With Maria Cross, MSc MBant CNHC

A nutritional therapy consultation isn’t just about finding out how to eat healthily. There are plenty of websites that provide good information on the subject (some not so good, in truth). So why book a consultation?

Most of my clients come to see me because they have long-standing health issues that have defied the usual routes: medicines haven’t helped, and test results have proven inconclusive. Often, my clients have lived with their symptoms for years and even accepted that they are in some way normal for them.

But here’s the thing: if your symptoms are diet-related, in all probability so too are the solutions.

I often liken what I do to detective work. The first thing I do is establish a timeline of health issues. Sometimes that timeline starts in early childhood. Then I look for links and triggers. What appear to be a lot of disconnected issues often turn out to have one root cause. These days, this approach is called functional medicine; to me, it’s always been the most effective way to get results.

What happens during a consultation? The initial consultation lasts about 1.5 hours.  Prior to the appointed time, you complete and return a detailed questionnaire concerning your health and diet. The consultation is in 3 parts. In the first part, you talk and I listen. I ask a lot of questions, and only when I’m satisfied that I know everything that I need to know do we move onto the next part.

In part 2, I explain what I think is behind your health issues – in other words, the cause(s). These findings are linked to the evidence you have provided. I join the dots and present you with the picture.

In part 3, I explain how we are going to proceed, in order to restore balance and good health. This part will include dietary changes, sometimes lifestyle changes, and sometimes suggested biochemical tests, that I can arrange for you. I may also recommend supplements. In nutritional therapy, supplements are not intended to replace diet – they are meant for therapeutic purposes, for a limited period of time. That is, until you have achieved your goals.

There’s a lot to remember there! Which is why I don’t expect you to be proficient in shorthand. A few days later you will receive a detailed report of the consultation.

A follow-up consultation usually takes place a few weeks later, or, if tests have been ordered, once the results are known.

Between consultations, you can contact me whenever you have a question, no matter how trivial it may seem. You may have forgotten to mention something during the consultation that you think relevant – it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are clear about what we are doing, and what we are aiming to achieve.

Got a question or two before you book? Not sure if nutritional therapy is for you?

Here’s the procedure…

Step One

I send you a questionnaire that you complete and return ahead of the consultation.

Step Two

The initial consultation lasts about 1.5 hours and takes place over Zoom (local consultations available).

Step Three

You receive, within a few days, a detailed report with recommendations.

Step Four

We stay in touch – you can contact me with any questions about your programme.

There may be one or more follow-up consultations, depending on the complexity of your requirements.

How much does it cost?

Initial consultationFollow up consultation
If laboratory tests have been arranged, there is an additional fee of £25 per test
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