Nutritional Therapy in Rickmansworth

Restoring Wellness in the Mind and Body

Do you suffer from an auto-immune condition, digestive issues or any chronic condition? Are you looking for ways to bolster your natural wellbeing? If so, book a consultation with Nicola Shannon Nutrition. I am a BANT and CNHC registered nutritionist in Rickmansworth who specialises in using a holistic, evidence-based approach to identify where issues stem from and coming up with personalised plans to help you achieve optimal health.

Take a look at my About page to learn more about the work I do as a nutritionist in Rickmansworth. I also operate in Northwood, Amersham, Watford and the surrounding areas.

About Me  Nutritional Therapy Consultation

Nutritional therapy in Rickmansworth




What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional therapy refers to the application of nutritional science for the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Practitioners use a wide range of tools to firstly assess and identify nutritional imbalances and then understand how they contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach enables us to work with individuals in a holistic way and support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is a complementary medicine that supports people with chronic and auto-immune conditions, along with those looking to enhance broader health and wellbeing.

Practitioners take care to view each individual as unique and employ a holistic approach in order to recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes. Our work with clients takes into account myriad factors, as opposed to focusing purely on any particular condition or issue they may have. We never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice; clients with ‘red flag’ symptoms are referred to medical professionals.





What Can Nutritional Therapy Be Used For?

  •  Weight management
  • Women’s health
  • Men’s health
  • Fertility – pre and post-conceptual support
  • Children’s health and behaviour
  • Sporting performance
  • Promoting healthy immunity
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Supporting metabolic processes
  • Skin health
  • Mental health
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Liver function support
  • Lifestyle and exercise advice
  • Health MOT
  • Anti-ageing
  • Chronic and degenerative conditions

Please note that nutritional therapy cannot diagnose or treat medical conditions and is not intended to replace the advice of medical professionals. While nutritional therapy programmes can treat symptoms and restore energy in the body, you must seek the advice of your GP if you are suffering from a medical condition. You should inform your doctor or any complementary therapist, including a nutritional therapist, if you are taking any medication, supplements or other remedies.

All data obtained from you is kept strictly secure in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.






I would highly recommend Nicola to anyone thinking about making changes to their diet and lifestyle. I had depression and fatigue and didn’t want to go down the medication route if I could avoid it. Not only did she help me get my energy levels back she also did wonders for my son too. Sending my husband next!

M, Northwood


Want to know more about the impact nutritional therapy can have on individuals suffering with auto-immune diseases and chronic illnesses like IBS? Take a look at my About page to read more client reviews.

More Testimonials





Why Use Nutritional Therapy?

Some people may simply want to improve their diet, while others may be looking to lose weight or get help managing their symptoms. The individuals I work with have many different requirements: some come to me for two or three sessions, while others – often individuals looking to manage symptoms of chronic illness – have been coming to my practice for years. Registered Nutritional Therapists take care to listen to each person and put together a personalised nutrition plan that aligns with their specific needs.

We work closely together, identifying goals and ways of meeting them over a series of consultations. Nutritional therapy is not a quick fix but rather a way of incorporating small dietary and lifestyle changes over time in a way that allows you to incorporate them into your life, thereby improving health and reducing the risk of chronic conditions further down the line.

I educate clients on food choices and empower them to make concrete changes on a long-term basis, reducing the risk of relapse and ensuring healthy choices become second nature. I also offer advice on stress management. Developing ways of coping with stress, coupled with healthy food choices, will have a notable effect on both your physical and mental wellbeing.



Nutritional therapy has been shown to support the health of the following bodily systems:

  • Skeletal
  • Muscular and nervous system
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular
  • Digestive
  • Excretory
  • Endocrine and immune
  • Reproductive and integumentary (skin, hair, nails)

Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations include support to achieve optimum energy levels, healthy blood sugar balance, emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimal gastrointestinal health, and tolerance to a broad range of food groups.




Menus with our Nutritionist in Rickmansworth


My Services Include

  • One-to-one consultations
  • Telephone or online consultations
  • Nutrition workshops
  • Corporate wellness
  • Health MOTs
  • Menu planning
  • Recipe recommendations

The Consultation Process

Prior to our initial consultation, you will receive a questionnaire to complete and return before the consultation. This allows for pre-assessment analysis of any possible nutritional or biochemical imbalances to be carried out ahead of the consultation.

Initial consultations typically last 75 to 90 minutes, while follow-up sessions last between 45 and 60 minutes. In our first meeting we will assess the following:

  • Current health concerns and goals
  • Symptoms
  • Medical history
  • Family history
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • Levels of physical activity
  • Use of medication and supplements

Having acquired this information, I will develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme for you. This will include any explanations/recommendations discussed within the consultation and may require a supplementation programme, which will be tailored to your individual needs and budget.

Follow up consultations generally happen after two to four weeks in order to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments. Further follow-ups may be required. These can be held face to face, on the telephone or online.

It is natural to have queries or concerns between consultations. Email and telephone support is therefore available where required to support you make the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle.



Diagnostic Testing

I may recommend diagnostic testing where appropriate. Home testing kits can often be supplied to measure for levels of nutrients in the body, toxins or hormone levels, the presence of bacteria, yeasts or parasites as well as allergies or food intolerances. It can also assess digestive and liver function. These tests include:

Organic Acid Testing 

A urine test that measures metabolic by-products of chemical processes in the body. People with neurological conditions and metabolic issues may excrete abnormal levels of these metabolites, indicating issues with bacterial or yeast overgrowth, neurotransmitter imbalances, detoxification issues, raised oxalates, mitochondrial dysfunction, or fatty acid oxidation.

This test is helpful for people with autism, ADHD and other neurological issues, as well as Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and other inflammatory conditions. It is also helpful in identifying certain nutrient deficiencies and a great starting point for identifying underlying reasons behind certain symptoms of ill health.

Stool Testing 

Essential for people suffering from gut issues such as constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, reactions to food, reflux, and even symptoms such as hives, acne, hormonal imbalances and mood disorders. It can identify bacteria and yeast overgrowth, leaky gut/intestinal permeability, often identifying the root cause of many inflammatory conditions. Evidence shows that many neurological disorders including mental health issues stem from issues in the gut. This is therefore a great starting point in identifying the drivers for many conditions.

Toxic Chemical Exposure Test 

Many people, particularly those with autism, find it difficult to detoxify environment pollutants that surround us in our everyday lives. This test identifies which toxins have built up in the body and enables us to determine ways of supporting detoxification and reducing future exposure to such chemicals.

Heavy Metal Toxicity 

Enables us to identify what, if any, heavy metals are present in the body, allowing us to work out ways of reducing exposure and the levels in the body. There is much evidence pointing towards heavy metal exposure in mental health issues. Identifying the driving force for these conditions will help with the long-term recovery.

There are many other available tests, such as viral testing, immunological markers, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, fatty acid testing, thyroid and sex hormone tests, adrenal function testing, and so on.

If you are looking for a Nutritionist in Rickmansworth and would like a safe place to discuss what testing may be best for you, get in touch.


Nutritionist consultation in Rickmansworth




Cancellation Policy

Should you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please allow 48 hours’ notice prior to the consultation, if possible. Any cancellations within this time may incur a cancellation fee.

Payment Methods

Payment can be made through bank transfer, cash or cheque.




Get In Touch To Book A Consultation

For a registered nutritionist in Rickmansworth who takes pride in offering a holistic, person-centered service and helps people of all ages with digestive issues, auto-immune conditions and other chronic illnesses, get in touch with Nicola Shannon Nutrition.

Get In Touch  Request a Call Back