Monica Watson-Peck, Dip.CNM, BANT, CNHC, AFMCP
I offer support to clients across a wide range of areas with special interest in gut disorders, hormone imbalances and auto immune conditions.
Our bodies are so complex it is little wonder people struggle to figure out what's happening when symptoms persist.
Health can undoubtedly be improved by a more nutritious diet, as well as changing negative routines and habits. Functional Nutrition looks at the whole picture, your familial history, your own unique health story, the different body systems that may be involved in your symptoms and the nutrients you may be lacking. The aim is to pull back the layers and find possible factors contributing to your loss of health balance.
NHS tests through your doctor or functional testing (lab tests such as stool, urine, breath and serum) may be recommended as they can give so much additional information.
It's down to my own struggles with health when I was young that led me to study nutritional therapy.
Then, later in life, dealing with the scare of an auto immune disease led me on my functional medicine journey of studies, to my particular interest in autoimmunity.
My practice has certainly been shaped by my own health experiences. Wanting to understand how health can go so wrong. Learning to unravel health histories and find what's driving symptoms.
I regularly attend practitioner seminars, lectures and conferences. During Covid times these have been moved to virtual webinars which are working amazingly well.
I am very grateful for being part of a practitioner group that embraces food as medicine as well as part of a global community that understands we are indeed what we eat, do, say and think.
I connect and share my experiences and knowledge via facebook and instagram (monicasappleaday) as well as through my website's blog and recipe updates.
Your appointments can be 1:1, skype, FaceTime, Zoom or by phone.
Currently, due to Covid-19, I'm only working virtually.
Before your 90 minute appointment, I ask you to complete an easy but comprehensive questionnaire as well as a 5-day food diary that you can post or email back to me prior to your appointment.
These give me a great overview of your health story, and result in a better use of your consultation time and money. During your apppointment we go through your questions, discuss the best way forward, looking at possible meal plans, deciding which NHS tests or other functional tests might give more answers.
I follow up your consultation with a bullet point action plan that I email/post to you. This summarises the relevant points we discussed, can include recipes and eating plans if required.
The Next Step:
Free email support, that is relevant to your consultation is available between your initial appointment and follow-up.
A 45 minute follow-up appointment is usually recommended 4-8 weeks later.
This can be in person on online or by phone.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Graduated as a naturopathic nutritionist, College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), London.
- Postgraduate year in iridology (iris analysis), CNM, London
- belong to the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT), the Complementary and Natural Healthcare council (CNHC, which is supported by the Dept. of Health), and the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTCC) and The Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM)
- Parkinson's private course with Lucille Leader (London Pain Relief Clinic; author of books on Parkinson's), focusing on the management of Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
- Trained in ‘Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice’ (AFMCP)Continued Education courses longer than 2 days:
- Demystifying SIBO, Dr Hawrelak, 2015
- Menopausal Meltdown, 2018
- Fermentation workshop, Naomi Devlin 2018
- The Female Ecology Master Course, Invivo, M Bradfield, 2019
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.
During these Covid times I'm offering discounts and installment payments. Please call for more information.
Home clinic for 1:1 consultations:
Horton, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7EP
Online appointments via Skype, zoom, Facetime, what's app or landline
Home visits for housebound clients (within a 20 km radius; travel cost is additional)
Due to Covid-19, all appointments are currently online via Skype, Zoom, Facetime or phone.
In my 1:1 consultations, I use iris analysis as a cross-check to the information you've shared; it is one of many different diagnostic 'tools' in my practice.
Iridology is the analysis of the iris, the coloured section of the eye. Certain signs and markings can indicate inherited health traits and possible system, or organ, challenges you may be experiencing.
Looking at your iris with an iriscope is non-invasive, pain free and a useful diagnostic tool in complementary medicine as it can highlight strengths and susceptibilities in your health.
As I need to see you 1:1 I'm currently not using iridology in my consultations
I run Healthy Cooking workshops which are for anyone interested in learning about healthier foods and how to create tasty dishes.
These have also become an alternative or add-on to clients' follow up appointments. Over the years, clients struggling with new foods and cooking have said they get huge benefits from watching and joining in with a hands-on cooking session.
Currently, due to social distancing, I am unable to run these workshops.
Please contact me for rates as this is dependant on how size of the group and the length of the w'shop requested.