What does it mean to be a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner?
The Nutritional Therapy Association
I received my certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association based out of Olympia, WA. It is a 9 month intensive program where you learn a foundational approach to holistic nutrition. The NTA covers in-depth functions of the body walking you through the entire body including basic chemistry, and scientific principles of how the body functions, anatomically and physiologically. The curriculum focuses on a holistic approach and how your body is supposed to function at foundational level. Along with the intense curriculum, you attend three in person workshop weekends where you dive into the content and learn the functional evaluation points.
The foundation of the program focuses on a nutrient dense, properly prepared, whole foods lifestyle while keeping bio-individuality, the needs of each client, in mind.
What does a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner do?
I like to think of an NTP as an “investigator.” When I work with clients, it isn’t just a quick look of what is going on right now, it is a thorough look at the clients whole history often times a few years before they started having major problems. Often times in today’s world, doctors only look at one part of your situation and neglect the underlying causes. As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, we take into account stressors in your life, exposures to chemicals, eating habits, and relationships, as well as taking a close look at your symptoms and how they connect to each other. For instance, little things like ridges on your fingernails or changes in your stool can give me big clues to what is happening internally and how I can support you.
Our bodies always give us clues of imbalances and what is truly going on, as an NTP, I help my clients see the connections and then work to bring balance and proper function back to the body.
A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner does not treat, diagnosis or prescribe.
The Functional Evaluation
As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I am equipped with another set of tools that can provide additional information to my clients case and health. The functional evaluation is a set of palpations that correlate with the organ systems in the body and help to identify which systems are under stress. When these organ systems are under stress fluid builds up in these areas to help get more nutrients to that particular system. When there is a build up of fluid it registers to the body that there is a tenderness. As an NTP, we can then prioritize which systems need attention first with each one of our clients. With in person clients, I will test different nutrients based on the tenderness area to help rebalance their body. The client’s innate sense will give us a clear answer on what needs added to their personalized plan.
Like I mentioned previously, our bodies are always trying to communicate with us but often times in the modern world, we have become disconnected with our innate abilities The functional evaluation helps us communicate with your body to help support optimal function. When a client starts to learn these points on their body from us working together they are able to support their bodies on there on after gaining and learning tools from our time together. Read more here
How I work as an NTP?
I work with clients remotely through video conferencing. Even my distant clients receive the same attention and care as they would if they were in person. Today’s technology allows me to help women from all over the country and meet face to face even if it is through a computer screen.
As a new client, you can expect that the first appointment will last about 45-60 minutes depending on your situation. The first appointment helps me to understand your health history, your concerns and your goals for working together. You will receive actionable steps to start transforming your health from the very first appointment as we come up with a plan to meet your wellness goals.
Clients often like to meet every two weeks for a chance to ask questions, get additional feedback, accountability and to know that I am with them throughout the process. Email support is also available for my clients to ask questions.
I ask that my clients make a 3 month commitment to their health before working with me. After years and years of abuse on our bodies, it takes time to get them back into balance. Most clients do notice slight improvements in two weeks but it takes 2-3 months to start to see big changes. When I work with my clients, the goal is to bring long-lasting and stainable changes to their life.
Who do I work with?
I work with most autoimmune thyroid conditions in women and those that are experiencing symptoms but have not received a diagnosis.
Typically my clients are experiencing:
Dry skin and fragile nails
Digestive issues, cramps, bloating
Sensitive to temperatures, always hot or cold
Skin issues (rashes, hives, sensitivity to products, hormonal acne, back acne)
Loose stools, chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation
Anxiety or depression, emotional rollercoaster
Brain fog, lack of concentration, difficulty thinking
Transforming Your Life
If you have been struggling to solve your own health problems but only feeling more helpless and confused, it is time to invest in your health and have the support of a certified nutritional therapy practitioner. Trust me, I have been there before going down the rabbit hole of endless Googling - it is time to start making a real difference today. Learn more about becoming a client by filling out this simple form to get started.