Expert eating disorder dietitians

Important Information about Eating Disorder Expert Dietitians

Nutrition is too often confusing minefield of seemingly endless and contradictory advice for anyone trying to recover from an eating disorder. Professional advice or support can help you cut through the confusion and focus on your recovery goals. Finding a qualified and experienced nutrition professional can also be a challenge. This is because the title “nutritionist” is not regulated in the UK and thus anyone, without any qualifications, can legally set themselves up using the tile nutrition professional, nutritionist, nutritional therapist, clinical nutritionist, or a diet expert.!

Dietitians

Dietitians are the only health care professional who can legally prescribe a meal plan. Dietitians are trained in the medical aspects of nutritional care and receive specific training to work with malnutrition, weight rehabilitation, nutrition and the wider cultural aspects of food and diet. Dietitians specialising in eating disorders should undergo BDA or university training  around the management of eating disorders including risks and the psychological aspects of behaviour change such as  FT-AN, CBT or ACT.

Tip: Check your dietitian is experienced in eating disorders and has specialist eating disorders clinical supervision in place.

Nutritionists

Nutritionist can sign up to independent regulation regulated and can work alongside dietetics in eating disorders treatment but cannot legally prescribe meal plans. They are not trained to work with people with significant malnutrition or who are receiving medical management. Nutritionist cannot legally prescribe meal plans.  Nutritionists who have signed up to independent regulation standards such as the Association for Nutrition (ANF) can only work with eating disorders or malnutrition if they  1) they receive specific BDA/NHS approved training and 2) are regularly supervised by an experienced eating disorders dietitian. Registrants found in breach of these standards may have registration withdrawn.

Tip: check your nutritionist is registered with the ANF and is BDA / NHS trained and is receiving supervision from an experienced dietitian.

Nutrition therapists

Are alternative health practitioners and are not independently regulated. They can be really helpful as coaches for people with eating difficulties that are not medically at risk and there are several such practitioners on our counsellor, recovery coaches and nutrition therapists page.

Tips:  Doing a short course in eating disorders does not qualify anyone to work nutritionally with eating disorders. Check any qualification or training in nutrition is British Dietetic Association  or ANF approved. Just because a course or qualification looks  professional doesn’t mean it is!

https://www.bda.uk.com/about-dietetics/what-is-dietitian/dietitian-or-nutritionist.html

A Brief Introduction to each professional:

Angharad Banner

Contact:
angharad@abcdietitian.co.uk
www.abcdietitian.co.uk
Tel: 07779 654999

I am a Registered Dietitian and I work part-time in CAMHS as an eating disorder’s dietitian seeing patients primarily with ARFID and Anorexia Nervosa.  I also run my own private practice and I support families from across the UK as well as locally for face-to-face appointments.  My areas of expertise include eating disorders (including ARFID), paediatric allergies, fussy eating / highly selective eaters, autism and common infant feeding difficulties.

I also consult for the BBC, Vegan Society and for all the major nutrition companies producing recipes, information for their websites, training modules, webinars and I sit on an Advisory Board.  I co-wrote the British Dietetic Association ARFID Position Statement and I am now involved in writing the ARFID Toolkit for Dietitian’s, an ARFID study day for Dietitian’s as well as writing a chapter on ARFID for two professional text books.

I have three children one who has a cow’s milk protein allergy, peanut and lentil allergy.  Having first-hand experience of managing these allergies has definitely enhanced my practice.  I love to cook, as do my children, and I am either in the kitchen or driving my kids to activities!

Jennifer Low

Contact:
jen@jlnutritionclinic.com
www.jlnutritionclinic.com
Tel: 07596 950047

I am a Registered Dietitian and have a degree in Psychology and an MSc in Nutrition. I have specialised in eating disorders since 2008, and have worked with both adults and children in NHS services, as well as privately.

According to NICE guidelines, Dietitians should not work in isolation with people with an eating disorder, and I find that when a client has therapy working with them is a lot more effective. I work in a patient-centred way, and am careful to build trust and honesty in my relationship with my clients and their families.

