Leigh Jolly MSW, RSW, RHN
Registered Social Worker
I am on maternity leave beginning February 2022
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 over ten years Leigh has worked in community health care and clinical settings to support individuals experiencing chronic health, mental health and addiction challenges, as well as interpersonal relationship issues. Since expanding her practice into holistic nutrition, Leigh integrates a harm-reduction and strengths-based philosophy with nutritional therapy and best-practice modalities, including solution-focused, emotion-focused (EFT), family systems, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) 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 if this is of interest. 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 15 and adults experiencing any difficulties
related, but not limited to:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Stress Management
- Emotional Eating
- Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances
- Interpersonal Relationships
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
To capitalize on insurance coverage for services talk to Leigh about your health benefit plan.
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