A little bit about me
Hi, I’m Gabriella, a Nutritional Therapist based in Cobham, Surrey. I help women in midlife get their zest back and feel like themselves again.
My road to working in nutrition started when I was in my late 30s, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer. An operation followed with a several rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Unfortunately, many women who have had chemotherapy enter into an early menopause, and that included me. Initially it was hard to understand what was going on and I put it down to my cancer recovery. But as time went by and when things didn’t get better, I realised that it was my hormones which were all over the place. Literally, nothing made any sense. The doctors said that HRT wasn’t an option for me due to my cancer history, so I had to look elsewhere.
This is when I discovered nutrition. I decided to go back to school and after 3 years of intensive study, treating myself as a guinea pig along the way, I started to feel so much better.
After graduating, I set up my clinic in Cobham where I now help women struggling with midlife changes. Hormones rule our lives! I have been there so I know how confusing everything is! What works one week doesn’t work the next. And, we put on weight even though we haven’t changed anything! It doesn't seem fair, right?
This is the problem – we do need to change our habits when we hit midlife. Otherwise, we will be cranky and lose our spark, not to mention the dreaded weight gain! But the beautiful thing is that there are things we can do. With a little information and help along the way, it is possible to get there.
Let me help you!
"Food is meant to be pleasurable, and by showing you how to shop well, cook well and eat well, it will make you feel better about yourself and more in control of your life."
Nutritional Therapy is more than simply eating the right diet. We are all unique and therefore have different needs. When I help clients I consider their individual history, their daily life and environment as well as the food they eat.
Using a Functional Medicine approach, the advice I give my clients incorporates positive changes to their diet and lifestyle, and may include supplements and clinical testing. Some changes help them feel better within a few days or weeks, whereas other issues require that we dig a bit deeper and may take longer time to resolve.
Functional Medicine aims to discover the root cause, the driver, behind a condition. The challenge is that a particular condition can have so many different root causes. The protocol I generate for one client will therefore never be the same for another, as each person is unique and the root cause may be different.
When it comes to food, I find that it has become confusing and complicated, and my goal is to simplify this by providing practical tools that can easily be incorporated into daily life. My approach is not about restriction and everything that you cannot eat. Instead, my aim is to encourage my clients to focus on all the things that they can eat.
My Qualifications – DipCNM, mBANT, CNHC
I am a fully qualified and registered Nutritional Therapist. I completed my 3-year course at the leading nutritional therapy college CNM in London accredited by the the Nutritional Therapy Education Council (NTEC), where I was trained in the evidence-based principles of functional medicine, which assesses the underlying causes of symptoms.
I am a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the regulatory body for nutrition professionals, which means that I have to attend certified training on a regular basis. I am also a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, the regulatory body that assures standards of practice in all areas of healthcare.
In order to further my knowledge and keep up-to-date with the latest research and science, I continually attend various conferences and seminars.