Counseling &
Psychotherapy

About Our Work

Nourish Your Mind, LLC is proud to provide it’s clients with Counseling and Psychotherapy services.

Our emotional well-being plays an integral role in our overall health and success. Nourish Your Mind Clinician’s understand that making the choice to seek counseling can be difficult and strive to provide a safe, welcoming environment. We place a heavy emphasis on developing a strong, supportive and healing relationship with clients. Working together to uncover the “why” behind your struggles in order to provide lasting and life-changing results, our specialized training provides us with a unique insight into your emotional well-being, helping to challenge you to take a different look at the world around you and your role within it.

Here at Nourish Your Mind, we offer unique insight through special training in the following:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused CBT
  • Eating Disorders & Body Image
  • Mind-Body Nutrition & Eating Psychology
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Yoga & Movement

Counseling can help to break down mental and emotional barriers standing in the way of your goals. In the daily rush of stress that we all experience, it is easy to get caught up in negative feelings, which ultimately takes a toll on our emotional and physical state. Having a safe place to discuss and work through these emotions can serve as a way to move past them and learn to handle stress in a more successful way.

In our work with clients, we place an emphasis on healthy living and firmly believe that improvements in self-care and physical health will ultimately lead to better emotional health. Counseling at Nourish Your Mind, LLC can help you achieve a different outlook on life by developing a strong understanding of the mind-body connection and it’s role in your specific emotional difficulties.

Nourish Your Mind, LLC specializes in helping clients through anxiety, depression, chronic illness, chronic pain, eating disorders, weight loss issues, women’s health and low self esteem. Seeking help takes courage! Our therapeutic approach is strengths-based, nonjudgmental and tailored to each client’s specific needs. Each session, you will leave with hands-on techniques to utilize day to day that will help you tackle the challenges of life.

Are you curious about how your emotional and physical health are connected? Looking for a therapeutic partnership that will provide lasting improvements to your overall well being? Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

Nourish Your Mind works to support people struggling with the following difficulties:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief
  • Body Image
  • Relationship Issues
  • Weight Loss
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Career Troubles
  • Chronic Pain
  • School Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Peer Relationships
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Women’s Health Issues

Experience a new kind of counseling and be challenged to take control of your life – We will be there to support you through each step along the way!

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts positivity by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging clients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of CBT that helps to decrease negative thinking, change behavioral patterns and improve your quality of life. DBT focuses on learning and implementing coping skills to effectively modulate thinking and behavior.

Clients who engage in DBT therapy focus on building skills in the following areas:

  • Mindfulness Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotional Regulation

DBT Treatment has been shown to benefit individuals with the following:

  • Mood Swings
  • Impulsivity
  • Anger Problems
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Depression
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Poor Self-Esteem
  • Perfectionism

“One Size Fits All” does not work in psychotherapy.

At Nourish Your Mind, we work with DBT in a way that’s personalized to your specific needs. While some clients thrive in a structured DBT-oriented treatment plan, others do best with merging DBT with other therapeutic techniques.

Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating Disorder & Body Image Treatment

Are you ready to “Nourish Your Mind” with Recovery? We specialize in Eating Disorders & Body Image and offer a holistic, collaborative approach to recovery. Let us guide you to connect with your body, overcome negative patterns and live a fulfilling life.

We work to build a safe space for adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and OSFED (other specified feeding or eating disorder), as well as disordered eating and body image

Do any of these feelings cause “emptiness” inside of you?

  • Preoccupation with food or weight.
  • Use of food to avoid distract, punish or reward yourself.
  • Restricting, binging and purging of food, or over-exercising.
  • Negative self-thoughts about yourself or your body.
  • Isolation or avoidance of relationships due to low self-esteem or self-worth.
  • Anxiety or depression leading to unhealthy cycles of behavior.

Are you ready to “nourish your mind” with recovery?

  • Learning to “feed” yourself without the use of food.
  • Understanding the “gray” feelings: less black and white thinking.
  • Creating healthy positive coping skills to reduce symptoms.
  • Introducing self-care and “life beyond the scale.”
  • Expression of healthy emotions in all relationships.
  • Connecting with our bodies through mindfulness, meditation and movement.

Is Nutrition a Part of Your Recovery?

If you’re interested in further enhancing your therapeutic progress, Nourish Your Mind offers Mind-Body Nutrition sessions with a certified Nutritional Therapist. These nutrition sessions will work directly to help you achieve your therapeutic goals from your primary mental health clinician.

Already working with a nutritionist or other health professional? We look forward to being a collaborative part of your recovery team!

Ready to get started? Contact us today!

