I’m thrilled and honored to introduce you to Aleta Storch, MS, CN, LMHCA, a talented provider joining me here at Mindful Nutrition. She’ll be providing nutrition counseling from a therapeutic lens, as Aleta is also trained as a mental health therapist (she holds dual master’s degrees in both nutrition and health psychology). Of course, we share the same Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size philosophies. You’ll also find Aleta working as a milieu therapist at Opal: Food+Body Wisdom.
You can learn more about her here in our interview!
What brought you to this work?
I was drawn to work in both nutrition and mental health after witnessing the interconnection in my own life. It became quickly clear to me that not enough health providers are trained in both aspects of wellness, and I knew that I wanted to help fill that gap, and to contribute to changing the system along the way.
What’s your philosophy on nutrition and health?
My experience, education, and training have provided me with a unique understanding of the inherent connections between food, body, mind, spirit, and community. I believe that whole-body living requires being in relationship with each of these aspects of the self. My philosophy is rooted in Health at Every Size (HAES), which is a socially just, non-diet framework, grounded in the belief that all bodies are inherently different and equally valuable. I believe that size is not a reflection of health, and that the most effective and sustainable way to create a healthy lifestyle is to move away from focusing on weight, and towards other markers of wellbeing. My goal as a practitioner is to help you establish a compassionate, trusting, and attuned relationship with food and your body, and to support you in your journey towards holistic health, wellness, and value centered living.
Who do you love to work with?
I see clients ages 13+, who struggle in a variety of ways with food and/or body related concerns. I work with a diverse population, and strive to provide multiculturally competent care to all individuals. I have experience working specifically with clients who identify as LGBTQIA+ and individuals living in larger bodies. My specialties include disordered eating and eating disorder recovery, emotional eating, chronic dieting, food and mood, issues related to body image, self-esteem, and self-worth, OCD and perfectionism, as well Hypo/Hyperthyroid and PCOS.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love spending time exploring the outdoors with my dog Rhubarb. I also enjoy reading, baking, gardening, and making art. On most winter weekends you can find me either out backcountry skiing, or staying warm inside with a cup of hot tea and a good book.
Aleta is available to see clients at Mindful Nutrition on Wednesday evenings and some Saturdays. You can book your complimentary 15-20 minute consult (phone or in-person) with her here to ask her anything you want and see if you’re a great fit.