Healthwise Natural Therapy Centre, 5 Delacourt Road, Blackheath SE3 8XA

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What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns, allowing them to work with individuals to address nutritional imbalances and helping to support the body towards maintaining health. 

 

Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing. 

 

Registered Nutritional Therapists recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach and we never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice - we always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. We also frequently work alongside medical professionals and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.

There are a lot of titles out there which can seem confusing.  A Registered Nutritional Therapist is not the same thing as a dietician, nutritionist or nutrition advisors/nutrition coach. Dietitians work principally in the National Health Service and are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. 

 

Only dietitians and Registered Nutritional Therapists are trained in clinical practice to give one-on-one personal health advice. Both groups must practise with full professional indemnity insurance.

What Can I Expect at a Nutritional Therapy Consultation?

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns, allowing them to work with individuals to address nutritional imbalances and helping to support the body towards maintaining health. 

 

Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing. 

 

Registered Nutritional Therapists recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach and we never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice - we always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. We also frequently work alongside medical professionals and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.

There are a lot of titles out there which can seem confusing.  A Registered Nutritional Therapist is not the same thing as a dietician, nutritionist or nutrition advisors/nutrition coach. Dietitians work principally in the National Health Service and are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. 

 

Only dietitians and Registered Nutritional Therapists are trained in clinical practice to give one-on-one personal health advice and both groups must practice with the relevant insurances in place.

What Can I Expect at a Nutritional Therapy Consultation?

Nutritional Therapy can help improve the symptoms of many chronic health conditions. I'm not here to judge your diet or lifestyle, but rather to help you move on from habits you don't want or health symptoms you'd like to overcome and to develop healthy eating and lifestyle patterns to best support your current needs. 

 

Before your first consultation I will provide you with a questionnaire to complete in advance. Your first appointment will last anywhere from 60-90 minutes and in this time I will ask you a number of detailed questions regarding your current health concerns, symptoms, any past diagnosis or treatment, medical and medication history, lifestyle and current diet. 

 

Based on our initial discussion, I'll send you off with some advice which you can implement immediately and within 48 hours I will send you a detailed plan in which I will have evaluated your individual needs and used an extensive evidence base for nutritional science to develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme.

I may recommend some supplements, but generally I prefer to focus mostly on food and lifestyle changes.

 

Follow up consultations are held around 4-6 weeks later in order to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments. 

What Does Sissiboo Mean?

The Sissiboo is a tidal river in Nova Scotia, Canada, which is why our logo includes evergreen trees standing tall along the edge of a flowing river. The origins of the word Sissiboo come from the local indigenous Mi'kmaq peoples' words for "sis't" meaning 3 and "sipu'l" meaning rivers.  Sis't sipu'l gradually evolved into Sissiboo which is the word we use today for this dark, mineral-rich river which flows out of a chain of lakes in Annapolis and into the sea at the estuary of Weymouth Harbour.

Of course...another local legend says that Sissiboo is derived from the French for "six hibou" = six owls after a party from Samuel de Champlain's settlement found the river and named it for the six owls they saw there.

I grew up alongside this river, seeing its edges freeze beautiful patterns in winter, its banks swell in the spring, walking along its edges on pine-needle covered paths, occasionally dipping in my toes and paddling my canoe through its cool, dark water. My own family has Mi'kmaq heritage and for me, the image of the Sissiboo means health and wellness and a vital, active life - the kind of life I want to help all my clients to achieve.