About

I am a registered dietitian and certified sports nutritionist specializing in behavior change, meal planning, weight loss/management, disordered eating and mind-body awareness. Anxiety and depression affect our eating behaviors and patterns, which often times leads to weight gain or loss and malnutrition. In turn, malnutrition has a significant effect on our mental state and is... Read more

I am a registered dietitian and certified sports nutritionist specializing in behavior change, meal planning, weight loss/management, disordered eating and mind-body awareness.

Anxiety and depression affect our eating behaviors and patterns, which often times leads to weight gain or loss and malnutrition. In turn, malnutrition has a significant effect on our mental state and is likely to increase symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and many other mental health states. This is why I believe that it’s very hard to achieve physical, emotional and mental wellness when our bodies are not properly nourished.

I have a passion for helping children, adolescents and adults achieve body satisfaction, weight management and simply enhanced health. In order to do this, I believe it is important to reconnect the mind to the body while forming and establishing a healthy relationship with food and eating.

I believe that our eating patterns give us clues about ourselves, and these clues become useful pieces of information that we will use to ultimately improve overall physical and mental health. I will help you understand your own eating behaviors and also establish new eating behaviors that will lead you to a place where you can eat freely and be at peace with yourself while meeting your own, unique goals.

I use an individualized, non-diet approach with the focus that all foods fit into a healthy lifestyle. Your nutritional plan will be based on your goals, your needs, and your body without judgment.

I work in collaboration with Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) Monica Bezzi Demas and associate therapists at First Step Counseling to create a balance between mind and body to instill a healthy relationship with food.

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Qualifications

Years in Practice: 8+
School: California State University, Long Beach (Master's Degree); Florida State University (Bachelor's Degree)
Year Graduated: 2012
License No. and State: 1093633AA

Issue

• Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
• Pre/Post Bariatrics
• Emotional Eating/Binge Eating/Body Image
• Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

Client Focus

Religious Orientation

Age

• Adults
• Preteens/Teens (11-19)
• Young Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Telehealth (HIPPA secure phone or video sessions)

Accepted Insurance Plans

• ILWU Coverage
• Out of Network - PPO

Appointment Type Accepted

• Telehealth (HIPPA secure phone or video sessions)
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