Chronic Pain/Chronic Illness

Treatment for Chronic Pain & Chronic Illness

Nourish Your Mind offers evidence-based treatments to help you manage the emotional side of your chronic pain and/or chronic illness.

Are you experiencing any of the following as a result of your chronic pain/illness?:

  • Altered mood
  • Anger
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Confused thinking
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Family stress
  • Fatigue
  • Fear of injury
  • Financial concerns
  • Irritability
  • Legal issues
  • Reduced sexual interest
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Social isolation
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Work problems

Pain provokes an emotional response in everyone. These are normal feelings when you’re hurting.

Therapy as a Form of Pain Management

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that helps people identify and develop skills to change negative thoughts and behaviors. CBT says that individuals—not outside situations and events—create their own experiences, pain included. And by changing their negative thoughts and behaviors, people can change their awareness of pain and develop better coping skills, even if the actual level of pain stays the same.

Cognitive behavioral therapy helps provide pain relief in a few ways. First, it changes the way people view their pain. CBT can change the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors related to pain, improve coping strategies, and putting the discomfort in a better context.

CBT can also change the physical response in the brain that makes pain worse. Pain causes stress, and stress affects pain control chemicals in the brain, such as norepinephrine and serotonin. CBT reduces the arousal that impacts these chemicals. This, in effect, can make the body’s natural pain relief response more powerful.

Partner with a therapist who truly understands…

Our specialists are not only trained in these therapeutic techniques, but use them daily to manage their own chronic illness. Trust me – WE GET IT! We’re here to help you overcome these additional symptoms and take back control of your life!

Group Therapy

Get the benefit of therapy in a safe, supportive and confidential group setting. Adolescent and Young Adult DBT groups available now!

Nourish Your Mind aims to provide group therapy to the community and is currently offering the groups listed below. We are constantly growing and developing new programs, so check back to see if new group offerings meet your needs.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Groups:

Learn coping skills in the areas of mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness to help you thrive and improve daily functioning. DBT skills can be extremely beneficial for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD and more!

Young Adult DBT Skills Group

(Led by Kara Bucci, LMSW)

Each Monday from 6:45pm-7:45pm

Ages 18-24. Registration required. Call for more info.

Adolescent DBT Skills Group

(Led by Rachel Spear, LMSW)

Each Wednesday from 7:30-8:30pm

Ages 14-17. Registration required. Call for more info.

Step Mom’s Support Group

(Group Forming Now – Call for Info)

Being a step-mom is a unique role that those who embrace often feel distant and alone in. But guess what, YOU are not alone! Let’s come together to share the joys and burdens of being the female lead of a blended-family. This group will meet monthly and focus on sharing deep connection with those in our special role, having a safe space to share those words you feel no one truly understands and alternative ways to manage both the beauty and stress of blended families. Led by Jessica Sullivan, Clinical Social Worker and proud Step-Mom.

Adolescent Health

Our Adolescent Health program

With the powerful combination of nutrition and mental health counseling, our Adolescent Health Program allows teens the chance to thrive. Through addressing stress, anxiety, depression and other barriers while introducing nutritional education, adolescents will learn to make healthy choices – for both their bodies and their minds.

This program was created in order to improve the overall health of adolescents struggling with any of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Difficulties
  • Fatigue
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Picky or Unhealthy Eaters
  • Decline in Academic of Physical Performance
  • Family or Peer Difficulties
  • Headaches
  • Digestive Issues
  • Frequent Illness
  • Weight Problems

Strong Teens: A Group for Healthy Minds & Bodies – 8 Week Program

Our 8 Week program was developed with your teen’s struggles in mind. Today’s adolescents are faced with extreme stressors – academic pressure, sports/performance pressure, peer pressure, and family stress just to name a few. You may notice that your teen has been struggling with anxiety, depression, fatigue and other symptoms as a result of all this stress. On top of it, their busy schedule and picky eating habits leave them under-nourished, unable to mentally and physically keep up with life’s demands. Sound familiar? Give your teen the edge they need to thrive. Nourish Your Mind’s 8 Week Strong Teens Group will address each of the following topics:

1. Identifying Unhealthy Habits – What’s Getting In Your Way?
2. Nutrition Basics – What Your Body Needs and How to Get It
3. Nutrition’s Effect on Your Physical/Academic Performance
4. Opening our Minds to New Foods & Ways of Thinking
5. Body Image and Self Esteem – You are Worth It
6. Anxiety and Depression – How to Prevent and Overcome Negative Feelings
7. Self Care and Coping Skills – Positive Ways to Manage Stress
8. Making Healthy Choices – Improve Your Mind, Body and Soul

Groups are held on a weekday for one hour for 8 consecutive weeks.

