Understanding the connection between our body and our brain is key when acknowledging that emotional imbalances can impede healing in the physical body and that imbalances in the physical body can impede on emotional health.
Supporting our Second Brain
Ever wonder why we use the expression “I have butterflies in my tummy,” or may experience nausea or digestive upset as a result of increased stress or anxiety? This is because there is a direct physiological connection occurring in the body. Our gut and our brain are actually connected along a gut-brain axis by a nerve called the vagus nerve that allows for communication between our central nervous system and enteric nervous system, which governs digestion and gastrointestinal functioning. Due to this intimate relationship between the two systems, our gut is often referred to as our “second brain.” Understanding this connection is key when acknowledging that emotional imbalances can impede healing in the physical body and that imbalances in the physical body can impede on emotional health. For instance, research has indicated that our gut microbiome is believed to be linked to disorders like depression and anxiety.
Leigh is a Registered Social Worker and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. For several years Leigh has worked in community health care and clinical settings to support individuals experiencing mental health and addiction challenges, as well as other chronic health conditions. Since expanding her practice into holistic nutrition, Leigh integrates a solution-focused, emotion-focused, and cognitive-behavioural (CBT) approach with nutritional therapy in her work with clients. She believes it is important to understand the root cause of problems from a physical, mental and emotional level, and guides clients to utilize nutrition to promote optimal mental wellness and overall health. Through drawing from both clinical counselling and nutritional interventions, Leigh has helped clients to feel more confident in their ability to manage stress, fluctuations in mood, addictive behaviours, and to feel more alert, energized, and connected to themselves.
Leigh works with youth over the age of 16 and adults experiencing any difficulties related, but not limited to:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Stress Management
- Substance Use and Food Addiction
- Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances
- Disordered Eating or Obesity
Leigh has a strong passion for maintaining a healthy lifestyle that fosters optimal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. She enjoys being active outdoors, cycling, hiking, jogging and practicing yoga and meditation. Leigh is motivated to guide and empower others to improve their health, and create positive changes in their lives, so that they may discover how they are truly designed to feel.
Initial Assessment (1.5 hours) : $175.00
Follow Up Session (1 hour) : $150.00
Follow Up Session (30 minutes) : $75.00
To capitalize on insurance coverage for services talk to Leigh about your health benefit plan.
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