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