Nourish & Flourish Holistic
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I have spent the last 22 years working with children and families in the field of Autism/Developmental Disabilities and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I started work in Autism as a front line behavioral therapist with children while I was in junior college. From that day forward I knew that Autism was not a job, but a calling for me. I worked my way up through the ranks as a Clinical Supervisor to executive level management, where in my last position I oversaw the day-to-day operations, of a corporate Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) company.
For so many years, Autism and working with children and their families was my only professional passion. I love helping kids achieve independence and seeing families make positive shifts in their overall quality of life. But, as we age and grow we develop other passions too, right!? Health and wellness (particularly in the realm of functional nutrition) has become my other driving force over the past few years. I decided to further my credentials by diving into nutrition studies. The foods we eat are what we fuel our bodies and our minds with, and to a great extent are what determines our overall health. This is a crucial pillar of health that is often overlooked in the mental health space. It is my goal and passion to bring my knowledge and services together in one place (psychology, behavior modification, and functional nutrition), in order to provide more comprehensive care, tailored to the individual.
I can tell you that using food as medicine CAN and WILL improve your overall health. You don’t have to rely on prescription medications to mask the symptoms of bigger underlying conditions. I too have struggled with weight, body image, binging and restrictive eating, undiagnosed skin conditions, brain fog, fatigue, poor digestion, and fertility challenges. I spent years in the hamster wheel of calorie counting, under-eating, and over-exercising. I have eaten all kinds of “diets”, only to realize that diets never truly work. I know your pain! It wasn’t until I experienced some terrifying physical symptoms and ended up being hospitalized that I had to reevaluate what I was doing. I started doing my own research, challenged my western medical providers with questions about holistic approaches to care, and learned how I could start using food as medicine to get my health back on track. I now live a healthy and vibrant life. I no longer weigh myself obsessively, and instead focus on how I feel in my body as the truest indicator of my health. I’m able to support the health and vitality of my family by feeding them well. I am raising my daughter to grow up knowing what foods will nourish and fuel her body, that her body is strong and capable, and that she has the power to do anything she puts her mind to.
Nutrition truth bombs dropped all over the place.
Truly individualized assessment and treatment recommendations.
Left feeling hopeful about the future and my physical and mental health.
The foods we eat are our primary source of fuel for powering our minds and bodies. If we subsist on a diet that is heavily processed/refined, chock full of additives and preservatives, and lacking quality nutrients, we are only limiting our capacity to be truly amazing humans. If we instead chose to celebrate our bodies, by nurturing them with whole, properly prepared, nutrient dense foods… then just think of what we can become!