Nutritional Therapy - Working Where Conventional Treatments Don't

Clients are often amazed when they discover, firsthand, their body's incredible, inherent ability to heal through the natural, holistic therapies we employ when working together.

When we find that we, personally can heal our body naturally -- without the cost, risk + side effects too often found with prescription drugs and invasive medical treatments -- it can be a truly profound experience. 

I suspect this is why many of my clients become interested in the health + life-changing field of Nutritional Therapy. I definitely can't blame 'em!  

Nothing brings me more joy as an N.T.P. (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner) than helping clients heal + discover a better level of health in themselves. And if our work also prompts a desire to go deeper into the study of Nutritional Therapy -- well, I totally know that passion!  ;)

So, if you're one of my curious soul sisters who's hungry to know more about Nutritional Therapy or the NTA program -- this post's for you! 

Here are some questions I'm commonly asked:

What Program Did You Attend?

I trained as an N.T.P. (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner) at the NTA (Nutritional Therapy Association)

I can't say enough wonderful things about NTA or this field. And I'm not just saying that because I'm also an instructor for NTA -- though I was so impressed with what I've seen Nutritional Therapy do that I was compelled to became an instructor + help grow this much-needed field of natural, alternative health.

 

How intense is the course? I know it's MOSTLY SELF-PACED online, but How many hours of studying + homework should I expect PER WEEK? 

It's intense but nowhere near impossible. 

I say intense because it's an incredible amount of valuable content packed into 9 short months of learning which can feel a bit like information overload. Because it's mostly online, self-paced learning, it requires students to be self-motivated and disciplined in completing their online homework. There are also bi-monthly conference calls and three required, in-person workshop weekends.

Homework time will be taken up by reading/audio/video learning, which is followed up by "quizzes" and very simple book reports + essay requirements for each learning module.  The online coursework is pretty basic and not too taxing, being mostly pass/fail + allowing multiple attempts.

I didn't find it too stressful, in part because I loved the content. I often would walk slowly while listening to audios, watching videos, or reading. Gentle exercise seemed like the perfect complement!  :)  There is a lot of reading, but, according to some of my friends who are not keen readers, they did a lot of skimming. (I'm a reader, so I loved all the reading). Everyone reads at a different pace, but I think I spent an average of around 10-15 hours a week. 

Many of my classmates and current students work full-time (and/or are busy, stay-at-home-moms!) and were still able to complete the course. 

 

Do you work privately or with an organization?

I started my own, private practice, so I work purely for myself. My NTP work is standalone; it's not tied to or affiliated with any other organizations.

Working independently allows me some amazing freedom, but also presents the expected challenges of running a one-(wo)man operation.

 

what does "work" look like for you?

Well, for starters, practicing Nutritional Therapy never feels like work to me -- it's more like getting to immerse myself in my favorite hobby. 

I personally love setting my own schedule + hours and working with clients both in office and online. About 1/3 of my clients are online-only or "distance" clients. 

I have an office that's located within a shared office building beside other small businesses. I work from there and my home office, both. 

The only part of my work that actually feels like... well, "work"... is the other necessary parts of running an independent business -- things like paperwork, sales/marketing, taxes, etc.

 

How did some of your other classmates apply their degree as an NTP?

My classmates have used their NTP degree in a variety of ways! Off the top of my head, I know NTPs who:

  • practice as health, nutrition and/or wellness coaches
  • combine nutrition with personal training, yoga + fitness industries
  • incorporate nutrition with massage, cosmetology or spa services
  • work in chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopath + alternative health settings
  • author popular heath, nutrition + food blogs
  • conduct corporate wellness + nutrition seminars
  • lead workshops, group sessions + events on nutrition topics
  • specialize in niches like: auto-immunity, cancer, weight loss, women's health, sports nutrition, mental health, etc.
  • publish books on nutrition
  • lead nutrition podcast shows
  • compliment careers in the food-industry: farmers, grocers, chefs, restaurateurs, food science, servers, entrepreneurs, etc
  • facilitate business services or training for practicing Nutritional Therapists
  • use course to advance as GAPS diet practitioners
  • become nutritional educators
  • add to a current practice in nursing, dietetics, mental health, pharmacology, and related medical fields

(... and I'm sure I'm missing some)

Important note: By itself, the NTA program and certification in Nutritional Therapy is not a path to being a state-licensed dietitian/nutritionist (the kind most employed by conventional medical clinics + government-funded organizations). 

 

HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO GET A JOB?

I didn't "get a job" in the traditional sense. 

I made myself a job. Like many graduates of the program, I do Nutritional Therapy as part of my own private practice. I got my first paying client 1 month after graduation, as soon as I had my business officially up + running.

That said, I'm not sure how many employers are hiring graduates whose professional background is limited only to this program. 

As explained more below, this program (by itself) is not a path to licensed dietetics/nutrition, the kind hired by conventional medical clinics + government-funded organizations. 

 

Is THE PROGRAM worth it?

For me, yes, it absolutely was.

But for you? Well, I won't pretend to know.

It depends greatly on your personal career and finance goals, motivation + capacity.

I do think it could be very challenging to try to rely solely on 1-on-1 client work as your only source of income expected to cover a standard amount of monthly bills.

That said, I do believe the field of Nutritional Therapy is still in its infancy and is growing rapidly as a result of our alarming state of disease + unhealth. I suspect this overwhelming need for natural, lasting, "do-no-harm" health alternatives (which have been nearly lost since the rise in use of modern medicine) will continue to gain attention and create a sharp rise in public demand for client-based Nutritional Therapy services. 

 

QUESTIONS?

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