FAQs

Could Nutritional Therapy be contraindicated in my case / for my condition?

As Nutritional Therapy is a supportive rather than invasive therapy there are very few occasions where it is not appropriate. Nutritional Therapy supports medical interventions by your primary caregiver (GP) or any medical specialist, and it can aid your body’s natural processes even in severe interventions such a cancer treatment or surgery.

When we first meet, please tell me your full health history and all medication you are on so I can take this in to account when creating your management programme. 

What is the difference between a Nutritional Therapist and a dietician in the NHS?

Nutritional Therapists practice personalised nutrition rather than a one size fits all approach. Dieticians, who work within the framework of Public Health England, use guidelines which are designed for the population rather than for an individual with unique needs. This may of course however depend on the individual practitioner’s interests and approach.

Only dieticians and registered Nutritional Therapists are trained in clinical practice to give one-on-one personal health advice. Both groups must practice with full professional indemnity insurance and require continuous professional development to stay as a full professional members of their governing bodies.

Is Nutritional Therapy covered by my health insurance?

As the role of Nutritional Therapy in health promotion is increasingly recognised, some UK insurers (such as Vitality and Cigna) have now started to cover sessions with registered Nutritional Therapists.  I recommend you ask your insurer if Nutritional Therapy is included in your insurance package. 

 How long are the sessions?

Initial session is for an hour, and follow-up sessions are approximately 45 minutes.

Can I have sessions via Skype?

I prefer to have a face to face session the first time I see you, but I am happy to consult via Skype for this session, and others, if that’s more convenient for you.  If you’d like to have your sessions via Skype please mention this when you get in touch.

How do I pay for my sessions?

You can pay via bank transfer the day before or with cheque, cash or card on the day. I also invoice regular client via BACS.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you will need depends on your goal, the number of changes required to reach your goal and your need for support along the way. I tend to see most people a minimum of three times, but if you only have a specific query about your diet one session may be enough.   

Will I need to take supplements or exercise?

Nutritional supplementation and exercise guidance may be included in your programme, depending on your personal situation and goals. My ethos is to tailor all advice to each client individually. Your background, current lifestyle and goals are unique to you and therefore my recommendations will include supplements or exercise if that’s what I think you need to reach your goals.

However, I will not force my client to do anything they do not want to do or engage with.

Why do you utilise testing?

Biochemical and functional testing can considerably improve the effectiveness and precision of the management programme. It takes a lot of guess work out of the picture by allowing us to “peek under the bonnet”. Testing can help uncover imbalances, deficiencies, toxicities and intolerances which may be hard to determine from the outside or from your symptoms.

Where will I be tested? Is my testing done through the NHS or privately?

I use a variety of tests to inform your management program. These tests may be simple home tests, such as when testing for stomach acid levels, or they may be laboratory tests such as those based on a blood, saliva, stool or urine sample.

Where possible I use NHS tests and work with your GP.  However, sometimes tests are not available in the NHS, or the waiting time in the NHS is too long. In this case I work with reputable private laboratories. Private testing is chargeable; costs can vary from around fifty pounds to few hundred pounds.

Do I have to have tests?

No.  I will discuss with you why I am suggesting a certain test or tests and you can make an informed decision about whether you want to proceed. 

Do you get commission from test referrals?

I do not get commission from any test referrals and I pass on any professional discounts available to me.