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  • What is Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy?
    Naturopathy works to support the bodies self-healing mechanisms through diet, lifestyle, supplementation, and complementary therapies. Nutritional Therapy is defined as the application of nutrition and lifestyle sciences for optimum health, disease prevention and patient care. Using evidenced based scientific research we aim to uncover the root cause behind illness and disease and support the body back to its natural balance. We work together to discover the triggers of your specific concerns rather than just treating symptoms, we give the body everything it needs to function as well as possible.
  • Who would benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
    Anyone struggling with any aspect of their health can benefit from an objective outsider’s assessment. Even Nutritional Therapists work with Nutritional Therapists. I often work with people who have been fobbed off by the NHS and are still experiencing symptoms, or those who are newly diagnosed with a condition and want to ensure that they are supporting their body to the best of their ability. I work with a diverse range of people and conditions, although have recently begun to focus on those women going through the menopause transition.
  • What types of conditions can Nutritional Therapy help with?
    Nutritional Therapy can support a wide range of health issues. Some of the most common are digestive discomfort, hormonal changes, low energy, thyroid conditions and weight management. Although I have a diverse range of clients with many different symptoms, I am now beginning to specialize in supporting women experiencing the menopause transition and all that comes along with it.
  • What will happen during my consultation?
    The initial 90 minute consultation is an opportunity for me to gather information about every aspect of your health, symptoms, lifestyle and the goals you would like to achieve from our time working together. I will ask about your medical history, from birth up to the present day, as well as your family medical history. We discuss your symptoms; when they happen and what makes them better or worse. We talk about your current lifestyle so that I can ensure that any plan I make is easy for you to integrate. There is plenty of time for your questions. Before the consultation you will be required to complete and return a short questionnaire and 3-day food diary. We will discuss how your current diet and lifestyle may be affecting your symptoms.
  • Will I have to do anything I don’t want to or eat anything I don’t like?
    Absolutely not! We collaborate to introduce things that you are 100% comfortable with. There are always alternative suggestions to achieve your goals. We review, discuss and agree on any actions together. You do need to start into the process with an open mind and a desire to make change.
  • Are your consultations in person or online?
    Both. I practice from The Arches Therapy Rooms, Cheltenham Road in Bristol, and I also offer online consultations via Google Meets.
  • What payment methods do you accept?
    I accept bank transfer, payable in advance of the consultation. If budget is a factor I do offer payment plans arranged on an individual basis.
  • How many consultations will I need?
    This depends on the severity of your symptoms, how many goals you’d like to work through and how well necessary changes are made. I find the most success when working with clients over a three-month period.
  • Do you recommend supplements?
    I always recommend food first, but often recommend supplements to achieve faster results and to ensure nutritional needs are being met.
  • Do you recommend functional testing?
    Yes, functional tests, such as stool, blood and saliva are an essential tool to help pinpoint a targeted, individual programme and optimise results from our time working together. Private testing has become increasingly affordable over the last 5 years. We will talk through the most appropriate options for your symptoms during our first consultation.
  • How easy is it to follow the nutrition plan?
    I aim to make all plans as practical and achievable as possible; they are tailored to a your dietary and lifestyle preference. Support and adjustments are always offered to help keep you accountable and on track.
  • Can you guarantee that I will achieve my health goals?
    Unfortunately, I am not able to provide guarantee of results as this depends on so many factors.
  • Are you covered by insurance?
    Yes, I have private, professional indemnity insurance.
  • Can I see a registered Nutritional Therapist if I am on prescription medication?
    Yes, I fully research you prescription medication to ensure there are no supplement or food interactions.
  • How do you keep my personal information?
    When we begin working together you will receive details to sign into the Healthpath portal were all your personal information is kept safe in line with GDPR regulations. I use this secure portal to share your plan and any additional material with you. All our work together is confidential. I will ask for your consent in case it is necessary to share information with your GP.
  • Do you have a cancellation policy?
    Yes, if you need to rearrange an appointment, please let me know at the earliest convenience. Should you choose to cancel your programme, for any reason, at any point within 24 hours of your first appointment or afterwards, no refunds will be given. Cancelling your programme up to 24 hours before your first appointment will trigger a full refund.
  • What is the difference between a Registered Nutritional Therapist and a Dietician?
    Dietitians are qualified to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. Generally, they work in the NHS to treat individuals with diagnosed medical conditions. Nutritional therapists apply nutrition science to promote health and well-being. This is underpinned by the recognition that every person is unique and, therefore, the programmes they devise are personally tailored to the client. It’s important to remember that nutritional therapy is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and if a practitioner identifies any 'red flag' symptoms indicative of a serious health issue, they will refer clients to an appropriate medical profession.
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