Graduates Abroad – Netherlands
I work in the Netherlands
Bernadette Keogh, CNM Graduate in Naturopathic Nutrition
I didn’t plan to work abroad when I trained in Nutrition at CNM London, but after graduating I moved to The Hague in the Netherlands. I work in corporate wellness as a freelance Nutritional Therapist, going into companies and giving talks on nutrition, sleep, and stress.
Everyone in the Netherlands must have private health insurance and you can get insurance to cover complementary therapies. To qualify as a therapist on the private insurance register you have to meet certain requirements. My CNM qualification easily enabled me to practice and get professional insurance to do so.
I see great potential for growth and integration of natural therapies here in The Netherlands. The Dutch have used natural therapies for many years and there is a huge amount of interest in natural therapies here. It is popular for Doctors and health providers to study nutrition as an adjunct to their qualification and you have nutritional therapists and western doctors collaborating together.
Just by changing the foods that I put in my mouth, I felt a dramatic increase in energy levels and felt better in dealing with stressors of daily life.
Iris Kee, CNM Graduate in Naturopathic Nutrition
Before I became a Nutritional Therapist, I obtained a Master in Law and worked in public policy in The Netherlands and EU diplomacy in Brussels. I ventured into nutrition while living with my husband and two children in Japan.
Just by changing the foods that I put in my mouth, I felt a dramatic increase in energy levels and felt better in dealing with stressors of daily life. I became very interested in the health properties of whole foods and ways of incorporating these foods in my diet by preparing delicious meals. Upon our move to London, I decided to take the plunge and train as a Nutritional Therapist at The College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Since summer 2017 I have moved with my family back to The Netherlands and will continue my practise from there.
I work online and I work in English, German and Dutch depending on the client
Janine Schaeffer, CNM Graduate in Naturopathic Nutrition
I have a MSc in child psychology and although I have been interested in health for a long time, I really got into nutritional therapy when I was working with autistic children and noticed that there was always something going on with their digestive health and parents were often coming to me with questions around this issue which at the time I couldn’t answer.
Then some years later when I had my own children and they had eczema and digestive issues I dived into digestive health even more. I finally decided to study nutritional therapy. Since CNM had a great online program, I got my diploma as a nutritional consultant from there and hope to do further studies there as well, as it is an excellent school. At the moment I work online and I work in English, German and Dutch depending on the client. Although I also work with women, I thoroughly enjoy working with children (and their parents). I think it is essential to add nutritional therapy to help children suffering from various conditions.