I believe in long-term solutions not quick fixes.
No six-day detox is going to “fix” your health, and we both know it. In fact, these types of diets do more harm than good by introducing the concept of restriction. My goal is to help you find a long-term lifestyle and relationship with food that works for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does nutrition do for mental health?
Generally speaking, nutrition for mental health works via creation of neurotransmitters like serotonin and supporting the gut-brain axis. Specific nutritional interventions have been shown to reduce anger, relieve depression and anxiety, restore balance, and lower stress.
What mental health concerns/conditions respond well to nutrition therapy?
Stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, anger, addiction, postnatal depression, trauma and obsessive compulsive disorder. For other conditions/concerns, please contact me before you make an appointment.
I have a physical disease/condition. Will you deal with that as well?
Absolutely. It is incredibly common for mental health conditions to come hand in hand with physical conditions. One example would be of a child diagnosed with severe food allergies developing anxiety and panic attacks. Another example is high blood pressure in someone living with a lot of job stress. During the initial assessment I will take your physical and mental health into account before providing comprehensive recommendations.
Will you help me lose weight?
I have a weight-neutral practice meaning that weight is never my metric for success with clients. I operate using a Health At Every Size (HAES) philosophy, and support clients using Intuitive Eating practices.
Will you see me if I don’t really have any mental health concerns?
Sure. You have stress don’t you?
Will you work with my doctor/counselor/social worker/psychologist/psychiatrist?
Absolutely. Everyone has the same goal—to get you feeling better—we just go about it in different ways. If you give me permission, I will be happy to coordinate with other practitioners.
Do I need to see a mental health professional at the same time as you?
I always encourage clients to be assessed by a licensed mental health practitioner and continue on with them if needed. I am happy to make recommendations when needed.
Are you against using medication for mental health needs?
Like the rest of the functional/integrative community, I have concerns about using medication in some people. Often, it is over prescribed, prescribed off label, or prescribed by a primary care practitioner without an assessment or follow up from a mental health practitioner. I also have concerns about using medication in children when other options haven’t been tried.
That being said, there are times when medication is useful and essential. The nutrition stuff I do, and the stuff that your therapist does, takes time to get results. I’ll be the first to send you to a psychiatrist for a script if needed.
Because of the nutritional deficiencies that so many pharmaceuticals cause, I want to be aware of the medications you take, but you’ll get no judgment either way from me.
How do you figure out my nutritional needs?
I go through a five step process, the ABCD’S:
- The “A” stands for anthropometric assessment, which helps me understand your risk factors for disease and customize a program to your needs.
- The “B” stands for biochemical assessment, or lab tests. These tests can give a good indication of your nutritional status, test for food allergies and intolerances, and even look for dysfunction in your gut.
- The “C” stands for clinical assessment—your body has physical cues when a nutritional deficiency is present and this assessment aims to find them.
- The “D” stands for a diet assessment. This is a no judgment zone, and we don’t recommend denial or deprivation. We simply look at your food as data.
- The “S” stands for stress assessment. Stress plays a huge factor in your health, and stress can cause nutritional deficiencies. So a basic stress assessment is part of every evaluation.
How long should I plan on seeing you?
This entirely depends on your needs. I recommend that clients expect at least 2-3 appointments—the initial appointment and 1-2 follow up appointments through roughly a 2-month period. This allows us to work together to craft a plan, and then make sure that everything is working well for you. Unlike pharmaceuticals which work quickly (think about taking a pain pill for a headache), my recommendations including food, supplement, and integrative interventions may take a while to show results.
Most clients choose to purchase a 4-6 month package, checking in every other week, to ensure that the long-term change needed continues to happen.
Do you take insurance?
Yes. I submit all insurance providers (including BCBS) directly using out of network benefits.