Decades ago, as an undergrad in computer science, anxiety was running my life.
On the outside I appeared confident, competent, and in control. On the inside, the self-criticism, self-judgment, and need to be perfect were debilitating. At the time I didn’t have a name for what I was experiencing, but this anxiety impacted all areas of my life.
Over the next 30 years I studied, explored, learned from, and worked in many other disciplines and wisdom traditions – nutrition, psychology, neurobiology, spiritual care, energy modalities, and indigenous Hawaiian healing.
What did I learn on this journey? Most importantly, that all of us have at our core a part that is good and whole. All of us. No matter where we have been, what we have been through, or how fatally flawed we feel. And that the key to connecting to that core, to taming anxiety and quieting our inner critics is engaging our hearts and working with our neurobiology.
Over time I developed a practical, reliable set of tools that helped me calm my nervous system and rewire my brain’s habitual patterns. I also began sharing them with women who, like me, longed to be free of anxiety and to feel happy and whole.
Today I hold graduate degrees in nutrition and counseling psychology. I am an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach, trained at Duke Integrative Medicine. I am also a HeartMath® Certified Practitioner and Trainer. Over the past 12 years I have been part of an integrative care team in a family medical practice, spent 7 years working on an in-patient adolescent psychiatric unit, and have worked with clients in private practice, individually and in groups. I specialize in anxiety management coaching, using the neurobiology of change and self-compassion. My passion is helping women who struggle with anxiety and loud inner critics live more fulfilling and productive lives.
Each of us has the innate ability to rewire habitual patterns of thought, behavior, and reactivity. Each of us can learn to manage our nervous systems and live with less anxiety, greater self-compassion, and more heart. When we do, our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being all improve. And I know from experience – personal and professional – that it’s really not as hard as you might think.
In my free time you can find me sitting on a rock near water, digging in my garden, or playing in the kitchen.
Judy Grupenhoff, MS, MEd, NBC-HWC
Anxiety Management Coach and Educator
HeartMath® Certified Practitioner and Trainer