My Training

 

I Found A Better Way

Most recently, I enhanced my education through the study of nutrition therapy, mindfulness and meditation.  At The Benson-Henry Institute For Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, I received certification to deliver their world renowned program for Stress Management and Resiliency Training. (SMART) In 2017, at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition® New York, N.Y., I learned innovative treatment methods, practical lifestyle management techniques and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics and everything in between. As a Certified Health Coach I came to understand the term, food=mood.  Using over 18 years of experience, education, and direct patient contact gave me the inspiration to develop wellness modules for my clients at Restore Body Balance to not only integrate into my programs but to take home and use for a lifetime. It was a necessary compliment to my psychotherapy practice where clients want more than a prescription for medication...they want improvement in overall health.  

Receiving a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Boston College has been the foundation for my thriving private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. Here I not only learned psychological theories but strong consideration for cognitive behavioral methods and mindfulness practices. I went on to work with co-occurring disorders as a staff clinician at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Those with depression and anxiety self-medicating with drugs, alcohol or other methods finally had relief when we incorporated meditation and relaxation therapies along with traditional and holistic methods. My experience overseas in China, Indonesia, Nepal, Europe and other places abroad granted me time in monasteries, temples and learning from true leaders of alternative therapies.

Earning my Bachelor of Science from Bentley University, I gained a full understanding of international business concerns from a human resource perspective. My time working in employee assistance programs is what propelled my career in psychotherapy. Desiring more knowledge of how businesses could thrive when working together under the same culture of corporate wellness. Today I help teams unite in developing environments that reflect health and productivity from the ground up. See my corporate page for more information.


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For nearly two decades I studied the world's top health and wellness experts to design my signature programs: 

 

  • Andrew Weil, MD, Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Jones-Lovell Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology, and Pioneer of the Integrative Medicine Movement, & Author of over 14 books and numerous publications.
  • Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School, Founder of The Relaxation Response, Author and Co-Author of more than 190 scientific publications, Author of 12 Books.
  • Deepak Chopra, MD, F.A.C.P., Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Founder of the Chopra foundation, and Leader in the field of mind-body medicine, The Power of Intention, Planning and Goals to achieve whole health change.
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn,PhD, University of Massachusetts, School of Medicine, creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and founder of  Mindful-Based Stress Reduction, (MBSR.)
  • Walter Willett, MD, PhD, chair of nutrition at Harvard University.
  • Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mindful-Based Stress Reduction. (MBSR)
  • James O. Prochaska,PhD, Director of Cancer Prevention Research Center; Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, University Rhode Island; Stages of Change, assesses how ready a client is to change and tools to move through these five stages.
  • Bandura's Self-Efficacy-how we engage the key centers of the brain involved in "could," "should," "must," and "will." 
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy, tools for retraining the habit brain, reward substitution, and maintaining meaningful change.
  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health.
  • Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing.
 
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My education has equipped me with extensive and cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health counseling and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health and happiness.

Each session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationships as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple and small changes that transform your life.