About

Brandy Martin

Hey there! Here is a little bit about why I am so passionate about this work. 

 

I've been on a road to health for many years now. I'm 41, almost 42, and can say that for more than half my life I have been dipping into holistic health. 

 

As I look back I struggled with severe anxiety in my teen years that caused brutal shyness. It morphed into depression in my college years which resulted in all kinds of numbing and unhealthy coping styles.

 

Then I got pregnant and after having my sweet boy I got sick. The kind of sickness that lasts a long time and doesn't go away with Advil. I was having migraines, extreme fatigue, nerve pain in my face and body, muscle weakness, hair loss, brain fog a, and yes, more mental health challenges as well. 

 

This lead me to my primary care doctor who told me everything was fine because my lab work was normal. I was offered birth control, antidepressants, and Gabapentin as a solution. I am not anti-medication you all, but goodness I think there is so much more that can be done before/with these tools. 

 

For all you people out there who feel "crazy" because you are being told everything is "normal" on your lab draws so it must be in your head. I hear you and I believe you! You are not making this stuff up. Something is off and your body, mind, and soul know it!

 

Please keep listening and trusting you.

 

I know the pain of feeling like you don't know what to do and that your only solutions are medication. I'm here to tell you there is soooo much more you can do and it works!

 

That is what lead me to see a nutritionist - whoa, I was blown away! Not only did many of my physical ailments improve significantly and or go away completely my mood and anxiety did as well. That second part was way unexpected. This is when I was like "I need to know more! This is incredible!." So that sent me down the very intriguing, life-changing road of functional medicine and functional nutrition. 

 

Like I do, I went back to school to become a functional nutritionist so that I can learn a shit ton about the body and why healing our body helps to heal our brain/mental health disorders. It's all connected and I can't wait to share it with you! 

Why Spiritual Health - I believe that we are all spiritual beings living in a human body. You are an intuitive and sensitive soul that is so wise and knows what you need more than I do. When we can live from this place we feel guided and supported along not only our healing journey but our life. So how could we leave this out? I could not have made it to where I am today without learning how to connect and love myself deeply.

I would love to hear your story and help you peel back a few more layers to what might be causing your mental health challenges. Click here to schedule a 30-minute consult. 

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Qualifications and Experience - if that matters to you :)

Masters Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University - 2012

Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Northwestern University - 2003

Functional Nutrition Certification from Andrea Nakayamas Full Body Systems - 2021

Licensed Professional Counselor since 2015

2016 - Present

CEO and Therapist at She Counseling LLC

2013-2016

Bereavement Counselor and Hospice Social Worker

2012-2013

Case Manager at Jefferson Center for Mental Health

prior to 2012

Many years working in Nursing Homes doing various jobs (social worker, activities assistant, marketing, admissions, CNA)