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Holistic & Nutritional Approaches to Treating Psychological Disorders

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All materials are available as audios with transcripts.

Developed by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.

General Course Description

As the old mind/body dichotomy continues to dissolve, psychotherapists are becoming increasingly aware that diagnosing and treating mental disorders requires a broader perspective than DSM and many graduate courses present. Common disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, ADHD and many others (if not all of them) are intertwined with physical symptoms and even physical causes. Treatment for these disorders can benefit greatly from a complementary-holistic perspective that takes into account such factors as diet, nutrition, and exercise.

This introductory level course consists of 4 podcasts with text transcripts and presents information and a complementary-holistic perspective on diagnosis and treatment from several psychologist- and psychiatrist-naturopaths. The first two interviews are with psychoanalyst naturopath Stephen Ducat, NP, PhD, and naturopathic doctor Jonathan Prousky, ND, MSc, who present an overview of the naturopathic/psychotherapeutic approach and introduce key concepts. The final two interviews are with psychiatrist and psycho-endocrinologist Robert Hedaya, MD, and integrative medicine psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD, who explore the relationship between common psychological disorders, nutrition and digestive processes. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to:

  • Describe the core principles of integrative medicine.
  • Define orthomolecular psychiatry.
  • Describe the connections between common psychological disorders, physical processes and nutrition.
  • Identify naturopathic interventions.


  • Principles of holistic approach to diagnosing and treating psychological disorders
    • Functional and integrative medicine
    • Orthomolecular medicine
    • Whole psychiatry
  • Common disorders and their associations with nutritional issues
    • ADHD
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • OCD
  • Comparisons between prescription medications and nutritional supplements
    • Side effects
    • Rapidity of efficacy
    • Harm vs benefits
  • Physical issues associated with psychological disorders
    • Gut inflammation
    • Excessive, hypo, or glucose intolerance
    • B-12 deficiencies
    • Probiotic supplements
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Cost: $29.00


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