NATASCHA VAN ZYL MSc Health Psychology CNHC CThA RSM MBPsS
Behaviour Change Practitioner, Naturopath, Academic & Motivational Speaker
- Your health in my hands – Naturally
I head the Nutritional Therapy Science Access Course (NTSAC) and lead year one of the Nutrition Therapy Diploma Course (NTDC), at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION). I write articles for Healthcare Publications and host my own Radio Show called Health Naturally.
As a senior academic and researcher, I have an interest in health, obesity interventions, pain management, mental well-being and healthy ageing. To consolidate this interest, I am currently completing Doctoral studies at the University of West England for registration as a Health Psychologist. My goal is to continue to develop and deliver effective treatments and interventions that are evidence-based and have impact for my clients.
My prior work in the Medical and Pharmaceutical sectors, within the NHS and the Private sector, has provided me with a deep appreciation of the human body, and how to support the health of my client’s. I now work actively in private practice and in educational contexts – presenting lectures, seminars and workshops. I also mentor students and healthcare professionals in behaviour change; providing support for professional practice.
- My passion is helping you on your journey to good health and success
I have extensive experience within the field of Complementary (CAM) and Lifestyle Medicine, and have been greatly influenced by the work done by many of the leading pioneers within the field, like: Dr. Alfred Vogel (Bioforce International); Dr. Jan de Vries (Jan de Vries Healthcare); Dr. Marilyn Glenville (Nutritionist and Psychologist), Dr. Danny Pillay (Homeopath), James Wong (Ethnobotanist), Dr. Michael Murray (Naturopath) and Dr. Joseph Pizzorno (Naturopath).
- I look forward to meeting you and working with you in creating a happier and healthier YOU!
- My treatment ethos
My personal journey with ill-health and my quest for knowledge has been instrumental to the development of my unique integration of Eastern, Western and African therapeutic approaches. I apply this learning to my practice and deliver a therapeutic experience as unique as you are!
- My learning journey
I am of Dutch-British decent and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. My passion to practice Lifestyle Medicine was driven by my personal experience with illness, and my deep desire to help alleviate suffering. My experiences fuelled my exploration into the “Mind-Body link” and so my studies began…
I met my first mentor, Swami Mataji Narayani (Guru and Homeopath) at Sohum Sanctuary in South Africa, at age ten. During the years that followed, I received teachings from several leading experts and was trained both traditionally and non-traditionally in Eastern and Western healing practices, namely: Naturopathy, Mindfulness, Meditation and Self-awareness.
I studied Biological and Social Sciences (including Counselling and Coaching), completing my degree with Psychology Honours at the University of South Africa and Vista University. It was at Vista University that I was introduced to the Traditional African Healing Arts through collaboration with peers. I was given the honorary name “Palesa” (meaning flower) from my African contemporaries – a great privilege – and was further praised for being a true representative of the “Rainbow Nation”.
I undertook professional training for Naturopathy and Therapeutic Massage at bespoke training institutions in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, I have also completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Greenwich University in London.