Each dietitian works differently. This is how I coach my clients.
You are your own expert. You know how your body works. Whilst I may have insight into how bodies work and how nutrition influences so many facets of your health, it’s important for me to understand you and your needs before anything else.
I utilise counselling techniques like motivational interviewing, supportive listening, and elements of cognitive behavioural therapy in my sessions. I am really passionate about creating a safe space for my clients where sessions feel like you’re talking with a trusted friend.
Inclusive, No Judgement Zone:
To get to know you the best I can, it’s important for me to ask questions. This is a non-judgement zone. Everyone has their own experiences, histories, and stories. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing some of these things, then I welcome that too.
Some questions I may ask:
What your current goals are
Any medical conditions you may have
What a typical day of eating looks like for you
How you view your skills in preparing and cooking food
Whether you have any food aversions or allergies/intolerances
What exercise and movement you enjoy
No Such Thing as Failure:
Mistakes or hiccups are learning opportunities. One of the purposes of follow up appointments is to chat through and troubleshoot areas or goals that have been a struggle. We will go through what challenges we had since the last catch up and discuss how we can approach that challenge in the future.
Depending on what your goals are will determine what information I provide in terms of education. Some sessions I may listen more, some may be more conversational, and others I may be talking a lot more and provide some more information. It is very much based on what concerns, questions, or things we are addressing in that session.
Each session, we set goals and tasks to complete before the next. These goals are often small. Small consistent changes result in big results.
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