Hello, I'm Claudia Smith
Qualified nutritionist & positive psychology coach specialising in mental health
Hi, I'm Claudia Smith
Qualified nutritionist & positive psychology coach
-Here to help women improve their mood and mental health naturally
Mental health has always fascinated me, but it wasn’t until I was suffering from depression myself that I got to understand how extremely painful and terrifying poor mental health can be.
I was in my early twenties – a time when you’re supposed to feel on top of the world, ready to take on any challenges that come your way. Having fun, taking things easy. And I did have a great time but then slowly I noticed myself drifting into depression.
Right in the middle of my two years of suffering my experience was a very painful one: I was feeling empty and alone, far beyond sad. I felt like I was locked inside a cage with no key and unable to enjoy things I once loved doing. Always feeling worse on sunny days when surely everyone but me was having a great time. I was extremely tired, my chronic eczema got so much worse and my hip started to hurt very badly, too. Each time I looked in the mirror I couldn’t recognise myself anymore: where was I? And being depressed, I didn’t think I’d ever get better again.
I still remember the moment when I discovered a book on healing with nutrition in my husband’s bookshelf. A big lightbulb went off: I wasn’t suffering because I had faulty genes, because I was weak or because I was unlucky or destined to do so.
I discovered that it was my poor diet, lack of exercise and self-care, my limiting beliefs about myself, and my lacking resilience and compassion that all contributed to my depression.
So in the months that followed, I radically changed what I ate, started running, really delved into mindfulness and worked on my thought patterns. I built new friendships, changed jobs and tried out new hobbies.
I stopped feeling so low and gradually started to enjoy life again. I returned to my former self – if not stronger than ever before! The colour in my life had returned.
It’s been 6 years now and I haven’t suffered from depression since, nor do I feel like it’s lurking in the background. Am I always 100% happy? Of course not, no one ever is. But you and I know the difference between a blue day or two, and full-blown depression.
Now a trained nutritionist and positive psychology coach, I help other women improve their mood and mental health too. My approach is very much holistic and action-oriented, and I combine functional medicine, lifestyle therapy and solution-focused coaching in my work.
I am very passionate about lifelong learning and continuously deepen my knowledge and understanding through lectures, conferences and courses.
I spent three years studying for my diploma in Nutritional Therapy and as a registered practitioner I am constantly updating my knowledge through conferences, online seminars and relevant reading.
I have studied for the certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching with the brilliant Wholebeing Institute. It was a nine month long and highly interactive programme that put the science behind human flourishing and happiness front and centre.
A lot of “coaches” out there have never done any formal training, and I’m really pleased that I have. The benefit to my professional work has been enormous!
I am deepening my knowledge in functional medicine, and am studying under highly experienced UK-based practitioners within their Applied Functional Medicine Mentorship Programme.
To find out what functional medicine is and in how far it can help with depression, read my post here.