I love working with people to improve their quality of life and their relationship with food. Many clients will need to be following meal plans in order to recover lost weight, and I also focus on challenging eating disorder related behaviours, education on food and nutrients and how energy is used in the body, working through fear foods and trying to incorporate them into every day life, moving towards eating family foods and being able to have meals outside of the home.

Paola Falcoski

Contact:

contact@paolafalcoskidietitian.co.uk
https://www.paolafalcoskidietitian.co.uk

With over 10 years of experience in clinical settings, I am an Advanced Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian and a Somatic Experiencing therapist, holding a Masters degree in Public Health and getting a diploma in Autism and Mental Health. 

My expertise lies in delivering high-quality care for both groups and individuals (all ages) for Eating Disorders. I am also highly experienced in working with Sport Nutrition, especially related to disordered eating. 

My extensive training includes SOS, CBT-t, CBT-e, FT-AN, Unified Protocol, Safe and Sound protocol.

As an active member of the healthcare community, I am committed to contributing to research, teaching, and event speaking. I also provide supervision for dietitians, helping to support the development of the next generation of practitioners.

 

Paolo has also  also created the ARFID module for the Bebodypositive – https://bebodypositive.org.uk/

Priya Tew

Contact:

priya@dietitianuk.co.uk
07747466911
www.dietitianuk.co.uk
www.PriyaTew.com 

@Priya_Tew (instagram)

I’m a eating disorder specialist dietitian with over 15 years of experience in helping those with eating disorders move forward in recovery. I have worked in the NHS, in day care settings, in private hospitals and am now in private practice. I love to work collaboratively with your team, as a team approach is so important to help you feel safe and to make sure everyone is providing the same messages. I’ve a degree in Nutrition, a post graduate diploma and Masters in Dietetics.

Food is more complex than just what we eat, it is woven into our society and culture, with diet culture messages being everywhere. As a dietitian I can come alongside you and support with your meal plans but more than that I can help you work on your food beliefs and rules too. I am trained in a variety of psychological methods too (including CBT, GSH, MANTRA)  so I weave these strategies in alongside the all important nutrition education. 

I can work with you in 1-1 sessions and I also run a 12 week recovery course and community called the Recovery Tribe. Here we meet once a week for group coaching, nervous system work and set goals, there is weekly education and homework to complete with downloadable resources to help you move forward. The community group helps everyone be accountable and support one another through the week so you get daily support.

Sarah Elder

About — Rhitrition

hello@saraheldernutrition.co.uk
Tel: 07840999899

Sarah Elder is a Registered Dietitian with the HCPC. She has a degree in Food Studies and Nutrition from Leeds University and completed a post graduate Degree at Leeds Beckett University in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master’s degree in Nutrition.

Most recently she has completed a Masters in Advance Clinical Practice at York University. Sarah specialises in eating disorders and disordered eating and has contributed to national training and guidance in this area. Sarah is trained in the Nice approved therapies; MANTRA, SSCM and guided self-help.

Ursula Philpot

www.insighteating.co.uk
uphilpot@insighteating.co.uk

I am a Registered Dietitian and senior lecturer, and clinical lead for CYP eating disorders in North -East and Yorkshire NHS England , working  alongside psychologist and other therapists in NHS and private practice.  I have specialised in eating disorders since 2003,  working with both adults and children in NHS services, both inpatients and outpatients.  I have a wealth of expertise and I regularly contribute to  national guidance around eating disorders, including the NICE guidelines,  the Clinical Reference Group for  all age eating disorders  at NHS England.  I run a training programme for Guided Self Help for eating disorders (www.mytransitions.co.uk). My specialist areas of interest are  complex presentations, ARFID, autism and addressing  persistent physical symptoms alongside eating disorders.   I love food and really enjoy helping people to improve  their relationship with food.  I  work on an individualised  strengths based approach,  incorporating aspects of ACT/DBT and compassionate based models into care, working at a pace of change that suits the person.

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