Welcome to Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition!
Address the Biochemical Leg of the Recovery Stool Using the Power of Amino Acid Therapy
Many psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and addiction counselors are aware of the vital role biochemical and nutrient imbalances play in the etiology and maintenance of substance use and mental health disorders. However, we often don’t have the skills or confidence to effectively approach these issues with our clients without resorting to medication. Very often clients leave the treatment on more medication than when they started.
We created the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition to meet this need. We believe that many of these issues can be effectively be resolved without the use of medication, simply by accurately feeding the starving brain and identifying and addressing the underlying biochemical drivers of these disorders.
The Academy provides cutting-edge, in-depth on-line and lives education and consultation services for the purpose of thoroughly training mental health treatment professionals and addiction counselors in the skills necessary to identify and effectively address the biochemical aspects of client symptoms through nutrient interventions.
Why Choose Us
We teach clinicians, treatment providers and health/recovery coaches how to reduce relapse and improve the quality of recovery by using amino acid nutrient therapy and diet to effectively address the biochemical aspects of addiction and mood/behavioral disorders.
The Academy for Addiction & Mental Health Nutrition believes that addictions, as well as MANY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, are driven by imbalances in the brain.
Meet Our Instructors
Christina Veselak MS, LMFT, CN
Lead Instructor, Founder, Director
Level 1 CORE & Level 2 ADVANCED
Christina T. Veselak is the founder and director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition. She has been a licensed psychotherapist for over 30 years, and currently provides on-line Relapse Prevention Coaching and Mental Health Nutrition to a wide variety of clients.
Christina consults for supplement companies as well as IV detox programs and residential addiction treatment, helping them integrate this life-saving nutritional approach into their programs.
She is an experienced public speaker, and has presented at conferences and trainings around the country. 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 & mental health treatment.
Level 1 CORE INSTRUCTOR
5-STAR PRO~RECOVERY DIET ©
BA, HHC, CRNC 2
Pati Reiss is a certified holistic health coach/nutrition recovery coach, educator and chef. Her work focuses on teaching & coaching healthy lifestyle upgrades, addiction/mental health recovery and holistic gourmet cooking. This is done using nutrition, food, amino acid therapy, meditation and movement.
Through her own healing recovery Pati has found that vibrant health, hope and recovery are possible and advocates this in all her teachings.
“Deep Dive” CONTINUING EDUCATION
MS, RD, LDN, CDE, RYT
Charlotte Hammond is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Registered Yoga Teacher in Centennial & Boulder, Colorado (previously Chicago, IL). She owns Eating With Ease.
Her integrative and functional nutritional expertise includes counseling for weight-loss, digestive difficulties, detoxification and longevity, anxiety and depression, chronic diseases (such as thyroid disorders, autoimmune challenges, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer), plant-strong and sensitivity-supportive diets, and chronic fatigue.
MENTAL HEALTH NUTRITION FOR THERAPISTS: FOUNDATIONS
Stephanie Small is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and nutritionist. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, her Masters of Social Work from Smith College for Social Work, and certifications in Holistic Nutrition Education and Mental Health Nutrition from Bauman College and the Academy for Addiction & Mental Health Nutrition.
Stephanie ran the nutrition program at a substance abuse recovery center in Denver for two years and has trained in trauma therapy, internal parts work, somatic therapies, and more.
Mental Health Nutrition is the foundation for all of her work. “Frankly, I think every human should know this stuff — but it’s especially effective for people with mood disorders, eating disorders, insomnia, and substance abuse struggles. I recommend starting here — because why chase our tails trying to heal your anxiety and insomnia when balancing your biochemistry could do it for us?”
She currently maintain a private practice online and in Boulder and Denver, CO, writes for national and local publications, consult for mental health agencies and substance abuse recovery centers, and speak at live events.
Debra Filla, BA
Our Medical Consultants
Hyla Cass, M.D.
Dr. Mary Braud, M.D.
Child & adolescent psychiatry specialist in Denver, CO and has been practicing for 30 years. Dr. Braud incorporates functional medicine in her psychiatric and behavioral health practice.