NEW GROUP FORMING NOW – If you are interested, please contact us for more information.

Functional Evaluation

The Functional Evaluation helps your Nutritional Therapy Practitioner identify areas of specific weakness in the body and your bio-individual nutrition needs. This hands on evaluation is unique to Nutritional Therapy. It is a non-invasive assessment tool which will be performed on a treatment table within Move Physical Therapy’s clinic. You will be asked to wear comfortable clothing for appointments wherein a functional evaluation will be conducted.

During the Functional Evaluation, your practitioner will palpate with mild to moderate pressure on specific physiological indicator points on your body. For each point, your body will provide important feedback and you will be asked to report a tenderness rating of 0 to 10. Your practitioner will explain to you the physiological indicator of the different points as you move through the evaluation. In addition to physical palpation, several other assessment tools may be used including blood pressure, pulse, taste tests and more.

The Functional Evaluation will provide valuable information about the following health priorities and systems:

  • Digestion
  • Blood Sugar Handling
  • Fatty Acid Balance
  • Tissue Mineral Status
  • Hydration
  • Endocrine
  • Immune & Allergy
  • Cardiovascular
  • Neurological

Your practitioner will perform different sections of the Functional Evaluation tailored to your individual needs based on their review of your Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire, Initial Interview Form and the information you provide during your nutritional therapy session.

Lingual-Neuro Testing

Lingual-Neural Testing (LNT) is a valuable biofeedback tool that enables your Nutritional Therapy Practitioner to determine the usefulness of a nutritional supplement to your body’s specific needs prior to adding it to your nutritional plan.
LNT accesses the body’s innate ability to discriminate between what it needs, and what it does not need, in order to correct a specific problem -a weak organ or a nutritional deficiency, for example. This simple and effective technique makes the difference between a generic nutritional therapy plan and a individualized one.

The phenomenon that is observed with LNT represents:

  • The existences of physiologic indicators, like the heart rate, that reflect specific body functions and their relative health.
  • The powerful connection between the sensory function of the mouth and the brain, or central nervous system (CNS).
  • The ability of the CNS to recognize the value of what is in the mouth (i.e. a nutritional supplement).
  • The tendency of the CNS to immediately change the physiologic indicator in response and proportional to the recognized value of a particular nutrient.

There are three fundamental questions that your Nutritional Therapy Practitioner needs to address with each client to provide effective nutritional therapy:

  • Is there a functional deficiency?
  • What particular nutrient will work for this client?
  • When is the client sufficient?

LNT enables your practitioner, once an assessment is complete, to address these questions by measuring your response to therapy options.

Indicators responsive to LNT are assessed in the following manner:

  • The baseline status of the physiological indicator is determined (i.e. the heart rate is taken) by the practitioner.
  • When the indicator is a reflex point, the practitioner will palpate the point with moderate pressure and you will be asked to rate the level of tenderness on a scale of 0 to 10.
  • A small sample of a considered nutrient is held in the mouth and fully tasted for 20-30 seconds.
    The status of the indicator is reassessed in the same manner as before.
  • If improved, the indicator confirms the usefulness of the nutritional supplement in supporting the specific body function that is related to the physiological indicator.
  • If the indicator was not improved, or is worse, you can assume that the nutrient being tested simply wasn’t right for your body’s current needs.

LNT can be an important contribution to a successful health recovery plan. LNT allows you to receive an individualized nutritional therapy plan that reflects both the value of your practitioner’s experience and the innate intelligence of your body.

Individual Adolescent Health Services

Individual sessions allow a more in-depth, one-on-one setting for adolescents. This allows your teen to connect on a deeper level with the materials and receive individualized attention specific to their health issues, stressors and level of nutrition understanding. Individual sessions are great in combination with our 8 Week Strong Teens Group or as a continuation after completion of the group program.

Functional Evaluation

The Functional Evaluation helps your Nutritional Therapy Practitioner identify areas of specific weakness in the body and your bio-individual nutrition needs. This hands on evaluation is unique to Nutritional Therapy. It is a non-invasive assessment tool which will be performed on a treatment table within Move Physical Therapy’s clinic. You will be asked to wear comfortable clothing for appointments wherein a functional evaluation will be conducted.

During the Functional Evaluation, your practitioner will palpate with mild to moderate pressure on specific physiological indicator points on your body. For each point, your body will provide important feedback and you will be asked to report a tenderness rating of 0 to 10. Your practitioner will explain to you the physiological indicator of the different points as you move through the evaluation. In addition to physical palpation, several other assessment tools may be used including blood pressure, pulse, taste tests and more.

