Frequently Asked Questions
The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles.
- The healing power of nature – nature has the innate ability to heal
- Identify and treat the cause – there is always an underlying cause, be it physical or emotional
- Do no harm – a Naturopath will never use treatments that may create other conditions
- Treat the whole person – when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of a person’s being are taken into consideration
- The Naturopath as a teacher – a Naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for his/her own health by teaching self-care
- Prevention is better than cure – a Naturopath may remove toxic substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease
Nutritional therapy focuses on the overall nutrient value of a client’s diet to ensure optimal health and well being. Nutritional Therapy is an integrated approach to your health that may prevent the development of chronic disease. The therapy also encompasses lifestyle and environmental factors that might contribute to ill health. Throughout the process, a client is educated as to the benefits of dietary and lifestyle intervention, so that they can feel empowered to take ownership of their own health following the necessary amount of consultations.
It combines the sciences of biochemistry and nutrition with natural therapies and lifestyle changes in order to help you maintain a good state of health. Naturopathic Nutrition is holistic because it aims to work with the person as a whole, addressing the underlying imbalances that maybe impacting on health, rather than just acting on symptoms. Protocols are tailored to each person’s unique needs, taking into account lifestyle, ethics and food preferences.
Nutritional Therapy is intended to complement conventional medicine and to support your medical practitioner’s diagnosis and treatment plan.
An initial consultation lasts for 50 minutes. Prior to the consultation you will receive a food diary and health questionnaire to fill in. Please complete and return these to the email or postal address above a few days before your appointment. During the initial consultation I will then ask you questions to expand on this information so that we can create a therapy plan that best suits your needs. I may use certain Naturopathic tools to help me create a picture of your heath, and if necessary recommend laboratory tests to deepen the knowledge we have of your body.
Once I have a full picture of the health issues you need support with, I will then advise you on nutritional adjustments, lifestyle changes and practitioner grade supplements that I feel will benefit you. After your initial consultation and within 5 working days of our first meeting you will be provided with a copy of your nutritional and lifestyle protocol, any supplement and test recommendations and a selection of handouts/recipes. Further personalised handouts will be provided by email.
That depends on your unique situation. Follow up appointments aim to monitor your progress, assess what is working and identify any changes necessary to get results.
I can be contacted via email or text. I may also schedule calls or contact you via email between sessions to monitor your progress.
An initial consultation: €120
Follow up costs: €70
Generally speaking, dietitians and nutritionists tend to have somewhat different approaches when it comes to teaching their clients about healthy living. In general, nutritionists tend to have a more natural and holistic view compared to dietitians. A high percentage of dietitians work in hospitals or other health care settings and are tightly regulated in terms of what type of dietary advice they should offer to clients. Of course, not every dietitian or nutritionist falls neatly into these categories.
A qualified registered Nutritional Therapist is someone who holds a minimum 3 year diploma in Nutritional Therapy and is trained in basic biochemistry, physiology and pathology as well as 200 hours supervised clinical practice. As such, a Nutritional Therapist is qualified to work in private practice and see clients on a one to one or group basis. They are fully insured and must comply with the NTOI requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Code of Professional Ethics & Practice. A Dietitian is required to have a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics or a corresponding qualification in the field of science with a postgraduate degree in dietetics.
As a natupathic nutritionist I recommend people put their efforts towards eating unprocessed whole foods as much as possible, even those that might be more calorie-dense, such as healthy fats. Wholefoods are nutrient-dense, tend to be high in volume and fiber, and are naturally filling.