About

I’m a Registered Dietitian specialising in helping people to develop a free and flexible relationship with food.

I have over 8 years of experience as a Dietitian in a range of public and private healthcare settings, including more than 4 years in the NHS (as a general dietitian, a stroke specialist dietitian and then a paediatric-specialist dietitian). Since starting Dietetically Speaking in 2015, I’ve gained a variety of experience in private practice and nutrition communication online, on social media, with printed publications and radio. 

Over the years I noticed a common theme — all of the messages we are bombarded with about nutrition, weight and health from a variety of sources leaves many people feeling confused with a very black and white ‘good vs. bad’ mindset. In turn, this can lead to a number of eating difficulties like restriction, food guilt, comforting eating and binging. Ultimately, food no longer feels like a friend and can cause a lot of unnecessary stress and discomfort. 

So this experience, along with my long-standing interest in the psychological side of nutrition, led me to specialise in supporting those who have developed a difficult relationship with food. I really love working in this area from an evidence-based, compassionate, person-centred and weight-inclusive perspective.


Qualifications & Training

  • First Class Honours Degree in Dietetics (BSc Hons Dietetics, University of Ulster Coleraine).
  • Registered Dietitian* with the Health and Care Professionals Council in the UK (HCPC, membership number: DT27185) and also with the Social Care Professionals Council in Ireland (CORU, membership number:  DI037648). 
  • Completed the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Advanced Mental Health in Eating Disorders training course. 
  • Training in Intuitive Eating for Healthcare Professionals and Nutrition Counselling by the London Centre for Intuitive Eating.
  • Training in Guided Self-Help for Eating Difficulties from My Transitions (a company created by experienced Psychologists and Dietitians).
  • Health Psychology Training For Nutrition Professionals by Spectrum Mental Health. 
  • Behaviour change training including Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Behaviour Change Training and other training days and shadowing from Clinical Psychologists in the NHS.  
  • Training on the use of a low FODMAP diet for IBS by Monash University.

Registered Dietitian is a legally protected title that ensures I am appropriately qualified to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems with both individuals and on a wider public-health level. Maintaining this registration also involves staying up to date with the latest nutritional science and acting in an ethical and professional manner. 


Experience

I have over 8 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. Within this time I have gained the following experience:

  • Private Practice Dietitian: I have worked with a wide variety of nutritional concerns in different private nutrition clinics, including the Talia Cecchele Nutrition Clinic (Eating Disorder Specialist Clinic), the London Centre for Intuitive Eating and the Dublin Nutrition Centre.
  • Mental Health Bank Specialist Dietitian in the NHS: This involves working temporarily with a specialist mental health team with a variety of eating difficulties.
  • Paediatric Dietitian in the NHS: I worked with all age groups (and their families) from newborn babies up to 18 years olds with a variety of nutritional concerns, including fussy eating and eating disorders. 
  • Stroke Specialist Dietitian in the NHS: this involved supporting people from a nutritional perspective in the hospital and at home after they had a stroke. I worked closely with a team including a Clinical Psychologist who I learned a lot from. 
  • General Dietitian in the UK National Health Service (NHS): – this involved working on hospital wards and in out-patient clinics supporting people with nutritional concerns such as malnutrition, tube feeding, healthy eating, heart disease, nutritional deficiencies (like low iron levels), Type 2 diabetes and gut issues like IBS and IBD.
  • Varied nutrition communication experience: This includes social media work, lecturing College/University students, providing wellness webinars, health writing, blogging and working with companies and the media.
  • I also co-founded a company called Nutrimote which supports Nutrition Professionals with online working. So I am passionate about using technology well so that the services I provide are user-friendly, flexible and supportive for my clients. 

If you would like to work with Maeve, or if you have any questions then please contact her:

Email: maeve@dieteticallyspeaking.com

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This page was last updated in November 2021


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Maeve has been consulting on The Food Medic Educational Hub for 12 months now and has been a huge asset to the team. Her ability to translate some very nuanced topics in nutrition into easy-to-follow, informative articles and infographics is really admirable.

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Maeve has written extensively for NHD magazine over the last few years, producing a wealth of dietetic and nutritional articles. Always evidence based and factual, Maeve creates material that is relevant and very readable. She provides high quality work with a professional and friendly approach. Maeve is a beacon of high quality knowledge and work within the nutrition writing community; and someone NHD magazine is proud to work with.

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Editor of Network Health Digest

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