Massimo is a registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist who has a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London. He has helped Foundations UK deliver Step Forward to Health with emphasis on helping clients understand the psychological aspects of eating disorders and weight management. Massimo’s fluency in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese allows him to work more effectively with clients from these cultures.
Heather is a registered dietitian and member of the British Dietetic Association. She has completed postgraduate clinical training in enhanced recovery following surgery, the dietetic management of diabetes, and irritable bowel disease. She is trained to work with individuals and groups to provide therapeutic dietary advice in line with the latest research and guidelines. Heather has undergone additional training in motivational interviewing and behaviour change to facilitate her clients to make long term, sustainable changes.
She enjoys helping people to improve their relationship with food by understanding the emotional aspects of their eating. Therefore, she works alongside SFH’s multidisciplinary team of health professionals, including those specialising in psychology, and considers it important to help patients enjoy cooking and a variety of healthy foods. Heather has worked with clients having weight loss surgery both in the NHS and private practice. Two areas where she has developed special expertise are in the management of diabetes and helping women who become pregnant after weight loss surgery to achieve optimum nutrition for mother and baby. She recognises that helping women in pregnancy including understanding all their circumstances and brings a holistic approach to her practice.
Heather has written “Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery”, a specialised dietetic health guide for optimum nutrition during pregnancy post weight loss surgery. This provides information for both patients and health professionals as to the best dietary practices for patients whose circumstances post-surgery requires a very specific nutritional intake to ensure the health of both mother and child. She is keen to contribute to the evidence base in adult weight management and has published an article on the dietary management of cardiovascular disease in clients who have a diagnosis of HIV. In order to further her research, she has recently started an MSc in Advanced Dietetic Practice.
Isabelle received a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT), as well as being registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). As qualified Nutritional Therapist, Isabelle is passionate to support others in achieving a healthier plan for life through nutritional therapy. She is a strong believer in the importance of nutrition and lifestyle to support optimal health and wellbeing making her contributions fundamental to the success of various Foundations’ programmes such as Step Foreword to Health, Fit and Fun and Healthy Eating.