Decades ago, anxiety was running my life. On the outside I appeared confident, competent, and in control. On the inside, it was a very different story. I didn’t have a name for what I was experiencing, but self-criticism, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome impacted all areas of my life.
What I eventually discovered was that anxiety and other habitual patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving have a nervous system component that needs a nervous system solution.
Managing our nervous systems is every bit as important to our health and well-being as eating well, sleeping well, and consistent exercise. The problem is, no one ever teaches us how our nervous systems work or how to get our hands on the controls.
Today I use a practical, brain-focused framework that has helped hundreds of clients to build awareness of their nervous system states and to repattern their habitual nervous system responses so they can increase well-being on all levels - physically, mentally and emotionally.
Experience & Education
I hold graduate degrees in nutrition and counseling psychology, specializing in the practical application of neuroscience and the change process. I am an Integrative Wellness Coach, trained at Duke Integrative Medicine. I am also a HeartMath® Certified Practitioner and Trainer and a certified provider of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP).
For over 12 years I have used a holistic approach with patients and clients. I have worked as a mental health coach on an integrative care team in a family medical practice, spent 7 years working with adolescents on an in-patient psychiatric unit, and have worked with clients in private practice, individually and in groups.
I have worked with hundreds of adults and teens who struggle with anxiety, self-critical thinking, and stress-related health issues. I have seen the profound changes that occur when we use a brain-focused, skill-based approach and harness the power of the nervous system to change even deeply embedded patterns of thinking, feeling, and reacting.
I am passionate about helping clients who struggle with anxiety, burnout, emotional overwhelm, and inner critical dialogues learn what most of us were never taught - how to repattern their nervous systems so they can live with less stress and emotional reactivity, improve their health, focus, and decision making, and have more energy for the things that really matter.
“Working with Judy is like having a personal trainer for my nervous system!”
I am an Integrative Wellness Coach, Educator, and Trainer, not a psychotherapist. The tools and approaches I use are intended to help clients learn skills to manage their nervous systems and to support them in behavior change. Skill-building and coaching support can be an effective adjunct to other forms of treatment, but they are not a substitute for appropriate medical or mental health care.