Expert Profile - Christina Veselak
Christina Veselak’s Bio:
Christina T. Veselak, MS, LMFT, CN, is the founder and director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition which teaches practitioners how to use diet, along with amino acid and nutrient therapy to help prevent cravings and recurrent use by restoring neurotransmitter function and keeping blood sugar in balance. She has been a licensed psychotherapist working in the SUD treatment field since 1985 and a certified nutritionist specializing in mental health and addiction recovery since 1993. She currently provides on-line Relapse Prevention/Recovery Coaching and Mental Health Nutrition to a wide variety of clients, through her clinic, Garden Gate Counseling and Consultation. She is an experienced public speaker, and has presented at conferences and trainings around the country.
Christina has consulted for supplement companies, IV Amino Acid Detox Programs, and Residential Treatment Programs, helping them integrate this life-saving nutritional approach into their offerings. Christina is 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 to support repair of the addicted brain. Christina is committed to staying abreast of the rapidly growing science of orthomolecular psychiatry and functional nutrition & biochemistry for mental health, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with both the general public and professionals in the fields of addiction recovery and mental health treatment.
Check back, as Christina Veselak will be answering the questions below, shortly.
What life events or challenges that you’ve experienced (could be minor, could be major) – whether you’ve experienced them directly or via someone close to you, have had any type of impact on your desire to pursue a career in psychiatry?
How did those events impact you emotionally/morally? How, if at all did those events impact the way you view how our current system teaches us to treat patients with mental health challenges?
When and why did you decide to actually focus on practicing Integrative Psychiatry, specifically, and how was your decision shaped by the experiences above?
What methods or practices do you utilize to help individuals get/feel better?
How did people react when you share this Integrative/Holistic approach with them – whether it be patients or other doctors?