Are you looking to make a lifestyle change or adopt a healthier diet? If so, then you may be considering hiring a nutritionist. But how much does it cost to hire one? Let’s explore the factors that determine the cost of nutritionists and how to find one that will work best for you.

Factors that determine the cost of a nutritionist 

The cost of hiring a nutritionist varies based on several factors, the first of which is generally their qualifications and experience. Unfortunately, the term “nutritionist” isn’t regulated, so qualifications can range from a three-year university degree to a six-week online course. This is why it’s important to investigate what their credentials are.

Obviously, you’re going to pay more to see someone who is more qualified to help with your nutrition concerns. If you are looking for an expert in nutrition, you might consider working with a dietitian instead, as they have completed a nutrition degree and further postgraduate education at university. Accredited Practicing Dietitian is also a regulated title, and you can be assured that clinicians using this title are experts in nutrition and nutrition counselling.

The type of services offered by the nutritionist can also affect the cost. Do they offer one-on-one counselling sessions? Do they provide meal plans and grocery lists? In some cases, you may be able to access their services through an online platform or video call. The more comprehensive the services, the higher the cost tends to be.

Finally, insurance coverage can also play into pricing. Health insurance plans and Medicare will not pay rebates towards appointments with nutritionists. Some health insurance plans will pay towards sessions with a dietitian and some people with chronic disease management plans or eating disorder plans will be able to access Medicare rebates but again, with a dietitian only.

Finding your perfect match

When it comes to finding your perfect match, there are several things you should look for in your search for a nutritionist who meets both your needs and budget. First and foremost, look for someone who has experience treating conditions similar to yours. Be sure to ask about any additional costs involved (such as lab work or follow-up visits) before committing to anything. Finally, make sure that you feel comfortable talking with your potential nutritionist; if they don’t seem like someone who understands your needs and goals, then keep searching until you find someone who does! 

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At Intuitry, we specialise in working with people who don’t have the best relationship with food, exercise or their body. Whether you meet diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder, feel out of control, or you’re sick of always being on a diet – this is where we come in. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information about how we can help you develop a healthier, more positive relationship with eating and your body shape.

About the Author

Russell (he/him) is an Eating Disorder Credentialed Dietitian and Fitness Professional. As a non-diet dietitian, Russell works from a Health At Every Size (HAES) paradigm, aiming to support his clients to discover how to eat to best match their internal cues and personal values from a weight-neutral position.

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