Nutritional Counseling For Mental Health
Your gut is connected to your brain. With increasing scientific evidence pointing to the effects of our food choices and eating habits as having profound impacts on our mood, cognition and overall wellbeing, it's time to do a check-up. We offer individualized nutritional counseling with a holistic approach for better mental, emotional, and physical health.
Our specialists are knowledgeable about food reactions and food sensitivities, including the best foods to eat for optimum brain function. Conditions such as anxiety, depression, and brain fog, as well as medical conditions like autoimmune diseases, diabetes and leaky gut syndrome, can be treated successfully with a change in diet.
Highly skilled at tackling unconscious eating habits, our psych nutritionists have successfully helped many patients overcome their disordered eating by changing their relationship with food to be more satisfying. Combined with our individualized psychotherapy, you can learn powerful skills to tackle strongly held food beliefs, body image issues, and unhealthy habits.
As part of our commitment to your holistic care, RIVIA has partnered with Athelas for in-home monitoring of your vitals, like weight, blood pressure and glucose levels, in conjunction with our medication management and psych nutrition efforts. This information will be shared with your provider to assure you are receiving the highest level of overall physical care in addition to excellent mental wellness support.
Download our free PDF booklet Best Food For Brain Health for tips on what to eat and what not to eat for better brain function!
We also offer perinatal nutritional consultation for pregnancy nutritional planning, pregnancy nutritional support, and breastfeeding nutritional support. With every nutritional recommendation, we have your mental health in mind as the priority. Psych nutrition counseling is offered to all patients in New York.
Deirdre Howard, RDN
Deirdre is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in the field of eating disorders and disordered eating. She is passionate about helping individuals heal their relationship with food, exercise, and their body. She provides nutrition counseling from a non-diet approach and utilizes the principles of Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size®. It is her hope to help clients connect to their body’s needs and learn to respond without rigidity, restrictions, or shame.
Deirdre received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has also received additional training as a health coach and is working towards becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Deirdre’s professional experiences include working with clinical and outpatient eating disorder programs.
Specialty: Eating disorders (binging, purging, restricting, over-exercising), strong held food beliefs, and holistic weight loss.
Availability: Accepting new patients, please book here.
Janice Service-Miles, RDN, CDN
Janice is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with specialized training in Mental Health, Addiction Recovery, and nutrition for better cognitive function. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McMaster University and Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph. Janice completed her dietetic internship in the Northwell Health healthcare system, and provided nutrition therapy and education to inpatients at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and the Creedmoor Addiction Treatment Center. Janice is a member of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research, and is dedicated to promoting and bringing awareness to all regarding the important relationship between food and mood. Janice is an expert at nutritional planning for better outcomes in patients with ADHD, as well as mood and impulse control disorders. She enjoys helping improve her patient’s focus and overall health when they integrate food and/or supplements as a part of their holistic recovery plan.
Specialty: ADHD, impulse control, dementia, bipolar, anxiety, and mood.
Availability: Accepting new patients please book here.
Karen Baldree Sumner, RDN, LD
Karen is a dietitian with over a decade of experience. She has spent many years helping both children and adults alike make the best food choices. Karen views the family as a unit, and tries to cater to the needs of the family, as well as the individual.
Karen holds both Nutrition and Food Science degrees. Her degree in Food Science helps to direct clients to choose the healthiest and tastiest alternative. She is certified in adult weight, and very well-versed in food allergies and feeding problems for all ages. Karen specializes in perinatal nutrition and can consult on pregnancy planning, each trimester, breastfeeding, and postnatal recovery with nutritional support.
Karen’s approach to nutrition counseling is based upon two principles. First, small, attainable goals add up to meeting large goals. When you celebrate the small accomplishments, you feel empowered and motivated to continue. Before you know it, you see lasting changes. Second, let's be real. If the food doesn't taste good, is too expensive or isn't what you like, you aren't going to benefit at all. Being real and looking at your tastes, lifestyle, and preferences is the only way to succeed.
Availability:Accepting new patients, please book here.