My approach to counseling is revolutionary and effective because it takes into account the fact that the mind and body are interconnected. For too long, the West has followed the (wrong!) principle that the mind and body are separate and do not affect one another. But cutting-edge research is revealing that they are very much connected, and thus mental health cannot be achieved without a baseline of physical health, and vice versa. For instance, did you know that people with depression have very different bacteria in their gut than people without depression? Or that mental stress can cause bodily inflammation? This is why an integrative, holistic perspective is absolutely critical to achieve lasting, meaningful change.
I am constantly learning and developing my practice based on cutting-edge mind-body research, particularly from a field called psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). This field focuses on how stress impacts the brain and immune system. My daughter is currently studying PNI at Ohio State University as she works toward a PhD. She helps me to stay in the loop when it comes to this game-changing line of research. As I learn new things, I promise to keep the blog updated with useful tidbits, nutritious recipes, and helpful mental health advice. One of my main goals is to help my clients feel empowered to carve out a healthy lifestyle through education and knowledge.