Karen Brooks B Sc(Hons) PGDip mBANT mCNHC
Hello, I’m Karen, a registered Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner working in North Yorkshire and beyond due to the wonders of online communication! I’m passionate about helping you to improve your health and sense of wellbeing by supporting you in making changes to your diet & lifestyle.
I help people of all ages, including children. 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. It is easy to find information on the internet about how to "fix" various aspects of health, but in reality it is often not that simple! The body is complex and everything connected - I can help you to "join the dots" to figure out why you feel the way you do and what to do about it.
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 main areas of interest are in supporting those with gut health problems and women's hormonal issues, particularly relating to the perimenopausal stage. However, I do help people with a whole range of health concerns as many conditions are in fact connected to gut health.
In addition to one-to-one consultations with those of all ages, I also deliver talks and workshops to various groups including school groups and businesses.
If you are interested in booking a consultation package or wish to discuss how I can help you to resolve your health issues please contact me to arrange a FREE 30 minute discovery call.
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.
I am a Sibodoctor Approved Practitioner, having completed the Sibodoctor Mastery Programme.
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 (12 hours)
- AFMMP Mentoring Course (20 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.
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.
Bespoke Health Packages are available. These may include functional testing, where appropriate, and are designed to give the best chance of resolving your health issues. Special offers available for bookings before end of May
Please contact me to arrange a FREE 30 minute discovery call to discuss your health concerns and find out how you will benefit by working with me.
Consultations focus on addressing the root cause of your health issues 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 underlying 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, there are times when nutritional supplements are helpful/necessary to make progress and recommendations will be made where appropriate.
Home visits are available in some areas. Please contact me for further details.