Kim Adams BSC (hons), PgDip
Hi, I'm Kim Adams, I’m a Registered Nutritional Therapist who is passionate about tasty, healthy food. I provide nutrition advice on a one to one basis, through groups and workshops, and working directly with organisations.
If you have tried diets or healthy eating plans in the past but haven’t been able to stick with them, or you have health concerns and don’t know where to start then I can help. I don’t use off the shelf plans and protocols. I work with you to understand your needs and tailor advice to suit you and your lifestyle. I know that change can often seem daunting but will work with you to come up with practical solutions that fit your budget and time constraints and feel manageable to you.
I use a functional medicine approach to health, meaning I won’t just consider the signs and symptoms you are presenting with, but will aim to look broadly at all the different elements of your life that contribute to how you are feeling. Together we will make a plan that aims to achieve lasting, manageable change.
I have a particular interest in the role of nutrition in supporting cognitive and mental health.
I run small group programmes on the following topics.
- Food and Mood – the role of nutrition in stress
- Brain Health – exploring the links between cognition and memory and our diet and lifestyle choices
- Feed Your Gut – the basics on supporting good gut health
- Eat Well for Life – making tasty, healthy eating a way of life
Sessions usually run weekly over a 4 – 6 week period with a group size of no more than 8 people. Group programmes provide an opportunity to explore a particular nutrition issue in detail, whilst making diet and lifestyle changes to help you meet your goals. Some people find that a group programme meets their needs; whilst others use it as a starting platform in making dietary changes before following it up with more tailored one to one support.
Attendees of group programmes wanting to follow up with one to one support receive a reduction off the price of an initial one to one consultation.
If any of the programmes are of interest to you just email and I'll give you details of the next available session.
One to One Consultations – what to expect
If you have a specific health concern that you would like to address then a one to one consultation may be right for you. Before your first consultation I will arrange a 10 – 15 minute phone/skype conversation with you. This will give us an opportunity to discuss very briefly what you wish to seek support on to make sure that I am the right person for you. I won’t offer any advice at this point – just an exploration of whether Nutritional Therapy and my approach is right for you. If I think a group programme may meet your needs then I will discuss this as an option.
To get the most out of your initial appointment I will send you a questionnaire which I will ask you to return before your first visit. I will ask you about your past history, any ongoing concerns, tests you may have had, your family health and genetics as well as getting a full picture of your diet and lifestyle.
In your initial consultation we will discuss this further and talk about the goals you want to achieve. We will agree a plan with some initial changes for you to work on. I may also ask you to keep a diet diary if this looks like it will be helpful.
My advice will include recommendations around diet but I will also consider other lifestyle changes that may help you to achieve your goals. Whilst I do sometimes recommend supplements to clients I tend to take a ‘food first’ approach. I only recommend laboratory tests if I think they are necessary to give a fuller picture of your health and only then if the results would make a difference to the approach I would propose for you.
Please note that laboratory testing and supplements, if needed, will incur an additional charge.
Follow up consultations
Diet and lifestyle changes are not a quick fix and most people find they need to stick with a change for a number of weeks to start to see real results. Changes in habits are also often more successful if introduced gradually over time. For this reason people who attend for nutritional therapy support often find that they benefit from a minimum of three appointments, usually spread a month apart.
I offer a block booking discount on packages of three appointments paid for at time of booking. Some individuals prefer to have monthly face to face appointments but others find that having an initial hour consultation followed up by a series of half hour Skype progress appointments works better for them.
I think this may be for me – what next?
Please contact me either on the contact details above or by visiting my website and completing a contact form and I will be in touch!
One to one consultations and many of the group programmes take place at HealthWise Leeds Therapy Centre in North Leeds. I am available for seminars, workshops and talks throughout the UK.
Workshops are a great way to explore nutrition topics with like-minded individuals. They give the opportunity to swap tips and share experiences which works really well when you are looking to make significant changes to your diet.
I run workshops on a wide range of topics including:
- Healthy eating
- Energy levels
- Weight management
- Brain health – the role of nutrition
- Food and mood
- Going gluten free
I run private workshops for organisations and groups as well as sessions that are open to everyone. If you are interested in a particular workshop topic please drop me an email and I will keep you updated on upcoming dates and sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (hons) Psychology/Human Biology
PgDip Nutritional Therapy.
My academic qualifications are supplemented by training in coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, motivational interviewing and change management, and over twenty years experience of taking people through change.
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.
Fees for one to one consultations:
Initial Consultation: £85
Follow up appointments: £55
Initial consultation is 90 minutes.
Each follow-up session is up to one hour duration.
Group programmes are usually priced at £20 - £25 per session depending on duration.
Fees for workshops, seminars and private group work available on request.