In the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, many people have become less healthy overall. Perceptions about what constitutes healthy eating or healthy living vary dramatically...and everyone's an "expert". If you are exhausted and confused by the bombardment of "trendy healthy lifestyle information", it is time to get off that crazy train. Healthy living is far simpler and more enjoyable than the prevailing message conveys.
Although my first area of expertise was nutrition, it didn't take long for me to see that having a healthy lifestyle is much deeper than eating and exercise. Awareness of and regulation of thoughts and feelings is crucial to true health, which includes mental, emotional and physical aspects. The mental and emotional components deeply affect the physical health as well.
I remember when I first decided to study nutrition, in hopes of one day helping others with some sort of wellness program. Back then I, too, was caught up in the social messages of good and bad foods, mandatory exercise, and the constant fear of my untrustworthy body doing something crazy at any time. I was the proverbial "health nut"...and I was pretty proud of it. I totally bought into the idea that eating patterns and exercise and body somehow indicated my value as a person.
I've found over time that even people who do not have food or body issues tend to have the same underlying struggles. Self-image, anxiety, depression, meaning, identity, relationships and life-purpose are part of most people's lives. Our society gives few clues on how to handle these big lessons--you shouldn't have to hit 'rock bottom' before you have access to therapeutic growth opportunities. Every person benefits from understanding themselves better.
Now a fully recovered former trendy-nutrition guru (when I was an expert prior to getting an actual nutrition degree), I have gone on to work in the areas of identity and purpose, mood issues, life-transitions, eating disorders, weight issues, and overall wellness. Due to the complex nature of overall healthy living, we've added counseling, yoga, creativity, and meditation to our programming and services. The Wellness Institute for Self Enhancement (formerly Nutrition Paradox) provides individual, group, and wellness program options to address the whole person. This is the place to discover comprehensive, lasting enhancement of the awesomeness you already are. I look forward to our adventures together!
--Jennifer Pereira, RD, CSCS, LPC-Intern
Program Director, W.I.S.E.
The Wellness Institute for Self Enhancement (W.I.S.E.) is physically located in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex (and online!) to promote and support the path to self growth and enhancement. Whether you feel stuck in your current situation, you suffer from low self-esteem/anxiety/depression, family and relationship concerns, issues related to food and weight, or simply want to do some inner soul searching... W.I.S.E has a path for you.
W.I.S.E. offers individual, group, community, and family programming. See our programming page for more specifics about the groups offered.
Community Groups are open to the public. These are donation-only groups and we welcome and encourage everyone who is interested to attend. These groups are typically peer-support groups, and are routinely coordinated and hosted by WISE staff members (may not be a clinician).
Current Community Group offerings:
Body Image Support Group--Tuesdays at 5:30pm
Eating Disorder Support Group -- Thursdays at 6pm
Individual Counseling/Therapy & Nutrition Counseling
*We are happy to provide psychotherapy and/or nutrition counseling, both online as well as locally in the office. We also offer group classes in the office. Our office is located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, in Arlington, Texas.
Office visit with a clinician--Counselor or Registered Dietitian:
Regular Sessions (45-55 minutes): $85-$145
*Online or Phone Sessions also available if unable to come to the office.
Please note: In some cases insurance may reimburse part of your session fee. You will be provided with a form to submit to insurance at your visit. We have had many clients who were incorrectly told their insurance would not cover these visits, but they actually were reimbursed for these visits.
Meet Our Clinicians
Jennifer Pereira MA, RD, LD, CSCS, LPC-Intern
Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has been in private practice since 2006 providing nutrition therapy, specializing in eating and behavioral food issues. She later graduated with her Masters in Professional Counseling and is licensed as an LPC-Intern in order to practice under the supervision of Holly Webb, LPC-Supervisor.
Jennifer has worked with clients across the spectrum of weight and wellness:this includes mental, emotional, and physical needs. She is trained in 2 specialized therapeutic and trauma treatment techniques: EMDR and ETT. Nutrition experience and focus ranges from those with anorexia/eating disorders to chronic dieters to those having gastric bypass surgery. It is her goal to help people remember the natural relationship with food and self with which we were all born.
She provides counseling and/or nutrition services through W.I.S.E., Project Bliss, private practice, and online/phone.
