Karen Brooks B Sc(Hons) PGDip mBANT mCNHC
I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist working in North Yorkshire and beyond due to the wonders of online communication! I work with people of all ages to help them to identify changes which they can make to their diet and lifestyle in order to improve their health and sense of wellbeing.
I understand that there is a great deal of information in the media, books and health blogs which often gives conflicting advice and can cause confusion. There is no "one size fits all" approach as we are all biochemically and genetically unique so what works for one person may not work for another. My aim is to work alongside you to get to the root cause of your health issues and develop a personalised plan that is tailored to suit your lifestyle.
I am aware that making changes can be difficult and I offer support between consultations to help keep you motivated and on track.
My special interests are in supporting gut health, mental health and women's hormonal issues although I see people with a whole range of health concerns.
As well as one-to-one consultations, I deliver talks and workshops to various groups including school groups and businesses.
For more detailed information about the services I offer please have a look at my website www.karenbrooks.co.uk
If you are interested in booking a consultation or wish to discuss how nutritional therapy could benefit you please contact me to arrange a free 15-minute chat.
Training, qualifications & experience
I received my Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition Science and Practice from the renowned Northern College of Acupuncture in York - this included many hours of clinical practice.
I am registered with the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), practising within the strict BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Recent additional CPD training includes
- Masterclass in the microbiome and digestive support (12 hour course)
- "Cancer - Nutritional support before, during and after treatment and beyond" - 3 day course at Institute of Optimum Nutrition.
- Women's hormonal health (6 hours)
- Gastrointestinal Health - Datis Kharrazian (12 hours)
- Immunology (10 hours)
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.
A Personalised Programme comprising a longer initial consultation and two follow-up consultations - prices start at £225. Details of what is included can be seen on my website at www.karenbrooks.co.uk/work-with-me.
Additional follow-up consultations are priced at £60. Please contact me to arrange a FREE phone call to discuss your requirements.
Consultations focus on addressing the root cause of your health concerns and not just covering up the symptoms.
During consultations we will:
- Discuss your main health aims
- Discuss your current health concerns and health history
- Consider your dietary intake and lifestyle
- Agree on an action plan that is personalised to meet your needs
- Agree tools and resources to support your aims
In further consultations, we will review progress, make any necessary adjustments to the plan and continue the search for root causes.
Consultation fees include research as appropriate, preparation of a personalised action plan and coaching and support between consultations.
I have a "food first" approach. However, sometimes nutritional supplements can be helpful to provide additional support and recommendations will be made where appropriate.
Sometimes laboratory testing is recommended to provide further information which helps to identify the root cause of health issues. Many of these tests can be done by you at home and some may be available from your G.P.
Home visits are available in some areas. Please contact me for further details.