help them regain control of their health.
My approach as a fully qualified nutritional therapist is to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances within the body that may contribute to signs and symptoms of ill-health. I consider each client on an individual basis assessing in depth their symptoms, medical history, family history, emotional factors and lifestyle issues, all of which play a vital role in functional health. By considering my clients' specific needs and prioritising their goals I am able to prescribe realistic yet effective programmes so that making change is a positive experience and ultimately becomes a part of everyday life.
As a complementary therapist, where possible, I aim to work in collaboration with my clients’ other healthcare professionals including GPs.
Please call me for a free no obligation introductory chat to find out more
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified nutritional therapy practitioner.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Nutritional Medicine from Thames Valley University (now the University of West London).
I am a full member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and a registered practitioner with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The CNHC was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. Its register has been approved as an Accredited Voluntary Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
I write articles for ‘The Best Start’, a magazine that provides information and advice for new and expectant parents.
I have also worked with Marilyn Glenville and the Natural Health Practice as a Nutrition Advisor at the CAMexpo exhibition and The Vitality Show.
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.
Completion of a detailed nutritional assessment questionnaire and a 3-day food and lifestyle diary before your appointment will enable me to prepare for your initial consultation.
Initial consultation (can last up to 1 ½ hours): £120.00
Follow-up consultations (can last up to 1 hour): £75.00
A follow up consultation is intended to monitor progress, ensure motivation is ongoing and make any necessary adjustments to the programme.
Email and telephone support is available in-between consultations.
Wellness at Work Plans:
If you are interested to integrate a corporate wellness plan into your organisation please contact Jo to discuss your requirements.
About Nutritional Therapy
Good food is essential to our health and wellbeing but there is more to nutritional therapy than the mere basics of healthy eating. Our bodies are biochemically unique, so foods beneficial to one person may not necessarily be so to another. The overall approach of nutritional therapy is to help support the body towards maintaining good health by assessing and identifying potential nutritional imbalances and, by understanding how these can contribute to symptoms and health conditions, provide the body with the correct nutrition specific to its needs.
Nutritional therapy is a complementary therapy often used alongside conventional medicine that is suitable for everyone. As professional practitioners they draw on their knowledge and understanding of the needs and goal of their clients to recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a 'one size fits all' approach.
Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.