Many weight issues are caused by some sort of trauma, whether it is a form of abuse, bullying, or problems in the home. In order to deal with trauma, children, teens, and adults turn to food for comfort, rewards, relaxation, and happiness. Learn how to eat for survival rather than for emotional needs at Safe Place Counseling. As a registered dietitian, I have a unique outlook and approach to eating disorders and weight issues, and I work to help you overcome past challenges and learn how to manage your personal goals to become a better you.
Sometimes we need medications to help us repair our brain. Amino acid therapy (AAT) can be an alternative to medication therapy. For example, 5HT is an amino acid that helps produce serotonin in the brain, and can be used as an alternative for certain SSRI’s or help them do their job better. AAT and good nutrition is very effective in treating addictions such as alcoholism, drugs, and eating disorders. I have you fill out some questionnaires to help us decide if AAT could help you. No prescriptions are required and I will give you samples to try before you buy them so we can see if they produce results for you. (See my links page for “The Craving Cure” and “The Mood Cure” by Julia Ross)
I will pinpoint your weaknesses, set new goals, and overcome your issues in a reliable way. Exercise and nutrition can change not only your physical state, but your mental and spiritual state as well. Call to set up an appointment to start working towards your new goals today!
If I were to write a prescription for all my clients, it would be “Exercise!” Everyone knows that exercise is important for good health, weight control, combating diseases, improving moods, increasing energy, helps you sleep better, and the list goes on. So why don’t individuals do it?
Most people say they don’t have “enough time.” If you want to lose weight, you must have time to exercise. It must be a commitment and a priority that you will do at least 5-6 times per week.
When you have anxiety or depression, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do. But if you will do it, exercise can make a significant difference. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise helps ease depression in many ways including releasing feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (neurotransmitters, endorphins, and endocannabinoids); reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression; and increased body temperature, which may have calming effects.
Regular exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits, too. It can help you gain confidence by achieving goals or challenges; make you feel better about your appearance; take your mind off worries and get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression; get more social interaction giving you the opportunity to meet or socialize with others; cope in a healthy way by doing something positive to manage anxiety or depression.
At Safe Place Counseling, I help you find an exercise plan that will work for you. It is usually a simple plan that works with your schedule and budget. You just must implement it.
Bariatric Surgery Counseling
Many people do not think of getting mental health counseling before getting bariatric surgeries. Unfortunately, those that do not take care of the mental issues that caused the weight gain, will usually gain back the weight eventually. Weight gain does not just come from overeating. Food can become addictive and can be used to comfort, numb, or reduce anxiety. It is imperative to take care of these issues before and after the surgery to ensure weight loss is permanent.
Most insurance companies require a mental health evaluation before bariatric surgeries. Not only do they want to make sure you are physically fit for the surgery but that you are mentally fit for surgery as well. At Safe Place Counseling, I do assessments and work on the emotional issues that caused the weight gain in the first place. I want you to maximize your success by losing excess body weight, becoming a healthier person and improving the quality of your life to the greatest possible extent.
“FOOD is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and EXERCISE is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant.”
― Bill Phillips
Deanna Nichols, LCMHC, RDN, CPT
11075 S. State Street, Suite 14
Sandy, Utah 84070