Nutritional therapy is specific to each person. The aim is to address the issues you want to address and improve your overall health and well being by carefully looking at what you really need in the way of food, vitamins, minerals and lifestyle.
An initial consultation will last approximately an hour and then any follow up sessions will be 45 minutes. Before the first meeting you will be asked to complete a questionnaire to help provide some background information. As well as going through the issues you wish to address, recommendations will be made about foods and possibly supplements to address your health issues. Additionally specific tests may also be recommended.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in private practice for 11 years having trained at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Through the training I have received I use the Functional Medicine approach, which considers underlying causes of health concerns, looking at you as a whole individual rather than as an isolated set of symptoms.
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.