This section always feels challenging for me... I’m left wondering what I can tell you about me in just a few short sentences that will feel inspirational, instill trust, and invite curiosity about the process of our work together.
So here’s the elevator speech version:
I am an Integrative Medicine Specialist, Researcher, and Educator. Though my practice is based in New Hampshire, thanks to modern technology, my client base and course offerings extend worldwide.
I have had, and continue to have, the privilege of teaching nutrition and eating behavior related courses for several Colleges and Universities in the U.S; both graduate and undergraduate.
My research interests are trauma-related eating issues, women’s health, trauma and diet, resilience, sustainable health and wellness, and how reclaiming cultural wisdom impacts our well-being.
What sets me apart from most practitioners is my passion for science, a thorough understanding of the human bodymind, and a deep intuitive connection, all of which enable us to address the root cause of imbalance. Rather than focus on symptoms, an integrative approach allows me to understand the relevant data from conventional medicine, leveragd with the best of what modern science can offer, all while intuitively accessing your body’s natural healing mechanisms to lead the way to healing.
My heart and soul are committed to helping people heal their bodies, minds, and souls, creating sustainable lifestyles that allow for greater resilience and well-being.
I use an eclectic and individualized blend of tools like Functional and Integrative medicine, Food/Eating Psychobiology, Metabolic Nutrition, Guided Imagery/Hypnosis, Neuropsychology, active listening and good old intuition. Throw in the latest in research both theoretical and applied and we have a toolbag that fits your wants and needs.
Science Geek Version:
Everything you eat and drink, the emotions you experience, the way you move or do not move your body, all have an impact on the chemical balance of your body. Poor dietary choices can cause things like depression, anxiety, aggression, apathy, chronic pain and can contribute to chronic and acute disease. Lack of movement can do the same thing, as can chronic emotional upheaval.
We all know that we should eat well, get exercise, and think happy thoughts.... unfortunately, as you already know it's just not that easy. Your biochemical response to food, movement, your thoughts, and even your dreams is as unique to you as your fingerprint. That's where I come in...being completely fascinated by the impact of food, eating, movement, and emotion on the structure and function of the nervous system, I put on my investigative hat and start helping you find your unique road to wellness.
You and I both know that usually the most challenging journey is the one back to our true and vibrant selves. Half of the time, for much of our lives, most of us don’t even know what that means!
So, in truth it’s my deepest desire to help you cultivate the most important relationship you will ever be in; the one with yourself. Why? Because it is my absolute firm belief based on experience and education that when you know who you are; you are happier, more resilient, able to be curious and experience each day as a new adventure.
When you know who you are, you are able to take the world in stride with greater love and compassion and mend/heal your body, mind, and soul. And, as you know, the truth is sometimes we need help seeing who we really are, learning what we really like and want, standing up for what we need...and embracing our soul potential.
The other truth is sometimes we just need a little help figuring out how and what to eat or how to get through a current situation! Either way, I’m here.
"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being" ~Rumi
Yes, I have degrees and certificates. I am very qualified from an educational point of view to provide a wide variety of interventions. I also have my own experiences that I have moved through and healed: allowing me to become more vibrant day by day. I'm a lifetime student, always learning what I can about the human condition; about alleviating suffering; about creating a vibrant life. Some of that learning has been from experience and some of that learning has been in Universities.
Conferences, Workshops, and Presentations
This list is a sample of my work and not fully inclusive of all engagements:
- Presence through Palate (Research Symposium, San Diego, CA)
- Music, Movement, and Hypnosis (KY)
- Hypnotic Intervention and Trauma Related Eating Disorders (SF, CA - Spiegel Award winner)
- Self Hypnosis and Positive Self-Image (San Diego, CA)
- Eat, Move, Feel (NYC, Boston)
- Food, Mood, and Movement (NYC, Boston)
- JourneyDance Facilitator Training (Kripalu, TX, NYC)
- Food as Mood (Baltimore, MD)
- Emergency Management Institute Higher Education Conference 2009
- Integrated Health Seminars – (San Francisco University)
- Women’s Health Symposium (San Jose, CA)
- “To Touch the Dying” Bay TV (SF, CA)
- Alternative Health and Wellness, CSU-Sacramento
- “To touch those who are dying”, Hospice of Petaluma
- “Compassionate Touch and Dying”, SFU
- “What did you just say?” - SFU
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.~ B. Henry