My Approach to One To One work
I have been working one to one with clients since 2009 and am deeply honoured to have been witness to many people’s health transformations. Working one to one allows us the space to explore in depth what may be going on behind a particular health issue. Through understanding your story it is possible to identify factors that may have triggered health problems and find clues as to how to address them.
- You will be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to the initial meeting.
- The first consultation is usually an hour long, discussing the responses to the questionnaire and developing a plan to move forward. This may also include suggestions for supplements or functional tests.
- A follow up email will be sent within a week to clarify any questions that may have arisen.
- Follow up appointments are generally arranged around 4 to 6 weeks later to check in and update your personalised programme
- Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP course), Institute for Functional Medicine, 2011
- Nutritional Therapy Diploma: Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), 2009 (2 year Sciences Foundation and 3 year diploma)
- Member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)
- Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
- BSc (Hons) Degree: Psychology and Counselling, University of Surrey, Roehampton, 2001.
Functional medicine emphasises a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professional’s how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. I attended and completed the inaugural AFMCP -UK in London in 2011.
Throughout my Psychology and Counselling degree, I became deeply interested in the role of the therapeutic relationship and the potential for transformation through working with people one to one. After graduating, my interest in nutrition was sparked while working with autistic children in a behavioural therapy role. I was introduced to the biochemical factors involved in autism and began learning more about the links between food and behaviour.
As I began to learn more about nutrition and particularly the effects of diet and lifestyle on mental health. It seemed that nutritional therapy combined these two areas of interest for me, moving from the mind centred approach of some psychological ideas, to a combination of mind and body.
I committed to developing my skills further in pursuance of a career where I would be able to use my degree skills and my interest in nutrition in a one-to-one basis with clients. I discovered that the Nutritional Therapy Diploma with ION met my needs perfectly. The course opened up a whole new world of knowledge and provided me with space to develop the practical skills I needed to subsequently set up Nutrition For Change in 2009 following graduation.
My passion for good nutrition extends to all areas of my life as I have a keen interest in cooking for fun, gardening and growing my own food. I’ve enjoyed cooking delicious healthy food for large groups at retreats and workshops and also have extensive experience with children; having worked in the past as a behavioural therapist, learning support worker and nanny.