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Nutrition and Integrative Medicine for Diabetes, Cognitive Decline, and Alzheimer’s Disease
Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health
Since the beginning of my mental health training, I have been conscious of the importance of body, mind and soul/spirit in effective treatment. Beginning in 2005 I started taking courses in Food/Mood connection and observed even prior to that time, the impact of diet and physical activity, and meditative prayer had on many of my clients. I often referred out to nutritionists I knew who were able to assist until I completed the CMHIMP certification program in 2019 which allowed me to assist many of my clients directly. Many wanted and desired the integrated approach to our work and I began to see a more rapid improvement in symptoms and increased motivation to do commit to the rest of their work whether in relationships, recovery for trauma, depression or anxiety.
Some 25 years ago I was sought out by a Catholic priest who wanted to have a referral source able to integrate faith for his parishioners and this began a wonderful journey. I also have researched scientific data some of which is listed on my website demonstrating the impact of meditative prayer on mental health. As a committed member of a Lay contemplative community, I have had personal guidance and instruction from Trappist monks for over 20 years which has facilitated my ability to assist others who wish to discuss and integrate their spirituality and faith into their therapeutic work. Naturally, I respect the choice of each individual as to where they wish to begin, and what modalities individually they are able and ready to include as we develop together their goals and objectives for therapy from the beginning.
Individualized assessment and therapy based on what the client wishes to address in coming to therapy remains primary. Carefully listening and adjusting our focus as needed with attention to what works for the client continues. Each person has a unique path to healing, and whether someone only wishes to use only psychological approaches, or integrate spiritual practices and/or mental health nutritional approaches, I will respect their individual preferences and can provide information about best practices research and information.
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