Prior to the first consultation I will send you a detailed questionnaire relating to your health, medical and family history, diet, lifestyle as well as dietary likes and dislikes. This will be for you to complete in your own time and return to me before the consultation. Please take time to fill this in as thoroughly as possible so that I can build a complete picture of who you are.
Our first session is an initial assessment during which we will discuss more thoroughly your health concerns. This is also an opportunity for us to meet and see whether we are right for each other; nutritional therapy is a very personal and you must be comfortable with the person you close to work with.
From this session I will explain what the links are between the way you feel and your current diet and lifestyle.
We will then work together to create a tailored eating plan, based on your tastes and lifestyle, that will help you achieve your goals.
Follow-up consultations are to monitor your progress as well as adjust some recommendations when necessary. I tend to see weight loss clients every two to three weeks and disordered eating clients every week.
With nutritional therapy, not all cases require the same number of consultations, some will need as little as two follow-ups while others require a more staged approach.
I’m based in Exeter and although I would prefer seeing you face to face, phone, FaceTime or Skype consultations are also an option for busy people who can’t always attend the clinic, those who frequently travel, those who don’t have access to a local practitioner or those with mobility issues.
Tests and supplements
I may suggest laboratory tests to help identify biochemical imbalances and assess nutritional status; whenever possible I will recommend NHS tests to limit your costs. I may also suggest the use of supplements from reputable companies.
It is extremely important that you tell me about any prescribed or over-the-counter medication you are taking so that I can ensure the recommendations I make are not contraindicated with your medication.
In the case of disordered eating clients, especially if their weight is low, I recommend that they are followed by a GPs and that they receive some psychological support too in order to keep them safe and maximise their chances of recovery.