Mental health therapy

with a foundation in nutrition


“You can’t argue with your biochemistry.”

Do you feel like your emotions come out of nowhere? Your anxiety or depression getting worse, no matter what you do—even while taking an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety pill? A strange but relevant question I might ask is, "What did you eat today?" The foundation for mental health is nutrition. Our biochemistry is an essential part of our mental health which is often neglected. If we have low blood sugar or our brains are deficient in neurotransmitters, talk therapy will make slow progress. Have you heard the phrase that depression is an illness? I can help you heal your brain with nutritional supplements and then we can process the issues that are causing you distress more effectively. 

I provide mental health therapy, nutrition workshops, mental health nutrition coaching sessions. I also have advanced training in EMDR and PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy), which are highly effective treatment modalities.

Benefits of using nutrition to manage your mental health

Self-efficacy (having control within yourself)

    • you will begin to feel more in control of your body and your emotions

    • you get to decide what to do to help your body

    • it promotes body awareness—paying attention to your body sensations, and symptoms will help you decide how to proceed

    • you can tailor it to fit your needs and the uniqueness of your body

It will make other forms of therapy more effective

    • knowing how to manage your blood sugar will improve your emotional regulation

    • you will begin to feel more grounded, and less overwhelmed

    • your pre-frontal cortex will be “on-line” which means you have access to your executive functioning such as goal setting, rational thinking, and willpower

    • it will make all of your coping skills more productive, for example:

      • meditation: your mind will be calmer

      • physical exercise: you will have more energy

      • journaling: your thoughts will be less foggy

      • spending time with your family and friends: your mood will be more stable, which helps with communication skills and an ability to maintain relationships

Heals the brain by restoring neurotransmitters

    • neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the brain that help manage our emotions, and mental health

    • as you eat more healthy, the body heals itself and rebuilds neurotransmitters that have become depleted by stress, substance use, and poor eating habits

    • supplements, such as amino acids, vitamins, and minerals can help support and rebuild neurotransmitters as you adapt your eating habits to support healthy brain function.

Saves money

    • medical costs are the #1 reason people file for bankruptcy

    • eating healthy will reduce the risk of medical illness such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer

    • proper nutrition improves mental health and costs associated with mental health issues

      • too anxious to go to school

      • too depressed to go to work

      • mental health therapy

      • emergency room visits

      • hospitalization

      • death

✴︎ ✴︎ Good nutrition does not replace proper medical care. This information is not meant to be used in place of medical care. ✴︎ ✴︎



Jewelry

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In 2016 I “retired” as a jewelry designer. I let my jewelry customers know that I was getting back into my profession as a therapist after taking time off to raise my children. Everyone was so supportive of my transition and we were sad to say our good-byes. Recently I decided that I want to integrate jewelry back into my professional career. My primary role will be as a therapist, but I will be making jewelry to manage my own self-care. Making things—anything—has always brought me great joy and gives me energy. I am excited to be able to share this love again with you all.