My Background And Qualifications

Barbara Wicks

I had a keen interest in herbs and nutrition since I was a teenager. My great-grandfather was a self-taught herbalist in Poland many years ago and his work influenced me a lot. I trained to be an English teacher initially, having gained a Masters Degree in English, and worked in education and local government sectors.

It was my son's health problems when he was a very young child, which rekindled my interest in nutrition and complementary therapies in general. I did a lot of self-study and research at the time, trying to find a non-pharmaceutical solution for his medical condition. It was really hard at times, but eventually my perseverance paid off. With a careful combination of diet, herbs, supplements and a lifestyle change, my son's health gradually improved. Within three years from when his problems first started, he changed from a boy who had 3 to 4 colds every winter (and some in warmer months as well) and coughed and wheezed every night, to one that hardly got ill any more. I was really happy about the progress he made and, as I was always talking about nutrition to my friends and whoever else would listen, I decided to qualify as a nutritionist, so that I get an opportunity to help other people as well.

I gained my professional qualification from the College of Naturopathic Medicine, which follows BANT approved syllabus (British Association of Nutritional Therapy, which is the main professional organisation for nutritionists). I also trained in NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques), which is a therapy blending some of the principles of oriental medicine, kinesiology, chiropractic manipulation and nutrition in order to detect and treat allergies and sensitivities.

To find out about nutritional therapy, NAET or Airnergy treatments that I also offer, please follow the menu links.