Hi, I'm Laura
As a trained Menopause Specialist my role is to offer you support, strategies and accountability to know exactly what to do every day to both look, and more importantly feel, your absolute best.
Without draining your time we'll take it step-by-step to create the health and happiness that you're looking for by addressing your concerns for your physical and mental health.
I'm a Board Certified Functional Health Coach - see below for my certifications.
Simple ways to have more energy all day every day
Why it's not overwhelming or time consuming to feel better
Quick tools to overcome and decrease your stress
Easy-to-use exercises to feel more centred and in control of your day
Simplify and make sense of all the confusing info about what to eat
How to put yourself back in the centre of what you want in life
Supporting you to Choose Well
Spoiler: When you invest in upgrading your health other aspects of your life naturally change too. For example, I've seen midlife women switch to their dream career, buy their forever house, publish books and have better relationships with their children and/or partner.
Learn how menopause doesn't have to derail your life or happiness
Start understanding how to do more of the things in life that YOU enjoy
Know how to lose the unwanted weight and not have a middle age spread
Enjoy the age that you are and not look back in regret or long for the
Learn how to keep your train of thought
and not have forgetful spells
Stop letting your mind and fears get the best of you, let's put you back in charge not your hormones
What makes you tick? What puts a great big smile on your face? What do you do for yourself? How can you put yourself to the top of your to-do list?.
The insight gained from understanding will be the basis for figuring out what's behind your decision making process. We uncover those subconscious choices and upgrade them
This is the fun part. How can we get these new habits into your life? Creating a plan of micro actions takes you to the next stage to build the healthy life that you deserve.
You've pushed past the edges of your comfort zone and the foundations are in place. What does your future look like?
I'm a Mum to three teenagers. I retrained as a Functional Health Coach after managing my own autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's) into remission, and supporting my son to regrow his hair after experiencing Alopecia Totalis. Before finding the Functional Health approach I wasted lots of time and money with trichologists and dermatologists. I understand how devastating hair loss can be and I've formulated an approach for hair regrowth. I'm a Board Certified Functional Health Coach (A-CFHC and NBC-HWC) living back in the UK after many years overseas. I love working with women who have tried 'everything' to lose weight or balance their hormones. I was coaching for a not-for-profit organisation when I realised that so many women were having similar issues at midlife. Every day women were telling me that they were taking care of all of the people in their lives (apart from themselves). By Friday they'd be exhausted with no energy and relying on prosecco to help them through the weekend. During 2022 I undertook additional training for working with women going through perimenopause and menopause.
I help you to feel like yourself again. It might that you want to work on rebuilding your confidence. Or you might like to start with physical health for example weight loss or hair growth. Or your mental health might be the place to begin. The great thing about coaching is that I meet you where you are right now and support you to get where you want to be. This midlife moment when perimenopause makes us stop and re-evaluate where we are is an excellent opportunity to figure out exactly what we're after in life.
“...within three weeks I am on a completely different path. It was a life changing experience and one I am in complete and utter awe of. Thank you Laura, you have a gift that will help many people."
After a few sessions with Laura I was much clearer on what I wanted and how to get there."
“Laura made it easy to understand where I'd been going wrong. I wasted so much time before, I didn't realise that it would be this simple.”
Let’s talk about post Covid hair loss. It’s one of the many side effects which can show up after the Covid-19 infection has long gone. I had a mild case of Covid over Christmas 2020 literally testing positive on Christmas Eve… and I’ve had a couple of lingering side effects: loss of smell and hair loss (I do see the irony of this).
My sense of smell eventually returned. It took a while the best way that I can describe it is by comparing it to sight when you can’t fully see something. You can just make out a vague outline, but none of the details. That’s what my sense of smell was like five months after the infection. I will say that it had advantages as anyone who has dogs and sporty teenage sons can attest.
And, hair loss, well if you’re on this website you might have concerns about your hair. So I probably don’t need to tell you about the stomach dropping feeling of washing your hair and seeing what looks like much too much hair in your hands. Or constantly removing excess hair from your brush, and using Mr Muscle unclogger in the shower drain each week. Or inspecting your scalp in minute detail from different angles to see if it looks worse today. You already know all about this.
I’ll just add as well that even though my case of Covid was mild I didn’t return to the gym to do the sprint cardio that I used to do a couple of times a week without thinking twice about it. I know that I’m just not up to it. I did try after a couple of months. It wasn’t worth it!
To make things worse I also have a few clients who are bedridden with long COVID which makes me feel a bit pathetic even bringing up my symptoms. However I’ve always maintained hair loss is not just about hair. It has an impact on your self-confidence which impacts how you are in every single part of your life.
Unlike the majority of my hair loss clients we actually know what’s caused the loss which makes it much easier to address. In fact viral infections are actually a fairly common cause of hair loss it’s just that a lot of us have recently had the same virus and we tested at the time so we know with 99.9% certainty that we have our root cause. There’s a lot that you can do to ‘encourage’ your hair to regrow. Post Covid hair loss ultimately can become post Covid regrowth.
We’re dealing with telogen effluvium which by its nature is temporary. Typically it’s your body’s response to a stressful event (like a viral infection). It appears between two to three months after the event itself. It’s not a permanent condition, however if your environment continues to create stress for your body the hair loss will also continue. This is where it can get tricky as losing your hair can be a huge cause of stress.
Let’s start with helping you to reach your natural equilibrium again and then rebuild from there. A health scare can be reframed as a wake-up call about what’s actually important. Without our health, we have nothing.