As a Non-Diet Dietitian, my consultations are quite different to a “normal” dietitian. Rather than being interested in what you eat, I’m more interested in how and why you eat, the structure or pattern of eating, and your relationship with food. While there’s quite a bit of information for me to think about, my consultations tend to follow what you want to talk about, with me gathering key bits of information along the way.
In order to establish a safe, non-judgemental environment, in the majority of cases, I do not weigh my clients, as I believe that weighing and focusing on weight further upsets the relationship with food. It also means we can’t have a genuine and honest conversation about food if you are worried about the number on the scales and what I might be thinking about it. I want you to feel safe talking about food and how it has been difficult for you. Perhaps this space is the first place you’ve been able to do that?
Depending on the reason for your appointment, the first consultation is an hour, and follow-ups (for Eating Disorders, Intuitive Eating Counselling and Fussy eating) are also an hour. Most other follow-ups are 1/2 hour unless particularly complicated, or requested by you to be longer.