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How to become a Nutritional Therapist

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What does a Nutritional Therapist do?

Nutritional therapists work with patients to identify and eliminate stressful substances in the body and thereby alleviate or prevent illness by choosing an appropriate diet. Nutritional therapy is a way of using diet and supplements to encourage the body’s natural healing.

Nutritional therapists work with clients empowering them to take responsibility for their own health. They carry out diagnostic tests – using hair samples and allergy testing - and take a medical history from the patient, which includes looking at moods, digestion, diet, exercise, stress and family history.

Once the nutritional therapist has all the necessary information they recommend a tailored programme for their client, focusing on which foods to eliminate or increase together with suggested supplements.

Nutritional therapy can help people of all ages with a wide range of medical conditions.

What's the working environment like working as a Nutritional Therapist?

Nutritional therapists usually work in a health clinic or therapeutic environment or occasionally in patients’ homes. There are no set working hours - unsocial hours may be required to accommodate patients.

Since therapists may work at several centres, a driving licence is useful.

What does it take to become a Nutritional Therapist?

As a nutritional therapist you should:

  • be able to develop empathy with your patients and be sensitive to their needs
  • have a genuine desire to help people
  • be able to understand scientific and nutritional concepts and information
  • be able to explain nutritional information and treatment plans to clients
  • have good communication skills, including listening and understanding
  • have a logical approach to problem solving
  • be able to keep an emotional distance from other people’s problems
  • know when to refer a patient to a conventional medical practitioner.

Nutritional Therapist Career Opportunities

Demand for nutritional therapy is increasing with opportunities throughout the country. Nutritional therapists may work in private practice and with other organisations such as prisons, the NHS and mental health groups.

There are no direct promotion prospects for self-employed practitioners as success depends on building up and maintaining a sound reputation. Nutritional therapists need to be prepared to market their business, often working long hours at first until they have built up their practice.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Nutritional Therapist that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

The Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC)
PO Box 6114

British Association for Nutritional Therapy (BANT)
27 Old Gloucester Street
Tel: 0870 606 1284

Register of Nutritional Therapists (RNT)
18 Holder Road
West Sussex
RH10 7HL

Wholistic Nutritional Medicine Society (WNMS)
20 Palmerston Road
Tel: 020 7935 3533

Skills for Health
Goldsmiths House
Broad Plain
Tel: 0117 922 1155