Frequently Asked Questions:
Is This Service Right For You?
We support those who have a difficult relationship with food, in order to get to a more free and flexible place where food complements your life in a healthy way, rather than dominating your life in an unhealthy way.
For example, this service may be for you if you:
- Have been stuck in the cycle of dieting and feeling ‘on and off the wagon’ for years
- Feel anxious or guilty about specific foods
- Are interested in eating more intuitively, in-line with your internal body cues
- Struggle with emotional or binge eating
- Feel that food dominates your life in an unhealthy way e.g. concerns about ‘healthy eating’ leaves to anxiety or stops you from enjoying food or eating out with friends.
- Feel confused about how to eat well in a flexible way that supports overall health
- Want support with disordered eating.
Please note: as appointments are held via video call, this service is not designed for those who have a severe eating disorder or for those under the age of 15.
If you are unsure about whether this service is for you don’t hesitate to email us on: email@example.com
What Qualifications & Experience Do We Have?
In the Dietetically Speaking Clinic we are all Registered Dietitians. This is a legally protected title that ensures we are appropriately qualified to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. Maintaining this registration also involves staying up to date with the latest nutritional science and acting in an ethical and professional manner.
We have a variety of experience and training related to our specialist area of eating disorders, disordered eating and intuitive eating.
As well this, our Dietitians also have training and experience related to other nutritional concerns including:
- Sports nutrition
- Gut health & IBS
- Women’s health
- Heart health
- Nutritional deficiencies
You can find our more about our individual training and experience here on our About Us page.
How Much Does This Cost?
The following packages are designed for optimal outcomes when it comes to healing your relationship with food.
Please note: all prices are in GBP as Dietetically Speaking Ltd. is a UK-registered company.
All packages include:
- Optional check-ins and support between sessions
- Resources and activities to use between sessions
- Communication with members of your healthcare team (where relevant)
- 4-session package (includes 4 x 50-minute review sessions): £480
- 8-session package (includes 8 x 50-minute review sessions): £840 (inc. 1 free session / 13% off per session)
- 12-session package (includes 12 x 50-minute review sessions): £1200 (inc. 2 free sessions / 17% off per session)
Bespoke packages, payment plans & student discount can be discussed upon request.
*The 4-session package is valid for a maximum of 4 months, the 8-session package for 8 months and the 12-session package for 12 months. However, a 4-session package is likely to last 1-3 months, an 8-session package is likely to last 2-6 months and a 12-session package 3-9 months, as for the best results I recommend having your sessions every 1-3 weeks, particularly in the earlier stages of dietetic input.
How Long Will Input Take?
This is a very understandable question, but unfortunately it’s impossible to give a simple answer as each person’s needs are so varied and individual.
It’s important to be aware that healing your relationship with food takes time. In fact, some of the awareness and self-discovery is a lifelong journey. Of course, we don’t intend to work with you for the rest of your life, but to give you the tools and skills to continue this for yourself.
To give you a rough idea, on average we tend to work with our clients for 9-12 months, but some people don’t need as much support as this and others work with us for years.
Of course, the frequency of appointments can change, as people often see us more frequently in the beginning and appointments can gradually become more spaced out as treatment progresses.
How Do Appointments Work?
All appointments take place virtually, usually via video consultation (using Zoom) or telephone call.
Additional support is available via email, using an app called Recovery Record or a tailored self-monitoring spreadsheet.
An initial assessment consultation will last up to 60-minutes and is tailored for each individual client.
This usually involves:
- Assessment of relevant background information – such as medical history, current medication, recent blood tests, digestive function, lifestyle factors (e.g. physical activity, stress)
- Exploration of your relationship with food, body image and movement
- Dietary assessment
- Education and a personalised plan
- A follow-up plan to suit your needs
Follow-up appointments are usually 50-minutes long and are also tailored towards your individual needs and preferences.
Where Can I Find Reviews?
You can find reviews of this services at the end of this page and click here to read our reviews on TrustPilot.
What Makes These Appointments Different?
These appointments put you and your relationship with food at the centre. We work collaboratively with our clients, rather than just telling you what to do. We are like a nutrition tour guide, there to support and guide on your journey to a peaceful relationship with food.
We strive to create a compassionate, non-judgemental and empowering environment for our clients, as you are ultimately the expert in yourself.
There is no set blueprint for the appointments as they are always tailored to meet the changing needs of each individual client. However, the focus is on overall health and wellbeing, rather than weight loss (as discussed in the next FAQ).
We also make use of user-friendly technology in order to provide the option of a higher level of support and monitoring, as compared with only interacting during scheduled appointments.
Do We Help People To Lose Weight?
The work we do with clients focuses on improving their relationship with food, from a holistic and weight-inclusive perspective. As body image concerns are a big driver for eating difficulties, and weight loss does not automatically mean improved health, we encourage clients to shift at least some of the focus away from the scales and weight loss as you work on healing your relationship with food.
The focus is on ‘the big picture of health’ including mental wellbeing and food flexibility.
This is of course a very individual decision and conversation, and the desire to lose weight is entirely understandable based on the society we live in and the messages we receive about this. So this is a great question to bring up in your discovery call if it’s on your mind, and this topic is never off limits for our clients to discuss with us.
Where Can I Find Further Information?
If you have any questions or if you are interested in booking in a free 15-minute discovery call, you just click the button below to send an enquiry.
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