I am passionate about empowering women to take control of their mental health through nutrition and lifestyle medicine
I grew up fascinated by psychology and how the mind as I witnessed a close family member struggle with their mental health for many years. As a child, I saw first hand the devastation anxiety and depression can have on someone's life.
After completing an undergraduate degree in psychology I became interested in nursing and went on to qualify as a mental health nurse, working with both children and adults in many different clinical settings.
I enjoyed working in the community because I could assess all aspects of my patient's environment. I was able to see the many different things that could be contributing to their poor mental health including junk food, alcohol and a lack of good sleep and exercise. It was during these visits that I realised that I couldn't treat someone's mental health without addressing their diet and lifestyle.
I worked in the field of mental health within the NHS for over 14 years, with the last five years dedicated to a child and adolescent mental health service. The stress of large casloads and working with such a vulnerable population took it's toll on my own mental health. Anxiety, insomnia and digestive issues compelled me to take some leave from work. It was during this time I realised I had to find a new way to help people if I wanted to stay healthy myself.
Helping women address the root causes of poor mental health is now my core mission. I do this using functional medicine principles., assessing each client's own unique needs in a holistic way and then give them the tools they need to help reduce stress and anxiety. These include the right foods, targeted supplements and lifestyle changes.
I am committed to professional development and keeping up to date on current research in Nutritional Psychiatry. I am currently completing Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals certification. I also attend the Applied Functional Medicine Mentoring Programme (AFMMP) to further my knowledge in functional medicine and how to apply this model to clinical practice.
Registered Nutritionist MBANT
Registered Nutritional Therapist CNHC
Registered Mental Health Nurse NMC
BSc Hons Psychology
PgDip Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism)
Applied Functional Medicine Mentoring Programme