The mind is a powerful thing.
I’m a life-long learner, recovering perfectionist, and health and wellness advocate. I find the human mind and body to be absolutely fascinating and I can’t soak up enough information regarding the role lifestyle factors play in our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. My personal belief is that life is all about balance.
Intuitively, I’ve always believed in the power of the mind-body connection, but it really wasn’t until my own experience of struggling with symptoms such as sudden weight gain, anxiety and depression, chronic fatigue, and digestive issues that I learned the importance and necessity of improving mental and emotional health, not just physical health. Like so many in the health and wellness industry, it was the journey back to restoring my own health when I discovered Functional Medicine (and also pursued this beautiful and rewarding second career).
I learned my symptoms were related to hormonal imbalances and gut dysfunction due to adrenal fatigue. At the time I was a high-achieving full-time professional, part-time student, mother, wife, and training for a marathon in the middle of a Texas summer — I was the poster child for adrenal fatigue and hormone imbalances! Although I have always been health-oriented, I began to realize I actually had an unhealthy relationship with myself, often pushing harder that necessary, aiming for perfection and achievement, and punishing my body with vigorous workouts and calorie restriction. My ambitious, overachieving, task-driven mentality was literally making me sick.
After almost a year of working with my Functional Medicine practitioner, health coach (yes, we use them too!), and therapist, I began to change my mindset and focus more on my mental and emotional health to restore my physical health. It has been a beautiful journey and although difficult, I’m grateful for it because it brought me here to help other women going through the same experience.
I hold professional credentialing as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC), obtained through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy which provides health coach training in combination with a comprehensive functional medicine background. FMCA is considered the gold standard as it is the only program designed in collaboration with the Institute of Functional Medicine and is also a recognized and approved training program by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching. I also have a Master of Science in Family and Child Studies, a graduate program focusing on expertise in the social services and programs serving families and children.
I spent the last 15 years of my professional career in local government, with the last nine years as an executive assistant in law enforcement. While I wore many hats in this position, one of the most rewarding was as a Victim Services Liaison. I provided assistance to crime victims, survivors, and their families, and have firsthand knowledge in how coping with a traumatic event can hinder optimal functioning.
Between my education and professional experience, I am drawn to working with clients who are struggling to manage their stress and mental health. I believe stress and anxiety are issues often overlooked and underestimated in the health and fitness industry, but are major deterrents to achieving better physical health. Although I am not a mental health professional and do not provide any kind of mental health services, wellness coaching can have a therapeutic effect similar to that of traditional therapy.
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical or mental health professional and do not diagnose or treat medical conditions, interpret lab results, or prescribe medications. Any information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not implied or intended to replace professional medical opinion. You should always consult with a licensed medical professional prior to beginning a new health practice or regimen.
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