Raquel Martin - BSc Hons, Dip NT, mBANT, CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapist
East Croydon Medical Centre
59 Addiscombe Road
020 8407 2816 / 07801 278 989
I am a certified nutritional therapist and also a Reiki practitioner. I practice NT and Reiki at East Croydon Medical Centre and also Reiki at St George's hospital (as part of Full Circle's team of therapists - www.fullcirclefund.org.uk/our-team/therapy-team). Home/office visits can also be arranged depending on your location.
I specialise in gastro-intestinal complaints, food sensitivities, thyroid imbalances and auto-immune conditions in general. If you suffer from fatigue, lack of sleep, muscle/joint aches, hormonal imbalances, you are struggling to lose weight or you would simply like to eat more healthily, you may benefit from a consultation.
Prior to the initial consultation I will send you a food diary and a short questionnaire to complete and send me back before the appointment. This will help me build an initial picture of you. An initial consultation lasts between 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. During this time, I will gather information about your health through careful history taking. The questions that I will ask you will be geared towards finding the root cause of your symptoms. Using all the information gathered, I will create a nutritional programme that is unique to you. Your treatment plan is likely to include nutritional advice, lifestyle changes and, if necessary, supplements on a short term basis.
Now a bit about me...
I graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) with a diploma in naturopathic nutrition. The College of Naturopathic Medicine is one of the UK’s largest, most highly-respected and well-known natural medicine training providers, with colleges all over the UK and Ireland. During my final year at CNM, my final portfolio was selected to represent outstanding work in that year’s accreditation visit at CNM.
My interest in nutrition started as I struggled with my own health issues a few years ago. As time went by, I had to stop doing sport, which made me feel distraught and pushed me to find a way to recover. After visiting several doctors, doing tests, physiotherapy…etc. for over a year, I wasn’t getting any better. Eventually, I followed a nutritional protocol and today I am healthy and I can do sport like I used to. This was a huge eye opener for me as to the healing power of food, to the point that I decided to change career and qualify as a nutritional therapist.
Before making this career move to nutrition I worked in the corporate world for almost twenty years, so I am fully conversant with the challenges of trying to follow a healthy lifestyle with the daily juggling act of a stressful job.
Continually learning and deepening my knowledge is of vital importance to me. New studies are done every day and with them, new research information comes to light; I love keeping up on what’s going down in the health world, which means that I regularly attend CPD (continual professional development) lectures and seminars. This keeps me up to date with new research, practical applications and most importantly, safe practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (CNM).
Member of BANT. CNHC Registered for Nutritional Therapy.
BSc Hons Economics.
Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho Levels 1 and 2.
Member of The Reiki Association. CNHC Registered for Reiki.
Areas of nutrition I deal with
- Adults and elderly adults
- Anaemia *
- Anorexia nervosa *
- Balanced diet
- Binge eating disorder *
- Bulimia nervosa *
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME *
- Coeliac disease *
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Constipation *
- Crohn's disease *
- Diabetes *
- Diarrhoea *
- Digestive problems *
- Eating disorders *
- Eczema *
- Endometriosis *
- Food allergy and food intolerance
- Healthy eating
- Heart disease *
- High blood pressure *
- High cholesterol *
- Hyperthyroidism *
- Hypothyroidism *
- Irritable bowel syndrome *
- Life stages
- Menopause *
- Obesity *
- Osteoporosis *
- Polycystic ovary syndrome *
- Premenstrual syndrome *
- Psoriasis *
- Rosacea *
- Skin health and conditions *
- Thyroid problems *
- 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.
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- £75 for a 60-90 min initial consultation.
- £45 for 30-40 min follow up consultations.
- The cost of the initial consultation also includes one 10 min. phone chat.
- £55 for 1.5 hrs initial consultation and treatment.
- £45 for 1 hr regular treatments.
I believe that there is a mind-body-soul connection and that all need to be balanced to achieve a state of wellbeing. Being able to offer Reiki as well as nutritional therapy means that, if and when appropriate, I am able to offer support at all levels, creating a truly holistic approach to my client’s health and wellbeing.
I also believe in the inter-connectedness of the body. My background in data analysis and statistics means that I can use my logical mind to analyse my client’s information and connect different symptoms, which may appear uncorrelated, until I build a picture that gets me to the root cause of my client’s health condition. Only by tackling the root cause of a health issue will there be permanent long term health improvements.
I aim to empower my clients to take control of their own health; I achieve this by coaching them rather than just prescribing.
This is what some of my clients had to say about me:
“Raquel has helped me tremendously. I was feeling awful and things were pretty desperate for me when I found her. I had become unwell very quickly, my energy levels were virtually non-existent and I was struggling badly with painful joints and aching muscles.
I’d been told there might be a thyroid problem by my GP and was eventually diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease (the auto-immune version of Hypothyroidism). Raquel’s guidance also helped identify that I was suffering with leaky gut and dysbiosis. Her deep knowledge in these areas helped me to better understand the auto-immune processes taking place in my own body. She guided me in what I needed to be requesting in my blood tests and subsequently analysed my results. She provided me with a dietary protocol: a combination of eating certain foods, avoiding certain others and a recommendation of food supplements to help put things back on the right path. This helped me and I gradually began to improve. However some of my symptoms remained so Raquel arranged a food intolerance test for me. The results were very surprising and really enabled Raquel to fine-tune my recovery protocol. She helped me to understand the lifestyle changes, the commitments and sacrifices I needed to make in order to feel well again.
Nine months or so after my first consultation with Raquel, I feel much better and am well on the path to recovery. This is all thanks to Raquel, she has helped me tremendously." Ashley.
"I went to Raquel as a result of having Typhoid a number of times and taking many courses of antibiotics. As a result, I started having bad gastro-intestinal problems, at times I felt nauseous and I felt as if I was not digesting my food properly, all of which caused discomfort.
Raquel was the first nutritional therapist I had ever been to and I found it really helped. The approach she used was a holistic one, where she looked at many areas of my life and as a result gave me a diet to follow for approximately 8 weeks, as well as taking a supplement. The diet was hard, as it involved cutting out caffeine (!), but it was really worth it. It really made me increasingly aware of how important your diet is and the effect it can have on your physical and mental well being.
After the diet and taking the supplement I felt a lot better, it was gradual but I could see the results and I am still feeling them now. I would definitely recommend Raquel if you want to go for a more holistic and alternative approach, she is very friendly and the sessions were really informative and enjoyable. Thanks." Pascale
- Also registered with Therapy Directory
Type of session
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I am available week days (depending on the day) and some evenings and weekends.