The Functional Evaluation will provide valuable information about the following health priorities and systems:

  • Digestion
  • Blood Sugar Handling
  • Fatty Acid Balance
  • Tissue Mineral Status
  • Hydration
  • Endocrine
  • Immune & Allergy
  • Cardiovascular
  • Neurological

Your practitioner will perform different sections of the Functional Evaluation tailored to your individual needs based on their review of your Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire, Initial Interview Form and the information you provide during your nutritional therapy session.

Lingual-Neuro Testing

Lingual-Neural Testing (LNT) is a valuable biofeedback tool that enables your Nutritional Therapy Practitioner to determine the usefulness of a nutritional supplement to your body’s specific needs prior to adding it to your nutritional plan.
LNT accesses the body’s innate ability to discriminate between what it needs, and what it does not need, in order to correct a specific problem -a weak organ or a nutritional deficiency, for example. This simple and effective technique makes the difference between a generic nutritional therapy plan and a individualized one.

The phenomenon that is observed with LNT represents:

  • The existences of physiologic indicators, like the heart rate, that reflect specific body functions and their relative health.
  • The powerful connection between the sensory function of the mouth and the brain, or central nervous system (CNS).
  • The ability of the CNS to recognize the value of what is in the mouth (i.e. a nutritional supplement).
  • The tendency of the CNS to immediately change the physiologic indicator in response and proportional to the recognized value of a particular nutrient.

There are three fundamental questions that your Nutritional Therapy Practitioner needs to address with each client to provide effective nutritional therapy:

  • Is there a functional deficiency?
  • What particular nutrient will work for this client?
  • When is the client sufficient?

LNT enables your practitioner, once an assessment is complete, to address these questions by measuring your response to therapy options.

Indicators responsive to LNT are assessed in the following manner:

  • The baseline status of the physiological indicator is determined (i.e. the heart rate is taken) by the practitioner.
  • When the indicator is a reflex point, the practitioner will palpate the point with moderate pressure and you will be asked to rate the level of tenderness on a scale of 0 to 10.
  • A small sample of a considered nutrient is held in the mouth and fully tasted for 20-30 seconds.
    The status of the indicator is reassessed in the same manner as before.
  • If improved, the indicator confirms the usefulness of the nutritional supplement in supporting the specific body function that is related to the physiological indicator.
  • If the indicator was not improved, or is worse, you can assume that the nutrient being tested simply wasn’t right for your body’s current needs.

LNT can be an important contribution to a successful health recovery plan. LNT allows you to receive an individualized nutritional therapy plan that reflects both the value of your practitioner’s experience and the innate intelligence of your body.

Contact us to learn more today:

Corporate Wellness

Nourish Your Mind is proud to offer the Fortis Corporate Wellness Program to companies of all sizes in the Hudson Valley Region, Northern New Jersey, Southern Connecticut and the New York City area.

Energize Your Workforce. Reap the Benefits.

A strong company is built on an energetic, productive, and vibrant team. Invest in the health of your employees and everyone reaps the benefits.

Let us help you strengthen your company.

Corporate Wellness Overview

How will your company benefit?

  • Increase morale, energy, and productivity
  • Reduce employee sick leave
  • Lower health care costs
  • Better employee retention due to wellness programs focused on stress reduction, team building, and healthy competition

What sets our program apart?

  • Increased accountability and motivation from instructor led classes
  • Preventive not reactive based programs
  • Tracking and metrics of employees’ nutrition, weight, body composition, and workouts
  • An integrative approach to health
  • Weekly nutrition and fitness challenges

Wellness Workshop Series

During the interactive weekly workshops, employees learn to support their bodies by eating a nutrient dense diet that is right for their unique body types. Your Nutritional Therapist Instructor will discuss beneficial lifestyle modifications to improve overall health, energy, and vitality.

Eight and twelve week workshop series are available. Each workshop lasts sixty minutes.

Key Program Elements

  • Weekly health challenges to improve implementation of information learned
  • Client workbooks packed with healthy meal ideas, nutrition tips, and guidance
  • Tracking of employees’ progress using the a web application
  • A variety of workshop topics pertinent to employees’ needs, such as:
    • Increasing energy naturally
    • Reducing stress
    • Improving mental clarity
    • Creating quick, healthy meals

Learn more about the Fortis Corporate Wellness Program

I learned what foods were right for my particular body. Eating this way gives me steady energy throughout the workday.

Kelly Mooney
Math Teacher, Cedar Lee School

I have a support team devoted to my health, which allows me to support my own team of employees and clients even better–and without sugar and caffeine!

Angela Conerly
CEO, Mindworks

This program has been a huge success! Consequently, my company saw an annual $200,000 savings in health care costs.

Rick Rabil
CEO, Van Metre

Contact us to learn more about Corporate Wellness:

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