Lindsey Reed LMSW, Assistant Director
Lindsey is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She plays many roles at WISE including coordinating all Interns and Volunteers at our facility, adminstrative tasks, marketing, and clinical practice. Lindsey regularly trains and provides in services for our staff. In addition, she provides many excellent groups for our clients. She also coordinates and conducts our education and outreach initiatives. With a deep passion for recovery, Lindsey assists residents in navigating life in recovery and offers guidance to peer mentors.
Utilizing a strength based approach, Lindsey assists clients in developing internal motivation and realizing their capacity. She believes recovery is possible, and that each individual possess the abiity to overcome struggle. With the use of evidenced-based practices, she helps clients expand their flexibility in thinking, explore meaning and passion, and discover an identity outside of their pain, struggle, disorder, etc. Lindsey specializes in eating disorders, and LGBT issues, but enjoys working with all people.
She provides counseling services through W.I.S.E and Project Bliss
Tiffany Medlin, Recovery Coordinator
Tiffany has began with WISE for over a year ago as an intern, and will continue to be with us for a long time to come. During her internship, she offered reduced-fee counseling for clients who otherwise would not be able to afford to be seen by a therapist. She has been instrumental to our program, offering psycho-educational groups and community support groups. She is involved in program intake assessments and ongoing assessments of current clients.
What does wellness mean to you?
The Wellness Institute for Self Enhancement believes that wellness encompasses many different areas of life: mind, body, spirit, relationships and much more. Healthy living should actually be healthy--neurotic eating and exercise patterns or guilt due to the lack of...this is not actually helping anyone have a healthy lifestyle.
The staff at W.I.S.E. have known a lot of people that were waiting for a "better time"to get on their self-work. They have a lot of explanations about why this current moment isn't a good one from already being overwhelmed to, and we love this, clearing my calendar some so I'll have the time.In our experience, people who wait for a good time to get started rarely ever DO get started. They just talk about it.
There just isn't a good time to start the difficult process of healing or growth other than NOW. The best time is always NOW. It doesn't have to interfere with your life and, to be honest, it is going to make your life better, easier and more manageable. Any extra confusion at the beginning will be more than made up for by your improving effectiveness.
That resistance you feel is just the pull of the familiar, it isn't something helpful--just another false answer. Of course your current situation isn't all honey and roses either but it is what you know, it is just the gravitational pull of the habitual, of the known. Too often we cling to what we know even when it is obvious that it isn't what we want or need.
There is a point where we decide to either settle for what we have and make the best of it or to strike out for parts unknown with the certainty that out there somewhere is our destiny, our authentic self. It is challenging. It is exciting. It is scary and it is necessary. You've known that for a long time now. Stepping off is a very unsettling feeling but it leads to the place most of us only dream about - to be healthy, happy and balanced.
Don't keep putting
off your search for comprehensive, whole-person healthy lifestyle
support, It's not going to get any easier and if you wait around
too long, you'll just give in and give up. We're talking about your
health and wellness here. What is that worth to
you? Imagine how your life would look if you weren't a slave to
your emotions and behaviors, and if your past was really finally settled and at
peace. Imagine that often and use it to calm your fears about the unknown. In the final resolution your determination will either motivate and
support you or your fears and resistance will defeat you.
The time is now and the choice is yours.
The best things in life are typically equal parts exciting and scary.
How to get W.I.S.E
When you are ready to be your most awesome self, call (817)584-5399 in order to set up an initial appointment. This consists of a one hour session with a clinician to establish your needs, goals, path planning, and to answer any other questions. During the appointment you and the clinician will discuss which path and level of involvement is appropriate for you.
All groups will be hosted at the WISE community home, located at:
4409 Kelly Elliot Rd.
Arlington, TX 76017
Contact us with any questions about eating and behavioral health issues. You or someone you know may be in need of outpatient or residential eating disorder treatment.
Jennifer Pereira MA, RD, LD, CSCS, LPC-Intern - WISE Therapist
1. Do you worry that you have lost control over how much you eat?
2. Do you make yourself sick (or use laxatives/exercise) if you feel uncomfortably full?
3. Do you currently suffer with or suffered in the past with eating issues?
4. Do you ever eat in secret?
5. Does your weight affect how you feel about yourself?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you are not satisfied with your current eating patterns, contact us for more information.