empowering you with information
It's well known that what we eat powerfully affects our overall health, but do we think about how we might be feeding (or starving) our gut bacteria? Microbiome Analysis takes much of the guesswork out of improving gut health, and can empower you with information to guide treatment decisions, track progress and best support your overall health. I give you advice on healthy eating tailored to your gut bacterial profile, and can combine this with craniosacral treatment where that would be beneficial.
I am one of the first practitioners in the UK offering this kind of Microbiome Analysis – drawing on my background as a biomedical research scientist, as well as cutting edge trainings on the microbiome and peer-reviewed medical research in this exciting, emerging field. I am committed to integrating the latest research into my practice.
While the roles of the majority of the bacteria in our gut are so far poorly understood, some of them are well studied and understood to play an important beneficial role, and others are now known to cause symptoms when the gut ecosystem is out of balance. Changes in the composition of the community of microscopic life in our guts, known as the microbiome, has now been linked to an astonishing array of health conditions – from gut disorders such as IBS, to autoimmune diseases, and even depression and anxiety.
The early stages of research and the unique composition of each individual’s microbiome make Microbiome Analysis a pioneering approach. Research clearly demonstrates that certain foods can directly change the balance of the microbiome, and that particular foods promote the growth of specific bacteria. Microbiome Analysis allows these insights to be applied in practice to a wide range of health conditions – to support digestive health, but also mental health and overall wellbeing.
Microbiome stool tests
I use one of the leading companies using advanced genetic sequencing to give you a full breakdown of all the bacteria making up your gut microbiome. Their home-testing kits are easy to order and use, while giving you comprehensive results. These tests, using a simple swab, are very different to standard stool culture tests as they provide data on all the bacteria in your gut and their overall balance (not just certain species that can survive lab conditions).
Microbiome Analysis consultations
I analyse the stool test results in depth, taking a detailed look at the balance of the different kinds of bacteria found in your gut, and talk you through the results in a consultation – currently online. I provide you with all the details you need to make healthy eating choices, in order to support your gut microbiome to shift to a composition associated with health.
Microbiome Analysis process and fees:
All sessions are currently online, using Zoom.
First consultation: the process starts with a 50 minute consultation at £210, to look at your health, diet and lifestyle and goals for treatment.
Stool test: The test kit is ordered directly from the testing company and costs £125 with my practitioner discount.
Results consultation: Once you have received your stool test results, then follows a 50 minute consultation at £285. This fee includes the consultation plus extensive data analysis prior to our consultation and provision of detailed written information on your results, my findings and recommendations.
Follow-ups: 25 minute online follow-up sessions cost £95.
50 minute follow-ups cost £175.
Microbiome package: A discounted package of four sessions is available at £650 (payable in two instalments of £325) consisting of the first consultation, the results consultation, as well as two 25 minute follow-ups at around 6 and 12 weeks to track progress.
Exploratory call: I offer a 20min phone consultation for people wanting to discuss in more detail whether Microbiome Analysis is right for them.
Wellbeing coaching: for those who want weekly support to integrate the microbiome recommendations into their lives, I offer coaching sessions in addition to the microbiome follow-up sessions (25 and 50min). Please note that due to high demand for microbiome analysis these sessions are currently unavailable to new clients.
VIP programme: for those who would like additional support, my VIP programme includes consultations at my standard fee as well as options for ordering stool tests and supplements, briefing your support team (eg PA, chef) and contact between sessions. For more information please see brochure.
All sessions can be booked online. A cancellation fee is charged for consultations cancelled or rearranged at less than 48h notice.
All follow-up consultation fees include written a treatment plan, and up to two emails for between-session support as required. Changes to treatment plan are not usually possible over email and require a follow-up consultation to allow discussion of symptoms and recommendations. Additional correspondence, research or collaboration with other practitioners will be charged a standard fee agreed in advance.
Please note: the test results and the Microbiome Analysis consultations do not include or substitute medical advice, nor do they provide a diagnosis of any condition. I do not advise on medication and any changes in medication should always be made in consultation with your prescriber. Some dietary or lifestyle recommendations may require consultation with your nutritionist, GP or other health practitioner.
Trust and independence are important to me, and so I do not accept commission or affiliate fees for any of the probiotic or prebiotic supplements I may recommend, or any practitioner referrals. I also pass on any commission or affiliate fees as discounts to my clients whenever this is possible. This is so you can be completely sure I only make recommendations on the basis of quality and in the interest of your health, and not for any financial gain.