I am Christina Veselak, owner of Garden Gate Counseling and The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition, which is now located near Huntington, in West Virginia. While I am a licensed in Colorado as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), in Wayne, West Virginia, I work as a Relapse Prevention Coach and a Mental Health Nutritionist. I also train therapists in advanced counseling skills and mental health nutrition.
RELAPSE PREVENTION COACHING
With over 30 years of experience as a clinician working in the addiction field, as well as with depression, anxiety, anger, pain and trauma in my private practices, I have a deep understanding both the addictive process, as well as the recovery process. With sensitivity and compassion, I help you find practical solutions to a wide range of life challenges and destructive patterns of behavior. I draw on a blend of conventional techniques and alternative styles to identify what is most helpful for each individual. I help you build on your strengths, create vibrant health and achieve your life goals. I believe that it is possible for all of us to create a life worth living!
I provide training and supervision of interns and clinicians wishing to integrate nutritional awareness into their practices (Click here to learn more about amino acid therapy on my website.)I am also offering in-services and short, focused classes in advanced counseling skills for therapists. CEUs are available for these trainings.
In addition, I present at national conferences and to general audiences on topics ranging from Nutrition and Brain Chemistry, Hypoglycemia, Adrenal Fatigue in Addicted Families, and Integrating Nutritional Strategies into a Private Practice. I currently teach two on-line certification courses in biochemical and nutritional approaches to mental health and addiction recovery for The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition. CEUs are available for these as well.
MENTAL HEALTH NUTRITION
Through my experience and training as a Mental Health Nutritionist, I have come to see how deeply our personal biochemistry affects our mood and behavior. I find that most of the time, we can find effective alternatives to psychiatric medication. What does it mean to be a Mental Health Nutritionist? I help my clients identify nutritionally based issues such as protein intake, vitamin deficiencies, blood sugar balance & hypoglycemia, food intolerances, and genetic issues in order to reduce depression, anxiety, insomnia, relapse, and even some psychotic symptoms. I successfully use these methods to reduce cravings, post-acute withdrawal symptoms and relapse in clients with chemical dependency and process addictions. It is my experience that most complex disorders have both emotional and biochemical components to them. Therefore, we need to address both at the same time for quick relief.
I graduated from the American Health Science University in 1993 as a Certified Nutritionist. Since then, I have studied with the top people in this field, including Julia Ross, Joan Mathews Larson, Dr. Hyla Cass, Dr. Jeffrey Bland and Dr. Charles Gant. I have extensively studied western herbal medicine, and am very familiar with herbal approaches to mental health issues. Our nutritional work together would never take the place of necessary medical treatment and I do not diagnose or treat medical conditions.
I graduated from San Francisco State University in 1983 with a MS in Counseling Psychology. I was licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1985 and have subsequently been licensed in Alaska and Colorado. I am also trained and highly experienced in the field of addiction, EMDR therapy, hypnosis, and somatic psychotherapy through the Sensorimotor Institute. I keep up with the latest developments in the field of psychotherapy and am committed to continuously learning and growing as a psychotherapist, recovery coach and mental health nutritionist.
I am the founder of Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition. I train professionals from a variety of backgrounds in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Nutrition. My courses can be taken through NANP (National Association Of Nutritional Professionals) as CEUs or can be taken directly through the Academy. I provide certification in both fundamental and advanced Mental Health Nutrition. Please visit my course page to learn more.
I am also a founding member and former Executive Director of The Alliance for Addiction Solutions, a non-profit organization which promotes the use of nutritional and other natural modalities in addiction treatment.
I myself have used all the approaches above in my own healing process. This journey of self-exploration, transformation, spiritual growth and physical healing has been the most exciting and rewarding of my life and I invite you to join me as we each continue to grow. Click on the folowing link to learn more about my own journey of healing.
As an online Relapse Prevention and Recovery Coach based in Wayne, WV, and owner of Garden Gate Counseling, Christina Veselak specializes in using a variety of coaching approaches along with amino acid therapy, and integrative nutrition for depression, anxiety, insomnia, drug and alcohol addiction, food & sugar addiction, relapse prevention, and hypoglycemia. Learn more about her treatment approach as a Mental Health Nutritionist here. While all of her services are available online and by telephone, Christina Veselak’s office is located in Wayne, WV, outside of Huntington. Call her today at (303) 888-9617 or click here to request an appointment.