Louise Symington MSc BSc HCPC Registered Dietitian
Hello, I’m a Registered Dietitian with over 15 years experience in NHS, private practice and the charity sector. My background includes running GP clinics (covering child allergies through to weight management) catering and food policy work at charities such as The National Trust and product development at brands such as Crussh. I’ve also advised at government level working on DEFRA’s Green Food Project.
How I can help you
I know that changing eating habits can sometimes be hard. This is why I ensure my advice fits in with my clients lifestyle and budget. I empower people to make positive changes for themselves - rather than ‘dictating’ what they should or shouldn’t do. Building a healthy relationship with food is also very important but sometimes overlooked. If we enjoy our food we are much more likely to sustain changes. This is something I can explore in sessions if it interests you.
Given my background in sustainability, I can also offer expert advice on the ethical side of food (welfare, fair trade, carbon footprint) as well as vegetarianism and veganism too.
Since becoming a mum I’ve broadened my specialisms to include antenatal and postnatal health as well as baby and child nutrition and weaning.
Clients have described me as warm, friendly and enthusiastic and these are the qualities that make me an effective and popular Dietitian.
When choosing your therapist please bear in mind that ‘Dietitians’ are the only statutorily recognised nutrition professionals, and hold the only legally recognised graduate qualifications in nutrition and dietetics. You can therefore be assured my advice is impartial, evidence based and reliable . As a Dietitian I am recognised by the medical profession and therefore I am in a position to liaise and /or write to your GP if this is required.
How to get started
Call, email or text me to arrange a FREE informal chat to see if I am the professional you’re looking for.
If you do decide to go ahead with an appointment then payment secures your space.
The initial session is 1 hour long and session long and includes:
-A detailed nutrition and lifestyle assessment (you may want to bring a food record with you)
-Tailored advice, plenty of time to ask questions and goal setting
-Supporting documentation e.g meal ideas
I will send you a summary of our consultation and goals after the appointment.You are then entitled to a FREE 30 minute follow up either by Facetime /Skype /Phone . This will include:
-Nutritional review of your eating patterns
-Feedback about your experiences
-Coaching to overcome remaining difficulties?
-Addressing questions or concerns
I can see you as a 'one off ' or weekly/fortnightly/monthly depending on your needs. I hold flexible meetings and can book a private room in Brighton/Hove or surrounding areas or see you at your house.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (hons) degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
MSc degree in Sustainability (Food Industry)
Registered Dietitian (this profession is regulated by law and governed by an ethical code)
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
Member of the British Dietetic Association.
15 years clinical experience in both NHS and private practice (Kings College, St Ann's Hospital, the Hospital Group)
Charity work includes Sustain, The National Trust and the Sustainable Restaurant Association
Food industry sector works with Popina and Crussh
Contribution at government level for Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on the Green Food Project
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- Adults and elderly adults
- Anaemia *
- Balanced diet
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Constipation *
- Diabetes *
- Digestive problems *
- Healthy eating
- Healthy hair
- Heart disease *
- High blood pressure *
- High cholesterol *
- Infants and pre-school children
- Iron deficiency anaemia *
- Life stages
- Menopause *
- Obesity *
- Osteoporosis *
- Polycystic ovary syndrome *
- Pregnancy and preconception
- Premenstrual syndrome *
- Schoolchildren and teenagers
- Skin health and conditions *
- 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.
1 hour consultation = £60 (includes a FREE 30 min Phone/Skype follow-up)
I regularly run workshops on
- Baby nutrition and weaning
- Child nutrition and fussy eating
I also work for a community allotment (Plot 22) as the Grow & Play Project Officer (nature and food growing group for pre-school children)
Type of session
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I can offer appointments on a flexible basis including weekends and evenings.