Holistic Counseling + Integrative Health

Holistic Counseling + Integrative Health New York

Tools and guidance for heart-based living

I invite you on a journey of self-discovery in an environment where you feel safe and supported.

It is incredibly healing for anyone to explore an hour about their well-being. As Certified Holistic Counselor S.I.A.F. and Integrative Health Coach AADP, I create a supportive environment that enables you to articulate and achieve your goals. Throughout my education, I have been exposed to somatic counseling, attachment and trauma work, interpersonal neurobiology and integrative nutrition; all to help you become your best possible self.

Most approaches to well-being focus on understanding ourselves intellectually. In recent years, it has become increasingly known that inquiry must include our body as an essential part of the healing process. Healing happens when a deep understanding settles inside us. This insight comes from an understanding that our mind is both embodied in our brain and nervous system as well as in our relationships. As insight integrates into a coherent narrative, we meet our Self. It’s through this connection that we recognize our capacity for conscious exploration and participate with life around us in a way we never have before.


Regulate Your Mood with this Nutrient Rich Smoothie

Start your day with a vibrant edge. Many of my clients asked me to post the recipe of my nutrient rich morning smoothie. Here it is. I highly recommend watching my key note presentation on Understanding the Food-Mood Connection which you will find on the bottom of the homepage. Read on for the recipe.


Lighten Up and Enjoy the Psychodrama of the Holidays

A little emotional preparedness goes a long way, especially when the holidays are upon us. Many of the challenges around the holidays involve family dynamics and unfinished childhood business. Interactions with parents and siblings can stir up long-buried feelings we thought we put behind us. One wrong word said can feel like we have taken a step back in time to when we were five years old. Already Ram Dass said: "If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family.” Read on and learn how these inner skills can shift your response at the family table.


How a Watch Changed Time: The wondrous insight after putting on a wrist watch

After not wearing a watch for over 18 years, something interesting happened to me that motivated me to share my experience with you. In the past, I’ve used my smartphone when I wanted to know what time it was. That changed when I was given a hand-me-down watch from my mother. So I put it on, and right when I did, I looked at it and experienced a full body visceral response that came with great insight. An appreciation of time. Where 18 years ago I used my watch to see the time; my watch is now a reminder of “Am I spending my time wisely while being present in what I am doing.”


Are you going NUT?

Ask yourself: Could nuts create my digestive trouble? The first time I noticed that consuming too many nuts could cause trouble with my digestion was after dinner in a raw food restaurant where I had raw pasta with a nut cheese and a desert with cashew nuts. I finally found out the culprit that was creating the trouble after doing the food sensitivity test. This had me thinking about nuts and our increased nut consumption that I saw mirrored in many of my health conscious client, nutrition colleagues and friends. Growing up I remember that nuts were mainly a food of the winter, were shelled and required a nut cracker. Naturally we would eat less nuts. Today with the availability of nut milks, many people are replacing dairy products with nut milks, nut cheese, nuts grains eating them year around.


The Freeze Response: Your Nervous System’s Response to Harsh Lifestyle Changes

Six years after completing the show The Biggest Loser, most contestants gained the their weight back. Reason for that as per National Institute of Health Institute was their slow metabolism. What shocked researcher most is that their metabolism stayed slow 6 years after the show, when it should have gone back to normal. I like of offer an alternative explanation. It is my understanding that the contestants' metabolism got stuck on 'freeze'. A response seen in individuals as physiological response to trauma, initiated by the extreme military drill style and drastic diet changes. The show chose to put contestants on an extreme weight loss, military drill regime. Both exercise and diet were implemented without transition. Those changes were too much, too fast and too soon not taking the individual's state into consideration. If you were to measure the activity of the nervous system of the contestants, you would have seen that their nervous system was highly activated. The program as well as the dietary changes were, too much, too fast and too soon. Further, the underlying issue of the weight gain was not inquired into. Often an important life events (injury, illness, childbirth, menopause as well as trauma often stemming from childhood) precedes weight gain. Food in this case is a way of coping with the unprocessed traumatic charge and emotions. Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory shows that early life traumatic experiences cab rewire neurological pathways (endocrine/metabolic) as an adaptive means of survival. In this case brain and nervous system change in response to early environmental and social influences, before individuals had the capacity to choose alternative options. Now imagine the stacking of events ... Individuals with highly activated nervous systems, with life events that were often traumatic, put on a high stress "too much too fast too soon" programs. A metabolism that stayed frozen 6 years post show.

Client Centric

Holistic Counseling does not diagnose. It aids the inquiry process for insights to emerge. A process that is compassionate and respectful to your needs.

Integrative Approach to Health

As we work together we look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.

Spark New Insight

IndigoMuse provides a holding space so that you can focus on inquiring into your well-being.

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