Q&A with Kate
How long have you been doing what you do and how did you get started?
See the About page...
What kinds of clients do you work with?
I specialise in helping the growing population of individuals (mostly women) who struggle with chronic illness and/or unexplained symptoms that diminish quality of life. I am on a mission to help people find the root cause of their symptoms and finally feel better. Also see the Expertise page....
What if I just need to lose a few kilos – should I move forward with your services?
I have learned during my time in practice that I can best serve people who have a health condition, unexplained symptoms or are working to make big changes in their life. However, I also know that there is often an underlying health issue contributing to stubborn extra weight or a health issue that is directly correlated with being overweight (e.g. insulin resistance, diabetes). In these cases you should definitely book a free Strategy Session to discuss your needs. If you are simply looking to shed a few kilos or improve athletic performance, then please contact me via email at email@example.com and I can refer you on to another Health Coach that is more suited to your needs. You may also benefit from doing my Inflammation Transformation 8-week Cleanse as a dietary reset protocol, so go to the webpage or email me for more info if this sounds like something you might be interested in.
Do I need to be in Sydney to work with you?
HHANC is a fully virtual practice. This means that you can meet with me via phone or Zoom from anywhere in the world. You will also have access to me via email between appointments if you have any questions or concerns. While this may be a new way of working for you, I’ve found that most clients grow to love the ease and convenience of having one less appointment to travel to. It’s amazing what a deep relationship we can build through these methods of communication and I’ve worked hard to hone my skills to connect with you.
How are you different from other Nutritionists/Health Coaches?
The main thing that sets me apart from other practitioners is that I ONLY work with individuals who struggle with chronic illness or unexplained health issues and symptoms. In other words, I’m not a Jill-of-all-trades nutrition counsellor. I refer clients who do not have health challenges to my amazing referral partner who specialises in helping generally well clients get fitter, eat better to support athletic performance and/or weight loss, and work on any other general health-related habits. What that means for you is that I am very focused on anything and everything that works for the individual who struggles with chronic illness. Because my focus is very narrow and I have personal experience overcoming these challenges, what you get with me is a deep level of expertise on what works to resolve the symptoms of chronic illness (or at least to minimise and manage, depending on the condition we’re talking about!). I’ve become an expert on this topic and that’s why my clients get great results that they are thrilled with - and we have a lot of fun along the way :-)
Another way I differ from most other providers is that I practice functionally, which is a revolutionary way of looking at diet and lifestyle that truly treats you as an individual and works with your unique needs to help you improve your health. I work within the principles of Functional Medicine, but with a dedicated perspective on the diet and lifestyle modification upon which those principles rely for their success (and yours). Rather than trying to fit your symptoms into a one-size-fits-all formula, I take the time to get to know what is really going on in YOUR body and YOUR life.
What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?
I am committed to working with individuals who are dedicated to their health and ready to receive support on their individualized journey to wellness and healing.
You are expected to show up for yourself and wholeheartedly commit to the process of discovery and recovery. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone, but know that I will always work with you and what fits within your lifestyle. This is all about you and the resolution of your pain points, not about me pushing ideas that are not sustainable for you.
Who does this program NOT work for?
Since most clients sign up for one of my longer-term nutrition counselling packages, there are limits to the number of new clients I can accept per month. This unfortunately means (gently) turning away people who aren’t suited to my services and won’t get the results they would have invested in.
My nutrition counselling services are NOT for those who aren’t ready to commit financially to their transformation, and they are NOT for those who just want a list of “eat this, not that”. Another kind of person I won’t work with (without exception) is the chronic sceptic, as well as individuals who consistently don’t show up to sessions or make excuses in order to keep putting themselves and their health last on the list of priorities.
What exactly is your system and what does it include?
See the Approach page....
Does this really work?
Yes! Be sure to read the Testimonials page....
What results can I expect?
The goal is to get you feeling better than when we started, and in most cases you can expect to have many symptoms fade or in the best scenarios, completely resolve. Chronic illness is a complex beast though, culminating after years of dysfunction bubbling away under the surface. This means the solutions are also often complex and only work if applied over time. What I can guarantee is that we will address the physiological terrain in which dysfunction developed by “clearing the muddy waters” using the five pillars of wellness – nutrition, sleep, movement, resilience and relationships.
Can you prescribe medication?
As a nutrition and lifestyle professional, it is outside my scope of practice to diagnose conditions or prescribe medication. I will, however, work with other medical practitioners to bring my perspective and recommendations forward when appropriate (and some of those practitioners may be able to prescribe).
Can I order supplements from you?
Not directly, no. But I do often prescribe natural medications and supplements via Natural Script, FxMed or Metagenics, and you are always encouraged to share these recommendations with your GP for comment.
Is your service covered by Medicare or health insurance?
Like many functional medicine practices, the Holistic Health & Nutrition Clinic’s services are an out-of-pocket expense. I’m unable to provide insurance billing codes or Medicare numbers because it is outside my scope of practice as a nutrition and lifestyle professional. I do run specials a few times a year on the Wellness and Vitality Packages though, so if you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact me to discuss your options.
Will I recover the investment I put into your services?
If you add up everything you’ve spent over the years on diets and exercise and all the ways you’ve tried to be healthier, how much would that be? If things don’t change, how much would you spend in the coming years searching for a solution?
For most of my clients, the answer to both questions is A LOT. I want you to stop reading for just one moment to ask yourself, “What is a new relationship to food and health worth to me? What is feeling better worth to me?” The information and skills you learn, and the personal transformation you make with me will be with you forever, transforming your health and your life in so many ways.
Although I want to sign up for nutrition counselling, I don’t have much time to spare. How much time do I need?
Sessions are generally 60-minutes long, and scheduled every fortnight. Sometimes when we're further into a 6-month program it may be appropriate to schedule 30-minute sessions every week, but that really depends on the client and their needs.
Outside of the formal sessions, it’s difficult to quantify the amount of extra time you’ll need to spend on health-related activities. It really depends on your starting point. For example, if you currently eat fast food at every meal then yes, you will likely need to spend significantly more time on prepping and cooking food. However, if you already cook most meals at home then it will simply be about shopping for healthier options, without any extra time for prepping and cooking. The same goes for other lifestyle changes – it really depends how much work we need to do!
My final comment though is that we all have the same amount of time and make decisions every day about what to prioritize. Will you make your health a priority?