Brain Body Nourishment (BBN) is an Integrative Clinical Mental Health Counselor’s response to today’s talk therapy. As an integrative mental health counselor, BBNTherapies offers solutions for optimal mental health, through Biochemical/Nutrition, Contemplative Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy.
As an integrated mental health practitioner, BBNTherapies includes Art Therapy, in both group and individual environments, giving opportunities for clients with a wide variety of challenges across the lifespan. As a therapist trained in both the Amen Clinics method and at The Academy for Addiction and Mental health Nutrition, I recognize that within a diagnosis such as Addiction, ADHD, Depression, Dementia and many other mental health diagnoses, there are different causal factors that dictate which treatment will be the most effective. This is often why one treatment works for one person but not another. Rarely is talk therapy alone enough to make sustainable change. That is why I am driven to find real solutions to the fundamental reasons our brains are not providing us with the clarity and optimal mental health we need.
I served in the U.S. military and my husband served 21 years in the military before he retired. Over those years, intimate knowledge of the sacrifices our vets and their families make, as well as the wounds they acquire along the way, became very real in our family. This was the beginning of my journey in seeking out integrative ways to approach and help heal less than optimal mental health. There is no magic pill for PTSD, hypervigilance, or a brain that de-regulates and goes offline. This reality lead me to the study of mental health from various perspectives and nutrition was one vital key. Since then I continually seek to incorporate evidence-based practices to support each client’s unique healing and growing edge.
More about Stepheny and her background.
After her time in the U.S. Navy, and before embarking on university studies, she mentored women in small business while running various small businesses of her own. As she listened and supported others in their lives and their businesses, she found her calling as mentor and counselor.
Since then, she has worked in the Art Therapy program at National Jewish Hospital with children and their families in both group and individual settings. For more information about what Art Therapy is and who benefits from it, check out the American Art Therapy Association
Stepheny also worked closely with elders and those in hospice, caring for terminally ill patients and their families. She is passionate about reversing cognitive decline and improving lives where ever possible. As a clinician who cares deeply about supporting others across the lifespan, she supports the green burial movement and is a practitioner/facilitator of ancient Christian burial practices.
Along with Art therapy, she found adult human development with an integral psychotherapeutic lens to be helpful in noticing what other mental health counselors might miss. This passion prompted her to create a coaching curriculum for Integral (addiction) Recovery (2012). Then she spearheaded the creation of an Integral Psychology course at Naropa University in 2013. While in graduate school, Diane Israel, Professor and elected trustee of Naropa University, charged her with the task to co-create and co-teach two Robert Kegan Developmental Theory classes to her fellow graduate students at Naropa University (2015).
Having an integral lens caused her to bring in Eating Psychology as well as Biochemical and Nutritional approaches to healing. These certifications help to keep her, and now you, on the cutting edge of nutritional therapy. Mind Body Nutrition is the psychophysiology of how our chemical balance/imbalances as well as our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, levels of stress and relaxation, our personal story and more, profoundly impact our digestion, assimilation, calorie burning, nutritional status and overall well being.
All that we take into our bodies is a powerful opportunity for growth and transformation. This perspective on health addresses the vast number of challenges people face concerning weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, emotional eating, addiction and recovery, depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, brain fog and so much more.
Stepheny’s main focus is Brain Health with the knowledge that ultimately, all healing is from God and He places others in our lives with to help us heal.
Training & Certifications
- Brain Health Certification Course, Amen Method, 2017
- Registered Psychotherapist and LPCC; State of Colorado, 2017
- MA Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Transpersonal Art Therapy: Naropa University, 2017
- Certification in Biochemical and Nutritional Approaches to Mental Health and Addiction Recovery: The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition 2016
- Biofeedback Training 2015; BCIA Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
- Neurofeedback & QEEG Training 2015: BCIA Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
- Trained in the Enneagram Narrative Tradition Core Program 2014
- BA Contemplative Psychology, Science Concentration, Art Minor Naropa University 2013
- Certified Eating Psychology Coach: Institute for the Psychology of Eating – 2013