Mental health therapy

with a foundation in nutrition


“You can’t argue with your biochemistry.”

You can often hear me saying that to someone who has shown up for their appointment out of sorts. Once they have eaten a protein snack and drank a bit of water, they feel their body relax and their mood improve. It makes all the difference for a therapy session.

My name is Christy Montrone-Burns, LCSW. I am a mental health therapist and have received advanced training as a Certified Recovery Nutrition Coach through the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition. Using nutrition to manage emotional health is the foundation, but often the missing link for mental health therapy.

I provide nutrition workshops, mental health nutrition coaching sessions and traditional mental health therapy. 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 (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 effective. For example:
    • meditation, your mind will be more calm
    • 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

Restores neurotransmitters (brain function):

  • Neurotransmitters are in the brain and help manage our emotional 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.
  • Supplements are non-addictive. Once your body has rebuilt its supply, you can stop taking them. This restoration can be within months or a year or more.
  • A person can feel benefits from amino acids within 20 minutes.
  • In most people, amino acids have no side effect. Some people might have minimal side effects such as a stomach ache, headache or feeling jittery.
  • Supplements have no withdrawal symptoms.

Saves Money

  • Eating well means shopping at grocery stores instead of convenience stores, which promote eating junk food.
  • Cooking your own food is less expensive and more healthy.
  • Eating healthy will reduce the risk of medical illness such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. (Medical costs are the #1 reason people file for bankruptcy.)
  • Proper nutrition improves mental health and costs associated with mental health issues.

Good nutrition does not replace good 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.