I have been interested in mind/body health since I was a child. This work is very personal.
I experienced digestive issues as a newborn baby, which has impacted my ability to eat and digest certain foods. I was diagnosed with asthma and have had respiratory issues most of my life. I began struggling with body image and eating challenges at a young age. I can remember as a young, 10-year-old ballerina, that I didn’t “fit in” with the others because my body was more developed. Therefore, I started dieting at age 10 years old.
As a result of the digestive issues, body image challenges, and many pounds of weight gain and weight loss, I have experienced fatigue, mood swings, obsessions with food and exercise, low self esteem, depression, and anxiety. The thoughts that took over my mind for so long were, “I’m not good enough. I’m not pretty enough, thin enough, healthy enough, fit enough, talented enough, fill-in-the-blank enough…”
I reclaimed my health in my mid 20s. I gained back my sanity in my 30s. I decided to find which foods, types of movement, mental health exercises, and spiritual experiences worked for me, in my life. I began to reframe my thoughts and focus on what IS ENOUGH for me, in my life. I decided to let go of negativity, and welcome positivity in order to grow- through the good and “bad” times. Because of my past struggles, I have been on a journey to help others affirm their health challenges and repair them.
I have a Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Services (M.Ed.) and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology (Ed. S.). With this education, I am able to understand human behavior and intellectual/cognitive abilities. I have worked in community mental health, school counseling, and a psychiatric hospital. I also have an Eating Psychology Coach certification from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. This certification provides an additional element to mental health that is more holistic in nature.