Modern Naturopathy is a health and wellness practice based in East Sussex, UK, specialising in nutritional therapy.

Rebecca Tanyar-Mead DipCNM mBANT mCNHC is a UK registered, accredited Nutritional Therapist and Naturopath, who has also completed the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice modules with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), and is an IFM member.

What exactly is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health and personalised care. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their general health and wellbeing.

Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

What is a Naturopath?

A Naturopath is a health practitioner who applies natural therapies, using long practised methods such as nutrition, water, fasting and exercise, but also includes other approved natural healing practices. Modern Naturopathy uses homeopathy, aromatherapy, mycotherapy and herbal medicine as adjunct modalities where appropriate.

What is Functional Medicine?

This is, simply put, the joining of two worlds – the allopathic and naturopathic medicines. Functional medicine combines time-honoured practices of diet and lifestyle medicine with evidence based science and functional testing, getting to the root cause, often faster and more comprehensively. Defined by the Institute of Functional Medicine as “…an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and evaluating the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.”



_MG_9960Rebecca Tanyar-Mead DipCNM mBANT mCNHC mIFM

UK registered, accredited nutritional therapist and naturopath.

My practice, Modern Naturopathy, combines evidence based nutritional science with naturopathic methods, providing personalised holistic care through diet, lifestyle, and natural remedies, for everyday conditions to chronic disease, or purely preventative care. I seek to support the whole person, and create a potential to reach the root cause of ill health. Whereas the current medical model would typically choose to symptom manage, Modern Naturopathy asks why those symptoms have manifested in the first place. Chronic physical and mental ill health is on the increase, yet we have more and more sophisticated medical and hospital resources. We need to ask, what has changed?

I have a particular interest in mental health, female health, hormone balance, child and teenage health, gut health, and the emerging fields of nutrigenomics and psychoneuroimmunology. Nutrition is my main modality, but being a trained naturopath I also utilise many other modalities, including homeopathy, aromatherapy, herbal medicine and mycotherapy.  Having completed the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice training with the Institute of Functional Medicine (www.ifm.org) I am also practiced in functional laboratory testing and integrated Functional Medicine, moving away from the disease-centric model of treatment, towards personalised care.

Clients can expect a naturopathic systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of ill health. They can also expect all round intuitive care, and I work closely with colleagues in complementary fields including psychotherapists, acupuncturists, and massage therapists.

I also have a working partnership as the Nutritional Therapist for Beacon House (https://beaconhouse.org.uk), an integrated mental health and occupational therapy service in Sussex.

With well over ten years research experience in the nutritional health field, personal recovery from my own psychoneuroimmunological issues, and many years of putting all I’ve learnt into the personal practice of cooking and caring for my own family, I can offer not only technical knowledge, but also hands on practical, real life help with how to nourish yourself and your family for optimal health. Physical exercise has always been a big part of my life too, and I understand from personal experience, and academic research, the affects of over and under training on our health, and how we can adapt our training to fit our current health and life status. I encourage and coach my clients in this area.

I am committed to lifelong learning, and have recently completed the Introduction to Mycotherapy course with Hifas da Terra, and also currently in the Applied Functional Medicine Mentoring Program (AFMMP) to further extend my knowledge and scope of clinical practice.


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Modern Naturopathy offers:

Free 15 minute booking in call 

We’ll talk about briefly about your concerns, how the consultation would work, and whether I’m the right therapist for you, or your child.

One to one health consultations

I’ll take a full health and symptom history, and work with you to address your concerns. You’ll receive your own personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan with a support package of information leaflets and recipes. I also offer a medical testing service, through private laboratories. I prefer to see clients for a minimum of two full sessions, however some chronic health conditions will be ongoing. It is not always clear from the start how many sessions will be optimal, but I endeavour to give as much transparency as I can. My priority is to support and educate my clients towards self sufficiency as soon as possible. The first session will always be face to face, where possible.

For children with gut, behavioural and/or emotional issues, I will more often than not recommend some functional laboratory stool and urine testing, which is priced separately. For adults with gut, hormonal and autoimmune issues these are also very useful, and despite the initial cost often save time and investment in your ongoing treatment plan. I do recommend testing, for many diverse symptoms, however, I often work without if budget doesn’t allow. It is your choice.

Follow up appointments can be via Skype or FaceTime if necessary, though consultations in person are preferable.  I can only see children under 16 with a parent (with parental responsibility) or guardian present.

Please enquire for further details on what to expect at your consultation, including fee structure. 

Home ‘Overhaul’

I also offer a Home Overhaul – either individual, or for your family. I come to your home and spend 2 hours with you discussing diet and lifestyle habits, likes and dislikes, and then a pantry audit. I provide a week’s menu plan with recipes and shopping lists, and any relevant health information leaflets. This has been an invaluable resource to help my clients on their journey towards better daily habits. It’s hands on, practical, and tailored to your needs.

Functional testing service

I offer a complete range of tests through private laboratories. These can be useful for gut and hormonal health especially, including tests for infections, and food sensitivities and intolerances. These are all individually priced.

Where tests are available on the NHS, we will supply a referral letter for your GP.

When appropriate I can offer a testing only service – a medical and symptom history will still be taken via intake form, and I will provide a short analysis report (only on the tests taken), including a recommended supplement schedule. This is not a substitute for a full One to One Health Consultation, but is a useful service when appropriate. Please enquire for further details.


Relaxed and informal events for small groups of up to 6 people. We talk about nutrition, and cook and eat together, perhaps over a glass of antioxidant rich wine 🙂 Dates tbc. Please get in touch for further details – rebecca@modernnaturopathy.com.

Mental Health Support

If you feel a mental health team may be able to support your needs better, I am proud to work closely alongside Beacon House, an integrated mental health and occupational therapy service based in Cuckfield, Sussex. This means I can support your care if needed with a psychologist or psychotherapist from their team. Please see their website www.beaconhouse.org.uk for further information on their services.


We offer a small percentage of clinic hours at a reduced rate for those on a low income, please ask for further details if you feel this is something you may qualify for.