I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationships cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.
I work with my clients to get in touch with their body’s needs because I understand that life happens and your needs will change. I want to equip you with the self-awareness to make the best decisions for yourself in any given circumstance. I believe each person is fully capable of making well-informed decisions as their own expert, not the latest magazine article or fad diet book.
Let’s define what you value most from your well-being. We’ll use these visions to motivate specific goals that bring you closer to where you want to be. As your counselor I will not dictate a new life for you, but together we will explore why some foods and friends make you feel better than others and how to strategically use that feedback. Together we’ll co-create your health goals within reasonable time frames and actionable objectives so you know exactly what you’re working toward.
It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat that affects our health, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. And they do not operate independently, but as a whole. When these primary needs are balanced, what you "eat" becomes secondary. We will use the traditional and the prevailing approaches to re-establish the healthy mind-body connections. I will support you in achieving all of your goals, from eating the right foods for your body to living an inspired, fulfilling life.
The concept of individuality is the idea that each of us has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison. Shakespeare was right! From migrane headaches to anxiety. Working on the theory of "biochemical-individuality." Developed by Roger Williams in the 1940's renowned for his research correlating nutrient deficiencies and heart disease, we can resolve many mental and physical disorders with nutrition science. And I will support you to make these positive changes based on your unique needs, lifestyle, preferences, and family background.
Integrative counseling emphasizes the importance of relationships, career, physical activity and how we "nourish" ourselves for optimal health. I’ll introduce you to some of the healthiest foods and lifestyle practices on the planet. Food=mood and environment=energy. I will teach you how to find balance with easy mindset change. What we think is how we feel and thus, how we feel is how we think. The mind-body connection is real. There is no longer one model for modern medicine. I will provide explanations for what is out of balance and solutions. Your are unique ! So we will look at your lifestyle factors to create optimal health!
Many experts give their clients a list of "do's and "do not's." Which explains why so many people find it difficult to adopt and sustain healthful habits. My approach is different – applying my work of over fifteen years in mental health and addiction counseling I developed tools to make behavior change easy and long lasting. By eating and drinking foods that are good for you, and doing more of what you naturally want to do...you will naturally have less room and desire for unhealthy habits that do not support change. Simply put, you will "crowd out" the unhealthy lifestyle and naturally self-regulate into a new meaningful body and mind. This takes a little practice to make happen, but I will support you every step of the way.
Cravings play a critical role in understanding what your body needs and shouldn’t be ignored. When you learn how to deconstruct your cravings and understand what they’re really telling you, you will be able to reclaim a sense of balance and harmony. From sugar to shopping... anxiety to appetite. As a licensed addiction counselor this is my area of expertise. We will look at the connection between the reward system and self regulation. We will learn key methods and practice tools to achieve sustainable change and to develop health promoting habits. Improved mood and overall health.