Case study

Nauturopathic nutritional therapist — Hannah Burton

Hannah's passion is helping to optimise health and happiness by using natural therapies which support the body holistically, working with the root causes of symptoms to help people thrive

What made you want to practice naturopathy?

As an ex-professional dancer, I had a bad relationship with food and my body. I suffered from an eating disorder for 17 years. In learning to heal my relationship with food, I learnt that it was so much more than just fats, carbs and protein, and that food is truly is the source of our health and wellbeing.

I knew that I had to retrain as a naturopathic nutritional therapist - the holistic approach to nutrition and supporting the body towards optimised health and wellbeing resonated with me.

What did you need to do to become a naturopathic practitioner?

I trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine for 3 years part time, completing more than 200 hours of clinical practice with real paying clients, which really helped to prepare me to work with my own clients.

I'm also registered with the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and have professional insurance with a company that specialises in covering professionals within the holistic health and wellbeing industry. Further to this I obtained an advanced Vegan Diploma at Demuths Cookery School, but this was more for broadening my own knowledge.

As well as being qualified, I need to attend a number of CPD events per year to make sure I'm staying up to date with the latest research and continuing to develop my own knowledge and skills.

I have my own website, Wellness Manor, which features information, blogs, and details of my services.

How relevant is your qualification to your job?

With so much conflicting health and wellbeing advice out in the world, I believe that having an accredited qualification is immensely important for providing quality, educated support to clients and not just popular hearsay or fad diet information.

What's a typical working day like?

The best thing, in my opinion, is that there's no typical workday. Every day is different when running your own business and working with a range of clients. However, my main work activities include:

  • working with clients to support their symptom(s) through designing a personalised nutrition and lifestyle strategy for them based off of an in-depth full case-taking, including looking into their past and present medical conditions, the health of their family, their environment and routine, and their likes and dislikes.
  • looking into any drug/nutrient interactions before creating a protocol for my clients. It helps that I stay up to date with the latest research and medical developments by attending CPD events and webinars.
  • creating social media and marketing content for my business.
  • running workshops and educate the public on what naturopathic nutritional therapy is and how it can help them to improve and optimise their health and wellbeing.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Being able to help people to optimise their health and wellbeing and improve their symptoms is the most rewarding part of my job. There's nothing better than helping someone live a healthy, happy life!

What are the most challenging parts?

I can only advise my clients - they have to actually implement the advice in order to improve their health. It's sometimes frustrating when clients do not comply.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

I would love to be able to impact the health and wellbeing of a wider audience, so I hope to design an online masterclass that can help educate people on general health and wellbeing - and empower them with tools that they can implement into their lives to optimise their own health and happiness.

What advice can you give to others wanting to get into naturopathy?

Find a recognised course that is accredited to do your training. Make sure you have clinical training as part of the course, or find somewhere you can do placement training - while the theory is great, practical training is invaluable.

Join a professional body, such as the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) or the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), as this will keep you up to date with the latest news, tools and developments, and provides your clients with the knowledge that you take the ethical responsibilities of your role seriously.

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